Here's Why Urban Areas Need Rugged Gyms


Jun 5, 2024

 by Rob Bratcher
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Let's face it, modern urban life often feels like we're living in a human zoo. Between the concrete jungle, the constant barrage of notifications, and the never-ending to-do lists, it's easy to feel like a caged animal. We spend our days sedentarily parked in front of screens, only to trade one chair for another when we get home. But here's a wild thought: what if our gyms could help us break free from this artificial habitat and reconnect with our natural selves?

At BAREFIT Movement Co-op, we believe in training for the real world—think hiking, gardening, and all those wonderfully rugged outdoor activities. Our mission is to prepare you for life outside the urban bubble by focusing on natural movement, mobility, and holistic well-being.


Preparing for the Great Outdoors

At BAREFIT, we design workouts that mimic the movements you’ll use in outdoor adventures. Hiking up steep trails, lifting awkwardly shaped garden tools, and even scrambling over boulders. Why? Because life doesn’t come with neatly stacked weights or perfectly aligned treadmills. It’s unpredictable and beautifully chaotic. Our training helps you build real-world strength, agility, and resilience, so you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Real-world strength is about functional fitness—being able to lift, carry, climb, and move in a variety of natural ways that prepare you for the unpredictable challenges of everyday life.


Moving Naturally

Unlike traditional gyms filled with high-tech machines and isolated exercises, we emphasize natural movement. Our bodies are designed to move fluidly and dynamically, not just push and pull weights along a fixed path. Remember playing as a kid? Climbing trees, running around, rolling in the grass? That’s the kind of movement we’re talking about—free, full-bodied, and fun. Plus, it’s a lot more engaging than staring at a screen on a stationary bike.


Mobility Matters

Urban life often leaves us stiff and inflexible, both physically and mentally. Hours spent hunched over desks and screens take a toll on our bodies. Our programs at BAREFIT prioritize mobility and flexibility, ensuring that you can move freely and comfortably through your daily life. Whether you’re reaching for a jar on the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes, being limber makes everything easier.


The Food Factor

Let’s not forget about diet. Our modern food system is often laden with GMOs and chemicals that our bodies aren’t designed to handle. At BAREFIT, we advocate for a holistic approach to nutrition—think whole foods, organic produce, and clean eating. Fueling your body with the right nutrients is crucial for optimal performance, whether you’re working out or just going about your day.


Breaking Free from the Zoo

We live in an era of constant connection, yet we’re more disconnected from nature than ever. Cities can feel claustrophobic, with their endless concrete and buzzing technology. At BAREFIT, we offer an escape—a way to reconnect with nature and your primal self. Our workouts aren’t just about fitness; they’re about freedom. They’re about breaking free from the artificial constraints of modern life and rediscovering the joy of movement.


Real World Strength

Real world strength is not about bulging muscles or setting weightlifting records. It's about being strong in a practical, functional sense. Can you lift your groceries without straining your back? Can you play with your kids without getting winded? Can you handle a spontaneous hike or an impromptu game of pick-up basketball? At BAREFIT, we train you for these real-life scenarios, ensuring you're strong, capable, and ready for anything.


A Member's Perspective: Meet Sally

One of our members, Sally, put it perfectly: "I was looking for something that gave me cardio health, but not just a bunch of jumping jacks and burpees in an over-packed class. I wanted to build strength, but I wasn’t trying to be a muscle-bound power lifter or risk getting hurt. BAREFIT was exactly what I needed. The trainers are so careful with our bodies, emphasizing injury prevention and making sure we have fun. It's not just a workout—it's a way of living."

Her experience captures the essence of what we strive for at BAREFIT. We’re not about high-intensity, high-risk exercises or packing classes to the brim. We focus on sustainable, enjoyable fitness that enhances your life, not just your physique.


The Contrast with Other Gyms

Sure, there are plenty of gyms out there, but many rely heavily on technology and machines. Others, like those adjacent to CrossFit, focus on intense Olympic lifting. While there’s nothing wrong with these approaches, they don’t always match the needs of everyday life. At BAREFIT, we train for sustainability and longevity. We prepare you for the real world, not just the gym.

So, if you’re tired of feeling like a zoo animal, come join us at BAREFIT Movement Co-op. Let’s break free from our cages, embrace our natural movements, and get fit for life. Plus, you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. After all, who said fitness can’t be an adventure?


Ready to Get Started?

Begin YOUR movement today. Reconnect with your primal self, prepare for the great outdoors, and discover a new way to move. It’s time to escape the urban jungle and find your true strength in nature. See you at the co-op! Check out our schedule and rates.