What I didn't mention in Shoulders like Boulders, and any of my other "shoulder" courses (or upper body, for that matter), is the emphasis on profound.
Its there in the 0 Excuses Fitness System in a direct maner, and indirect in most others (so I did mention it, - just not directly).
But there are few, my friend - FEW more profound positions than doing the handstand (not even getting into the pushup) - and then following it up with one of the positions I show you in Isometric and Flexibilty Training - a LEG POSE that most diss as being "too easy" or too simple to work.
These idiots don't know that the greatest of men did the simplest of things, and so it is with yours truly and what I ask YOU to do.
But anyway, I should have added the word "profound" onto the book on isometrics.
I didnt, but those positions, most of them are very profund.
The clarity of mind you get after a workout like these - stunningly enough some of the simplest and QUICKEST workouts (see the end of the book!) you can do is MIND BLOWING and AMAZING to say the least. Ideas flow. THINGS flow. Life flows.
It just - IS!
As it's meant to be, as you want to!
Now, anyway - back to the physical from the spiritual although both of them are very closely LINKED ...
I say in Pushup Central that the LEGS will get a super workout from doing pushups.
I keep repeating this over and over again through the book for good reason.
One, because it's true, and two, to get the nuts who believe "pushups are just an upper body" workout are IDIOTS.
I am NOT just talking "Hindu" pushups when I say working the legs while doing pushups by the way.
Those are great.
But the other styles of pushups mentioned, believe me, you won't need anything more for the legs after a hard, hard pushup workout!
And especially profound handstands, and the ADVANCED way in which I'm doing them now off the wall - they give you a SUPERLATIVE workout for the LEGS.
Truly like nothing I've ever felt before!
If you're interested in a course like this, do let me know. Profound handstands, or handstands that work th elegs, or FREESTANDING handstands.
Or a combo therein.
And I know you're interested in especially the last.
Anyway, give me a shout out (John, I know you're eagerly waiting for the book on training with the Gada, Jori etc - but patience my BROTHER - that will come soon too!).
And for now, make sure to pick up what is possibly my best book ever - right HERE.
It's funny, my dear reader, but tru.
Yours truly is NOT a "technically" inclined person in that he dos NOT like to "take things apart and fix them".
If theres something to do around the house?
Well, yours truly is probably NOT the guy you call, hehe.
And it's funny despite my outward alpha male "macho" appearance. I didnt know how to change the air con filtere on an A/C split until Marc the African Silverbak Gorilla told me.
He didnt know either.
Despite the brawn.
And this isn't about attraction, or like minds attracting, but rather the Chinese dude who showed us just how EASY it was when he did it (on a paid basis of course, hehe).
Much like opening a lock is if you know how. Again, CHina's taught me a lot in that regard!
Forking out a 100 or so kuai for something youc an do with ... ah, but this isn't about locks, locksmiths, and yours truly forgetting keys when in a rush for workouts (I rarely do it, but it's happened on occasion!).
But anyway ...
It's a lot easier to do all this in China than India.
India, for whatever reason is different in that the craftmanship for just about anything is shoddier.
Nothing is standard. Nuts and bolts don't fit where they should. Parts are "just that much different". And so forth.
China, not so.
Despite China's many faults, MOST factories and us foregin devils doing QC there ensure that parts are, for the most part, of uniform standard and quality in just about anything made there these days with a few exceptoins, but just a few.
Yours trulu even took apart a giant HEATER of all things there, wires and everything, and re-wired it all back together with the help of a video - in Chinese!
HEy I can learn if taught WELL.
But in India?
I doubt I'd be able to even put the damn thing back together, hehe.
Anyway, yours truly has never been technically inclined in that regard.
Curiously enough I'm the guy they call when computers need fixing or taking apart ...
But the "man things around the house"?
For some reason, changing car tyres, or being taught how to do so, or being taught how to BOX and FIGHT ... all those little "guy things" that Dad's often pass on to their kids was never ever there for me.
Perhaps it's the Nazi feminist household in which I grew up.
But I wasn't interested in it either.
But then again, kids are only interested once you TELL 'em.
I teach my little GIRL to box (the best I can, hehe) - and to exercise RIGHT (which I CAN do - very well!).
It's never about gender my friend (curiously enough yours truly was told to take "manly subjects" in schoool when he was more interested in arts and HISTORY rather than boring ass Sciences).
And curiously enough most of my customers are of the same bent of mind, upbringing etc.
Not so much "friends" of whom I have precious few, and PREFER it that way.
Quality, not quantity.
And where am I going with all this, you might ask?
The workout I got.
More to the point, the THUMB workout. Same thumb that popped in and out while doing handstands "Rocky style" is now back at full bore despite me getting NO treatment for it, bearing the pain, and the only thing I Did for it was grip an ice cold Corona tightly the night of the (VERY AND MOST painful I've ever had) injury.
Today, that thumb is rockin and back stronger than ever
Fingertip pushups, my friend, before you ask are the secret.
And despite the MARK on my right thumb from openkng that damn water filter or what not this afternoon, I did it.
Don't know so much about the tech side of it, but the "opening and closing"?
