Ken Brown: Sixty-three Years of Non-stop Exercise

Non-stop exercise is a way of life.

I have been a garage / home gym / outdoor exercise dude for decades. I use logs, rocks, tires, concrete, ropes, chains , whatever. subscriber Ken Brown learned hand balancing at age 10My exercise life started in 1953 when I was between 5th & 6th grades. Started at age 10. I did not care about team sports and did not understand them. I started tree climbing for sport and got good at it. Junior high I got so I could walk on my hands.

Got in a YMCA about 1957 and saw two kettlebells and an Olympic 310 pound York barbell set. Got strong in high school.

Fast forward my work was always physical.

Jackhammer, tree work, landscaping. Work was always non-stop exercise and sometimes cardio. Got into running in 1977 when I heard about a five mile race coming up. Thirty-nine years later I am running trail races mostly and a few road events.

To this day

I never watched a football , baseball, or basketball game on TV or in person. Exercising outside a gym meant I never missed a thing as I could do my things any place. IKen Brown is winning trail races at 75 years young put a 1″ manila rope in a chestnut tree a while ago in my outdoor gym. I foot locked up it this morning. A few more goodies and I will have a multi-workout fitness path just behind the house.

Plans for summer

When the summer hits and kids are out of school I will be at sixty-three years of non-stop exercise. Getting big is not the goal, staying fit and strong is.  I have yet to get in real shape. Perhaps by year’s end I will be there.


About the author

John Greaves III is a writer based in North Georgia with nearly two decades of experience in training at home. A former amateur kickboxing champion, John now competes recreationally in powerlifting. He takes a physical culture approach to training; believing that strength and health need not be mutually exclusive. In addition to his nonfiction work, John has written two fiction books, A Different Kind of Giant and A Little Lesson in Manners that are available on