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Why I Stopped Training In Public Gyms and Train Only At Home

Why I Stopped Training In Public Gyms And Train Only At Home

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Transcription: So, in this video, I’m talking about why I no longer train at a public gym.

Kevin stopped training in public gyms

I train 100% at home. That’s right, I only train at home. I don’t train in gyms anymore. And if someone were to ask me, “Where’s the best place to get the best gains weight training in the gym or weight training at home?”

I’d probably say, “You can do the same at home as you could in the gym.”

Now, that’s something very surprising for someone like myself who has spent literally over three decades training in gyms. But over the past several years, things have changed radically and I train at home in my home gym. And in this video, we talk about how those changes made it such that I didn’t really feel like I need to be in a gym anymore. And that, in many ways, being in a gym environment for me was starting to be a little bit detrimental.

Stay tuned. Let’s talk a little more about this.

Natural bodybuilder Kevin Richardson training at home in his home gym

So, in this video, I’m talking about why I no longer train at public gyms and train only at home. Before I go any further, I’d like to thank everyone for tuning in, especially those who say there should be a one-stop place for anyone interested in training naturally.

I really appreciate the support and to be sure to like, subscribe and hit that bell so you’re first in line to get new content as it comes out.

The Reason Why I Stopped Training In Public Gyms

So why does Kevin no longer train in the gym?

Gyms today aren’t what they used to be because gyms today no longer have a sense of community. Now, when I first started training and I always give the story of walking into a gym and the gym instructor writing down what my goals were and then taking me through a workout.

Training at home makes weight training more of a spiritual path

Times have changed dramatically ever since then.

A gym at that time was somewhere where weight training was a tradition, a tradition that was passed on from those who knew to those who were starting. So, the old timers, whenever they saw someone new coming into the gym, would stop and take the time to bring you in if they thought you were serious and teach you what you need to know about how to train properly and also how to achieve your goals.

Typical teacher-student relationship in public gyms many years ago

There was no money involved. And back then there really weren’t that many personal trainers, as all gyms had instructors, people who were really experienced in weight training who were there to help the clients at the gym get the most out of their workouts.

Because back then gym memberships were paid monthly. So, everyone would pay the gym membership month to month. There were no contracts. There were no automated credit card billings at the time.

So, you really wanted someone to get some fantastic results because if they did, they’d keep coming.

So, the onus was on the gym to create an environment that would allow people to make as much progress as possible by having really competent instructors. And the instructors at the first couple of gyms I went to in Trinidad were amazing.

These men and women really made a significant difference and a significant impact in how I saw training, especially development of my high intensity training methodology over the years as well. And I can’t even begin to thank them for their massive input in my overall success.

Coming to the United States, I was really afraid I was going to lose that sense of not just mentorship, but community. And I was fortunate enough to train at Fifth Avenue Gym in Brooklyn, and I trained there for just about 18 years, and it was a natural bodybuilding paradise.

Training at home or in a commercial gym makes no difference to your muscles

My Experience Training At 5th Avenue Gym

The owner of Fifth Avenue Gym, when I first got there Charlie Carollo, he took me under his wing, put me under the care of Ian Mercer, who went on to be my coach and I would have to say is perhaps the most knowledgeable natural bodybuilding coach of all time and got me ready for my first competition.

5th Avenue Gym Brooklyn NY

I was also training alongside some truly monumental natural bodybuilders.

But more than that, the second I walked into that door everyone was warm, everyone was open-hearted everyone would take the time to talk to me help me out if I had a problem. And they also did a lot to help this kid from Trinidad try to figure out how to navigate living in New York.

What I found when I went into that gym wasn’t just a place to train and a place where I could really be hardcore in my training, I found a family. I found a place of not just like-minded individuals, but like-hearted individuals. And to this day, the men and woman of Fifth Avenue Gym, when we see each other, we embrace like brothers and sisters.

Kevin brought Naturally Intense to Manhattan after years of training at 5th Ave Gym

Now, as the years went by, things started changing. I left Fifth Avenue Gym and in 2009 I came to Manhattan part of New York City, and training in a gym in New York City was a little bit different from that small basement community gym that I was used to training in and this gym was predominantly filled with personal trainers.


Commercial Gyms versus Gyms Of Old

It was not a natural bodybuilding gym by any means, and I don’t really think that there are that many natural bodybuilding gyms in existence anymore.

But what struck me the most was the lack of community. At that time, smartphones were starting to become more and more popular, and people would show up to the gym wearing their headphones which made personal interactions less and less.

And as time went on, more and more people would essentially come to the gym wearing their headphones listen to their own music, because music played at the gym wasn’t necessarily always the best. And if you go to any gym, it’s more likely than not that not be playing good music.

You need to really get pumped up for your workout. But in sort doing the combination of smartphones and headphones made it such that the people didn’t talk to each other anymore.

