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Fitness, and performance at what you DO.
This afternoon, after a workout in the hot sun I was walking back home and saw some fast bowlers BOWLING - if you know even a thing about cricket, or if you can Google it - then you know thats a far tougher thing to do physically and in many ways "bend your back skill wise" than the fancier "batting skill" so often talked about.
Some of these guys probably couldn't do 500 pushup workouts, but they were fit in that they could do pushups - and damn, they were doing a damn fine job of doing what they were!
It brought to mind an even more elementary question with an even more elementary answer that I wrote about in the last email to you.
Will doing pushups - or pull-ups - improve my PERFORMANCE in my chosen sport?
Short answer, yes, maybe. Long answer - yes, maybe.
Bottom line is this -you can be a fitness phenom, but to get good, real good at anything, you DO the thing - and that thing the majority of the time!
Pushups and pull-ups are part of cricket training along with rope jumping, stretching, but they hardly make up the majority of a cricketer's routine - thats net practice!
Lets take one of my favorite batters and Aussie legend Matthew Hayden for instance, "Big Matt the Bat" - who is not only an accomplished batting legend - but a successful triathelete who along with his no longer mate Symonds swam back in shark infested waters in Australia - about a mile or so- after their fishing boat capsized.
And a damn good boxer too most likely.
"He's an obnoxious little weed" he once had to say about Indian bowler Ishant Sharma during the 2001 India - Aus series "down under".
I dont know if thats because Ishant got the best of him there - or the chirping. Bit of both I think!
Anyway .... lets take Iron Mike - the pinnacle of boxing basically at his time (much more so than Hayden at his chosen sport).
Put Hayden in with Iron Mike, and all the fitness, strength and the pushups and huge massive chest Matty has wouldn't make a damn bit of difference.
Put Iron Mike into the batting/bowling arena - same thing.
You DO the thing you want to get good at.
Yet, fitness - real fitness means the PHYSICAL TOOLS you have at your disposal to get the job done get enhanced greatly with the right dose of fitness!
So yes, it will HELP you get better ...
But it wont replace DOING the thing, putting in the hard yards at doing that thing.
A very simple concept, but one most people find hard to grasp ...
Anyway, one common exercise that all doers, illuminaries, sports legends and anyone thats is actually fit has in common?
These two truly form the baseline of any serious fitnes system like the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
And the three courses above are all you need to turn into a fitness phenom and remain at that level the rest of your life if you DO the thing.
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P.S. - I put out a great little tutorial today on one of the least understood aspects of the mghty tiger bend pushup (along with that, the tiger version of the animal movement as described in Animal Kingdom Workouts) - enjoy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA7-sqd5ioQ&t=17s
No pain, no gain . . .
It's an age old maxim, been passed down over the ages, like most of these maxims - holds damn true.
This evening, I was vacillating before getting into the ice cold torture chamber - or shower, hehe.
I'll admit it. I'm human too, my friend - and sometimes even I want that nice warm shower (or hot shower) all of us love so!
Yet, I went ahead eventually and jumped in the cold shower anyway - and felt great as always later.
No-one is forcing me to take ice cold showers all winter. I'm doing it of my own volition - and now that spring is finally almost here, what feels ice cold still to most people is nice and pleasant to me. Trust me, if you can take ice cold showers in an unheated house in winter with windows open, cold drafts blowing in all over the place, you're on to something.
I credit my cold showers, deep breathing and fitness routines to looking less than half my age - feeling even younger - and staying hale and healthy as a horse when nigh everyone around me is either sniffling or throwing up. Granted, its that sort of in between weather, terrible pollution everywhere, but hey. I deal with it, and seem to pass with flying colors - without having even one single tiny bottle of or tablets of Paracetemol around for an "emergency".
Think, and you will!
One of the things the guy I keep talking about that claims to want to do pull-ups, but never puts in the effort (thereby pissing me off to a degree I never speak to him at all now - loser!) - is what he said when I trained him once.
And when simple pushups brought him to his knees, and I showed him the right way to do 'em (he claimed to do 40, but could barely do 3 right).
No pain, no gain, he gasped at the end of it.
And he was right there. Of course, simply nodding the head don't rock the boat - simply saying it doesnt mean a damned thing until you DO. And he doesnt, so it don't count.
I was going to do this as a video, then decided to write it.
Boy, I'm growing to love videos as much as writing! Well, maybe not as much - as YET. Hehe. Early days yet, in a couple of months we've made giant leaps on that channel, more than what people do in years - anyway - back to it - its sad what society has become.
Let me tell you, and this is a real damn story - when you're in wrestling class, and you're the coach, and you can't put any sort of basic hold like an armbar (note - I just mean putting the hold on, not hurting the other person) on your pupils - and why? Because you're too worried the parents will sue you or otherwise report you or some nonsense for "hurting your child".
Compare this to Bret Hart's childhoold, growing up, his mom talks about the screams of pain emanating from the basement for hours as Stu Hart put the kids Bret, Owen and the rest through their paces with wrestling and other training.
Is it any wonder Bret literally turned out as the "excellence of execution" - a strappjng, solid, tough - technically superb wrestler (ok, its the WWE, but even there, Bret's skills showed and shone!)