I did it. (no, Bozo Glyn, if you're reading this I ain't referring to the legs you never opened and the asses you always dove headfirst, not the small one either ... ah, but I will stop. LOL).
Fingertip pushups are a secret old timers and wrestlers used to build that CORSUCATING grip strength and are often ignored in favor of fancy grippers and sucgh.
Weight shyt, and what not.
Big mistake my friend.
These will giv eyou the strongest fingers ever, and a grip of STEEL.
Learn how to do 'em right HERE!
PS - And remember, along with pull-ups? You'll literally have a grip of steel x 1000. In fact, I believe I gave away one of my TOP grip secrets by saying that, but so be it!
PS #2 - Bozo Schofield sent me a rant saying "Rahul Tyson" when I posted the sales page. Maybe I'll go MANO-A-0MANO with him on that one. Then again, nah. I fight MEN...LOL. Not pansies and girly men. 'nuff said.
(and men that wouldn't last a DAY in the slammer, hence the Bozo on the lam from cops. Long story!)
Not just because they’re the bread and butter of ANY business which is a fact a lot of so called business men and women do NOT realize as theyre chasing the almighty buckola, which of course runs away as fast from them as they chase it...
But because you guys are guys that GET it.
Anyway, more on this beneath.
But I still remember what a person told me many, many years ago (he was on the list when I first put out rahulmookerjee.com – those were the DAYS!).
“With a father like you your daughter need NEVER worry about getting unfit and eting too much etc”.
(This was in response to an email about how infants and kids instinctively know they have “had enough” and STOP eating, period, regardless of how “delicious” or yummy the food is in front of them (unless its chocloate, hehe)).
As adults, we could learn a LOT from infants - - both w.r.t fitness – and life – and BREATHING
Anyway, he said that in response to that post (which I’ll share to you guys probably one of these days. It’s an all time favorite! Probably second after my hill climbing workout post) ...
And as I sit here writing this to you, typo ridden or what not (and the SQUIT workout as well) .. .I think what he said was right.
Kiddie fitness proves it, for one.
And the term my little girl came up with does too!
She’s the most inventive and ingenius ever. We call her (or at least I did) “Little Einsten”, right down to the messy “lab” of hers. Hehe.
Yours truly hates disorders and chaos, but sometimes there is more function in dysfunction and more ORDER in chaos than is visible to the “naked eye”.
Is What I did today for a majority of MY workout.
What is it, I still remember asking my daughter when she coined the term.
“Dad, it’s a combo of squat and sit!”
And shes right.
And what it ALSO is a stretch for the AGES, bro.
A stretch that most in the West, and even most modern Asians could NOT get into – or hold – for any length of time.
And a stretch thats functionally one of the most useful ones.
Move over splits etc.
When you gotta take a dump and there ain’t no toilet in the woods, then it’s time for the bear to do what it does eh.
But you can only do it if you can GET into position first, and SPLIT seconds count. Hehe.
(I still remember a bus ride back from Hong Kong where all water I drank was (in Bruce, an old friends terminology) “clamoring to come out”! And th ebus ride took forever, and there was a traffic jam and I was wondering if I’d have to pull out the ole bottle, hehe).
(He didnt say clamoring, but you get the point!)
But anyway ...
One of the most functional stretches ever.
And it’ll give you a workout from hell in a way you have NOT experienced before if you do it right!
And it’s mentioned in my latest book “Isometric and Flexibility Training”.
And another most functional and NIGH USEFUL stretch to get rid of back pain, feel great, and lose WEIGHT – big time – is mentioned in 0 Excuses Fitness.
And the best darn exercise which is and has gotten RAVE reviews is nothing but a solid derivative of this ...
And on yet another note, I’ve been going back and forth with a customer Charles, and he’s “impressed that I hadn’t forgotten or ignored or “dismissed” his requests for new books which he made last year”.
Early last year.
Yours truly does have the memory of an elephant, but he has it even more so for you guys.
Because y’all are what make it worth it!
And thats why I ENCOURAGE people to contact me directly in case of any questions – leave reviews – keep the feedback coming – and so forth!
All for a good cause!
PS – Pick up the courses above, and don’t forget Advanced Hill Training – another GEM of a course right there.
I’ve done it, and today seems to be yet another one of those days.
Unplanned, and in the flow, and thats how most of my days are. Hehe.
The only planning I do, believe it or not, is before Igo to bed (in bed) where I VISUALIZE.
And right after waking up – writing my dreams down (which no, I dont over analyze. I hardly even look at what I wrote throughout the day).
And yet, my output in every which way (if you’re on the other site, not THAT way hehe, but I’ll write about that as well soon. LOL).
I’m sure I will!
Ideas beget ideas.
I’m not sure who said it, but it was a “somebody” that once said his books were written in the margins of other books.
One exercise a day or workout.
IT’s a great idea ... sometimes.
I do not recommend you do this often, but sometimes, it happens.
And I’ve written in 0 Excuses Fitness about how difficult it is to achieve TRUE MASTERY over any exercise, havent I?
Yes, I have!
