Great physical development there. After choosing that picture, I had the thought that it is good to have relocated to a part of the world where there isn’t obvious racial discrimination: the Portuguese people seem to welcome everyone – especially Brits actually, since we helped them to push Napoleon into the sea at Torres Vedras (been doing our history homework!). Lots of ‘Moorish’ people around, too.
Less sure that a private vacation complex dominated by Russian investors will be quite so open-minded, though – Russia does have a reputation for being somewhat racist, as well as homophobic – and yet phase 2 of the development is going to welcome gay couples… hmmm, and we have been employed as a gay couple. All very interesting to see what guests actually show up in due course, when it is open. Perhaps a haven for ‘persecuted of Petrograd’! Who knows.
Meanwhile we continue our work fitting up gyms and the amphitheatre. Here’s an open-air ‘gym’ with rather less equipment than ours (obviously ‘equipped’ for body-weight exercise!) – but having the open air available for training is a really great idea…
It is reasonably sunny today, but the temperature is way down on what we were led to expect. However, shirts are off! At least when we’re not in meetings – planning ‘Notices’ today, to be reproduced in four languages (English, Portuguese, Russian and German). In the ‘family’ side gym in Phase 1, we’ve gone for limiting ‘clothing optional’ to between 9pm and 8am since there’ll be a load of kids about. We’ve debated the need for a ladies-only period (for which 9pm-11pm is suggested, with a men-only period in the early morning from 7am. It is planned to have supervision available 7am – 7pm when staff can cover, and kids only allowed in with parents and during the supervised periods when us alleged ‘professionals’ and our staff can keep an eye open. Some kids who are really sporty may have a tendency to ‘overdo’ it…
…he, by the way, is one of Andrey Telitsyn’s gymnast boys from Chelyabinsk – note improvised bench on wrecked machinery and a truck tyre (their gym however is ace!)… in fact, let’s enjoy a couple more of Telitsyn’s latest output, starting with Egor Malyshev:
More of Telitsyn’s “products” include some nice video clips can be found at http://www.instgram.com/andrey_telitsyn – he is front row, left, and also supporting the handstand in rings.
OK. We’ve left gymnastics coaching behind us for a while – it was time for a change. We started getting into that 17 years ago – gosh, how time flies… and our early adventures and misadventures are to be found in these most excellent books…
…and my new publisher is maintaining silence about progress on my next, ‘Let The Future Find Me’ – I guess it eventually will!
OK, let’s hit the muscles now: how’s this for a bicep?
Small picture (sorry) – big progress!
Strands are good for bicep work – but so are the cable machines…
…although in this case he’s working shoulders. Almost instant resistance change, allowing to really keep going to the eventual point of exhaustion with almost no weight left… RESULT!…
Here’s another kind of resistance-cum/bodyweight exercise:
…and one with strands…
Two with the dumbbells next:
Bar work Russian style (wrong body shape in the swing for a gymnast though):
What’s coming here?
Training in Speedos – we’re going to see a lot of this I think:
A wee bit tired there? And then, from that to this?
Why not? You, too?