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I've asked once, and some of you have responded, but if this email is getting to YOU, my friend, chances are you have not responded to that question of mine as yet.
So, two questions really - or one, depending on how you look at it.
DO you want the two new books on "advanced bridging" - and the new book on dips which I might start very soon?
I dont ask in general before putting courses out - sometimes, people dont know what they want, and its best to GIVE it to them (as I did with two of my greatest and most popular courses Pushup Central and Animal Kingdom Workouts).
But sometimes, it's honestly best to ASK first.
So, write back - let me know - along with "Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness" - and the above two - "advanced plyometrics" is also in the works.
And on that note, a LOT of you - over THREE THOUSAND, actually, and counting, as of now, have placed pre-orders for Lumberjack "Lodestone" Fitness.
Truly a course which a lot of folks "really" want though they might not say it upfront - and the pre-sales figure PROVE this.
If you want in for that course, make sure to get in your pre-order at the link above.
And I'll be back!
... If you aren't already doing this great exercise, that is!
Back in the day, when I built - and wrote - Battletank Shoulders - dips were a huge, huge mainstay of my fitness routine, my friend.
I remember Marc the African Silverback Gorilla, himself no weakling - whose arms were literally quivering like a maple leaf in the Toronto breeze on his first dip "in the up position - he couldn't go down - too stiff" - telling me as I was knocking sets of 20 out easy peasy "lemon squeezy".
"You should do 'em like th eRock, with extra weight attached!"
True, the Rock does them too.
and I could have titiled this email "build a chest like the Rock's!" - by doing dips. And hype it that way.
Truth is, the Rock and his build - well, you'll need solid genetics to get THAT big for one!
Second, probably anabolic steriods - third, you'll need to be a wrassler, fourth, they just grow 'em big there in Samoa!
Rather than trying to get bloat - you should focus on getting BIG AND STRONG - while LEANING OUT - and staying that way.
Which is what Battletank Shoulders and all my other great courses emphasize.
Shoulders like Boulders too!
In that course, I give you a secret exercise - oft ignored that PREPS you for doing the almighty handstand pushup (or the handstand, in case the pushup is a step too far) ... an exercise that preps yo ufor it QUICKER than the other exercises I've given you in the supplementary section.
Yet, people tend to ignore it.
Big mistake, my friend.
That exercise is DIPS.
And without further ado, here are the 10 reasons you should be including this magnificent exercise in your routine (and note, I'm writing this for YOU, the fitness enthusiast, not the boobybuilders). (though it might give them a good kick up the rumpus too).
One, virtually no other exercise for the upper body addresses weak triceps - that issue I wrote about yesterday - quicker than dips.
True, pushups do it - but end of the day, you're still supporting 75% of your bodyweight on your arms for the most part (unless you're doing handstand pushups or handstands).
Dips, by their very nature strengthen the triceps and the entire upper body far more - and far quicker.
Following from all of the above ...
Two, they're known as (and I call them) the upper body equivalent of the SQUAT not just for that reason - but because if pull-ups are the big dog for back - dips are no slouch in that area either.
Done right, with proper form as I teach you in Shoulders like Boulders - you'll feel a burn along the entire upper - and MIDDLE - back and between the shoulder blades in a way even pushups cannot give you - and you'll build THICK lats that will be the envy of all (human) barndoors if you do this exercise right and regularly.
Third, its far easier to progress up to high reps with dips - as opposed to pull-ups. You "big guys" will notiec that while there is no excuse for being fat - you bigger guys will be able to progress in dips a lot faster than in pull-ups - and build the strength required for them (pull-ups) as well.
Fourth, dips by their very nature are GREAT for the grip. Simply great - pushups are too, but not everyone is that into fingertip pushups - though you should be - and dips done on thick bars as I do - strengthen the grip - BEYOND BELIEF.
Fifth, it's easier to add weight on.
And big guys?
Just look at the picture of Big Doug on the Shoulders like Boulders! page doing dips - at 300 plus lbs - on dipping bars!
Talk about BALANCE, co-ordination, and pure utter STRENGTH - brute GORILLA strength!
Trust me, when you get to that level, you'll be writing a book on dips yourself - and telling ME about the benefits!
Sixth, following on from 5...
Dips are easier on the fingers and wrists. And CALLUSES too, for those of you with calluses from doing pull-ups that bust open all the time. Hehe.
But they're much easier on the wrist joints than fingertip pushups for one ...
Seventh, dips work the upper ab area and core in general heavily.
Eigth, because of the sheer amount of chest work and upper body in general involved - dips done in high reps cause your body to release tons of HGH - couple with pull-ups, and there's the muscle building formula any gym goer would be more than glad to "load up on!"
Ninth - dips lend themselves great to virtually any workout routine - both push and pull.
You can do pushups and dips all day, or pull-ups and dips - or squats and dips. They're one of those exercises that go no matter what!
And tenth, of course, chest strength, mass and size - few exercises build the chest as quick - and bulky - as dips do!
Well, my friend, I'm sure I could think of 10 more reasons to tell you, but these will suffice for now.
And no, the only reason I'm writing this email to you is not to tell you all the above, though there's nothing wrong if I were to do that either.
I'm telling you - asking you - this QUESTION.
What I teach you about dips in Shoulders like Boulders! barely scratches the tip of the very pointy iceberg in terms of dips
Barely, my friend.
There is a whole another world to them - and whether you're interested in working up to 50 reps per set on these - or doing handstands on dipping bars - DO YOU want an advanced course - or a course dedicated to dips alone?
It will be a great, great course much like the course (advanced) on bridging I'm halfway through right now - but I am only, I repeat, ONLY going to put it out if there is enough interest.
I'm getting sick of asking over and over again and not hearing back - so please, if there is interest, let me know.
No, It ain't gonna be "cheap".
But oh boy, will it be worth it, trust me on this one.
Alrighty, my friend - thats it for now.
Let me know!
PS - Oh, for BRUTE animal like strength- don't forget Animal Kingdom Workouts either!