Level 4 – Day 5

Trained this time from Motaz’s house in Sheikh Zayed. Done more pull-ups/push ups than past workouts.
Given that I’ll be in Egypt for a bit, I bought a pull up bar from التوحيد و النور so I am guaranteed to workout when I stay with my family #noexcuses
Day 5 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Chin ups 4 4 Enough
Full body workout Dips (from chair) 10 4 Enough
Full body workout Pull ups 3 4 enough
Full body workout Jump pull ups 8 4 Enough
Full body workout Dive bomber pushups 8 4 Enough
Full body workout Crunches 15 (5 each side) 3 Enough
Full body workout Superman hold 15s 3 enough
Full body workout Calf raises 10,10,20 4 enough

Level 4 – Day 3

My first workout in Egypt! This time it’s from El Gouna, and I was lucky enough to find some pull up bars – a definite challenge compared to Europe.

I found that chin ups have gotten a lot easier over the weeks, and doing four sets of them wasn’t that difficult.

Day 3 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Chin ups + 10 s isometric hold 4 + 10s 4 enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 3 enough
Full body workout Dips (on bench) 10 3 enough
Full body workout Explosive Australian chin ups 10 4 enough
Full body workout Push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Wall walks 2 4 enough
Full body workout Pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Crunches 6 each side 3 enough
Full body workout Lunges Max 4 enough

Reflections on Europe

I left Europe last night after a whopping 56-day trip. I could not have anticipated that I’ll spend this much time there, especially when I traditionally had little interest in going to Europe. The MIT reunion was really the only major reason that drew me there in the first place.

I arrived to El Gouna in Egypt this morning. I wanted to take this time to reflect on my experience in Europe. Here’s how my itinerary in Europe panned out:

  1. Madrid, Spain
  2. Cordoba, Spain
  3. Seville, Spain
  4. Granada, Spain
  5. Tarifa, Spain
  6. Stockholm, Sweden
  7. Brussels, Belgium
  8. Dusseldorf, Germany
  9. Paris, France
  10. Bonn, Germany
  11. Lisbon, Portugal

On average, I relocated every 5 days, often using long bus rides or flights. Moving around was certainly a huge burden and barrier from me actually doing “work”. Not to mention that, in most of these places, I was staying at hostels, which are not necessarily the most productive of environments.

I am not going to lie, it was hard. Reflecting back, here are some moments that come to mind:

  • Reconnecting with my MIT comrades in Spain
  • Feeling the most lost I’ve ever been after the MIT reunion, and that was especially hard in Cordoba and Seville.
  • Applied to YC with Carlos and did some great brainstorming of ideas.
  • Connected with old friends like Lise-Lotte, Linnea, Rafa, and Amelie.
  • Made some great friends like Alina and Marie.
  • Caught up with the EdgeRyders crew and experienced a different model of thinking when it comes to communal living.
  • Visited the Catacombs in Paris with Bilal, Josephine, et al. – an incredible experience!
  • Attended WebSummit in Lisbon and connected with great people there.
  • Took some great kite-surfing classes in Tarifa.
  • Visited INSEAD in France and learned more about their MBA program.

Gains from my trip to Europe:

  • I started becoming more project-based and I think I found an approach that helps me stick with a project and commit to it. The first, and so far successful, example of that is Project Small Fish which involves calisthenics training, and I’ve been sticking to it religiously for weeks now.
  • I experienced the state of total loss, where I had no idea what I was doing with my life – no job, no career, no friends, and no home. I like to think that I’ve become accustomed to that, and I am no longer afraid. I feel a lot stronger and more emotionally resilient thanks to the training I’ve been doing.
  • I’ve identified two projects that have occupied a great deal of my time as I was traveling. It’s still unclear where they’ll go, but at least I have been spending my time doing work that is challenging me intellectually as well as growing my skill set over time.
  • Having the freedom to connect with old friends is a huge luxury that I have, and practicing that luxury while I was in Europe was highly rewarding for me. I would love to visit and connect with more of my friends who live abroad.
  • I learned that I don’t ask for help as much as I should be. I should’ve reached out to more friends about questions I wonder about and directly ask for help. I am a bit too independent for my liking.
  • I identified some key questions that I need to answer for myself to help guide what I should be doing moving forward. Two key questions that I am contemplating on are 1) whether I should do more product as opposed to more engineering, and 2) whether I should remain attached to my Arab heritage as I currently am. I’ll be reflecting on both of these questions in more depth in the future.
  • I learned that joining a business school isn’t really what I need right now. After going to that session at INSEAD, I felt very out of place and the crowd that I met there didn’t appeal to me as a crowd I’d like to spend a year with.
  • I should be spending more. I’ve been mostly cost-cutting while I was in Europe, and I think it’s more appropriate from me to invest in myself through courses, experiences, and whatever means necessary. Time should be what I’m optimizing for as opposed to finances in the meantime.

