Just when I was beginning to find all these home workout posts a little smug, a video popped up on my Instagram feed posted by Spencer Phipps, the Please Be Patient I Have Autism Shirt Apart from…,I will love this mastermind behind menswear label Phipps International. In it, Phipps swings across an at-home climbing wall wearing nothing but shorts and a bandana around his head, while the jangling guitar and fiddle of John Denver’s Thank God I’m A Country Boy plays in the background. It’s certainly not a self-isolation workout for the faint of heart.
It was actually a little Christmas present to myself, Phipps says over the Please Be Patient I Have Autism Shirt Apart from…,I will love this phone from his Paris apartment, where he had just finished a quick session on the wall before lunch. The idea came about during another disruptive situation, after the strikes in December. I used to train probably four or five days a week, going to the climbing gym every morning, but starting a business means things get crazy, so I didn’t have the same schedule. Then the strikes basically shut everything down, and all of the places I like to climb are outside of Paris. I had this weird room in my apartment, so I just thought, I’ll build it here. With the help of a friend and fellow avid rock climber who was visiting Paris from the Pyrenees, he set to work—in a fortuitous stroke of timing, he finished the setup just weeks ago.