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johanson


Feb 2, 2005, 5:56 PM

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I don't know where to post this. If it's in the wrong forum. please move it. Ok here goes. The doc says that I ought to exercise. I just saw an adv for a bowflex workout machine with a really beautiful 50 year old lady with a fantastic body, the body of a 25 year old athletic young lady. I was turned on. Oops what I meant was that I was turned on to the idea, to immediately go out and buy such a machine. I am dumb enough to believe that I too can have a fantastic body and attract some lady with the same body. Yes I know; I am speaking like an idiot. But if it keeps the GP off my back, great.

Where can I buy a good exercise machine? What brand would you recommend?. I live in Ajijic and can shop anywhere in the Ajijic/Chapala or Guadalajara area.

Please help this insecure male chauvinist



Kip


Feb 2, 2005, 7:54 PM

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Gee Pete..hiking up and down your driveway five or six times a day aught to get you buff in no time. I've seen that commercial...they say she's a gramma? I'd bet anything her "child" was adopted. The term "child bearing hips" could never in a million years be applied to her!!

Kip
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johanson


Feb 2, 2005, 8:08 PM

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Re: [Kip] Bowflex + WEATHER

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KIP you are so right. I also run up and down the stairs between floors.

For what ever it's worth, the temp is only going down to about 60 F (15C) at night instead of 50 F (10C) several weeks ago.

Too me the weather is about right. about 60 at night and approaching the high 70s in the afternoon.


(This post was edited by johanson on Feb 2, 2005, 8:09 PM)


Uncle Jack


Feb 3, 2005, 6:00 AM

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When you consider the price of the Bowflex, you better be sure that 50 year old "Honey" comes with it. (For instuctional purposes only, of course!) I'm sure that she could help you loose some weight with the proper exercise program.

uj


Bubba

Feb 3, 2005, 7:04 AM

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Pete:

I suggest you forget Bowflex and subscribe to local Telecable if they run lines up that high. Mexican television is not in the least bit concerned about truth in advertising so if you scroll about the various local and Mexico City channels you will find numerous advertisements for exercise machines that can cause you to lose any excess poundage in only days of use for a few miniutes a day. In fact, I have witnessed users actually lose enormous amounts of weight in the time it takes to film the commercial. After you have identified the exercise machine that suits your needs, every morning you can warch Jack LaLann make smoothies on several channels in Spanish, then check out George Forman making fat free skewered chicken and move on to endless advertisements for chemicals to make you look younger and live longer and get the best erections you've seen since you were 15 years old and before you know it you won't be able to have a simple sandwich at Salvador's without being beseiged by 50 year old chicks and even some babes in their eighties inviting you to their private quarters at the balneario over in San Juan.

Are you sure you really wish to embark upon this course?


EEK

Feb 3, 2005, 7:31 AM

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Johanson. Hey... watch it. This is a serious subject. It's bowflex verses botox. UJ is right, there are no secret formulas, magic machines, or overnight transformations. A good exercise program and proper diet can do wonders. Buying the equipment for home use is OK, but you have to use it on a regular basis and some items are high maintenance. Two other approaches are a good gym program (aerobic heart healthy), or simple increasing your exercise. Walking is good, hiking is better (a trip to the chapel overlooking the lake), or just pushing away from the table helps. Close your eyes when Bubba writes about all the good foods in life. Whatever you decide, remember you are not alone, so if you want to join me in a beer and tamales after we work out -- good deal. eek!


NEOhio

Feb 3, 2005, 7:57 AM

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Pete,

My very first thought when I read your post was: with that big screen TV you have that woman probably was near to life size - like you could reach out and touch her.

My second thought was: I wonder if there is a bottle of Andre involved.

My third thought: the gardeners might like some help.

My fourth thought: My 60 year old sister-in-law looks like that, maybe she'd have better dating luck in Ajijic.

Can I fix you up?

