Why Lockdown Was The Best Thing To Happen To My Gains

When The Pandemic really took its toll on New South Wales and forced businesses to close their doors, I was scared. Not because of the possibility of contracting said disease, nor because I wasn't sure when my next schooner on tap would come, but because I knew full well that I was going to come out of lockdown – which back then was anyone's guess as to when – an unhealthier, fatter, unhappier version of myself.

Why? Because barely a week after I finally found myself getting into a decent routine at the gym, and noticing results for what seemed like the first time in forever, The Virus hit. Talk about bad luck.

Obviously I was bombarded with articles relating to home workouts, hell, I even wrote a fair few myself. But did I take heed of my own advice? Did I f*ck.

As I’m sure is the case for many during the lockdown period, summoning the motivation to don your best gym gear, only to lunge, crunch and jump your way into better shape in your front room, was far easier said than done. There were far too many distractions facing my steadily-increasing midriff, especially since the suburb I live in wasn’t too strict on rules (not naming names, obviously. I'm loyal). I would still go outside for at least one coffee per day, and I did at least get into walking a few kilometres each day...but that only lasted around a week and a half.

Nearly two months into lockdown and I found myself staring at a figure that I remember describing to a friend as being “the worst shape of my life”. That may not have been strictly true, but it sure as hell felt like it.

So, how does that relate to the title of this article? Well, dear reader, it’s because as soon as the gym doors were flung open again, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to put right the copious amount of Dairy Milk consumed over the previous few months.

That’s exactly what I’ve done. It’s only been a few weeks since gyms were allowed to reopen in New South Wales, but I’ve been to three classes a week for all of them. I go to a class-based gym and my membership only allows for three per week, so no, I’m not slacking still.

As for my level of effort during the classes, well, I tried going full H.A.M (hard as a motherf*cker) during a HIIT class. At 5 am. On a Monday morning.

It was clear my fitness has taken some backwards steps.

More than just a couple of steps but several god damn kilometres. I was unfit to the point where I was close to vomiting. And that was from what would have been perceived as an ‘easy’ HIIT class.

That second wake up call gave me the motivation that I was severely lacking at home to do something about my level of fitness, as well as my aesthetic appearance (read: gains). I’ve already noticed differences since going to my classes and feel like I’m actually beyond the level of fitness that I entered lockdown with. Not to mention (well, actually, I'm pretty keen to mention) my burgeoning six-pack...

I’ve even signed up for extra personal training sessions, that’s how seriously I’m taking this whole shebang, because, as Victoria has recently proven, we're not out of the woods yet when it comes to The Virus, and those gym doors that I enter gleefully before 6 am each time may be forced to close once more.

I’ve never had any sort of ab definition, but with lucky bastards around me retaining theirs even with two months off and a likely increased amount of alcohol and junk food, I feel like I now deserve to have some of my own. This is just one of my goals, and going by some other strength-based classes, my whole upper body could do with a kick into shape.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll be in a similar shape to Zlatan when I reach his age.

But I'm more determined than ever to achieve these goals. So in many ways, I actually want to thank Wuhan. You might resent it, but me? Considering I can now commit to training and enjoy a schooner at the weekend, I'm pretty content.

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Lapo Elkann’s ‘Millennial P‌ink’ Hublot Big Bang May Be The Coolest Watch Release Of 2020

"This is a man's world" is no longer a phrase that can be said without copping some sort of hate or protest. The fact is, times are a changing and the world we live in now is one that needs to be far more accepting of gender, cultures, race and sexual orientation, to name but a few.

It's with that in mind that companies in all industries do their bit to acknowledge that change and Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has just thrown its hat into the ring.

It comes in the form of a Big Bang timepiece (nothing new there) but in an entirely new 'Millenial Pink' colour that is quite simply jaw-droppingly stunning.

Produced in partnership with Italian businessman and heir to the Fiat fortune – and occasionally controversial – Lapo Elkann and his Garage Italia custom design agency that "develops projects, products and unique personalised experiences for brands, companies and private customers", this latest Hublot timepiece has been launched to blur the lines between traditionally has been considered 'normal' and what now needs to be considered normal in the world of timekeeping.