And when social media became even more prevalent and people became obsessed with filming themselves as small versions of Stevens Spielberg to capture the so important workouts that they’re doing so that the masses have a chance to see them training, people were more focused on filming themselves, listening to their music, and checking and talking on their phones.

Technology made it harder for people to connect in public gyms

And so, it became a very far cry from that environment where the new person walking in would be embraced by the old timers and taught the ropes.

That doesn’t happen anymore.

We no longer have instructors, and even more so gyms don’t need you to keep on coming because you’re locked into a contract. They don’t really care whether you walk out of there with sculpted abs or realizing your fitness goals.

Public Gyms Versus Training In Home Gyms

So, the gym industry fundamentally changed and the people in gyms fundamentally changed.

And to be quite honest you can get all the benefits of training at home with a pair of dumbbells, maybe a barbell. You don’t even really need a barbell, to be honest with you.

Trainer Erika Citrin demonstrating adjustable dumbbells

And that motivation that I used to get from going to Fifth Avenue Gym, or the early gyms I used to go to, is see people working really, really hard and being really inspired.

People don’t really train that hard anymore. Every once in a while, you may have someone who’s training on the heavier side, but societally as well.

Kevin Richardson with home gym equipment

That whole hardcore training where you’re really going all out and, in the process, making a little bit of noise as well kind of frowned upon. Gyms have become more like libraries almost.

You know, quiet holes where everyone’s kind of in their own little world. And that’s not really an environment conducive to realizing excellence if you really want to achieve your fitness goals.

And I think the more I talk about it that’s what I’m missing.

I don’t really walk into a gym and see myself surrounded by people focused on excellence. I see myself surrounded by people focused on themselves because when you focus on excellence, excellence spills over you tend to want to share what you’re learning as you go along.

Excellence tends to put you in a place where what you’re doing becomes more as a physical pursuit comes something almost spiritual. Making bodybuilding a spiritual path and something communal, something bigger than yourself. That not really what I see when I go to a gym and someone’s there trying to film themselves for that post that they need to put up today on Instagram.

Many gym-goers are only focused on documenting the trip for social media

Kevin’s Decision To Forever Train At Home

It’s a different world, different environment. And so, I made the decision to not go back to gyms and I will most likely never set foot in a public gym again to work out because I don’t need to. I have everything at home. And the thing about what I have at home is at home I have a community.

At home I have motivation because I carry within my heart all the men and women who’ve helped me over the years, who’ve been there with me over the years, who’ve inspired me over the years. I carry them with me wherever I go.

So, if you ever have a question about training, you ever have a question about your diet, want to learn about natural bodybuilding, send me a message. Put a comment down below.

I’m always going to answer each and every one because I think that that’s what needs to happen. And so, while gyms not necessarily be what they used to be if you are training in a gym, you make sure you’re the one to help the new person out.

Be the Senpai and try to help newcomers at the gym if you can

And if you are thinking about training at home, I strongly recommend it.

And future videos going to talk about my home training and home gym training setups in general because at the end of the day, like I said your muscles don’t know the difference if you are training in a gym or training at home.

So, thanks for tuning in.

Keep on training and, Excelsior!


High Intensity Bodyweight Training: Ballistic Pushups & Dips!

This was a tough one!

Starts out with ballistic push ups (like clap pushups but without the clap as my wrist is still not 100%) nonstop for 20 reps, then all out on dips for 10 reps.

To say it was painful would be an understatement, but you just have to push through and keep on going.

Still training, hope you are too and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Kevin's Unconventional Biceps Training- 3-6 Minutes a Week!

In this video I go over my biceps training using the Naturally Intense High Intensity Training protocols that helped me go from having arms measuring 11.5 to 12 inches to 18 inches drug free!

It's an unconventional approach for certain, but it's one that's helped my arms grow and the hundreds of men and women I have trained over the past 30 plus years.

Now, my success isn't due to being genetically gifted, as it took me the better part of 11 years to get my arms up to those measurements.

Which is significant as it works and been been proven time and time again to work for the average man or woman trying to grow their arms without drugs.

It's my hope that these high intensity training protocols can help you as much as they helped me!

Click on my bio link to see the full video on my YouTube channel and thanks as always for taking the time to look at my work!!! Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#highintensitytraining #naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuilding #fitover40 #naturalbodybuildingvideos #armworkout #bicepsworkout #naturalbodybuildingtips #biceps #armtraining #highintensitytrainingtips #drugfreebodybuilding #barbellcurls

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At the Lancaster Classic Day 2 Elimination Rounds Against European Champion, and World Record Holder Leo Pettersen @leo_barebow_archer

I don't talk much about it but I'm also a competitive barebow archer (surprise!) and last Saturday I had the honor of making it to Day 2 at the Lancaster Archery Classic in the Barebow Division, as I made the top 64 out of 267 competitors and had a chance to shoot with some of the greatest barebow shooters on the planet!