I doubt he would have been even close to that if child services or some bullshit showed up at the Hart's door demanding to know why the kids were being pushed...
Same thing in my daughter's basketball class, guy's a great coach, genuinely likes kids, yet, every time he pushes them, they wimp out, and some idiot mother shows up to argue with him about "times are different these days", its not "that time" any more.
Back when we were tough and played all day long, when scrapes, brusies, even coming home with head bleeding (yours truly) -and worse was par for the course?
I'm not saying the brutal beatings and sometimes downright sadistic punishments handed down at school are required - no, there is a line, but these days, we've crossed way too far over to the other side.
High school coach makes his kids do pushups.
And gets kicked out of his job pretty much - why? Because the kids got put in hospital ... for what? For doing 300 pushups in an hour. And remember, these kids are supposed to be high school football players!
Child protective services is investigating him apparently.
Child protection my ass.
I've written about that before, of course - 300 pushups in an hour, even in hot weather is SLACKNG. You bang out 500 an hour if you're doing it right, give or take, and pushups should be like breathing for football players, unfortunaely it isn't - most prefer to hit the weights apparently (unless its a Herschel Walker or true doer).
Boxers and wrestlers by very dint of their sport seem to be the only ones these days that appreciate the no pain, no gain maxim and GAIN from it.
Look, life, fitness, business, the real rewards only come after a lot of pain,there is no other way any sort of real growth happens.
Writing it down on a paper, twirling beads and chanting mantras aint gonna get it done.
The PAIN and going through it is what makes you grow and if you're resilient enough, you come through to the other side.
Perhaps thats yet another reason other than the immense value I provide you with in my fitness books knowledge wise, my workouts are that damn brutal.
You either sink or swim, no in between.
I've been made to do that all my life.
I've always come out on top.
I believe so can you, if you dont piss, moan, groan and whine, and get down to brass tacks - and DO.
Pushup Central, Animal Kingdom Workouts, 0 Excuses Fitness - in fact ALL My courses will make you very sore when you first start, they wont stop challenging you even when you're at advanced level.
But if you back away from "pain", you might as well not be here my friend.
Like customers have said, "my courses aren't for the faint of heart".
And thats how we prefer it around here , true doers, a very exclusive and loyal band of customers and supporters, and so we grow ...
Alright, thats it for this one. Back soon.
Foot positioning while doing pushups
Everyone talks about HAND positioning when doing fitness, but foot positioning?
Not many people talk about this at all - except when doing Hindu pushups which people do understand (somewhat) how placing the feet differently turns the exercise into a whole another exercise - and workout altogether.
Even when doing the regular pushup, I bet you didnt think about it - the slightest change in foot positioning turns the exercise into a completely different one- then of course, you add in hands etc, truly - pushups are not just the big dog of fitness, but the MOST versatile bodyweight exercise out there, my friend, the MOST!
Slight changes in foot positioning hits your entire core and triceps - body, actually, differently, and when you really bring the legs into it - watch out!
It's no coincidence that my triceps are HURTING - differently - like a deep, deep burn - even though I did not - or have not, as yet - hit my daily 500 pushup goal - its been 320 thus far.
Slow and steady - or, slower and steadier than usual is part of it. Proper form and ALL The way down and ALL the way up - another part of it!
Always ways to make it a hell of a lot tougher do I find ... so should you!
Anyway, enjoy the video at the end of the page.
For those whose email readers dont auto pop up the video this here is the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWuku841faM&t=250s
And remember two things before you click on away - or three.
One, pushups are by far the fastest and best way (along with a healthy dose of squats) to get in SHAPE - quick.
And my book Pushup Central shows you how to - with variants upon variants upon variants of pushups that most wouldn't have dreamt of - or thought of - and definitely not done before you crack the BOOK open.
Truly pathbreaking, so get this course NOW if you have not already.
Two, the great Virat Kohli from India.
Ive no idea how many runs he churned out in today's match against the Lankans, but he's been in a rich vein of form, yet, it was only a while back that all the pundits, the great Indian public and so forth (and in a cricket crazy country like India where effigies are burnt and houses stoned when cricket matches are lost thats something - cricket is almost a religion here!) - WROTE him off.
He was going through a bad patch which lasted much longer than anyone thought, himself included.
Today, you wouldn't think it by looking at his purple patch - which is back!
Virat isn't so much of a genius or even inspired as much as he is PERSISTENT.
It shows in his game, mentality, most of all fitness, and I've no idea, but ask him - he'll tell you how many pushups he does himself daily!
Its persistent that brings you the big things my friend, persistence long after everyone has written you off - in many cases even your own conscious mind has.
The will - and desire - to go another round when the deck's stacked against you, and when you think you cannot.
Thats true genius, true champions, the material they're made of.
NEVER make the mistake of writing a genius off - or do so at your own risk.
And thats that .
How Indian wrestlers start their day.
