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  • #16
    I was complimented on my legs and arms gaining more definition. This was by a friend of a friend who wants to start working out. She is less than half my age. Showed her my basic workout (bodyweight and my sandbag kettlebells) and she dropped out about 5 minutes in. Can't decide if this is a comment on my fitness level or a comment on her lack of fitness level. She is supper skinny and from S. Sudan. Had a hard life, you would think she would have been tougher and in some ways, she likely is tougher than I am.

    Still no scales, haven't been to Cairo and to be honest, not too interested in getting any. However, do have a line on a store that sells sports equipment, hoping to get a regular kettlebell, there are just some exercise this sandbag kettle bell is not well suited for.
    Randal
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    • #17
      Nice work. Keep at it!

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      • #18
        Well, shit....

        After about 6 weeks of this, I can't tell that I have lost one bloody kilo. While my scales don't work, I have not dropped a pants size or really able to tell any difference in the mirror.

        Despite a mainly meat and good fat based diet, nothing is going away. I do eat veggies but they are hard to get out here so not as much as I would like.

        I IF almost daily from about 8 pm to noon or later.

        About 40 minutes of kettlebell and body weight exercise 3-4 times a week. At least 4 hours of walking a week (usually a bit more). I tried sprinting but my knees (with mulitiple surgeries each) told me not just no, but hell no.

        I could up my walking without too much trouble. The gym in the hotel here is open (after renovating) so that is an option. No free weights other than dumbbells, and machines.

        I'm stuck and looking for ideas.
        Last edited by texas.grok; 05-20-2014, 09:48 PM.
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        • #19
          I have started going to a gym in Suez with some of my coworkers. This is pretty "old school" in that we spend about half an hour doing various sprints, running backwards, suicides, burpees, etc. then we go in the gym and workout on some very basic machines and free weights. 1 hour a night, 2 nights per week. I'm supplementing this with bodyweight exercises, kettlebell workouts and some hiking during the other 5 days.

          Randal
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          • #20
            Some observations after my 3rd day going to this gym.

            First off, a bit about the gym. It is "old school" as is the instructions of the personal trainer (no complaints).

            We spend an hour doing various sprints, stretches, body weight exercises, "suicides", etc. They could care less if I wear shoes or not and I really got into the barefoot sprints last night.

            The weight room is pretty minimal as you would expect from an Egyptian government sponsored gym. We don't bother with AC or music, again, fine with me.

            The personal trainer seemed pretty happy that this 58 year old man could do what he wanted me to do, and more. As a matter of fact, last night there were several other men in the room 20 years or more, younger than me, that decided after 15 minutes of weights they had had it . I wasn't ready to quit after an hour of exercise.

            And WTF happened to men having leg muscles? Some of these guys have none, little spindly legs that were doing good to leg press 50 pounds. My powerlifting son told me the other day that my calves were "ridiculous" (this is a good thing) and after last night, and compared to these other guys, I can see what he means.

            Now if I can get the rest of my body in shape as my legs.

            I should mention that the day before yesterday, I did a 3+ hour hike over some pretty hilly terrain. Stopping and sitting was not a good thing, legs did not want to work. My first thought after the hike was that I was going to be screwed in the gym the next day. But no problems. Seems my recovery time is a lot less than it was.

            New goal, a Spartan Sprint in May of next year in Austin, Texas. It will be a team run with my kids and one of my Egyptian coworkers.

            I'll post pictures over the weekend.
            Last edited by texas.grok; 06-09-2014, 10:30 PM.
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            • #21
              I had problems sleeping last night, unusual for me. I realized that the problem was, I was excited about going to the gym tonight.

              Holy hell! What is happening to me????
              Randal
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              • #22
                Finished the 2nd week at the gym in Suez. Almost 1.5 hours, first 30 minutes sprints, jogging, bodyweight exercises, etc. Then on to the weight room. Good workout. There were several younger guys there and, once again, I was amazed at how out of shape they are.

                I talked to my personal trainer afterwards, and he said that my strength was overall better than anybody else that was there last night. Exception to this was my abdominals, they suck but I'm working on them on days not at the gym.
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