And these one exercise workouts push you further along that road to mastery which truth be told you’ll never master.
Thats the beauty of exercise. Always new peaks to conquer (if we’re talkin gbodyweight exercise, not bozo like pump, tone, grunt and gruff and the lot at the ole gym shym bim (bo)).
And one exercise routines could be you doing JUST pull-ups and noting else.
Or ONE type of pushups.
Perhaps just handstands throughout the day.
Or, perhaps just climb hills three times a day!
Pick one exercise – and really, really FOCUS On it!
Key to making this work?
Two keys – 1) the same thing that makes ALL my workouts WORK.
Not “kiss” the workouts or your partner, even if it’s Jassy, hehe.
Keep it simple. Sweet. Short. Brutally short and effective!
Do MULTIPLE workouts throughout the day.
Again, I dont recommend doing this type of thing all the tim e- we all know, for instance, what happens when you pound out nothing but pull-ups for ages, and flop on thy FACE when it comes to pushups, hehe.
But sometimes, it’s worth it.
Try it – let me know!
PS – The alter I use for one other site keeps coming to mind. Hmm!
Have you ever heard the famous Zig Ziglar saying “you need a check up from the NECK UP?”
Basically thats his way of saying that “the brain is where it’s all at!”
If you’re making less sales – chances are your THINKING is what needs to be changed – first, and quick!
If you’re not performing in bed – same thing!
If you feel “blah” all the time - - same thing!
And while what he was saying was related more to motivation and sales, the fact is that your mind controls pretty much every result and outcome in your life – fitness included.
Enter “shake things up from the inside out” – or “tune up from the inside out”.
My wife’s numerous stomach issues, for instance, have ONE easy solution.
You on this list know what it is, but of course, when she’s told about it, she doesnt listen. Hehe.
How could her husband ever be “right” on “anything” hehe.
But really ...
Tons of doctor visits down the road, bazillions of medicines down the road, a “colonscopy” or something she had done, and plenty of other tests ..the problem never went away.
And recurs all the time.
Indigestion. Stomach pain. Extreme “flatulence”. And so forth.
And the solution is simple – exercise, yes, but exercis ethat SHAKES things up from the inside out.
Lest you think I know nothing about this, think again.
Back in the day yours truly suffered from IBS – irritable bowel syndrome.
My (and this is what a medical report said) “colon was overloaded” most of the time.
I had extreme “gas”. Had to go to the bathroom unexpectedly at places you’d never think. And so forth.
All normal for those of you that are suffering from IBS as my wife is (except she calls it different things) ...
.... and as I report on the Corrugated Core page, I’m glad to report that for years, I’ve been completely free of IBS or any related stomach issues.
This afternoon, my wife made the comment to me about “how could I tolerate so much spice”.
Well, I couldn’t back in the day. Yes, I loved spicy food always, but the aftermath was quite something else.
Like water off a duck’s back – or tummy.
Anyway, I told my wife this.
“There’s a simple solution, honey. Shake things up”.
“What do you mean”, she asked.
“Well, what happens when you exercise”, I asked. And without waiting for her to answer, I told her. “Your tummy shakes!”
She shook her head.
How dare you, she said. I’m not fat!
“OK, OK”, I said hastily. Even someone with a 12 or 15 pack would feel his “insides” shaking as he exercised.
Enough said, hehe.
But point again is this – workouts like I promote that SHAKE things up ensure two things.
One, better blood flow and increased T – and all the benefits you know about, but with regard to what I’m saying here, #2?
The CORE and all the organs SHAKE.
And it’s THIS “shaking” that really improves the functioning of your internal organs, massaging,s tretching and SQUEEZING them naturally, and getting rid of bloat, IBS, constipation and everything else.
Hindu squats, for example. Impossible to do ‘em and not feel it all “move”!
Jumping rope. A prime, prime shaker and mover!
And that eternal favorite – sprints.
So as you see, this ain’t really an advertisement for Corrugated Core bro.
But those exercises DO work the core the best – and in the privacy of your own living room.
Of course, a lot of the others get the job done.
Take your pick my friend!
PS – Oh, how could I forget PUSHUPS? Another great core movement – check out the different types of pushups that will BLAST your core into a NEW one almost right here – Pushup Central.
MASTERY of an exercise is something even the greats willr eadily admit to that it’s nigh on impossible to achieve!
Lets take the humble fingertip pushup, by itself an ASS kicker for most people.
Bruce Lee used to pump out hundreds of these on two fingers, and sets of 50 on the thumb all day long.
And even HE would tell you there is ALWAYS more!
For instance, what about a legs elevated pushup done that way?
OR a handstand? Not even the pushup, just the handstand!
Or any of the other variants I teach you in Pushup Central.
Same thing for pull-ups, squats, dips, and what not
(Dips being a great exercise I’ve addressed in Shoulders like Boulders, but I might put out a course someday specifically on dips).
(And on ONE arm workouts – Charles – yes – that is on the way!)
How much CONTROL do you have over your exercises is key to improvement, and the road to mastery or as close as you’ll get – and superior health, strength and fitness.
