This Man Built A Gym Out Of Rubbish He Found On The Beach

The ocean’s trash is his treasure

Korin Miller |

You’ve heard that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but Alcindo Soares is actually putting that mantra to work.

Soares lives in Cape Verde, an island country off the coast of West Africa, and he told CNN’s Great Big Story that he dreams of becoming a professional athlete. However, the construction worker can’t afford to join a gym—so he’s created his own. (Interested in keeping it DIY? Here’s how you can build your own home gym.)

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Soares uses trash and debris that he finds on Santa Maria beach and turns it into exercise equipment. He’s created his own version of Muscle Beach with weights, pull-up bars, and a bench, all fashioned out of stuff he’s found on the shore. It looks like a real gym on the sand, and it gets a lot of action from members of the community who also use it to work out. Like him, many of them can’t afford to work out at a more traditional gym. “The fact that a gym like this exists in Santa Maria not only for me, but for the people here, is very important,” he says.

Soares says he’s also glad to help clean up the beach in the process. “I feel proud when I see a clean beach,” he says.

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Although Soares’ beach gym is pretty impressive-looking, he says he’s not done with it. “My dream is just to try and make the gym just a bit better,” he says. “For as long as I live, I’ll continue to use it. Train, then go swim in the ocean, and the day is complete.”

Check out the beach gym in action here:

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