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Keeping busy, entertained, productive during the coronavirus epidemic
Well... here we are, in the midst of a global pandemic. Cities are going on lockdown stores, bars, libraries, schools and just about everything else are closing for the near future and we're all, save for a few, going to have a lot of time on our hands. The question now is is what can we do with it. How can we come out of the other end of this if/when it ends a better person. I have a few plans for myself -
1. Read the Bible and watch some studies
2. Recently got and will read Julius Evola's 'Revolt Against the Modern World'
3. Run outside every morning
4. Browse Mr Money Mustache articles
5. Watch some Dragon Ball Z
6. Play guitar and finish my album
7. Stay in contact with the fam
What are your guys plans to stay busy and or productive?
03-20-2020 01:09 PM
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Nothing really at all is changing for me, basically just continuing my daily life but have been doubling up certain things and finding it the perfect time to establish some habits I've been trying to incorporate into my daily life for awhile (meditation and waking up/sleeping earlier)

4 mile walk every AM and PM
Daily resistance training with various bands and body weight exercises + abs and core
Devouring books
100% on point diet (meat, eggs and plenty of fat -- zero carbs or sugar)
Meditation 20 mins AM / 20 mins PM
Waking up at sunrise (finally bought a SunlightJR light box after many years telling myself I will soon)
Reading plenty of Fintwit (financial twitter)
Daily checklist

Things I avoid normally but especially now: Television

The only thing I'm really pissed about and will severely miss during this time is going to the beach -- I live 1 mile from the beach in South Florida and the weather has been perfect and looks to be staying that way for awhile.
03-20-2020 02:00 PM
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For years Ive had several ideas for screenplays but didnt "have time".

No excuse now

Im using Scrivener software and should have a first draft of at least one feature by the end of April. Target is 118-126 pages and Ive got 30 pages already

Sample from web:
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Ive got 1st and 3rd acts pretty well mapped but fleshing out the 2nd act is the toughest part (Ive always heard that from several writers I know...now I see its true)

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RE: Keeping busy/entertained/productive during the coronavirus epidemic
Can anyone recommend a good body weight training regime? I'm used to hit the gym 3 times/ week and now it looks like it'll be awhile before they reopen.
03-20-2020 04:12 PM
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AthleanX has a home workout video that one of my friends is doing, might want to have a look.

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(03-20-2020 04:12 PM)BoiBoi Wrote:  Can anyone recommend a good body weight training regime? I'm used to hit the gym 3 times/ week and now it looks like it'll be awhile before they reopen.

Extremely easy to find. Check Youtube, check out Instagram fitness pages, there's endless material out there and I can imagine even more now that people are forced to stay in.

I highly suggest getting some resistance bands at the very least.

This is the set I purchased:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RHH...UTF8&psc=1
03-21-2020 06:28 AM
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Onlykinds fitness has some good bodyweight 5-10 min training videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRhFAh4...OpA/videos
03-21-2020 06:39 AM
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(03-20-2020 04:12 PM)BoiBoi Wrote:  Can anyone recommend a good body weight training regime? I'm used to hit the gym 3 times/ week and now it looks like it'll be awhile before they reopen.

It's honestly pretty straightforward. Considering that bodyweight stuff is mostly about endurance not strength/power, it's far less taxing on your nervous system and you can recover much easier. Another thing is that you can spread it out throughout the day instead of concentrating it into a 45 min burst. I used to do intense full body routines 3x a week so this is a very different mindset that will take some getting used to.

Ideally you'll want to focus almost entirely on increasing your max reps over time without overtraining. So if your max volume is 5x25 push ups right now, instead of begrudgingly forcing yourself to do 5x25 every workout, maybe try doing 3x10 week 1, 3x15 week 2, 3x20 week 3, etc. Not sure how many days a week you should workout but I think you could get away with 5-6x a week especially if you don't overtrain.

As far as workouts go, pushups, planks, ab rollers, paused ATG squats, burpees, and ideally pullups/chinups are what you should focus on imo. Almost everything else is gimmicky bullshit or worthless (like situps).