Of course, pink has long been associated as a colour for women, but as has been proven time and time again – including by us here at DMARGE – pink is most definitely a colour that guys can own. As the adage goes "real men wear pink".

Hublot says the new colour is "not in the exclusive realm of women, nor that of men, but truly a symbol of a completely new generation. This special hue marks a seismic shift which will change the status quo."

But what about the watch itself? Hublot timepieces, the Big Bang, in particular, are known for their intricate design niceties and this model is certainly no different. Rocking a 42mm case, which, in true company style is made from lightweight aluminium that is both anodised and satin-finished, is the embodiment of premium, both to look at and to touch.

Hublot's engineers have been especially considerate with the proportions of this Big Bang, with the company claiming it will comfortably sit on any wrist, large or small, thus being "Gender Neutral". We've previously seen celebrities such as Harry Styles and Timothée Chalamet step out gender-crushing outfits, so it's pleasing to see a high-end watch manufacturer join in with the movement.

Once on, time is displayed by way of the company's HUB1280 Unico Manufacture self-winding chronograph movement. This movement is made up of no less than 354 components and boasts a power reserve of 72 hours.

Not only has Hublot catered to all genders with this Big Bang, but it caters for individual preferences too by supplying it with two different straps: one made of rubber that sports a deployment buckle made from titanium and covered with a layer of case-colour-matching pink aluminium; and the second making use of a mix of Velcro and knitted PES (polyester) fabric.

This strap is secured by a "sporty buckle" in millennial pink anodised and polished aluminium. Both straps can be interchanged quickly and easily thanks to Hublot's One Click system.

If you like what you see (and we expect you do) you'll have to be quick to secure one of these US$20,900 timepieces, as it will be limited to just 200 pieces.

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This $60 Sustainably Made Portable Grill Will Change The Way You Camp & Cook Forever

Admittedly, camping isn't for everyone. But for those that love spending nights under the stars in the great outdoors, there's nothing better. Of course, the whole experience is made even greater when you can cook up a decent feast, but many happy campers are restrained to using a portable gas bottle upon which to place a small saucepan. 

You're never going to trouble Gordon Ramsay with such a setup, but Fire & Flavour has a portable grill that will allow you to show off the chef you truly are. Called the Hero Grill, this eco-friendly portable grill designed to be used outdoors comes with a bed of instantly-lighting charcoal.

Once lit, simply wait 10 minutes and you'll be cooking up more than just the standard rice and beans for your campmates in no time. And don't worry about overcooking anything, as an included thermometer will let you know how hot your cooking skills are. 

The tray that holds the charcoal is completely compostable and the grill itself is reusable for hundreds of camping expeditions, and you're even supplied with a spatula made from bamboo. And all this for just US$60?!

Sustainably seared steaks? Sign us up. 

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This $60 Sustainably Made Portable Grill Will Change The Way You Camp & Cook Forever

Admittedly, camping isn't for everyone. But for those that love spending nights under the stars in the great outdoors, there's nothing better. Of course, the whole experience is made even greater when you can cook up a decent feast, but many happy campers are restrained to using a portable gas bottle upon which to place a small saucepan. 

You're never going to trouble Gordon Ramsay with such a setup, but Fire & Flavour has a portable grill that will allow you to show off the chef you truly are. Called the Hero Grill, this eco-friendly portable grill designed to be used outdoors comes with a bed of instantly-lighting charcoal.

Once lit, simply wait 10 minutes and you'll be cooking up more than just the standard rice and beans for your campmates in no time. And don't worry about overcooking anything, as an included thermometer will let you know how hot your cooking skills are. 

The tray that holds the charcoal is completely compostable and the grill itself is reusable for hundreds of camping expeditions, and you're even supplied with a spatula made from bamboo. And all this for just US$60?!

Sustainably seared steaks? Sign us up. 

Buy The Fire & Flavour Hero Grill

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Score Up Top 25% Off ‘Go-Anywhere’ Danner Footwear For A Limited Time

If you're an adrenaline junkie or just someone that likes to spend more time outdoors than indoors, then you'll be all too aware that you need a capable fair of boots or sneakers to carry you across mountainous paths or over hills. We're sorry to say but your everyday sneakers just won't do the tric...

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