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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramon View Post
    You got it! Just remember when your hating me..........Greatness lies on the other side of tired
    Hate is a strong word...Anyway, I suffer quietly & I'm sure we can take it!

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    I just started the gym yesterday! Since I moved back to Malta in January this year I have been saying I need to start, I need to start.....finally I did! Nearly a year later lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristal-inter View Post
    I just started the gym yesterday! Since I moved back to Malta in January this year I have been saying I need to start, I need to start.....finally I did! Nearly a year later lol.
    It's never too late so good luck & most important have fun. Let us know how you are doing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel.RevenueJet View Post
    It's never too late so good luck & most important have fun. Let us know how you are doing!
    This is great advice all around. Whenever you start going to the gym, is the right time. Getting started is half the battle. Just getting there is the hardest part, once you're there you pretty much have to do something. Having fun is important too. Of course you want results, but building up the habit of making fitness part of a lifestyle and not a fad is making sure you are not bored or miserable when you take the time to workout. Start slowly and do things you like whether it be classes or some other type of cross training activity. As you progress if you keep yourself engaged with things you enjoy, your mind and body will naturally push for more. Good luck and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel.RevenueJet View Post
    Hate is a strong word...Anyway, I suffer quietly & I'm sure we can take it!
    Agreed. We can definitely take it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kristal-inter View Post
    I just started the gym yesterday! Since I moved back to Malta in January this year I have been saying I need to start, I need to start.....finally I did! Nearly a year later lol.
    Awesome Kristal!
    Can't wait to hear about your progress!
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    Ok today's workout was a high rep killer. I very rarely use straight weights on a barbell anymore but today I figured why not....

    The following exercises are done for 70 reps each:

    Shoulder press - light weight 115lbs
    High Pulls - light weight 115 lbs
    Dead Lift - Moderate weight 185lbs

    The following are done for 80 reps each:

    Hanging knees to elbows
    Ring Rows
    Push Ups

    The following are done for 90 reps each:

    Walking lunges with 45lb plates in each hand
    Box Jumps

    The following are done for 100 reps each:

    Kettlebell Swings - 24Kg
    air squats
    russian twists - 14ib medicine ball

    Finish with 3 sets of jump rope. Each set 3 mins with 1 min rest in between

    Pretty intense and quite a rush if you keep your rest in between the different rep rounds 2 mins or less. And while doing the reps for each exercise of course it will be broken down into sets of varied amounts to get to the goal total, try to limit that rest as much as possible. I try to never go over 10 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristal-inter View Post
    I just started the gym yesterday! Since I moved back to Malta in January this year I have been saying I need to start, I need to start.....finally I did! Nearly a year later lol.
    It has been a week now. We are waiting for updates...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel.RevenueJet View Post
    It has been a week now. We are waiting for updates...
    Yes I agree.....would love to hear an update.

    Actually I'm curious as to how all are handling the fitness routines around this holiday season. This time of the year is notorious for throwing people off track, was wondering how is everyone is holding up?
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    Resting under the sun is the best training for me .... with a pineapple cocktail
    ... and a pool near by could be good... for swimming of course ! hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramon View Post
    Yes I agree.....would love to hear an update.

    Actually I'm curious as to how all are handling the fitness routines around this holiday season. This time of the year is notorious for throwing people off track, was wondering how is everyone is holding up?
    Last year I got told "You're the only person who loses weight over Christmas".
    I was still in the gym at 5am every day, even though I wasn't going to work.

    This year will be the same. I'm pretty good with the silly season. I don't really drink so that is not an issue, and I have my family so well trained that if I even look at a chocolate they are in my face "are you even able to eat that" which turns me off it anyway.

    It helps having a goal that is close enough that means losing control over the silly season will mean I don't reach it. In fact goals in general provide this kind of "safehaven" if that's what you want to call it.

    When it comes to food during the year, I generally have 2 rules.
    The first is that if I will never have a chance to eat it again, then I will eat it.
    The second is that if I crave something, I eat it on Saturday. Saturday is the one day of the week where I eat whatever I want. And that works for me. I don't binge or eat relentless amounts of crap, even on Saturdays. Most of the time whatever I craved during the week I don't even want it anymore on Saturday so it's win-win.

    I am looking forward to my mother's annual Hungarian poppy seed and walnut cakes though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Last year I got told "You're the only person who loses weight over Christmas".
    I was still in the gym at 5am every day, even though I wasn't going to work.

    This year will be the same. I'm pretty good with the silly season. I don't really drink so that is not an issue, and I have my family so well trained that if I even look at a chocolate they are in my face "are you even able to eat that" which turns me off it anyway.

