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  1. That is something only you can decide. Kettlebells at home surely works for me. When I get home tired after duty, I tended to become way to lazy to pack my gym bag and drive to the gym. Just sit down and relax... And then, that was it. Since I had the Kettlebells, after 30 minutes or 1 hour, I would think "ok, I'm too lazy to get to the gym, but I can play with the kettlebells. Just for a few minutes...." That is no substitute for a gym, but a little exercise is way better than none. If you use the kettlebell as an excus eto skip gym workouts, obviously it will have a detrimental effect. Bu
  2. Kettlebells are amazing.Not only because of their versatility and the unique way traditional kettlebell exercises work the core and all stabilizer stuff, but because you can put a kettlebell next to your sofa. It is nearly impossible not to work out, when you have a kettlebell at home, staring at you... "Hmmm, I'm not feeling like going to the gym today. Too tired. And... oh, hm, I have akettlebell. Perhaps I just do two sets of snatches, I'll survive a few minutes..." And this you get a workout done (albeit a small one) that you would otherwise have skipped.
  3. That was in 2006. Should also qualify as "some time ago"... The reason for our different experiences might have been you. Or me. I might have exaggerated a bit. Of course, nobody will strip down in public. In informal, recreational settings, things will be much more relaxed. Like, as in my anecdote, a former industrial compound, divided into several lots and rented out to a few communities of car enthisasts, with basically everyone inside this compound knowing each other or (in my case) being invited in by some insiders... so NO strangers around. Even Angela Merk
  4. @Adrianne, what was your leg press when you started working out? And what is it now? 80kg to 120kg is a 40kg difference. Your legs have become 50% stronger! And you say you have not made progress? Sometimes progress just is not obvious to the eye. If you build a house, you have to excavate the soil for the cellar/basement. Perhaps you have to drill wells and reroute ground water away from the consruction site, so that your excaveted building site stays dry. You have to test the soil for stability, perhaps you need to compress and fortify it. Only then can you start laying the foundation.
  5. Because.... errr... reasons. Nobody in the West really knows. All we know is that the Easterner will take any opportunity do undress. Perhaps that is a commie thing. Did they not have enough clothes for everybody? Jokes aside, for whatever reasons eastern Germans seem to be a bit more comfortable with nudity then westerners, and FKK was and still is much more popular in the east than the west. When I spent six months in Dresden during my stay at military academy, I used to hang out with a bunch of car guys (and girls). Guess what happened friday afternoon? Everybody met at the garage yar
  6. Continuing our series of diet-related music videos, and to appeal to @Sloth the Enduring's inner German, and to resurrect both his and @The Most Loathed's commandment of the German language, lost since high school, here is a music video on how to have a proper barbecue the german way. While the butcher makes Bratwurst from fresh ground pork and secret spices, the grilling party is already heating the grill (gas and electric grills are forbidden, charcoal only!), you need shots of liquor to help with digestion and a black beer to flush it down. But most important, in Thuringia, you do not use
  7. Good to see you are making progress. So no front squats for you, and all the more reason to work on a deep back squat.
  8. @mdwill That is a good video. I always forget that some people might just not have the strength for a bodyweight squat, and I always assume and issues people have with that are problems related to form.... Under that light, @Adrianne's combined approach does make a lot of sense. Use the leg press to work the muscles in the leg and to get the strength up to a point that she can squat her bodyweight. Use the (generally horrible, but here it might be useful) smith machine to introduce a load on the back. And try and try and try free bodyweight squats... to improve squats.
  9. Have you tried a wider stance and more angle of body lean? So, as in sitting back down into a squat instead of just squatting down? If you try to squat down with an upright upper body, your knees move way forward. This necessitates very good ankle mobility. if you'r ankles aren't very mobile, you'll end up balancing on your toes. Now, if you start with a wider stance, feet pointed ca 30° out, you create space for your belly and allow for much greater body lea. You start the squat out by sticking your butt out backwards, folding at the hip and as a consequence of that bending the knees. In a
  10. I was an army officer. I am not very talented at neither physical labour nor intellectual work, but I DO have an outstanding ability for getting people to work and supervising them. If you are working out intensely, you might need more carbs in your diet. Cravings usually are a sign that your body is missing something. Personally, I have also experienced this. Once the weights got really heavy and I was still sticking to a thrice-a-week-workout schedule, I needed more carbs in my diet to be able to recover fully. However, white bread with it's high glycemic index is no real
  11. PS: the more I think of it, foreign languages are like (physical) fitness. Use it or loose it. Getting started is the most important step. Doing something (that is getting a tiny bit of exposure through radio/TV/movies or just hanging out with native speakers) is infinitely better than doing nothing, as long as you are consistent. Aren't those the very same phrases we keep preaching to new rebel recruits?
  12. Not impressive at all, just was lucky enough to go to school in Europe. One foreign language is mandatory nearly everywhere on our side of the pond, and at least at those secondary schools in Germany preparing for university, two foreign languages are mandatory. I was especially lucky because the school I attended put great emphasis on foreign languages (though at the expense of STEM, which is haunting me now during my architectural studies...). I can, however, confirm that food, beer and beautiful girls are great starting points for improved language skills. I would never have learned my
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