The exercises in “Isometric Training” (my latest book on it) do a fine, fine job of addressing this!
Let me tell you, if you get up into my favorite “after climb” stretch I mention in the book, you’ll feel them legs QUIVERING.
Your thighs. Back. Sides. Portions of the body you did NOT know existed, hehe.
While throwing the leg up in just that pose, when I started, I’d “bang it up there” and bang it down with a “thud” onthe cement.
This hurt, but it helped me get better.
REAL control is when you can simply “glide” that leg up effortlessly, and stay in the stretch – and getting out of it, you do so in control, and calmly and loosely!
THIS, my friend is the real key to isometric benefits (or benefits from said training) and the feel great feeling you get from STRETCHING!
No surprise I’v eincluded both in the same book!
And THIS is something most people, despite being great at pull-ups etc need to work upon. I should know – I used to be the same way!
Strong as heck, but inflexible in certain regards ...
When I do this now, I just “do it” . I dont aim for the foot to bang up there, or records.
It just glides up there!
And thats the only reason I’d advocate you to do Tai Chi etc workouts if you know how to do ‘em.
Pretty much useless for cage fights and real world fighting and we’ve covered that before, but its great for FLEXIBILITY, I WILL give you that!
And so it goes.
On another note, I just looked at an old document from school (a certificate of sorts) which claims I “inculcated good moral value and a secular outlook” amongst other interesting garbage.
The second. Yes.
You be the judge, hehe.
PS – Pick up the book on isometric training HERE.
PS #2 – Did also get to check out my old “Taekwondo” certificate back from when I did it. Musty and dusty, but it’s there, hehe. Yours truly was at “green belt” level then (I believe thats one level above rookie, hehe). Pity I didnt continue and had no incentive to do so!
Well, well, well.
Holy Mary as they say.
Holy Moly as came to my mind, hehe.
I realize dthat although I mentioned “lower” back in the last email, I completely forgot to mention anything at all about lower back and anything related in that email!!
Being I already sent it out, here goes in THIS email.
And I will keep the heading short lest I forget again!
So lower back, yes. And muscle memory.
We got into muscle memory in the last post, eh.
But as far as the lower back is concerned, it's a weak, weak area for MANY people - most notably the pumpers and toners at the gym, but also those that “focus mostly on pounding the pavement” - or for those for whom “the bench press is where it's at” - or thos ethat do heavy deadlifts regularly, and so forth.
That deadlift, by the way is responsible for causing more lower back pain in the gym than most other exercises my friend. Because most people just don't do it right, and even if they do, it's a completely unnatural movement the way it's taught and done.
I mean, think about it.
How often do you pick up an object with a grip like that, not to mention “conveniently” shaped like a barbell off the ground in daily life and grunt your way through for reps?
IF it were a beer barrel you were “cleaning”, I'd get it ...
But anyway, point of this.
I've made NO Secret of the fact that the bridge is the best exercise by far both lower back and core strength, and getting rid of lower back and NECK pain quick.
There is a real good reason wrestlers (real ones, not the WWE 'roid monsters) and boxers for one do these all the time, not to mention strongmen (again, real ones) of yore did 'em all the time.
Because the exercise and the way it stretches the entire body is beyond comparison, and the neck and lower back benefits immensely from the bridge and all it's variations.
And being lower back pain is not just “endemic” to most people, but a “pandemic” of sorts I thought I'd say it. Bridging is a course unto itself, but for now, the variations I teach you in 0 Excuses Fitness (from rank beginner no less) are enough to focus upon (and indeed if yiou do it right, it's all you need your entire LIFE).
And handstand pushups are anothe rgreat one for the lower back, though you wouldn't think so would you?
Just like you wouldn't think or believe it's a super, super GRIP exercise until you actually do them and feel them forearms BURNING (and we're not even getting into fingertip handstand pushups, or one handed ones. Hoo boyyyyy!).
And why are handstand pushups so effective at not just building up the entire core and lower back but BANISHING back pain forever?
Well, think about it.
Most niggles and pains are due to weak ligaments and tendons (connective tissues too) - - NOT so much the muscles.
One of the main reasons Hindu squats are so damned effective and a great workout is that they focus on the inside, not the show thigh muscles. They build up the tendons and ligaments from the inside out from whence on the sky, my friend, is literally the limit.
It don't work quite as well the other way around!
Same thing for handstand pushups. In fact just HOLDING yourself in that position, and hell, even getting into it for you overweight folks will noot only get you huffing and puffing nigh quick, but will build overall strength like NOTHING else can.
Not to mention the balance required works the heck out of the tendons etc as well.
Second (or third), another reason for lower back pain is too much fat on the lower abs.
Or “digestive issues”.
Or, “the infamous “bloat”” and let me tell yo uone thing right now.
When you're in an upside down position, all of this and then some disappears QUICK.
Even if you just work on the position for a few seconds.
Thats all it takes for the magic to start working.
And your stomach muscles naturally pull that flabby belly in, and the INTERNAL stomach muscles naturally contract and you'll feel a stretch-cum-contraction all across the lower back in a horizontal manner.
Like someone was “strengthening” the muscle as you did it, literally!
