Africa for three months?!

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    May 07, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    I'm going to be in a fairly remote part of Sub-Saharan Africa for the next three months. I've been working out like crazy over the past year and really don't want to lose too much of my progress from the gym. What do you guys think I could do over there without access to a gym or any equipment? I obviously know the basics like ab exercises, dips, and pushups, but that's about all I can think of. I'm leaving fairly soon so any other exercises you can think of would be greatly appreciated! Especially for arms, shoulders, or chest. Hope to hear from you guys!
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    May 07, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    Southern7 saidFirst of this is a legitimate question and I am real even though I don't have pics on here. I deleted them temporarily for personal reasons, so real advice would be greatly appreciated!

    I'm going to be in a fairly remote part of Sub-Saharan Africa for the next three months. I've been working out like crazy over the past year and really don't want to lose too much of my progress from the gym. What do you guys think I could do over there without access to a gym or any equipment? I obviously know the basics like ab exercises, dips, and pushups, but that's about all I can think of. I'm leaving fairly soon so any other exercises you can think of would mean a lot to me! Especially for arms, shoulders, or chest. Hope to hear from you guys!


    Depends on your budget, but you can get a bit creative on things like planks, etc. If your budget will allow, you can also consider getting a TRX (Amazon does 2 day or even 1 day shipping) - http://www.amazon.com/TRX-Pro-Pack-Door-Anchor/dp/B002YRB35I/

    There are also kind of copy cats of TRX that are cheaper and also available on Amazon (you can also check out the video demos on youtube).

    Also check out these books:
    "7 Weeks to Getting Ripped: The Ultimate Weight-Free, Gym-Free Training Program"
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1612430260/

    "7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Abs, Chest, Back and Glutes by Training to do 100 Consecutive Push-Ups"
    http://www.amazon.com/Weeks-100-Push-Ups-Strengthen-Consecutive/dp/1569757070/

    "7 Weeks to 300 Sit-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Abs, Back, Core and Obliques by Training to Do 300 Consecutive Sit-Ups"
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/161243049X/ref=oh_details_o02_s02_i00

    I think you'd find each of these books is also available via ereader - either kindle or kobo or other if you're really pressed for time.

    You might also be surprised depending on how "remote" you are talking. There could still be a relatively accessible gym somewhere near you - look for them at any international hotel if there is one (again don't know how remote you are talking - I lived in Kampala some time ago and there were a number of gyms - but Kampala isn't considered relatively remote).

    And have a look at this study which suggests you don't need really heavy weight if you do a lot more reps -
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2345692/
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    May 08, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Thanks so much! I'm going to be in a fairly moderate sized town. I hear there are a few orphanages and a hotel, but pretty positive there is no gym at the hotel or in the area. Do kindle books work on a laptop?
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    May 08, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    dont forget the vaccines [before u go]
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    May 08, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    What town are you going to? It may not be quite as remote as you think.
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    May 11, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    Southern7 saidThanks so much! I'm going to be in a fairly moderate sized town. I hear there are a few orphanages and a hotel, but pretty positive there is no gym at the hotel or in the area. Do kindle books work on a laptop?


    Np. Yes - you can download the kindle app for viewing on a laptop. There are corresponding apps for Kobo and others as well.
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    May 11, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    rani89 saiddont forget the vaccines [before u go]


    Most countries don't even let you in if you haven't gotten the vaccines... (particularly yellow fever)
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    May 11, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    Purchase the Insanity Workout and run it out of your laptopicon_biggrin.gif that will definitely kick your butt.
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    May 11, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    I spent 6 months in Western Kenya, best time of my life to date and hope to get back in next few years.

    You could try take doorway chin-up bar gear which can be light and easily constructed. You'll find a lot of guys simply make their own gear- cement weights, pump-bars etc. But just get a 12 week own body weight program so you have something to commit to and not anxious about missing the gym.

    Enjoy yourself, safari salama!