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Learn a new language. Not a foreign language, a coding language. Jobs are increasingly listing the requirement that you be able to code to work on the job.

Here are some free tutorials for one of the most commonly used and versatile of such languages: https://scrimba.com/g/gpython?utm_source...ch_article
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Audible has free classical audio books: https://stories.audible.com/discovery/en...s_sbtp-0-4
03-21-2020 01:59 PM
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Cambridge textbooks are free to read online until May:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-p.../textbooks
03-21-2020 02:39 PM
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I'll be doing the Convict Conditioning book program as there'll be a lot of free time and I don't have any weights at home at all.

I'll also be reading a lot of good books I have in my computer and never touched, and will download a lot of rare Christian Rock LPs.

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How I've been spending lockdown...

1) Working out daily (convict conditioning)
2) Eating 100 percent clean
3) Reading (currently reading about Stalingrad - it really puts things into perspective)
4) Going for a 1 hour walk each day (while we're still allowed to do that here in Australia)
5) Stretching and working on flexibility
6) Watching movies (watched Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid yesterday, really good!)
7) Messaging people I've lost contact with over the past few years
03-29-2020 03:15 AM
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(03-21-2020 01:59 PM)Lazuli Waves Wrote:  Audible has free classical audio books: https://stories.audible.com/discovery/en...s_sbtp-0-4

Do you have to be a member to listen to free? I don't see a listen option unless you buy it or are already a member.

Edit: It doesn't work through the Audible app. You have to access it via a browser.

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(03-21-2020 02:39 PM)kel Wrote:  Cambridge textbooks are free to read online until May:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-p.../textbooks

How do you get access? I signed up and nothing is available.

Looks like it's for institutions to sign up, then offer free access for students, faculty of that institution.

Am I missing something?
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You used to just click in to the book (that wasn't "Coming Soon") and then could click through the chapters. It doesn't seem to work now, maybe they cancelled it. Or maybe it's just glitchy, the interface was terrible when I was using it before. Try searching with the "what I have access to" filter, ex. https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-p...B5AC93698. Maybe it'll start working again soon?
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What do you do about your strength training?

I'm in a very good position myself. My sister goes to a crossfit type gym, and as now all the gyms are closed in Croatia, the owner of this gym, praised he be, decided to lend the equipment to members to take home. So we got hold of a bar and 70 kg of plates (90 kg in total) and a 12kg kettlebel. Now a have a back yard to work out in and, given the limitations of not having a rack or a bench, I've devised what I consider a very good routine:

Workout A :
5 sets chinups x failure
(I also have a bar in my back yard to pull myself up, as well as parallel bars for dips)
5 sets dips x failure
3 sets pushups x failure
3 kettlebell curls x failure

Workout B

Overhead press 5x6 60 kg (add a rep to a set for progression)
Overhead press 5x10 50kg
Landmine press with 20 kg 3 sets to failure

Workout C
Pendlay row 5x5 90kg (add a rep to a set for progression)
Pendlay row 5x10 60 kg
Single handed rows in a t bar position with 20 kg 3 sets to failure
Romanian deadlift 3 sets 90 kg, one rep to failure
3 sets kettlebell curls to failure


This is a lot different from my regular routine, usually i do alot of low rep high weigth powerlifting style of training and now I'm forced to do a lot of high rep training because I don't have that much weigth at my disposal . And so far, two weeks in I'm amazed with results, I guess my body responded really well to this new and different stimulus.
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Here's what I'm doing

1 hour stretching/ yoga sessions working on mobility
1 hour home workout
30 minute recovery work (make a fake steam room and foam roll)
4 hours or more working on my video game im making
1 hour of reading
the rest is spent playing the mass effect series over again.

I need to incorporate running into my program.
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If you guys are in quarantine or "social distancing" by staying home more, then I would advise against heavy workouts unless you have the groceries and food to back up the amount of hunger such heavy workouts bring about. Same goes for water supply and whatever else you use for refueling.

Having to go to the grocery store as frequently as before to keep the same food intake equal to workouts doesn't seem like a good idea.