And I felt it today.
Last, but not least, any good core exercise means an AWESOME lower back exercise.
Goes true for leg raises. Holds true for the “vacum” I explain in Corrugated Core. And any other similar exercise.
And that, my friend is that for now. Give these a whirl, and I promise you'll never “go back”!
PS – Here is where you can learn how to do handstand pushups the RIGHT way – the way that gets results – real RESULTS – Shoulders like Boulders.
I know, I know. You guys are gonna call me out on this one . . . not so much because what I’m saying is not true/accurate, but because I’ve said it before.
And as I sit here (and indeed this morning when I woke up at the “bright ole hour of 1130 AM”) thinking about myself doing Bourne sprints on hot China afternoons AFTER a great workout and hill climb, most of the time in a deserted park with no-one to bother me . . . I had a thought (while making my puh-er cha).
“Cha” being Chinese for “tea” . . . . (and yes, my hatred and dislike of the CCP doesn’t equate to the same feelings for the country or it’s people!).
Anyway . . . I remember that park often.
Sometimes I wonder if I should have made the life changes I did in 2018 when I left China for a short while (but returned a few months later anyway).
Didn’t do Bourne sprints for whatever reason upon the return though . . .
. . . but I miss that time. Those workouts. That nostalgia. And that was the time I started my second and by now famous website www.0excusesfitness.com . . .
Started to and met some of the greatest people I ever will through my list and website . . .
Revamped books and courses. Drank a bit of beer while I was at it. Hammered out TONS and TONS (20,000 plus words on some days) of writing for my other projects, stuff I’m still selling to THIS date . . .
Now, the feeling I was having while making my tea (or the thought I mentioned up there?)
Well, I’m exhausted.
And I was wondering about an upcoming workout today, and “if I should do it”.
Actually, not “if”. It was more along the lines of “you’ll feel great afterwards!”
And I’ll get her done, but the thought was this.
“Remember, Rahul! Pull-ups make you feel great. They make you feel nigh on INVINCIBLE!!”
And that they do my friend. That they do.
And that’s how my hill climbs made me feel.
Invincible, after the workout.
That sheer feeling of CONFIDENCE you get after a solid workout which cannot be replaced by ANYTHING else.
Move aside tech world, emails, gadgets and gizmos.
It’s the SIMPLE stuff that works, and as the world goes increasingly bonkers, and global conflict unfortunately looks more of a possibility than ever before, it’s all the more reason to train the way yours truly does (or the 0 Excuses Faithful for that matter).
It’s all the more reason to have that aura of “invincibility” around you.
You never know what might happen.
You never know (literally these days) what is around the corner.
And you better be ready for ANYTHING, my friend.
It’s a pity the CCP has to go down the route that they are, but every so often humans in general make a mess of the planet and Nature herself in all her infinite wisdom settles it all.
And who are we, as mere mortals to question it?
Happened during the World Wars, and it’ll probably happen in some way shape or form NOW as well. Very soon.
And as I sign off on this email, the last thing I want to say is this my friend.
Keep the good memories in mind.
Keep those fires BURNING!
Oh YES, the good times will come again.
Oh YES, they will. If you keep them memories in mind and keep the fires burning, one day, some day you’ll be back at the place where you had your BEST times (wherever that might be for you) and that hope – desire – a burning FLAME within you for SOMETHING that MATTERS – truly matters – is what keeps us going from day to day.
Live for nothing, or die for something.
As simple as that, my friend.
Always keep that HOPE alive!
PS – I get nostalgic every time I think about my Bourne sprint times, and the old man I met in China (who I no longer do due to different workout times etc) . . .
PS #2 – And of course, that’s why I shared it with you. Feel free to write back and share what makes YOU that way, and remember – ain’t nothing wrong with us “tough guys” shedding a tear or two every so often. IT’s what makes us ALL human!
PPS – Go HERE to check out the book on pull-ups.
I’ve written a lot on this one before, of course . . .
. . . but as I “saw” (or so it seems, at any rate) my daughter gorging on cornflakes of all things in the middle of the afternoon, no less, I was struck with the idea to write this.
Now I don’t know if she was actually eating them, but she did have a bowl in her hand – minus the milk of course, hehe. If there is one thing my daughter won’t drink it’s milk (unless it’s with loads of gooey, icky, chocolate syrup on it. Eww!!!).
And so since she apparently was, and then she asked me about “should I take this with me to workout Dad (as a snack)”, I am writing to you about it too!
Now, you’re well versed with my opinion on the first two options in the question, of course (or ardent readers of this newsletter probably are, at any rate).
I’ve made no secret of the FACT that it’s far, far better to work out on an empty stomach than on a FULL stomach, or semi full.
Despite what the so called experts say, my best results have come from following a “diet” entirely opposite that of what the “experts” seemingly recommend.
And NOT by eating the meal they consider the most important of the day either . . .
Now, you’ll have to dive into the Simple and Effective Diet (and especially the intro, oh, and by the way, the manual is yours FREE with a purchase of the 0 Excuses Fitness System!) to find out more about this.
