The New York Times recently profiled Charlie Gasparino, a 48-year-old reporter for Fox Business Network who works out daily at East River Park in Lower Manhattan:
Using the monkey bars, he did more than a dozen sets of pull-ups -- some including as many as 30 -- and alternated them with fast-paced push-ups. He was soaked in sweat in just 15 minutes and still had another hour to go.Depending on the day, Gasparino's 75-minute workouts may include "a two- to four-mile run around the park’s track and back and forth to the park from his apartment in Stuyvesant Town." In addition, he does "up to 36 sets of pull-ups on the monkey bars, wind sprints, and hundreds of push-ups and sit-ups." And he does this five to six days a week.
Many New Yorkers run outside or hit the gym, but Mr. Gasparino, a senior correspondent for Fox Business Network, chooses to shape up by using the urban landscape. “Exercising outside in the city is interesting, free and effective,” he said.
Okay -- it's a bit much, and the guy may not be giving his body enough time for proper recovery. But it's always good to remind folks -- especially those who complain about the price of memberships at fitness centers -- that the world is not only your oyster, but it can be your gym, too. And it's free!
(The only problem that M and I have discovered while trying to work out at our neighborhood playground? The pull-up bars and monkey bars are too damned close to the ground.)