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Favorite whey restocked

With my supply of whey products replenished, time has almost come to straighten up and fly right. My period of extensive traveling comes to a pauze halfway through February and I plan to hit the gym hard. If you are anything like me, having your favorite products around helps keep motivation up. I like to start my day either with a breakfast shake based on Protech’s Whey Breakfast, or with same oatmeal-and-skimmed-milk with a scoop of Protech‘s vanilla 3whey. Absolutely delicious and I hope the upcoming improved taste of Whey Breakfast won’t have too much of an impact. Throughout the day, I prefer Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey in the double rich chocolate taste. All of them are top tips if you want both good products without a trade-off on flavor.

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Playlist: Deep Despair

The current grim and dark Belgian weather is reflected in my latest compilation: Deep Despair. Deep house to Electro Pop with a melancholic undercurrent. Swapping a tropical climate for winter and leaving my princess behind in the process might have been a contributing factor, but let’s not dwell on that. For your consideration and perfect for gym and workout purposes. Full track listing if you continue reading.

Playlist: Glitterati presents Deep Despair

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Yanga sports water … no comment

As posted yesterday, I reluctantly joined Basic-Fit. Today, I decided to have a look into the Yanga Sports Water that Basic-Fit offers for an addition of EUR 4.99 to the monthly subscription. Having a taste prior to subscribing does not seem to be an option, so I decided to have a look at the dispenser. The back was particularly interesting. I’m just going to post the picture and not offer any further comment. By the way, the tap water in the shower does not imply an additional cost.

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Reluctant Basic-Fit membership

After having trained at an independently-owned gym with a friendly atmosphere for the last decade, I reluctantly became a Basic-Fit member today. Not a big fan of corporate gyms, it was the most sensible choice. Three locations relatively close by, a fourth on the way and dirt-cheap prices … there wasn’t a real alternative. Basic-fit offers three subscriptions: Easy, Smart and Flex. The latter two use direct debit, where you allow them to take the fee directly out of your bank account. Not an option in my opinion. Past experience with direct debit has proven this to be troublesome to get rid of. The Easy subscription implies the payment of one year’s subscription in advance, does not imply direct debit and comes down to €18,16/month when the joining fee and current promotion are factored in. Hardly breaking the bank. It’s too soon to review the facilities, right now … patience. Just one observation: the color scheme isn’t exactly easy on the eyes. 😉

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Healthy fast food

In the West, we primarily know the fried version of the spring roll. The fresh uncooked version is at least as popular in Asia, which is a wrapped version of a salad, really. We need readily available healthy fast food like this in Europe.

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Epic gym

With only about 2/3 of the total surface covered in this picture, I hereby nominate Body Magic in Vilvoorde (Belgium) as an epic gym. This is a dare … Who does better? Post your pictures with hashtag #epicgym 😉

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Fitness in Phimai

With Fitness (as in physical exercise in a gym) quickly growing in popularity in Thailand, Norwegian entrepreneur Wind and his wife Kai truly found an untapped customer base in Phimai (Nahon Ratchasima province, Thailand). The nearest major city (Korat) has plenty of gyms, but is at least a 40 minute drive away. Phimai residents were almost begging for someone to open a fitness center, which is exactly what the couple did with the aptly named Phimai Fitness. They’ve started out small, with a single shop house in the soi of Anantachinda Road right next to Phimai Medical Hospital. With a mixture of store-bought and self-made equipment they have attracted enough customers to have to expand into a second shop house. Kudos! The business is too young to warrant a review, which will follow at a later time. My personal feedback to the friendly couple is: keep the growth rate up (with active advertising), so you can organically grow into the establishment this community needs (and start selling protein powder). Don’t become someone else’s proof of concept. Prices, a map and more pictures below.

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