What’s with these gym tights dudes are wearing these days?

Why are straight dudes wearing “tights” to the gym these days?

If you clock into your local Virgin Active or Planet Fitness on a regular basis, hands up if you’ve seen a dramatic shift in the type of gym apparel guys are sporting? I personally couldn’t care less if you rocked up at the gym in a washed out pair of sweat pants or neon polly shorts from the 90’s. I do think we need to draw the line in the sand when it comes to guys running around in spandex with their beans and frankfurter out on display, right?

What is the benefit of wearing a full length speedo to gym when you are doing dumb-bell bicep curls?

Michael Phelps is allowed to wear a speedo to swim in. Guys who cycle are allowed to wear “tights” because clocking a 100km ride in a pair of shorts and standard jocks will grind your manhood away into a pile of dust.

Robin Hood can get away with tights, and so can a professional ballet dancer I guess.

But that is it.

No real man gets up at 05H00 in the morning looking to do a few bench presses at his local gym, and decides he needs to roll on his tights to make his workout a more rewarding experience.

Here is the real reason these guys get all dressed up like Olympic athletes in the morning – they are so in love with themselves and especially the way they look, that they want everyone to see the work they have been putting in.

“My legs are like Roman pillars and I need the world to know I’ve got quads of steel. If you ask nicely I will let you touch them.”

It must give them a huge thrill when they put their foot on the car accelerator and a calf muscle the size of a 2 litre bottle pops out sideways. You can almost picture the stupid grin, can’t you?

It’s pure narcissism and it’s laughable.

The only guys winning out of this ludicrous behaviour are the sports apparel companies manufacturing this crap.

Can you imagine the marketing guy who first pitched this to an executive at his company.

“Frank, I have a billion Dollar idea. Let’s start manufacturing tights for guys who go to the gym.”

“But we do swim and cycle wear already? Who the hell would wear tights to gym if they aren’t swimming or cycling?”

Then a smart marketer realised that some of the dudes who go to gym don’t do it for the reason most of us do (so we can simply fit into a T shirt and walk up a flight of stairs without coughing up a lung). They realized a sub-section of guys who go to gym are so in love with themselves and the way they look, they would gym naked if they could get away with it.

You can’t gym naked, but a step up is a work out in a pair of tights.

Gentleman, leave your tights at home. Nobody cares what you look like besides you and your missus. Take the R2,000 you spent on that catsuit, you claim has been tested in space, and treat your chick to a weekend away. That’s the perfect place to get poolside with a cocktail and show off the legs.

If you go to gym, let me know what you think. If you wear tights to gym, please tell us what we’re missing.

Unless of course I’ve hit the nail on the head, in which case, just tell us it’s because you love yourself. We’re cool with that.


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TV Series

6 binge worthy Netflix shows you can feast on!

I’m clocking up hours on Netflix again. I had a brief affair with Showmax, but I blew her off, and now I’m safely back in the arms of the video-on-demand behemoth. If you are into Netflix we should share notes on this blog. On a fairly regular basis I’m going to knock out a post dedicated to the stuff on Netflix that I think is worth a mention. If you are a real dude, you will reciprocate and show me some love back. You get how that works for everyone, right? I share what I like, you share what you like, and everyone binges on the good stuff.

In no particular order, here are my 6 favourite Netflix watches of late:

The Night Comes For Us

Word of warning guys. Don’t sit down to watch this straight after your weekend braai. There is a good chance your Grabouw wors and potato slaai are going to come straight back up. The Night Comes For Us is a Kung Fu bloodbath, and for 2 solid hours people are dying and severed limbs are flying all over the place. If you’re a little squeamish, you might want to give this one a miss. But for the guys who enjoyed movies like Kill Bill, strap in, because this movie makes Tarantino’s flick look like a boy scout outing. I don’t need to even get into the plot because movies like this don’t need a plot, do they? One sentence should do it.

After sparing a girl’s life during a massacre, an elite Triad assassin is targeted by an onslaught of murderous gangsters. That’s how Netflix summed it up and that’s all you really need to know.

Send the chick out on a ladies night, put a few beers on ice and push play.