But suffice it to say that as far as eating AFTER a workout goes, YES, often times I’ll eat well after a workout.
Not “stuff” myself, although I do that on occasion, but usually, I have a good meal, and that’s that.
Usually an hour or so after working out.
And usually NOT before 530 in the evening, if that makes sense!
Hey. IT works for me, it works for my students, and it works AMAZINGLY and blindingly fast does this “strange” technique of doing things if you only let it! ?
And often times, I’ll eat HOURS after my workout. Not just an hour. Hours.
Often times I’ll stay on an empty stomach the entire day, and have some of my BEST damned workouts that way!
But as for the million dollar question, fueling DURING a workout?
Well, I’d say NO to it personally, even during extreme “ironman” like workouts.
But my goals of working out are different from the average Joe’ of course!
If your goals entail (as many people’s do!) preening and posing in front of the mirrors at the gym, by all means sip latte and “snack” on some rubbish the so called experts advocate. Go for it.
If your goals are “to lose a bit of weight”, but nothing spectacular, go for it.
If your goals are “the usual workout”, and “you feel hungry during your workout”, then if you really must, go for it.
But I’d only personally do it in case the workout was really extreme, and not even probably in that case.
And as for million dollar question #2.
Will it hurt my results?
In most cases, I’d say yes.
But if you’re going through extreme 100 pull-up and 100 handstand pushup workouts, or if you’re going through workouts where you climb steep hills in the middle of the day in blazing heat - - and 5 times per workout at that followed by a 100 pushups and 50 pull-ups, then it might help.
And probably won’t hurt your results any either way.
The key is though, if you’re keeping it that extreme!
And even in that case, I’d say probably NOT.
And as for what I told my daughter, and what she apparently did? Well, you’ll have to wait a bit for that one! ?
PS – The 0 Excuses Fitness System is FULL of (choc-a-BLOC full of) golden nuggets of wisdom such as THIS. Pick up your copy right HERE.
I was recently on an international flight (pre COVID, of course).
Which seems like forever, of course.
And my passenger right next to me squeezed into one of them economy seats (I ALWAYS make sure to grab an aisle seat, NOT the window or the middle seat! ?) was an obese, corpulent and FLATULENT burping SOB from India (who didn’t even have the most basic manners apparently).
And this abomination was finding it hard to fit in the airplane seat for obvious reasons and kept dislodging yours truly’s arms from the arm rest until I firmly put it there, looked him in the eye once and refused to budge.
The guy near the window seat was apparently having a hard time with him too.
Anyway, dude didn’t speak much English or any at all.
(So much for the “general good English level” in India; believe me, it ain’t what the causal reader might think! ?).
And as far as manners go . . .
. . . he was apparently a bit of a drunk, and every time the waitress (a Chinese lady from Hong Kong) got near to him he burped and said the following loudly.
And the way he said it made me think he was talking to a minion as opposed to a stewardess. . .
Funny part was this though.
She asked him what meal he’d prefer and he didn’t understand what she was saying in terms of language, but understood what she was asking.
And when he replied, she couldn’t understand him - - in either regard.
She looked at the passenger next to him.
I don’t know where he was from, but she couldn’t understand his accent either.
And of course, guess who ended up translating everything for the rest of the flight.
“He wants a chicken meal”.
“He wants more water. Thanks! (since the guy apparently didn’t want to say it to her)”
“He wants another shot of whiskey”
And the last one didn’t need to be repeated too often. Dude picked up on it, and he kept going “One more!”
A slob if there ever was one, and if you’ve ever heard air hostesses complain about their passengers, believe me, there is something damn good reason.
Anyway it works both ways, of course.
Air India, which I’ve often flown in the past (and STOPPED flying a few years back completely) is (along with Royal Jordanian) in my UNBIASED and very NOT humble opinion one of the, if not THE shittiest international airline out there.
The stewards and stewardesses don’t even look like they belong on a flight.
I still remember the TV screen not working once on one of these flights.
Told the steward.
He shrugged. “Oh, so what. Nothing we can do! Just make do!”
Or “Oh, just try that seat over there” (when my seat arm rest wouldn’t work right).
Or, and this was the apex of all this . . . I wanted a couple of beers.
And lady came up to me, and dumped not two, but FOUR beers in my lap.
She grinned at me.
“You’ll want it anyway, and I don’t want to be bothered again!”
And off she went, waddling her lard ass down the aisle . . .
Anyway, I didn’t write this to you to warn you about what airlines not to take, hehe.
I did a version of the “one more workout” out there with my daughter today.
“One more!” I went.
(She knows the story, and she LAUGHS a lot every time she hears it)
And as her little hands did another bar hang, I kept saying it.
One minute more!
One rep more!
And the same thing will work for you too my friend.
You don’t have to be a former U.S. Marine drinking with yours truly to say it either! ?
If you can currently bang out 50 pushups before you collapse, try saying “Just one more!” to yourself as you NEAR 50.
Not before the workout.
But as you get to maybe rep #45, or 46, but ideally, right on around 49.
Chances are you’ll hit not ONE more rep, but FIVE more if you do this right! ?
