No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym
It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?
Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.
The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!
If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!
So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.
Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!
Till next time,
The Point Team x
PEOPLE OF THE POINT: ANDREW ROTHSCHILD
The first person to feature in our People of the Point segment for 2018, is one half of the BUC and S.W.E.A.T. 1000 duo, Andrew Rothschild.
Now, not only is Andrew probably one of the fittest and healthiest guys on earth, but he is also a dedicated husband and devoted father. A nicer man you will struggle to meet, just don’t crack a joke about his hair…you might end up being bench-pressed like he does his truck!
Let’s find out more about this mountain of a man with a heart and a smile that matches it in every way…
What is your favourite hobby/activity to do and why?
Hands down spending time with my family. My greatest joy is the gym and my team here, but the most important thing aside from that, is spending time with my wife and my family.
Our youngest is three, so a lot of our family time is structured around her as we like to get out and keep the kids entertained. I’m also way too restless to stay at home and have a lazy day.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
The biggest misconception… that my hair is real. Just kidding!
I think people find me intimidating but I’m really not. I can’t say how people feel but maybe they think that I don’t eat carbs? I don’t know, I try not to care about what people think.
Tell us something interesting about your brother Paul.
Wow, something interesting about Paul. He is a genius, very smart and has an Honours Degree in Economics. He is the most phenomenal photographer as well. Luckily you aren’t asking him this question about me.
If you were banned from using any gym, how would you keep fit for a week?
I would do any outdoor activity, be it running or hiking. Any form of outdoor training, really. I prefer a combination of cardio and weights so anything that combines them is what I would do.
If there is no gym I sometimes bench press my car, it’s a great workout, you know.
Has it always been a dream big- achieve big mindset?
Basically, after our honours in 1994, we decided that we wanted to get into health & fitness and personal training because people always asked us for advice.
We have always been athletic, loved and played a lot of sport. I remember saying to our parents that we wanted to become personal trainers and they didn’t understand why as we had just completed our studies. At that stage, compulsory conscription was abolished so we had two years to try it out but they were always very supportive.
I don’t think it’s dream big, achieve big – it’s hard work and dedication. The change and monetary aspect are secondary. It’s not about the Ferrari, it’s about the legacy you leave behind.
What is the favourite part of your job?
We have a real love for what we do and it’s just grown and grown. From us working at the Health and Racket, to having a small gym, to importing and exporting equipment.
My brother and I are both very ambitious, but I do feel the most fulfilling part of our job is changing peoples lives. Whether it’s a celebrity or your average Joe, it’s all about positivity.
There is no space for negativity here, so the change is always big.
Name your favourite thing to do for Valentine’s Day.
The reality is that every day should be Valentine’s day otherwise you take the other 364 days of the year for granted. But because it is glamorized, and everything is more expensive I think the most important thing is spending time with my wife.
We really have been through thick and thin and that’s what family is all about. We are a very strong unit who support each other unconditionally. There is no way we would be where we are without each other, she’s my sounding board and my support. She really is my world.
What is your worst date experience?
I don’t think we have ever had a bad date. I believe that if life throws you lemons, make a protein shake. Just kidding! We honestly haven’t had a bad date, even when we first started dating.
What is the best marriage advice you ever received?
We have been married for 11 years and the best advice we have ever been given is to communicate. To listen and talk is the most important part of every day, it’s imperative to touch base and make sure we are on the same page.
Last question. Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
I don’t think it’s a “would I rather” because I am always late. I blame it on the time it takes to do my hair! I suppose I should work on being 20 minutes early going forward.
BUC & SWEAT 1000