The first time I accidentally stumbled upon the Jerry Garcia shrine on Aspen Mountain, I felt as if I discovered a secret garden of pop culture iconography while skiing through a snowy and psychedelic Xanadu. While gliding in solitude through the peaceful tranquility of a forested ridge, I was not expecting to suddenly discover a grove of trees dangling with pictures, dried roses, memorabilia, and assorted miscellany of the legendary Grateful Dead front man. Thankfully, no one was within earshot because the odd discovery inspired a quiet Garcia refrain: “Going where the wind don’t blow so strange/Maybe up on some high cold mountain range.”
Can't afford a gym membership, eh?
The snow and ice force one inside, you say?
Is it really a lack of equipment keeping that effort at bay?
Drop your problems. Prepare to learn. It's time to seize the day!
WARNING: If you wish to remain in a state of [bloated] ignorant bliss, read no further, for this is the place where excuses go to die.
So far, this series has focused on facilitating fitness as such, and has deliberately strayed from getting into specifics. The means (use of tunnels, proper warm up, etc) have been kept broad enough to apply to the desired ends (lose weight, increase endurance, etc) of individual readers, which vary too widely to be practically addressed. While this generalized advice is great in that it can be used by anybody for almost any goals, it still requires a personalized plan to be applied to. This edition will give resources for differing goals, so you'll know what to use tunnels and warm up for. We'll begin this conclusion to the Slaughtering Excuses series with the following video, which is an example of combining personal goals with the advice from parts I, II, and III:
Fancy equipment? For what? Unless you're an aspiring body builder or power lifter, the main things you need are both weightless and free:
A goal – to establish your desired end in explicit terms (lose 20lbs, improve endurance, gain strength). More specific equals more prepared.
Motivation – the enabling factor allowing you to achieve the stated goal (which includes your research of the means: what to physically do, how to eat, etc.).
This edition, which focuses on alternatives to costly gym equipment, will give you the tools to attain general fitness, or even become a functionally fit machine – depending only on what you bring to the table in terms of the two critical factors mentioned above.
All equipment found on the following pages can either be used in public for free, easily built, or inexpensively purchased. Enjoy.
Easily the most legitimate excuse on the list, the threat of cold related injury can scare even the most dedicated Aspenites off the road to fitness. Though very important to be aware of, fear of these problems need not stifle your progress. Serious conditions like hypothermia and severe frost bite make for an easy cop-out, but are even easier to avoid in the first place.
Snowborder, Mark McMorris Debuts the First-Ever Backside Triple Cork 1440 in the Snowmass Terrain Park
Aspen,CO- Pro Rider, Mark McMorris has raised the bar for riders across the world. The seventeen year-old cleanly executed a new trick during an early morning jump session at the public terrain park at Snowmass. TransWorld was there to capture the footage of McMorris landing the first-ever backside triple cork 1440!
Keystone, CO - Aspen and Snowmass Mountains have officially turned up the heat as summer activities go into full swing. Say farewell to your skis until next season, and hello to mountain biking, hiking, on-mountain dining and more. In this post, I'll break down the full list of summer activities and operation schedules so you can kick off your summer right.
Winter has arrived. We had our doubts last week, when the sun was shining but the slopes were decidedly un-winter like, the kind of conditions which call for alternative sports equipment. When the snow’s kind of played out and nothing’s really open but it’s a really nice day and it’s just good to be outside, it’s a great time for alternative sports.