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I Am Flashing in Different Cities

I am cajoling people to take pictures of me to document my progress. This includes shots where I flash in different cities. So here are pictures taken in Washington and Boston that don’t indicate much change has occurred yet. But maybe it is just poor lighting. In the gym, with overhead lights, I see some definition. But in Boston, where I agreed to be photographed discreetly under a bridge with no down lighting, I don’t see even a hint of a bulge. I will keep at it.

washington flash 3/30/09

washington flash 3/30/09

boston commons 5/1/09

boston commons 5/1/09

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I Do Supermans on a Beach Ball While One Hulk Drinks His Six-Packs

Made it to the gym yesterday for 1¼ hours. Pretty tired after two days of tennis and squash. Couldn’t do as many reps as usual on some machines. So I did extra ab exercises.

I am so silly–I keep looking at my stomach to see how puffed out the muscles become. Hardly anything showing, but I can see little mounds growing…if I move around so the light is just right and creates longer shadows Must be what young girls entering puberty go through, checking their chests all the time. Anxiously looking for those promised signs of womanhood. Oh well, I am watching for signs of real manhood.

Wiped out later on and a bit sore…I had strained a little on a lower back exercise. Hope this doesn’t keep me from exercising at all–I am determined to make it to the gym eight times this month. Have been there just five times so far, so three more to go in nine days.

I heard that you are supposed to go three or four times a week for maximum muscle growth and also work on different muscle groups each time. I do the same upper body routine each time, three sets of six to eight reps per machine. I was told to use enough weight to cause you to strain by rep six, and I add weight every few weeks if I can—five to 15 pounds minimum, depending on the machine. This should build bulk faster than less weight and less strain and 12 to 15 reps.

It’s amazing how many different systems and points of view there are on body building. One would imagine that after a few thousand years a particular approach had proven itself clearly to be the best. But it just ain’t so…

Had an errand today near the gym, so I was back without a rest day. I decided to focus almost solely on my abs…and to also experiment on a 30 inch exercise ball. I chose a bright orange one and experimented with the various ab exercises I’d printed from a web site in England I’d found by browsing
that showed a photo of a guy with a great six-pack.


Maybe that could be me some day…sure. Yeah right. Why not? Read the rest of this entry »

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What This Blog is All About

My name is Ira, and I want to have a six-pack. I am 68 and have always been a strong believer in health and fitness. But I have disliked exercise most of my life, and only joined a gym for the first time two years ago — after I semi-retired. Finally I had time to firm up some flab, create some definition.

This blog will document and picture the progress I make with my abs. I also want to talk about my new sports efforts (tennis and squash), diet and good health. And through these activities, I will pass on some philosophy about living a life. All with a bit of humor and amusement.

In addition, I encourage readers of all ages to send in your own stories and pictures of making muscles, becoming more fit, and also more skilled and involved in personal sports. I believe your participation and advice about athletics and life will serve as a real inspiration to me and the site’s visitors.

As you can see below, I need a lot of work:

After two weeks of avoiding the gym.
This is 1 pm on April 4, 2009.

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