These are just my initial reflections, and having written those down it doesn’t seem like Europe was a time ill-spent. I’ll be digging deeper into some of the points I mentioned above in the near future.

Level 4 – Day 1

Yesterday I started level 4, and it was also my last day in Europe. I’ll miss the great access to all these calisthenics parks. Anyways, here was my workout:

Day 1 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 3 enough
Full body workout Pull ups + jump pull ups 4+6 4 enough
Full body workout Dips 10 3 enough
Full body workout Australian chin ups 14 4 enough
Full body workout Push ups 10 4 enough
Full body workout Straddle pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Straight leg raises 10 4 enough
Full body workout Jump squats 15 4 enough
Full body workout Crunches 15 (5 per side) 3 enough

Level 3 – Day 5

I am feeling stronger. Today I did some pull ups and it felt a lot more comfortable than what I am used to. Progress!

Day 5 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Australian pull ups 12 4 Enough
Full body workout Dips 5 4 Enough
Full body workout Pull ups 8,5,3 3 enough
Full body workout Jump pull ups 6 2 Enough
Full body workout Clap push ups 5 clap, 5 wide 3 Enough
Full body workout Crunches 15 (5 each side) 3 Enough
Full body workout Enough
Full body workout Superman hold 10s 3 enough
Full body workout Calf raises 10,10,20 4 enough

Level 3 – Day 3

Went to a different calisthenics park today in Lisbon, but unfortunately can’t remember its name. I am starting to feel stronger and my arms have visibly grown in size  – progress!

Day 3 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Pull ups + negatives 2+5 5 enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 3 enough
Full body workout Dips 7 3 enough
Full body workout Explosive australian chin ups 8 4 enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 3 enough
Full body workout Wall walks 2 3 enough
Full body workout Straddle pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Crunches 15 (5 front, 5 left, 5 right) 3 enough
Full body workout Lunges Max 3 enough

 

Level 3 – Day 1

Two days ago I went to the same calisthenics park as I did the time before in Lisbon.

Day 1 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Push ups 15 4 enough
Full body workout Australian pull ups 14 3 enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 3 enough
Full body workout Australian chin ups 14 3 enough
Full body workout Dips 7 3 enough
Full body workout Chin ups + jump pull ups 2+5 4 enough
Full body workout Straddle pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Oneleg leg raises 8 4 enough
Full body workout Jump squats 10 4 enough

Level 2 – Day 5

I did this at a random park in Lisbon in Portugal. I unfortunately was late in doing this work as I was stranded at the airport yesterday and couldn’t access a pull-up bar the day before.

Day 5 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Australian pull ups 12 4 Enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 10 4 Enough
Full body workout Jump pull ups 8 4 Enough
Full body workout Wide push ups 15 3 Enough
Full body workout Dive bomber push ups 8 3 Enough
Full body workout Crunches 15 3 Enough
Full body workout Superman raises 10 3 enough
Full body workout Calf raises 10,10,15 4 enough

Today I was joined with Hassan Bayloun. He also came to Portugal for WebSummit.

Level 2 – Day 3

Below is the workout for today. I definitely feel like I am in better shape. Pushups in particular are starting to feel much easier. I got into clap pushups today and it wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be.

Skills Chosen dynamic skills progressions 10 min 5 enough
Full body workout Pull ups negatives 5 5 enough
Full body workout Diamond push ups 14 3 enough
Full body workout Dips (on bench) 12 3 enough
Full body workout Explosive australian chin ups 8 4 enough
Full body workout Clap push ups (form was deteriorating a bit towards the end of a set) 10 3 enough
Full body workout Straight legs bear crawl 25s 3 enough
Full body workout Pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout 1 minute plank, 30 second side plan on each side enough
Full body workout Lunges enough

Level 2 – Day 1

I worked out yesterday here in Bonn, Germany. I went to two kids playground, but due to the number of kids present I couldn’t use all the amenities the playgrounds had to offer.

Below was the workout I did. I substituted knee pushups and pushup negatives for real pushups. It’s imperative that I find a pull-up bar for next time.

Day 1 Reps Sets Rest time
Full body workout Military Push ups 10 4 enough
Full body workout Australian pull ups 12 3 enough
Full body workout Diamond negatives 10 3 enough
Full body workout Australian chin ups 12 3 enough
Full body workout Dips (leaning on a giant tree on the ground) 12 3 enough
Full body workout Jump pull ups (not done) 8 4 enough
Full body workout Incline pike push ups 8 3 enough
Full body workout Bent knees leg raises (not done) 12 4 enough
Full body workout Squats 20 4 enough