Anita


heathesq

Feb 3, 2005, 8:05 AM

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Hola Amigo

Bowflex makes bowflex rich cause its pricy and does no more than any other resistance exercise machine.

You have two choices:

1 - join a good fitness club, let a trainer give you a program, and do it. The club at Danza del Sol is excelent.

2 - go to mayoclinic.com and follow their regimes for aerobics, stretching and strength.

Both will work amazingly well and fast. Most people do best at a good club where members encourage each other.

Good luck cause being out of shape at our age is no joke.

Roger


jaybear

Feb 3, 2005, 8:39 AM

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You people are all depressing me! Here I thought that as soon as I move to the sunshine of Ajijic and can get out every day, I would inevitably get more exerices and the pounds would slip away. Another fantasy down the drain!

I would like to report that I absolutely loved the hot springs at the Hotel Villa Bordeaux at San Juan Cosala. For about $12 a day USD, or about $100 a month USD, you can get access for one person to both the pool and jacuzzi at that end of the complex, with Ruben's Grille adjacent, PLUS you also have access to the larger pool with the water slide. This may not be the best deal you can get on access to a heated pool, but I loved it. It is nearly deserted weekdays, and not at all bad on weekends of you go early. The people I met there were almost all Mexican, and very cordial and polite.

I also hear there is an outdoor pool about a half block from the Oxygen gym that offers water aerobics, but I have not checked that out yet.

I do think that swimming (or pool exercise, which I do) is the most enjoyable exercise you can get, and thus something you are likely to stay with for the rest of your life. Just a few laps a day will do it!

If you are not into swimming, you might consider just walking more. A gentleman of mature years who was staying at our B&B walked from Ajijic to Chapala every day. He went down the Camino Real and on thru San Antonio and Ribera into Chapala. It's a dirt road most of the way and flat.

For the benefits of walking to fitness, check out http://www.americaonthemove.org.

Any of you who expect that this is more than idle advice will be awakened from their dream if they ever meet me! I am more often to be seen downing guacamole and Negro Modela at Ruben's than I am swimming in the pools. But I live in hope.
"Don't believe everything you think" - Maxine

JayBear



gbatrucks


Feb 3, 2005, 1:05 PM

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JoJo

Methinks at our age, (62 in March) muscle toning by machine might be nice but overall fitness as opposed to buffness is more important. From experience, I can tell you the simpler the better. I’ve tried gyms but there is always some reason not to make it today. Until recently I’d been trying to walk 3 miles daily until the monsoons hit, or the hailstorm or whatever. Then about 6 weeks ago I stumbled across a DVD at Blockbuster…Aerobics for people over 40 with Lesley Sason. THIS IS IT! No having to make time, drive to a gym, suit up, suit down, drive home, and pay money. Now it’s hop out of bed, throw on some workout shorts & shoes, grab a cup of coffee, hit the play button and START MOVING…right in the comfort of your own living room. About 35 minutes later, you feel like a MILLION BUCKS! And it’s nearly impossible to come up with an excuse not to spend 35 minutes a day to improve your quality of life, This has now become a part of my life just like feeding the cats, the first cup of coffee,…it is NOT AN OPTION because I know how much better I feel, and how slugged out I’ll get if I break the routine for any length of time. Recently I’ve added light weights to the regime and later may go to a more active program, but for now this is accomplishing the mission which is to be in shape for the Chapala Volley Ball League (senior div) when we make the move later this year.

About weight control: A while back National Geographic had as there cover feature the nature of FAT….Quite an interesting article, but the synopsis is simply this: If you take in more food then you need, you’re gonna get fat. Atkins, South Beach, cortaslim, whatever…it don’ matta..If you take it in and don’t burn it off, you’re gonna SIT ON IT until you do.

So get on an aerobics program (with doctors approval), avoid known food-felons like Bubba, and you’ll do fine.