SLEB overall rating: 4/5

22 July

Remember that Neo-Nazi maniac Anders Behring Breivik? The one who visited the summer camp on the island of Utøya in Norway and mowed down 77 people with an automatic rifle. That was back in 2011, and 22 July is based on the events of that horrific day. Don’t make any plans if you get into this because it’s a 3 hour marathon. You might recall how that day played out. The car bomb goes off in Oslo and while emergency services and police are scrambling to the scene, Breivik heads off to the island to massacre innocent teenagers. What you don’t know is how it all unfolded in the courts in the months that followed that dark day. That’s what makes it a great watch. You get an insight into this guy’s head and his right wing views on ethnic cleansing.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Ozark – Season 2

Jason Bateman in a dark crime drama. Not words that normally exist in the same sentence. I mean this dude is the guy from TeenWolf Too and Horrible Bosses, right? He has no business acting in a gritty series like this. Perhaps Bateman isn’t a one trick pony after all? This role would suggest the brother has some layers and I’m digging it. In case you’re wondering what the hell Ozark is, here is a summary of the plot. Marty Byrde (played by Bateman) is a seemingly straight laced financial planner living the American dream, but you find out soon enough that he actually launders cash for the ruthless Mexican cartel. Things go pear shaped quickly (like in the first episode) and Byrde finds himself packing his family up and moving from the leafy suburbs in Chicago to the Ozarks. If you don’t mind the occasional baseball bat to the skull, and constantly trying to adjust the brightness of your screen because the series feels like it’s been shot with the lights off, then get stuck in. Just a word of warning – pick a weekend when the wife is with her parents or you are away on business for a few days because you are going to binge on this one like a fat chick at a cake sale.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

This is a cool documentary about a couple of guys who decided to “give it all up” and start living a life of less. It’s odd because 10 years ago I would have laughed this off as “hippie mumbo jumbo”, and might have gone as far as calling these guys cop-outs. That was then. Now I’m starting to think they might be onto something, and while I’m not prepared to live out of a suitcase just yet, I am contemplating how much stuff I really need in my life. Give it a watch and let me know what you think. If you’re really stretched for time, check out their website.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Black Mirror – Season ? (Well All The Seasons)

I stumbled upon Black Mirror by accident and it cost me 5 hours of my life that same evening. I popped off 3 consecutive episodes while telling my wife I was working on a strategic marketing proposal 🙂 This is the hook – each episode (regardless of the season) is an individual stand-alone story and the underlying theme running through all of them is technology. Hold on, let me elaborate. The theme is how technology has infiltrated our lives. It’s futuristic, trippy as hell and also not far off a reality we could call “our lives” down the line.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Manhunt: Unabomber

I thought I knew the story about the Unabomber, but I didn’t until I watched this on Netflix. Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber) is a math’s prodigy and an American terrorist who killed and horribly disfigured innocent people by sending them bombs in the mail. Imagine getting a parcel in the post and having it blow your face off? That was Ted’s calling card. He alluded FBI and local police for decades until one FBI agent found a way to identify Kaczynski through the numerous letters he had sent the newspapers. Now I know what you are thinking – The plot sounds flimsy as hell and you are going to be disappointed 2 episodes into the series. You are wrong. Paul Bettany (English actor you might recognize) plays Kaczynski and it will be a long time before you see anyone get into a character like this guy does. And Sam Worthington gets a shout out for an equally good performance playing the FBI agent hell bent on catching the bad guy.

It’s a true story that leaves you asking yourself a whole bunch of questions that might keep you up for a night or two. Just watch it.

SLEB’s overall rating: 5/5


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Health & Fitness

10 super hot fitness chicks tearing it up on Instagram

Dudes, we can’t call ourselves a real “blog for blokes” if we don’t spend some time trawling the internet for hot chicks, right? If you are into fitness and like to get a work out in, you might want to take a minute out of your busy schedule to check this post out. These fine ladies are turning up the heat on the web with their fitness videos and have millions of followers glued to their smart phones. Enough with the talk, let’s get into it shall we?

1. Michelle Lewin 

Michelle Lewin (born February 15, 1986 in Maracay, Venezuela) is a fitness model from Venezuela based out of Florida. She has been on the cover of over a dozen magazines and in several catalogs. She landed her first magazine cover unexpectedly during Spring Break 2009 after being spotted by a photographer on the beach.

Give this video a spin and tell me you wouldn’t pay R2,000 a month to join the gym she trains at? Holy mackerel!