And that my friend is a tip for the ages. Have at!
PS – This works great for getting your numbers up there in the much vaunted, almighty Hindu squat as well!
I saw the following (and fantastic!) quote from Mark Twain this evening.
The two most important days of your life are . . .
. . . the day you’re born, and the day you figure out WHY you’re born!
This rang true the minute I read it, and here I am now, writing to YOU about it.
Napoleon Hill often spoke about having a central purpose in life, the #1 thing you want to do ABOVE all!
Something you really, really want to do. Were meant to do. Are so good at that NOT even your most ardent detractors have criticized you while you’re doing it . ..
. . . your true purpose in life, as it were!
Napoleon Hill speaks of this a lot in “Outwitting the Devil” when he details the trials and tribulations he went through in life, all because (as the “voice” told him!) “he was neglecting his major purpose in life”.
And for me that would seem to be writing.
And, working out!
As Cindy once famously told me, you’re a writer, and a FIGHTER.
And as my buddy from the Marines once told me in 2018 I believe it was . . . “That’s all you do! Working out is your LIFE!”
And being that I was writing 0 Excuses Fitness and certain other books at the time, yes, it was!
The diet was pure, and the workouts were intense and then some.
And I understood what Stallone for one meant when he got into the sort of awesome shape you saw him in 1980’s (not to say he’s not in good shape NOW! Stallone is a living legend bar NONE) when he said “after a certain point, my body started to eat away it’s own fat”.
Might sound horrible, but it’s a good thing in SOME ways (not all - - Stallone’s routine then was extremely unhealthy, but not mine).
Anyway, point of all this is to ask you, my friend, if YOU have found your true purpose in life.
I don’t mean the job you’re working at, or the two cars you own, or any other material possession.
Speaking of which, I remember a meme I once posted on Wechat, which went something like - -
I can measure a man’s true character by how he stands up when he is stripped of his house, car, college degrees . . . (and a host of other things that “don’t really count in the grand scheme of things”).
What were YOU put on this earth to do, my friend?
Only YOU can answer that question, but I’ll tell you this much – when you find the answer, you’ll be one satisfied customer at the end of the day!
And on that note, I’m out. Back soon!!
PS – Got into it again in the park today with some bozos hell bent on interrupting my workout. Ugh!
PS #2 – I’ve always loved doing pushups, and ‘twas but a matter of time before I just HAD to put out the best damn course there is on pushups (I challenge you to find a better one out there! ?) – Pushup Central.
A ways back in 2018, I believe it was, I wrote about a sprained thumb which was painful as heck.
In case you faithful on this list have forgotten, it was when I was (foolishly) attempting to do fingertip handstand pushups not before, but AFTER a mammoth workout (more pushups and pull-ups), a hill climb, and in the freezing rain at that.
The ground was slick as heck.
But I cleared that away but still.
As I did the exercise, or got into position . . . . CRACK!
I heard the thumb “pop in and out” and I screamed out loud in agony.
It was a serious, serious injury or it would have been for most people
I was advised to rest it, splint it, ice it and more. And all probably NOT bad suggestions.
And yet, other than the Corona beer I held in my hand a couple of hours after the injury (ice cold, of course!) I did NONE of the above.
Was back at it the next day, doing fingertip pushups no less!
My buddy from the Marines told me that sort of injury never really goes away, and he DOES know a thing or two about what he’s saying, and yet, a couple of years down the line it’s like the injury never happened.
Except for the memory of course!
It took a while to heal fully, sure, but I did NOT stop working out while the injury was there, and I believe that not only NOT excaberated the injury (I did things RIGHT, of course in that regard and avoided direct movements in a manner it’s hard to explain here, but still, fingertip pushups are fingertip pushups, period!) but also aided the healing.
In a way that made the thumb stronger than before, hence th e2 finger pushups you see me doing in Pushup Central!
Yesterday, I wrote about my latest injury on the other blog, and how I fully expected to bounce back the next day (a few hours post injury actually) as if it were NOTHING.
And I did.
I wrote about having a great workout (in advance).
And I did!
I actually did MORE pull-ups today if that makes any sense, and the same time for rope jumps etc.
Point being is this.
Sometimes, its better to get some blood flowing to the area, and not “gently” either as it were!
No excuses, my friend, and this is yet another reason I laugh at people who say my products are expensive.
Compared to doctor visits, or lifelong injuries? Somehow I doubt it!
Compared to a weak body or a weak LINK in the chain? Again, I doubt it!
It’s always good to be prepared, my friend, and my workouts will make – and keep you that way!
Anyway, that’s the report for now. Back soon!
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the “Bourne series” – the book more than the movie(s) - - a lot, lot more!
I’m a huge Robert Ludlum fan, but while most movie adaptations of books fall woefully short of (my) standards (Jurassic Park being one prime example), the Bourne series didn’t.
At least, not in my own opinion . . .
Especially not the first three installments.
The Bourne Identity.
The Bourne Supremacy.
The Bourne Ultimatum.
They messed up a bit with the Legacy (#4) in my opinion, but despite it’s somewhat lukewarm box office response, Jason Bourne (2016) was a great, great movie, and Damon kicked ass.