I didn't make it past Leo, but it was a real rush to be there and a huge thanks to my coach, Joe MyGlyn @prolinearchery for helping me get there.

Thanks as well to my good friend @sean_chan33 for all of his help from the very start, to my line buddy Aaron Shea for taking the shot and showing up to support!

My thanks as well to rob_kaufhold for putting on and promoting one of the best archery tournaments on earth!

Thanks also to to everyone who took the time to send a supporting word and I am looking forward to next year!!! #naturallyintense #barebow

#lancasterclassic #lancasterarcheryclassic2024 #lancasterarchery #archery #fitover40 #barebowrecurve #targetarchery

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Dumbo, Brooklyn circa 2004

This shot was taken as part of the promotion for my Naturally Intense DVD and was about a year after my last bodybuilding competition.

It was a grueling photoshoot.

We started at about 10 am and finished around 4pm and I was completely spent, but the more we shot the sharper I looked, so we kept on going.

It's nice to look back from time to time and as tired as I was, we all had a blast!

My thanks to @stephanie_corne_artwork, @https://pulse.ly/itgnag2dec and @ftaz1 for taking the shots!!!

Thanks for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuilding #throwback #fifthavenuegym #5thavenuegym #drugfreebodybuilding #naturalbodybuildinglifestyle #gymlife #gymmotivation #naturalbodybuildingmotivation #bodybuilding #blackandwhite #instablackandwhite #bnw

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Can You Build An Impressive Physique Training Only At Home?


I stopped training in commercial gyms as of March 2020 and have been training at home ever since.

Initially I was admittedly worried that I might lose some of my gains or not make as much progress, but that certainly wasn't the case.

I've consistently continued to improve with my high intensity workouts and muscles have no idea where they are training.

As long as the criteria of adequate intensity and overload are met, there will be an adaptive response and your muscles will get bigger and stronger.

So don't worry at all about where you train, focus instead of what will be the best way for you to always be training!

Thanks for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Kevin's Three Day Training Spilt!

For the past 33 years I have trained three times a week with Naturally Intense High Intensity Training workouts lasting 10, 15 to 20 minutes max.

It's a training split tried and testes not only in it's helping me realize my goal of becoming a successful natural bodybuilder, but it's also helped hundreds of men and women over the past three decades.

I have tested just about every possible training split imaginable and for this particular style of high intensity training, this particular grouping consistently yields fantastic results.

I hope it helps you as much as it's helped me over the years and thanks so much for taking the time to look at my work.

Keep training hard and Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#trainingsplit #3daytrainingsplit #threedaytrainingsplit #naturalbodybuilding #naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuildingvideo #naturalbodybuildingmotivation #naturalbodybuildingtips #drugfreebodybuilding #bodybuilding #highintensitytraining #highintensitytrainingtips

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405 Stiff Leg Deadlift for 7 Reps! High Intensity Training.

First leg workout of the year and already pushing it!

I haven't done a stiff leg deadlift over 315lbs for about 3 years at this point, and I did my last set with 315lbs and comfortably got to 10 reps and decided I had far too much gas left in the tank and that I should go up in weight.

So I did.

I figured I might get a solid 6 reps in, but I made it to 7 and I think I could have gone on to get a full 10 reps BUT that's when good judgement prevailed.

As a bodybuilder having not trained this heavy for so many years, the shock of this much weight would be more than enough to stimulate muscle growth, and doing more reps wouldn't yield any greater returns, only increase the likelihood of injury.

It's not about the numbers, it's about training to a point where you achieve your goal, and it's important to have a goal in mind as a bodybuilder based on increasing muscle mass rather than hitting a particular number.

Besides, if in my 20's I never did more than 405lbs on a stiff leg deadlift, it doesn't make any sense going heavier than when I am almost 50!

Could I deadlift more at this point?

Absolutely but just because you can doesn't mean you should!

So keep those weights in a good working range, keep it safe and as always Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Turning 50 in a few months...

Not much of a big deal for me as I still feel pretty much the same but I hope that my example helps show what can be done with a lifetime commitment to eating well and training consistently!

Thanks for coming along on the journey and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuilding #healthylifestyle #fitover40 #drugfreebodybuilding #naturalbodybuildingmotivation #natty #fitness

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Kevin Richardson
Kevin Richardsonhttps://www.naturallyintense.net
Featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to CBS News, celebrity Personal Trainer NYC and with over 2.6 million readers of his blog, Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, one of the top lifetime drug free bodybuilders of his time, the first International Fitness & Nutrition Consultant for UNICEF, 2020 and 8 Time Winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and a world recognized authority on high intensity training. Kevin has helped thousands, from celebrities to CEO's over the past 30 years achieve their fitness goals with his 10 minute high-intensity workouts done just three times a week in conjunction with his holistic nutrition approach. You can learn more about about his diet and training services at www.naturallyintense.net

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