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  1. Think this is partly a result of that: http://tonyakay.com/V2/images/press/Eva_RawPower_TonyaKay.jpg I have the magazine lying around somewhere, but can't find it right now, Daywalker was in it as well...
  2. I've watched my copy numerous times and then "donated" it to the local (exclusively vegetarian) library to share & inspire.
  3. I'll be shaping up (yet again, lol) starting tomorrow morning! Now let's hope the gym will be open.
  4. Updates (last week): To be continued in a fortnight.
  5. The last words aren't entirely true, I was very impressed by brahmanya devi !
  6. Sorry for the uninspirational title, but bodybuilding's about changing your body so I guess it applies... Also not sure if this is the right section to post this topic, but here goes. For several reasons (not immediately relevant in this particular topic) I've been struggling with my weight and fitness-level for years now. It's gotten to the point where for the last few years I weigh a bit above 100 kg. My "normal" weight (late teens and early + mid twenties) has always been around 72 kg. I'm 36 now, and to get back to that I'd have to lose about 30 kg. And no, the gained weight has nothing to do with muscles - most of it is FAT. I've always been attracted to bodybuilding, but lately I've more & more come to fully realize that that's not what I want. Yes I want to be muscular. Yes I want a six-pack, and muscles and veins showing. But no I don't want to bulk up at all - I'd love to get back to my skinny self. I love weights, but don't have to look like Arnold (just to name one monument). Wat I'm interested in is to get back to a healthier life-style, lose all the excess weight, and have the body of a: gymnast-yogi-dancer-martial artist-contortionist-circus acrobat-and so on... And not instead of but next to lifting weight: how to use my own body to work out, stay lean and muscular, and of course be as flexible as possible. Anyone have any suggestions for me? Books, dvd's, sites, persons, training routines, bodyweight-exercises,... All help's welcome! You can even post some inspirational pics of people who possess these qualities (can't find any right now, just writing this down in one go before I'm (sadly) off to the couch)... THANKS!
  7. Thanks everyone! I'm very glad that I found such a talented/skilled guy in my own city. Can't wait to see how it'll look when it's finished... Should be completed in January (the tattoo-artist has a 6-months waiting list, he's very busy, which is ok because I really need the time to save the money). Not sure yet whether I'll stop at the elbow (short sleeve) or whether I'll make it a slightly larger (3/4) sleeve...
  8. As promised elsewhere on the forum. I'm 35 now, nearly 36. My first 'tattoo' was from playing with ink and a needle as a kid. That left one small dot. Too small for a pic. During my late teens/early twenties a star and an anarchy-sign were tattooed on my right arm (no pic available). Later on I thought that was a bit amateuristic, they were hardly "real" tattoos, and when some friends of mine got tattoos I went for it as well - 'though I must say I was a bit intoxicated at the time and it was very impulsive. The star and the anarchy-sign were covered by a tribal and a (native american-style) feather, and I got a snake on my back. I've got a pic of the snake, but it's way too ugly to post. The snake will be covered by another tattoo in the years to come. Anyway - after, what, 15 years of not being happy with the tattoos last year I finally decided to take action. First step: inquiring about laser removal. Turned out to be quite painful and above all ridiculously expensive. Second step: finding a very good tattoo-artist to cover the tribal & feather. Success! We agreed to tattoo a koi over them and do a Japanese-style sleeve (currently still under construction). First picture: you can still see the old tattoos, and the drawing/outline of the koi. Second pic: adding the surroundings. Third pic: needles, ink & blood! First session finished: Two weeks later: second session finished. Six months later: third session finished (two more sessions coming up in december/january). The ink & colours still have to 'settle' in these last 4 pictures...and as you can see I couldn't hide all my fat, so it's back to the gym for me asap! Tattoo-artist: Len - http://www.haraitattoo.com/ - http://www.myspace.com/116694619
  9. Maybe he can come over one summer and compete...! http://www.triathlongent.be/
  10. Thanks, I'm wondering if he'd be interested in visiting Belgium...
  11. I need some help: my gym does not have one single machine or piece of equipment to do any calves exercises. As I always train alone donkey raises aren't an option. Any suggestions?
  12. No, but that can be arranged if so desired...
  13. In 2004 me and some people here in Belgium made some t-shirts to promote the raw food lifestyle. Nothing commercial, no profits were made, and in total less than 30 shirts were made. I've got 3 of them left. As they were only worn here locally, I thought it'd be a cool idea of some people from other countries got one (or more). Anyone interested? I've got a black one, a kakhi one, and a dark blue one left, all three of them are XL and in cotton. Front of the t-shirts says "raw power" in small print in the middle, back of the t-shirt says "RAW" (big) "is nature's first law" (smaller). I'm not selling them. Either you just pay me the actual costs it takes me to send them to you, or you send me something I'm interested in in return that I can't get here (eg this many vega-bars or something). First come first served!
