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Junk the gym

posted 10 Feb 2011, 02:14 by Mpelembe   [ updated 10 Feb 2011, 02:44 ]
A new type of fitness programme called Junkyard Training is proving popular in austerity-hit Britain - it uses everyday objects that can be used anywhere.
UK-JUNKYARD-FITNESS - An old Junkyard in west London - not the first place you'd expect to find the latest fitness equipment.

But this is where personal trainer Jon Denoris comes to find the tools of his trade.

Jon Denoris, personal trainer, Club 51, saying:

"There's an old exhaust here which again you can use, probably be all right for pressing, doing a push press, or squats."

Jon has devised a new type of fitness programme called Junkyard Training.

It uses everyday objects and the type of movements people would have done before technology took over.

Jon Denoris, personal trainer, saying):

"I'm quite into the history of exercise and even if you go back to a hundred years or so there's evidence that people who are trainers at that sort of time period were using tools like this to train."

Gym memberships can cost as much as a thousand pounds a year.

Jon's alternative training is far cheaper.

 Jon Denoris, personal trainer, saying:

"Being able to exercise with things they don't have to spend lots of money on you know I think is going to be quite appealing. We can say to people come and try a class but then actually go out and try this on your own."

Classes cost £20 and last for 1 hour.

It's a tough routine but Jon's clients say the results are worth it.

Tony, Junkyard Fitness client, saying:

"Yeah it's great fantastic, it's what we do in everyday life I suppose, if we were working on a farm, or helping my dad lay some bricks or something like that I'd be doing a lot of these things, it's great, it's great."

Dori, Junkyard Fitness client, saying:

"What's so extraordinary is that if you've really got the techniques you could more or less have this in your garden or back yard or you know drawing room even and that's I think the beauty of what John is showing that you could actually do something very clever with some very basic stuff that you could pick up from the Junkyard."

Oyinda, Junkyard Fitness client, saying:

"I think it's brilliant, I've had more gym memberships then I can count."

It may be exhausting but Jon hopes by using every day objects his clients can continue their workouts at home - using one spare tyre to get rid of another.

Hayley Platt, Reuters