As you may know, I made a decision a few years ago to drastically reduce the amount of TV I watch.




I even went nearly 2 years without a TV before moving in with my girlfriend last June.


I like TV, but realised how much free time it gives you if you watch less.


Time to do all that stuff you “don’t have time for”.


However I did notice the other day that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was on.


As a big Arnie fan (Terminator in particular) in my youth, and having not seen if since it came out in 2003, I decided to record it and watch it over brekkie the next few mornings.


It got me thinking.


Machines may be ‘rising’ both in the film and the world in general.


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But one place they are dying out is in the world of exercise.


People are starting to realise more and more that fancy cardio vascular (treadmills, cross trainers, etc) and resistance (chest press, leg extension, etc) machines are not only less effective, but also a lot less interesting and fun than the ‘old school stuff’.


You know – dumbbells, barbells, kettle bells, suspension training, body weight stuff, etc.


The sort of shizzle we use down at RISE in fact.


People are often surprised when they walk in and there’s no machines.


But, people were in great shape for years before these machines were invented.


Far better shape, on average, than the gym goers of today.


The only advantage of machines (unless you’re a body builder really looking to isolate specific muscles) is that they are simple.


You can pretty much sit on them and figure out how they work.


The stuff we do requires a bit of instruction.


Someone to show you what to do.


Hence, why we have a coach in every session.


It’s much more fun too.


I never found the idea of 10 minutes on a treadmill, 10 minutes on a cross trainer, 10 minutes on a bike, 3 sets of 10 on a few machines and astretch to be a particularly appealing thing to do.


Boring to be honest.


So – if you’re already with us at RISE, we hope you’re enjoying our ‘no machine’ approach.


If you’re not with us – there are plenty of things you can do to get fit and healthy without access to machines.


If you’re not sure what, drop us a line.






Much love,


Jon ‘Quite fancy The Termanatrix’ Hall and Matt ‘Prefer Arnie personally’ Nicholson

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