Dallas Life Hack: DART Trains Can Double as Mobile Gyms

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Riding the DART train, you may have wondered at some point whether those those overhead straps are capable of holding the weight of a fully grown adult. The answer is yes. You've probably never wondered whether those straps are capable of holding the weight of a fully grown adult as he does a dozen pull-ups. The answer is still yes.

Credit this gentleman with the discovery. I ran into him midday yesterday on the Red Line headed north when he hopped down the steps beside me and began what he confirmed to be his regular exercise program, pull-ups mostly, some overhand, some under, some on the bar, some on the straps.

He used to be a bodybuilder, he explained, dining on supplements and spending hours in the weight room. He stopped all that after reading something on Google -- what exactly I didn't catch over the whir of the train -- and began using only his own body weight for resistance. Mostly, this takes place as he rides DART to his job handing out third-party Medicare/Medicaid enrollment ads door-to-door.

So, next time your phone dies or you forget your Kindle at home, there's no excuse for being bored. Or fat.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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_nctrnl
_nctrnl

It's funny that this came up now.  Someone at work was telling me how they didn't have time for the gym because they got home so late everyday after riding DART (excuse).  I jokingly told them that they could do pull-ups on the train, which got quite a chuckle.  I guess somebody is already doing it! LOL

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

Ohhhhh, I saw those at the Dallas Zoo, doing the same thing. The resemblance is uncanny.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

this is a story?? Must be hurting for material!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Pull that stinky stuff in a world-class city, you'll get escorted off the train.

tdkisok
tdkisok

Eric, ever thought the guy was hitting on you?  

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Not to mention the martial arts training, fighting off thugs.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

If you are work out and are not sweating, you are wasting time.  If you are sweating around people in street clothes, that is close to gross.  If you want to do a story check out the people running up the stairs at Cityplace Station.  Those people including the women seems a few steps, literally, above a guy showing off in between transferring fodder for recycling bins to unwilling residents.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@MikeWestEast The air down there makes Myrna nearly choke.  I have to wonder why they don't realize those fumes and stale air are detrimental when breathing deeply.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Travel much?

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki


More than you, I'm sure of that. Unless you were an airline pilot.   :)


TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

You're probably right, people who post anonymously to the internet do tend to travel extensively.

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