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Bye Bye Trojan: My First Ever Gumtree Experience My Life 02 JUN 2010

Did I mention yet that I actually managed to make my first ever Gumtree sale in the end?

Yup, I managed to sell our Trojan elliptical trainer only a week or so after posting an online advert on Gumtree, something which proved remarkably simple, and pretty damn quick to do after all.

Seriously, it’s as simple as creating a login account, populating a few profile fields, writing up a short description of the product you wish to sell and then snapping some digital photos just to improve its odds! And that’s that – the buyers then get to come to you while you sit back and sip a Savanaha (or in my case trudge into work everyday as per the norm).

I got a couple of enquiries via SMS, phone and email, but it was an SMS from a certain Joretha from the Strand that sparked the continuing SMS conversation that eventually led to my first ever online sale.

The first SMS came through late evening inquiring as to whether or not the trainer was in fact still for sale. I replied yes and the next time I heard from her was early (very early) the next morning as I was leaving the complex on my way into work, asking if it would be possible to pick up the trainer in the morning as they were going away for the weekend and would thus not be able to pick it up on Saturday. Needless to say, I had to decline and instead suggested we try and organise either for late Sunday evening or perhaps next week sometime.

As it turned out, this game of cat and mouse continued to play itself out as we found our that schedules (and her trailer’s availability) simply kept on clashing, until eventually one evening I returned home all sweaty from a good night’s karate session only to find a SMS and missed call on my phone asking if it would be possible to come and collect the machine now.

So I hastily grabbed all the documentation and tid-bits together while Chantelle cleared a path for its graceful exit through the back sliding door and before I knew it, I was standing in my sweaty dogi shaking hands with Joretha, her daughter and husband Layton, who promptly assisted me in carrying the heavy trainer out and around through the back, where we deposited it on his awaiting trailer. In the meantime, Joretha stayed to dish out the cash to an eager Chantelle who happily pocketed the money in anticipation for her upcoming foray into the world of exercise bikes (I hold my breathe in anticipation! :P).

And that marked the demise of our shortlived elliptical trainer regime, with it now placed in a happy and caring home, leaving a great big space, perfect for my upcoming plans that involves disbanding the man room and starting up the baby room in its stead…

(I know I know, the world just isn’t a fair place, now is it? :P)

For Sale: Trojan Sit Up 100 Bench – R200 For Sale 27 MAY 2010

* Please note that this is an old post – the bench was sold within a couple of days of posting this, i.e. it was gone by June 2010 already! *

I currently have a second-hand Trojan Sit Up 100 bench up for sale, going for a pretty low R200 (negotiable).

This sit up bench allows for a maximum user weight of 100 kg and is ideal for all of those keen on doing a variety of sit ups and other stomach exercises in order to firm up that tummy in the privacy of their own home!

(Also, it doubles as a pretty inexpensive inclined bench against which to do incline bench presses if you are keen on working on those pecks, arms and shoulders!)

It is pretty lightweight, of a decent build quality, has nice spongy cushions for your knees and ankles, a padded surface for your back and features adjustable leg positions meaning that you can change the incline height whenever you want to.

The bench folds up and can be stored in an upright or horizontal position, meaning it can happily be packed away behind the door, under the bed or even in a broom cupboard when not in use.

The reason for selling is pretty simple. Firstly, we have our first child on the way and thus now need to make some space in our small flat for the baby room. Secondly, I have since exceeded the maximum weight limit since purchasing the bench a year or two ago, rendering it pretty much useless to me for sit ups! :)

So in other words, a great little exercise helper that makes a good addition to any home gym collection, is in excellent condition, and is going for a tasty low price of R200!

If you are interested, you can contact me (Craig) on either 082 852 1524 or at craig.lotter@gmail.com

For Sale: Trojan Ellipti Pro 300 Elliptical Trainer – R2,000 For Sale 16 MAY 2010

Update: Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available.

I have an unused, though assembled, brand new Trojan Ellipti Pro 300 elliptical trainer for sale, going at a pretty low R2,000 (negotiable).

Amongst its features are 12 pre-set workout programs, auto-tension control, smooth magnetic resistance, pulse monitors, plus a whole host of configurable options and reporting methods to tailor each workout session to your individual needs. As we all know by now, elliptical trainers are an excellent way to get in shape or maintain your current form during these long, wet and cold winter months, and present a particularly great cardio vascular workout for pregnant women, people with knee or other joint issues, and slightly older people, thanks to its almost zero impact on the joints!