13,2 million Instagram followers @michelle_lewin

2. Cassandra Martin

The 29 year old American she-hulk is one of the most  popular female fitness celebrities on the web at the moment. After graduating from college, and before she became a fitness celebrity, Cass Martin was working in the construction industry together with her boyfriend. The fact that she was laying bricks and driving around in a bakkie before her Instagram status blew up, kinda makes her even sexier.

1,8 million Instagram followers @casssmartin

3. Tammy Hembrow

Tammy Hembrow (born April 22, 1994) is an Australian Instagram Star, Fitness Guru, and YouTube Personality from the Gold Coast, Australia.You just need to visit Tammy’s website to get a sense that this chick knows what she is selling. My favourite is the 8 Week Booty workout for only $59.99. Here is the marketing spiel “This program is designed for anyone wanting to build a bigger, rounder, more toned and lifted butt. A lot of women think it’s impossible to go from pancake booty to a strong perky butt, but that’s exactly what I’ve done and that’s exactly what this program is designed to help you do. With the right exercises and proper nutrition it is completely possible to build and reshape your booty”

Come on boys, open up the wallet and get your missus a Booty workout.

8,8 million Instagram Followers @tammyhembrow

4. Kayla Itsines

Another Aussie chick slaying it with her fitness workouts. This chick deserves a medal. Joining the #BBG Community is her attempt to get all the ladies back into bikinis. God Bless you Kayla Itsines.

Only 10,4 million Instagram Followers @kayla_itsines

5. Jen Selter

Or should we say Jen the “swelter”? Jennifer Leigh “Jen” Selter (born August 8, 1993) is an American Internet celebrity and fitness model. She attracted significant media attention for her debut at a young age, initially on Instagram. This chick only has 12,5 million followers on Instagram – Follow her at @jenselter

6. Rachel Brathen – “The Yoga Girl”

If you are into sexy Swedish Yoga instructors, then Rachel Brathen might just be your pin up poster girl for 2019. She knocked out a book called Yoga Girl, which became a New York Times best-seller. Then starting working Instagram and has 2.1 million followers. You should and can follow her at this handle @yoga_girl

7. Katie Crewe

The 30 year old Canadian is fit and worth a mention. A certified nutritionist and psychology graduate means she can knock out a healthy chow and hold a decent conversation. Could she be the perfect woman? 835k Instagram followers and you can bet your bottom Canadian Dollar some of them are blokes. Follow Katie here @katiecrewe


8. Hannah Oberg

Another Swedish bombshell. What’s with these Scandinavians? I grabbed this little bio straight from her website if you don’t have the time to take a look. “Fitness enthusiast since 2010 – now a full time influencer and inspirer and certified nutrition advisor – I strive to help people reach their goals and live better lives. My philosophy is that food and training can and SHOULD be fun. I hope we can share that mindset and hopefully my guides will help you on your journey. The power of change is in your hands, but my goal is to help you on the way.”

I’m sure life is loads of fun if you happen to be dating this chick, right? Be a bloke and follow Hannah so she can continue to “influence” us with her bewitching body.

9. Stephanie Sanzo

A yummy mummy living and training down in Australia. “I am a mother, trainer, fitness model and power lifter.” And her Instagram handle @stephfitmum says it all. Truth be told. I’ve met a few mum’s in my life, and I can say hand on heart that none of them look anything like this chick.

10. Anita Herbert

And last but certainly not least, meet Anita Herbert. The Hungarian fitness model is 27 and only got into training a few years ago. Here is an insert from an interview on simplyshredded.com 

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

“About three years ago, my husband encouraged me to go to the gym for the very first time in my life. At that time, we started training together. It took some time, but he eventually turned me on to eating healthy and weightlifting. As I began to educate myself about clean eating and training, I became very interested in this new lifestyle. I loved the way training made me feel, and I also loved seeing how my body was changing day by day. People at the gym started to take notice of how my body was changing too, and they told me that I should compete in a show. At first, I thought it was silly to even consider competing, but then I decided that I should give it a try! Before I knew it, I had five NPC overall wins in a row, and now I’m an IFBB Pro. I just got invited to the Arnold Classic for the first time, and I’m going to be on the Olympia stage in September.”

Follow Anita on Instagram here @anita_herbert

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