Why you don’t need a thing to work out

No clothes, no equipment. In the comfort of your own room with just your birthday suit, you can get yourself ripped.

You don’t need a thing to workout.

Seems like an obvious statement but the cost of exercising can be used as an excuse to not work out or try a new form of fitness.


You can use the structures around you get strong. A park bench, the concrete underneath your feet and your own body weight.

At my first Nike Training Club (NTC) outdoor class, our surroundings became our equipment. NTC trainer Jenny Thomson led us through an hour class on a cool Saturday afternoon. I was planking on a cement plant retainer, doing bench dips on my partner’s knees, and shuffling my feet on the playground.

Without any equipment, I got a workout that had me sore for days.

If you’re just starting a new form of fitness, there are many ways to make it easier on your wallet. There’s no need to shell out big bucks for something you may not like.

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Top tips on saving money
  • Browse around for first timer deals. Many companies give a complimentary class. Do that at all the local spots and you can try out a variety of studios/classes and see what suits you.
  • Free apps. If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got a trainer at your fingertips. There are tons of different programs to try out that will keep your body guessing.
  • Head to the park. Your local playground will have enough equipment for you to do a plethora of exercises.
  • Running and cycling clubs are typically free. Check out your local shops to see what’s around.
  • Borrow equipment/clothes or head to your local thrift shop.
  • Don’t forget the power of bartering. If you have skills that may be of use to to a club/team/studio, see if you can work something out.

Once you decide on committing to something, do take the time to invest in quality gear and more importantly, quality people. It’s certainly possible on a budget.

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Finding peace: Telling 20 strangers at a NTC class I have type 1 diabetes

Hey strangers in this group photo.

You will forever be etched in my memory.



I attended my first Nike Training Club outdoor class at the Academy of Lions a few weeks ago.

Towards the end of the class I asked NTC trainer Jenny Thomson if I could take a couple of photos. She explained to the group I had a fitness blog. Then a classmate asked me more about it.

I found myself in a situation that was downright liberating.

To the group of 20 strangers, I announced I have type 1 diabetes (t1d), gave a short rundown of type 1 (no way to prevent it, no cure) and my mission to promote physical activity in Canada.

It went something like that. And as it was happening I felt a surge of positive energy that I never felt before.

In a flash it was over. And when I stopped talking, people clapped. Surreal.

Seen on my run after my NTC class.

Seen on my run after NTC class.

Now is the time I’ve got to commend every person who has ever dealt with any type of physical or mental challenge and talked about it openly. I have the utmost respect for those who share their story on any level.

After everything that has happened these past few years, I can appreciate now more than ever those who speak up.

So many people live in hurt and silence, scared that they will be labelled whatever stereotype goes with the illness.

Diabetics are not alone in being misunderstood or incorrectly labelled. It happens to so many people in every which way.

It’s definitely unfair, and it’s not just us, although for me it definitely felt that way.

So thank you strangers. Thank you for listening for the minute or so I spoke, for smiling at me, for clapping, for hearing my story.

In my journey here as a type 1 diabetic, I will never forget this moment.

I’ll take this positive energy and use it as fuel.

Thank you to NTC Trainer Jenny Thomson & everyone who attended that class.

I’ve taken a few steps forward along my journey to peace because of you guys.



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NTC classes are free. You need to reserve a spot in order to attend.

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I’ll be reviewing the class from a fitness perspective in a future post.