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You can do squats, rows, chest press & overhead press with dumbbells, though they're a little different technique & you won't be able to go up in weight in such small increments - still not bad though. Dead lift you'll struggle though as you need a proper bar for that.
My gym is the same (rubbish); no power racks, only one squat rack (and that's not a proper one), not many bars etc...
Have a look at this
I've incorporated elements of it into my training though with a few exceptions; I only increase the weight once a week not every time, I mix bits with other stuff I like doing like dumbbell stuff & I do 2km on the rower first. He gives guide weights for starting in there somewhere with different figures for male & female (though it's basically starting with just the bar).
I've definitely had results from it & there are a couple of ladies at my gym that seem to be at least loosely following it (the same as me) who also seem to be enjoying it.
There was a woman on the train yesterday using one to exchange dirty messages with someone not very subtly - she seemed to be getting on with it ok, probably the most productive thing I've seen a smart watch do.
Quality second hand might be the way to go at that price point - I found a website called leather monkeys that had some decent looking ones when I was looking.
If you're looking at new, don't go to the Lewis Leathers shop as their quality blows everything else out the water & you'll just be upset that you can't have one.
I'm a big fan of the explorer & quite wanted one for a big occasion this year myself but the used prices are still a huge step up from the other two aren't they?
I'd be interested to hear what you think of the North Flag; it's one that I was considering too though I haven't actually held one yet but the black ring on the bezel is putting me off a bit.
The heritage ranger doesn't look bad on the bracelet but I think they made it too big; such a large plain face felt a bit strange...
I wouldn't sit in the middle of the straights as they're a bit boring even if there are loads of simple passes - I thought the corners were much more entertaining. Grandstand on a corner with a view of the incoming straight would get my vote.
Call people cowards then disable the comments on the video...
Went swimming for the first time in about a decade (other than holiday splashing in the sea) at lunch - very enjoyable, though shocking just how much I've lost it.
I have to say a lot of people seem to have very different opinions to me regarding what is "slow", "medium" and "fast" and there were of course the end of lane loiterers until I cleared them, but good all the same. I might brave the outside pool next time seeing as they appear to be quite rare in central London.
Ha - yes that is always an issue!
@hippy - the rowing machines have been a revelation to me, never used one before this year but they really feel like they've worked lots of your muscles & easily measurable improvements are quite rewarding (if you enjoy seeing yourself improve).
Ok thanks for that - it had a HRM on the elliptical which seemed to be working but the concept-2 rowers don't have them.
I've got one at home though so will use that with the website you've linked to.
Not that it really matters as the fat is shifting anyway & no amount of calories are going to stop me from having a beer or two tonight - it's just nice to know isn't it...