I doubt it. Remember that your lower level, millenial leftist isn't good at critical thinking. They're largely like trained dogs who emote in response to programmed cues like the word "racism" and "socialism". Easy_C

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(Yesterday 02:02 PM)estraudi Wrote:  If you guys are in quarantine or "social distancing" by staying home more, then I would advise against heavy workouts unless you have the groceries and food to back up the amount of hunger such heavy workouts bring about. Same goes for water supply and whatever else you use for refueling.

Yes. I usually train only higher rep bodyweight movements, like push ups, dips and pullups, during the winter (getting older and joints are battered from years of powerlifting). I started back with traditional weight training this past week as I usually do around this time of year and my appetite is through the roof. Doesn't necessarily mean avoid, but it's something to bear in mind if you're low on supplies.
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I made the erroneous decision to quit working in logistics like a month ago & formally quitting it about two and a half weeks ago and now everybody's on a hiring freeze.

.I legitimately couldn't take it anymore. Working late hours and having absolutely no social life sucked the life out of me...

So what's been productive for me is doing the other side of gig economy work which is delivering groceries to older & disabled people or lazy millennials and their take out. Very few people are getting into Uber/Lyft rides with potentially infected people, so I've essentially just been delivering foods.
For the area I live I made $50 in about 2 hours and that's pretty good all things considering minus the 20% in taxes i gotta put aside... Not great money but definitely not too shabby. Gig economy work is working for me currently. At least this way I can commit full-time to my bootcamp coding training in may at lambda School for the evening courses.

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Amen. I'm currently doing that right now

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(03-20-2020 04:12 PM)BoiBoi Wrote:  Can anyone recommend a good bodyweight training regime? I'm used to hit the gym 3 times/ week and now it looks like it'll be awhile before they reopen.

Chest - push-ups (these over 100 different variations). Push your legs up on a 45 degrees to feel more of a workout. One hand...
Shoulders - put some heavy stuff in your suitcase and do shoulder press, upright high pulls. Get some bags and do shoulder raises, front raises etc... Can also do a handstand against the wall and try to touch your nose with the floor and then go back to the handstand position.
Back - get a suitcase and bend over and do T-bar rows (can lay on the table and put your iron chin top of the edge of a chair). Also can use a bag to do one arm dumbbell rows. Pull up on a bar.
Arms - Use a couple of bags and do dumbbell curls and one arm tricep pushbacks. Can also do dips with 2 chairs (hands on top of backrest). A suitcase for bicep curls. If you have kids, they now are your dumbbells.
Legs- Use a resistance band to do leg extensions and leg curls. You can also use a band to do the exercises above. Get a nice thick one so you will feel a lot of resistance. Can also do squats with a band. If you have a stairway, get a bag and do one leg calf raises.

The key is to use items around the house and do the same motion you do at the gym.



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If you're having trouble locating weights for a home gym, sandbags are a good alternative and sand is still cheap and available from DIY suppliers. Brooks Kubiks 90s book 'Dinosaur Training' goes into a lot of odd object lifting like this that can be done really cheap. 'Rock Iron Steel' by Steve Justa is another good book on odd object lifting.
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(Yesterday 04:42 PM)pitbullowner Wrote:  So what's been productive for me is doing the other side of gig economy work which is delivering groceries to older & disabled people or lazy millennials and their take out. Very few people are getting into Uber/Lyft rides with potentially infected people, so I've essentially just been delivering foods.
For the area I live I made $50 in about 2 hours and that's pretty good all things considering minus the 20% in taxes i gotta put aside... Not great money but definitely not too shabby. Gig economy work is working for me currently.

This sounds very interesting and something I've wanted to do to make even quicker easy cash like I did delivering pizzas when I was 20.
Alas, I'd have to invest in a cheap car to do so as my only car is a luxury suv that I do not want to trash for a few shekels.

What could have been if I never sold my mod car accord 7 months ago. Shit

I doubt it. Remember that your lower level, millenial leftist isn't good at critical thinking. They're largely like trained dogs who emote in response to programmed cues like the word "racism" and "socialism". Easy_C

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