The Ellipti Pro 300 is slightly more expensive than the other elliptical trainers thanks to its sturdy build quality and the fact that it is rated to handle weight of up to 120 kg, in other words suitable for normal people and not those skinny waifs you see on television showing off its features in all those adverts! :)

The reason for selling is pretty simple. I bought and assembled it for my wife for Christmas in the hopes that it would be the perfect training tool to use during 7de Laan viewings after work, but unfortunately our time at home is simply to scarce, meaning that the elliptical trainer has been sitting unused in our small flat since December!

I need the space, so in other words a brand new, unused, already assembled (but I can disassemble if necessary) elliptical trainer going for a low R2,000.

If you are interested, you can contact me at …[removed]

A Trojan in Our Midst My Life | Sport & Health 01 JAN 2010

Well, the new year is now upon us and like most, I’m sure you already have that scrap of paper with all your new year resolutions tucked neatly under the phonebook, just in case you accidentally lay eyes on it again come the end of the year.

Now as I mentioned previously, I had surprised Chantelle by purchasing an elliptical trainer (or Orbitek as you might know it as from all those darn TV commercials they used to run a while back) for Christmas, and can now proudly say that as a man, it is currently standing fully assembled in the main living area, neatly tucked away in our newly created little fitness corner, complete with sagging exercise ball.

Actually, on that point, the thing turned out to be a bitch to assemble, thanks to the guys over at Trojan royally screwing up the package by forgetting to add one crucial metal washer to our kit – something that forced me out of my comfy home and all the way through to the mall in search of a hardware shop open on the day after Christmas. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed – and our Trojan now sports a rather large, over-sized and out of place washer on its rear arm mechanism.

Anyway, outside of that slight mishap, I must say I’m quite pleased with Trojan’s Ellipti-Pro 300 elliptical trainer. The thing is nice and sturdily built, capable of handling a max weight of 120 kg, comes across as a visually attractive (if a little on the large side) package, and features a nifty little electronic board that provides you with all the functionality you would expect from big brother over at the gym – sans built in TV screen of course!

The idea is to provide Chantelle with a nice platform to use on those days that she works too late to maker her gym classes or perhaps something to get her up and going as she takes in the latest 7de Laan broadcast in the evening or on a Sunday in its horrible omnibus format – a good plan if I say so myself as you’ll notice how cleverly placed the machine is in order to provide a great view of the TV as one happily chugs along to EARN that all important pizza takeaway meal you were hungering for as you drove past Scooters next to Pick ‘n Pay earlier in the day.

Our little "exercise corner". It's cute, I'll give it that...

Needless to say, I too plan on making use of Chantelle’s shiny new toy when she isn’t looking, which kind of makes this fall slap bang onto my New Year’s resolution list then I suppose! :P

Microwave Ovens and Sit-ups My Life 14 AUG 2007

I’ll confess: I still haven’t got around to replacing my microwave oven yet. It would seem as if I just don’t spend enough time at home to miss it yet. But I have now found a new model which I favour above the earlier mentioned LG machine I was looking at. Its a Samsung model that boasts a 28L capacity with 1000w power output, together with a pretty decent grill system. The inside of the microwave is a rather ugly looking bluish ceramic coating (not nice on the eye at all), but apparently its pretty easy to clean. The only problem (as always) is that the damn Tygervalley Game is out of stock of this one (again). *sigh* Oh well, guess I only really need it once Chantelle moves up to Gordon’s Bay in any case.

I did however manage to lay my hands on a lightweight sit-up bench instead though. I was initially looking at a small weight bench for the flat, but to be honest, most of those things are too bulky and difficult to move around for my purposes, so I settled on getting a small Trojan incline sit-up bench instead. It weighs about 7 kilograms and folds up for easy storage. It is also going to double up for me as a incline bench for shoulder and chest presses, so for R300 I think I got my money’s worth :) (Plus I got the manly satisfaction that comes from assembling it myself – it hasn’t collapsed on me thus far).

trojan sit up bench

But, my small sets of excited sit-ups on my new bench were cancelled out last night, when upon arrival at the guesthouse, I discovered that Chantelle had baked a cake. And not just any cake. Her cakes are the type that you buy at coffee and cake cafs, and this one was topped with a decadent mixture of pure chocolate and caramel. Blissful heaven. Guess Ill be doing some more sit-ups when I get home then tonight :)