And HE is the reason (the main reason) I love those movies.
I don’t know why, but Matt Damon makes the perfect “spy”, especially considering the functionally fit physique he has in the movie.
You see him hanging off ledges and doing fingertip crawl downs (spiderman!) down walls of embassies in the first movie.
You see him ALL out sprinting in the second (and doing pull-ups in the first).
And more . . .
And my personal favorite movie in the series is #2.
I watched it again last night, and much as I wrote about in 2018, I cannot get enough of the sprint sequence right at the start, which most people “miss”.
Bourne is showing running in Goa India. A fast run to begin with which (along with the right visuals and music) quickly builds up to a semi-sprint, then a sprint, and then the CRESECNDO – an all out sprint, arms pumping furiously, legs flying . . . with the music to boot.
And it brought back memories
Of me in 2018! When I did exactly those workouts in the park after my climb . . .
. . . ‘twas afternoon (or early evening) workouts then.
And you’d see me climbing the hill ONCE (after I did my pushups and pull-ups I believe) and AFTER the animal like movements.
I’d start off with a run, and finish off with several sprints, and I still remember the FEELING, the sheer feeling of exhilaration I got while doing ‘em, a feeling even HILL sprints (these were land sprints) cannot and will not give you (NOTHING compares to an all out land sprint in terms of duration, for one!).
Don’t get me wrong.
Hill sprints are fabulous, and that’s why I’ve got Advanced Hill Training out there, but flat land sprints allow you to really amp things up and really build up them hamstrings as well (so do hill sprints though).
Anyway . . .
This afternoon, I went out for a pull-up workout.
50 pull-ups, 50 pushups, and 50 dips.
And it was Damon inspired.
That physique he’s got in the movie came from THREE Things (and remember, this dude LOVES to eat, so he sure did make sacrficies for the movie!).
Pullups. At one point “Bourne” was doing them in sets of 30!
Heavy bag work (a lot of it. And it shows in the shoulders!).
And probably other stuff too, but most of all, that CHISELED, ripped physique you see?
LOTS and LOTS Of . . . running . . .
. . . on mountains! For hours a day.
Bourne hated it (by his own admission). But he did it, with his trainer, and the results are there for all to see.
And while I never hated my squats or sprints, or anything, I never did them for “hours!”. I DID climb hills for hours, but I DID want to quit on occasion, but I never did – and the results are there for all to see!
And I’m feeling great, and on top of the world, and wanted to tell you about it!
Now that I have, it’s adios. See y’all around!
PS – Here is where you can pick up a book on pull-ups that will get you cranking them out effortlessly - - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
PS #2 – I wrote about “moonlight sprints” before too, and those are great too! Anyway, to get to Bourne level at pull-ups, here are the exercises that will get ya there - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/
So I got through a workout today. An old style workout. A fantastic one!
And why do I say this i.e what makes it different?
Well . . .
. . . because it’s a workout from BACK in the day.
From BACK when I wrote all those books on pull-ups, and when it was my primary means of exercise (the pull-up, that is).
And it fits in nicely with what I said in the last email as well, or at least the ending. If you missed it, go on ahead and check out the blog!
And the workout was . . . pushups, and pull-ups.
More specifically, fingertip pushups and pull-ups, and while the REASON for my doing the workout today (this particular one) was not necessarily to go down memory lane, ended up that way, and that’s what ended up happening.
But, the REAL reason behind the workout was something else, which I will talk about in the next email.
For now, bear in mind that that is how life is when you live in the flow, and so are workouts.
(Comes with caveats, of course. I’m currently nursing a split callus big time – something that has resisted TWO band-aids thus far . . . and looks ready to resist far more. Good news is the scab is already forming, and better news is, again, the MEMORIES it brought back).
I’ve often shown up back home with bleeding palms and BURNING skin (from rubbing a split callus on thick bars for tons of pull-ups).
And I’ve felt GREAT afterwards. And the callus usually heals within a couple of days, and the skin toughens, and . . . bingo. Problem solved. I’ve never been one to let “little things like that” bother me.
But you don’t have to go through that if you don’t want to, and that ain’t why I’m telling you this.
It’s because of two reasons.
One, this workout was done OPPOSITE of the manner in which I normally do my workout. See the next email for more on this, and this was actually the reason I did it in the manner I did.
And two . . .
If there EVER was a better grip workout combo than with the above two exercises (and if you add in hanging leg raises, it amps the effect) I am yet to see it.
The two books on pull-ups, and the THREE Books on grip have MORE than plenty in terms of this, of course.
But the fact is (oh, and add in monkey bars as well) that there are FEW, if any tips I can give you at getting better at and increasing pull-ups than doing and getting very good indeed at fingertip pushups.
My workout today was 50 pull-ups and a 100 fingertip pushups.
And not all at one go. 5 sets of 10 pull-ups, and 5 sets of the pushups.
Maybe I’ll switch the numbers around in the next workout to make it fun!
But for now, I’m toasted. So is my grip.
And so it’s adios for now, with one of the most powerful workout related tips I could ever, ever give you!