  14. Jeezzz, I thought Amazon would be helpful but you really have to be careful. Take this title: "Extreme Muscle Enhancement: Bodybuilding's Most Powerful Techniques". Judging by the cover and the tilte I would've bought it. But it seems it's all about nutrition and supplements, with chapters like "Say Yes to Beef!" and "Say No to Soy!".
  15. http://exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is exactly what I was looking for thank you so much! Now i'm going to check out some of the suggested work out routines for newbies posted on these forums and I can check what exactly they are on that link you gave me. Thanks so much! Great site! I have a related question... My gym has lots of new machines for training (LifeCycle, Technogym, and more...). It's not a bodybuilding gym, they stress the "welness"-workout more. Eg: weights - each muscle-group only one set of 12 reps at 75% of your maximum (and only on a machine, no free weights), and more focus on cardio and group classes. (They do have free weights, but it's not in the basic program). So the instructors just give you some basic exercises, and then tell you that if you want more you should take the group lessons (dance, spinning,...) for variation. If you want to learn the usage of all the machines they'll explain it to you, but you have to make an appointment and pay extra because it's then seen as "personal training". Anyone know of a book (or dvd) which explains all the machines in the gym? Which muscle(s) it's for, how to move/handle the machine, and so on? Particularly the LifeCycle and Technogym machines if possible. If there are exercises in the book with free weights and decent programs (1 set of 12 reps per muscle group...yeah right!) that'd be great as well. I do have gym experience, and have some 'older' bodybuilding books, but my current gym focuses on using brand new machines which I can't find in my books...and I would like to use them. So basically a 101 of those machines, and more about bb, fitness, the gym,...? I hope you know what I mean/am looking for. Ah what the heck, just give me a whole list of books, I'm in a buying mood.
  16. Maybe you should just contact them...I have no idea how those other volunteers manage their stay and income and all, but they should have useful answers. http://www.gec.be/gec_engl/ "Lekker Gec This no-smoking restaurant received, as one of the first in Flanders, the certificate "100 biological". It serves only vegetarian and veganist dishes and only ecological products and procedures are used. In addition, there is also an info-desk situated in the restaurant. You can pick-up information or simply nose through the leaflets, brochures and magazines concerning ecological rebuilding, green energy, environmental protection and peace-developments - let's just say the whole spectrum of sustainable development and ecological lifestyles." http://www.vegetarisme.be/php/resto/menu.html?ID=1 --> the menu, everything that has a green v is vegan (so pretty much everything except the cheese-option when you're having spaghetti). You always get one euro off when you're a member of the local vegetarian/vegan organisation. http://www.vegetarisme.be/php/geschiedenis.html?menu=eng&s=1&ss=1&sss=0 [email protected] --> the building [email protected] --> the restaurant [email protected] --> For Mother Earth, http://www.motherearth.org/ ; the ones who came up with the idea for this house and all the projects inside it (the restaurant is just one of them)...
  17. There's an organic vegan (well, 99% vegan I think) restaurant like ten minutes away from my place. They work with several international volunteers. You don't have to pay a fee, but neither do you get wages. If you work a shift, you get a meal. Don't know if this'd interest you though... It's in Gent; Belgium - check www.use-it.be or www.visitgent.be for info on my city.
  18. And I've finally (just now) ordered!
  19. My girlfriend had similar problems at her previous job (a chocolate shop). They were in a bit of financial trouble, amongst other reasons because of bad management (eg: not buying extra chocolade at Easter, not providing Easter eggs at a time when everybody wants to buy those...and then a CHOCOLATE SHOP doesn't have any!). They always paid her too late (going up to a month), she had to really nag for her wages, they wanted to pay her if she did extra work not related to the store, they "had doubts" about her actual working schedule, and so on. So she wrote down what was wrong with the shop, how much they owed her and how much days/hours she'd worked, and copied a lot of store-documents. She then filed a complaint with the labour inspection. She was fired (officially not because of the complaint of course), but received all the money they owed her. As a result of her complaint the inspection found several things wrong with the shop and they were declared bankrupt. Being fired wasn't a bad thing here - any day they would've gone bankrupt anyway and then she wouldn't have seen a penny of her wages, she would've worked for free for the last two months. By filing the complaint at least she got what was rightfully hers. After that, she found a lousy job for a week, she got fired because she didn't get along with her boss, but then she found a great job which she really enjoys and which she has been doing now for two years.
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