Health and Fitness 007 Style

2 Dec

My buddy Damen is one of those people whose enthusiasm is infectious. One afternoon as we enjoyed a “few” pints of Czech beer we started kicking around ideas for new self-improvement challenges. As we were both in the process of rereading all the original James Bond books we decided to collate information about how the literary James Bond lives his daily life and incorporate some of that into our own lives. We already knew of some great online resources for information about the gadgetry, cars, clothes and such (here, here, and also here), so we reckoned we’d be adding to the wealth of data by collecting bits and pieces about eating and exercise from those Ian Fleming stories. Damen is tackling the eating info and I’ve tasked myself with the exercise.

So what does the literary James Bond do for exercise?

Here’s my primary inspiration, as I’m not going to take up golf:

“There was only one way to deal with boredom—kick oneself out of it. Bond went down on his hands and did twenty slow press-ups, lingering over each one so that his muscles had no rest. When his arms could stand the pain no longer, he rolled over on his back and, with his hands at his sides, did the straight leg-lift until his stomach muscles screamed. He got to his feet and, after touching his toes twenty times, went over to arm and chest exercises combined with deep breathing until he was dizzy.”

-Ian Fleming, From Russia, With Love

The above is not a whole hell of a lot to go on but it’s plenty to use as a foundation for a fitness program. James Bond had no need for gyms full of spandex and machinery that harkens back to the glory days of the Spanish Inquisition. James Bond wasn’t necking gallons of creatine and whey protein and fistfuls of supplement pills. James Bond wasn’t looking to hulk up into a ‘roid-balled Mr. Olympia. There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of those things if they appeal to you but 007 didn’t need them so…

In the posts to come I’ll be tracking my progress, regressions, aggressions, digressions, and impressions of the The 007 Fitness Experiment. I’ll be taking that short excerpt from From Russia With Love and figuring out how to turn it into a solid fitness regimen.

How will I cope with the lifestyle changes? Will I literally get too big for my britches? Will smoking 60 cigarettes a day turn out to be a crucial element in the 007 fitness equation?

All these questions and many, many more will be answered one way or another. I hope you’ll join me for the fun.

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