    It helps having a goal that is close enough that means losing control over the silly season will mean I don't reach it. In fact goals in general provide this kind of "safehaven" if that's what you want to call it.

    When it comes to food during the year, I generally have 2 rules.
    The first is that if I will never have a chance to eat it again, then I will eat it.
    The second is that if I crave something, I eat it on Saturday. Saturday is the one day of the week where I eat whatever I want. And that works for me. I don't binge or eat relentless amounts of crap, even on Saturdays. Most of the time whatever I craved during the week I don't even want it anymore on Saturday so it's win-win.

    I am looking forward to my mother's annual Hungarian poppy seed and walnut cakes though.
    I think everything you say here is terrific and makes great sense! Achieving balance is the key to longevity in fitness and good health. And I also believe goals are a great way to aid in keeping focus. I find it best for myself and those I work with to have 2 types of goals, long term and short term. It's great to have a big picture to strive for, but within that its nice to set certain little places to "win" as you move toward it. Whether it be weight loss targets, or performance improvements, or shrinking clothes sizes (increasing sizes as well can be a goal for usually, but not exclusively men). Complacency can be a danger to anyone in any field not just fitness, to strive is to live.

    I really like your take on keeping it together Renee, good on ya!

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    108 kg. And I remember a time when I kept my weight under 91 to not leave the Heavyweight division.

    The January Gym is open for business, I actually lifted some weights today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post
    108 kg. And I remember a time when I kept my weight under 91 to not leave the Heavyweight division.

    The January Gym is open for business, I actually lifted some weights today.
    How much weight did you lift ?

    In my good days I could lift 50 kg by hand without damaging my back , now I think less then 30 kg... the time has come to practice again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyrewards-Maria View Post
    You are doing the right thing, coz with the walking you lose kilos slowly and the gym will help you speed up the process and toned up.
    That is what I started doing. Started brisk walking with my friend yesterday and plan to do this twice a week. The other two days gym. Its more to tone up and keep fit and also lose 5 kilos hehe . Did you end up starting your's son's program - crossfit ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ocreditor View Post
    How much weight did you lift?
    The weights are minimal as I'm doing calisthenics. Shadow boxing with 5 kg dumbells is one of the few exercises I do that involve actual weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post
    The weights are minimal as I'm doing calisthenics. Shadow boxing with 5 kg dumbells is one of the few exercises I do that involve actual weights.
    I've always wanted to try calisthenics! I have a very strong core and the weights especially with my arms has given me good control in lifting and lowering myself (I'm probably one of the only chicks who can do chinups).

    Give us a run down of a typical session!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Give us a run down of a typical session!
    It's a mixture of calisthenics and martial arts exercises, with a lot of stretching, balance exercises and similar stuff. Here are some of the things I've been doing yesterday and today. Bear in mind, I'm back at square one as I've been doing nothing for the past two years, and I'm heavy.

    FRONT KICKS
    100-200 slow front kicks while standing on one leg, never touching the ground with the kicking one. Great for balance.
    Can be made harder by standing on your toes or/and jumping while doing the kick.
    Then I do 50 or so with a 1 kg weight on the ankle.

    SHADOW BOXING
    10 minutes with two 5 kg dumbells, finishing with 1-2 minutes of punching with maximum power and speed. I'm not recommending this as you can ruin your elbows, but mine seem to be immune.

    CALISTHENICS
    Plank, side plank, chin-ups, pull-ups, wall sit, Russian twist.

    Shin blocking with 2 kg weight on the ankle, rapidly. Some 100 reps. Here's a video, go to 01:30.

    I'm also doing this and this.

    Neck strengthening exercise, I lie on the floor and move my head in 1) circles, 2) side to side, 3) left-right as if saying no, 4) holding the chin on the chest. Resting 15 seconds, repeating 4-5 times. Every movement is done 10 times.

    Push-ups. I first do very slow and controlled ones, then one or two with maximum explosive power as if I was punching with both hands.

    KATA
    I also did a couple of karate kata. Here they caught a couple of moves from my tekki shodan (01:07).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post
    I'm also doing this and this.
    In regards to calisthenics, what are the benefits of the second image? The back arch?

    I can almost touch my feet with my hands doing that. My back is ridiculously bendy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanHorvat View Post

    I'm also doing this and this.
    1. OK
    2. ???? Nice one

    So, seems like a lot of motivated people in here, is it too freezing in February to organize a footing around London? Who'd be in?
    Will be there for something like a week, that's one week away from the gym. So let's try to catch up with a few jogging!

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