"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


Bubba

Feb 3, 2005, 1:11 PM

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Jaybear:

The swimming pool you are refering to near the health club in the Danza Del Sol Hotel is about a block away at the La Joya del Lago Hotel at the foot of Rio Zula Street. The hotel is for sale but seems to be at least partially in operation. I know that they rent some apartments there. They have a pretty nice swimming pool. I'll have to go check it out and will post my results here later.

I used to play racquet ball with rich clients and swim about a mile every work day when I was supposed to be in my office at my bank lending money to reprobates. That was at the Oakland Athletic Club in Downtown Oakland which was about eight blocks from my office. This was the 1980s when one's best clients drank booze as if there were no tomorrow and their secretaries covered for them for the better part of the day. What I really liked about the Oakland Athletic Club, in addition to the fact that my bank paid my membership fee, was the fact that it had a full service bar just up the stairs from the swimming pool and weight room where my clients and I would waste the rest of the work day drinking vodka tonics and rolling the dice.

Three things occur to me:

(1) Exercising is much more fun when one's employer is paying the bill and one is working out on company time when one is supposed to be going over the daily overdraft list which is a task easilly assigned to the assistant branch manager who is stuck in the bank all day and can be blamed if he approves a bad check in one's absence. Assistant branch managers are great fall guys.

(2) We had a lot more fun in the 1980s when damn near everybody was a lush who celebrated success with endless lunches and drinks and computers and little bitty cell phones were just worming their way into the culture. I don't remember being either unhappy or poor in those days. So I couldn't pull up pornography on my personal computer with a flip of a button. I had my imagination.

(3) People are amusing about working out. Bubba lives about a 1/2 block from the health club at the Danza Del Sol Hotel and has noticed something telling about human beings. These people who religiously go to that health club to work out all park in mad bunches as close to the hotel as they can get even though their doing so obstructs traffic on our little street because they are too lazy to walk a block to their stupid health club.


Bubba

Feb 3, 2005, 1:18 PM

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You know, Trucks, there was a time when I was actually beginning to like you. That time has flown. The only way you can redeem yourself after that post about hopping out of bed and dancing about like a clown is to bring down a sack of sliders from Krystal or White Castle when you finally leave that hellhole.


gbatrucks


Feb 3, 2005, 2:29 PM

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BankerBobby:

Still plannin' an airborn pig pickin' for later this year, just gotta work out the recipies with my new found health foods...tofu and splenda...need to work them in to a heart healthy BBQ sauce. Besides, you who recently touted the glories of rutabagas (a no-doubt healthy but otherwise disgusting root) must be more health conscience than you appear.
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


Bubba

Feb 3, 2005, 3:47 PM

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I look forward to meeting you Trucks even though it sounds like your doctor ruined you. I use a Carolina BBQ sauce that is vinegar based and damned healthy but still mighty tasty. I will garauntee you that, regardless of which one of us lives longer, we will both be dead for a very long time and have to answer to Cousin Billy Bob for that indescretion with Ida Sue or John Bob according to your personal preferences. I be gwine enjoyin' mysef as long as I'm on this here sorry planet.

Can you imagine spending eternity with Cousin Billy Bob?


gbatrucks


Feb 4, 2005, 7:55 AM

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Just another reason to live as long as you can so you can still pick your friends and see the Grandbabies’ babies. Once you move to the great beyond, Billy Bob might be your roommate whether you want it or not. Just foolin yuh about the tofu sauce…a thin vinegary sauce with red pepper flakes afloatin is a must for pulled pork. I hope Esperanza is still up to helping with the Tidewater slaw. I plan on bringing down about 20-30 lbs. All smoked & pulled, bagged & frozen…Don’t anticipate any probs bringing it into Mx…should I?
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


Uncle Jack


Feb 4, 2005, 8:02 AM

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I think that current regulations require "Hazardous Substance" labeling and that's about it.

uj


gbatrucks


Feb 4, 2005, 8:29 AM

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OW! Hey, I've still got you penciled in as wine steward.
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


esperanza

Feb 4, 2005, 8:46 AM

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I am still here and on slaw patrol. You can count on me.

My god, the other day I was talking to a tourist visiting from New York City (my first mistake) and he claimed to have eaten birria made out of textured soy protein. And right here in Guadalajara, birria central. Can you imagine? I 'bout fell out.

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gbatrucks


Feb 4, 2005, 9:40 AM

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Good Gawd!! I hope that was just a sick east-coast sense of humor funnin wit' yuh. Anyway, Le Cheffette Frau Christa would like to see the area during the rainy season, so we'll be hoppin the Big Bird from Phoenix sometime mid-year. We can put Elke & Christa in charge of the Black Forest Cherry Torte, get someone to do the beans & that should about do it.
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


esperanza

Feb 4, 2005, 9:54 AM

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He said it was the god's truth. Now there is no way you can make birria out of soy protein. Please.

Let's not leave the Bubbette out of this feast preparation. She is an A#1 certified super-duper chef and needs to be convinced to cook us something from her repertoire. Beg, okay?

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Bubba

Feb 4, 2005, 10:42 AM

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How the hell did a cry for help from Bowflex by our friend up the hill who really needs to find a new doctor rather that a Bowflex machine become a call to excessive consumption of fatty Hawg Southern BBQ by a bunch of reprobates living upon the shores of Lake Chapala? This is clearly a community wide cry for help. At least if we eat a whole lot of Trucks' BBQ, and accompaniments, we can help lower the old fart survival rate and thereby save social security from bankruptcy so all those spring chicken can get the proceeds of their private investment accounts - net of commisions over a 35 year span of course.

I'll bring the XX Lager but Bubbette tells me ain't into cooking no 'Mercan food. Well, I say bring on the "Freedom Fries". Dang furner!


Georgia


Feb 4, 2005, 12:41 PM

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Hey, Pete,
As I've told you privately, I used to work out religiously at a gym where I lived that had a Nautilus circuit and a Cybex circuit. I miss the gym. Yes, I walk. Maybe 4 miles on a good day (meaning a day with time to do it). Yes, I swim: when my pool gets finished I'll probably do 1/4 to 1/2 mile a day as I used to in the states. And, no, neither of this replaces a good gym for strength training which is an integral part of bone maintenance and a weight loss program. I've lost an awful lot of weight, and really need to do strength training myself in order to prevent dewlaps, batwings, and other offensive outcroppings on my body from getting out of control. I find that good machines help prevent injuries that free weights can lead to because you are correctly positioned for the lifts. Having had a bad bout with tendonitis/bursitis in one shoulder, I really don't want to do that again. So, if anyone knows of a good gym with such circuits please let me know. Actually, please let Pete know, too. I've checked out a couple and been very disappointed. There were either no circuits at all -- only a universal gym -- or a disorganized array of used equipment that didn't provide a good flow of exercise. Has anyone been to the Gold's gym in Santa Ana?? If so, what do they have there?


gbatrucks


Feb 4, 2005, 2:06 PM

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Maybe Bubbette would do the beans...I was really thinkin' baked beans or pintos, but FRENCH-cut green beans would be OK. Although she may not want to associate with those of us who have been known to roast our garlic on occassion.
"The trouble with life is there's no background music."


Bubba

Feb 4, 2005, 2:20 PM

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Lighten up, Georgia!

Gold's Gym in Santa Ana? The very definition of hell on this planet. Santa Ana even without (the latest cheap branch of) Gold's Gym is the definition of hell on the planet. Orange County is the very essence of what is wrong with the human race. Then there is Miami which is obviously inhabited by mindless cretins with way more money than brains.

A bucket of warm shit has more valuable life therein than both of these repositories of human waste.

I may be wrong but I feel better just having said that.

Reverend Bubba


(This post was edited by Bubba on Feb 4, 2005, 2:22 PM)


Uncle Jack


Feb 4, 2005, 3:48 PM

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Ifen we got a pot of hot grease goin, why not some Hush Puppys?

uj
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