Those old time wrestlers; rippling muscles, huge muscles - functional muscles - not necessarily the ripped to the bone crap many espouse as the gold standard of fitness out there - muscles that actually perform in real life, stamina that does not quit shoulders that dont ache - backs every bit as strong as they look - ox like legs... well, thats a traditional Indian pehelwan for you!
And in Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness I teach you - from the roots as it were, in an unique manner my heritage (a combo of "all over the world" ) and then some allows me to teach you in a way only I can, my friend -but wait.
This is not about the pre-order you should place NOW.
Its about a misconception I've addressed often before, that being that Indian wrestlers do very little pulling - or few pull-ups at all, if any.
Perhaps Matt Furey was partly responsible for this, in his bestselling course Combat Conditioning, and the videos that went with it - he said "you dont see the Hindu wrestlers dont do pull-ups!"
"All over the world, boxers, and wrestlers do nothing but pushups, squats and, and ... bridging".
I still remember the words verbatim, Matt speaking off the cuff like those of us in the flow do so well, yours truly as well.
But many missed what Matt said post this, when he said ...
"I'm not saying they're no good. They ARE good, and you need to figure out a way to incorporate them into your routine, but if you're just starting out - the pushups will build strength through the chest, arms, legs ... even the legs..."
Many miss that part.
And indeed, lore has it that the Gama did 5000 squats and 3000 pushups daily - but very little is written about his pull-ups.
His isometrics, there's a lot been said about it.
But his pulling, not a lot ...
Through Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness, I will CHANGE this misconception, my friend.
And not every wrassler in India starts his or her day off with a set of pushups or squats, go to any akhara if you can - you might be surprised to see them doing rope climbing - pull-ups - and lots of club work before moving on to pushups and squats.
Make no mistake about it, they do pushups, squats and then some, but thats not the ONLY thing they do, my friend. In fact, there's a LOT of pulling going on in those akharas - it simply would not be wrestling without PULLING!
Anyway, more on this later - a much delayed Rahul is out now.
And remember the pre-order...
PS - A communal dump is also par for the course for many a traditional wrestler. Dont believe me, go there and see for yourself, not saying YOU have to do it, but there is a reason it's done, much like the daily worship before exercise. More on this later, including a lot about their DIET TOO...
Why they all ultimately learn from the dumbass... Hehe.
he's just an English speaker, a dumbass one
A predictable, yet such a lovely response from Gorilla Girl who was pestering me, as usual to learn English for free - as well as her kids.
Ugh - on the last part, not so much because I dont teach English, but because of her tendency to constantly label all expats as English teachers, and more - what we (me and her) talk about is definitely NOT for kids. I hope she hasn't shown her kid the whole conversation for one!
"I was punishing him!" she went.
And in typical Nazi feminist style, of course, "because he was bullying girls at school" - then I asked her what if the girls were at fault?
And he just responded like a man should ...
Of course, "teacher said he bullied girls and Mother knows her son" was the only answers I got.
Reminded me of me in seventh grade when a girl was constantly irritating me and taunting me, bullying me, I had enough, all I did was to push my chair back forcefully and it hit her desk, knocking her damn lunch off the desk - but thats it.
The beating I got at home from that - and being forced to stand outside class (with another dude, for another reason) I'll never forget, much like the brutal beatings handed down to us boys while the girls got away mostly scot free (with the male teachers trying to flirt with them if you can believe it).
True story, my friend, if you're a fat "VD Agarwal" - "let the climate come in" Bozo, you know it as well. Many of your cohorts do too! I'd name and shame, but nah - I'll leave that for the ... but anyway, Sophia.
(I did tell her how much that made me hate my father, like in Rocky V, the boxer that says "I just think of my Dad when I get in the ring", and all the rage just comes out, and ... well, he hit hard for one!)
(I was slightly more descriptive, but I was being factual, but I'll spare ya'll the details, or victuals. Hehe)/
So she was punishing him, then I asked her if I was a dumbass ... well, let me copy and paste.
you really said in that language (english) to your son? Or Chinese?
One question for you, Sophia, for the person that learns from a dumbass, what are they? Dumbass learning from dumbass? LOL
In the midst of that, I sent her a dick picture - again. LOL. Anyway, she replied after the picture.
I know this many years ago, she said.
Then I asked for a direct answer, which I never got ...
well, the stupidest thing ever, satisfied?
(and all this is all true, screenshots - and I'm happy to provide some, hehe minus the "pic")
not me be satisfied , that is not the point
I want to know, what do YOU think. Hehe.
So, for example (since I'm a dumbass) - all these people that buy my books, leave me reviews, etc - in many cases, these guys are rich - physically, they have been in the Armed forces, Marines etc - they are martial artists, former wrestlers - these girls (and guys) that learn from my other books etc - all of those people, what are they? Hehe. The stupidest ever to pay money and learn from me, despite their many accomplishments otherwise?
Another example - one that you can understand better, all those Chinese that pay to learn English from me ... then in many cases they become my <chopped> - also all dumbasses?
I dont care if the answer satisfies me. I'd like you to think and tell me your honest opinion, that is all.
Third example, Sophia learing English (when she can ) from me. Wait, how can that be possible. SHe is so smart. but she does it anyway ...
There was more.
And I love Gorilla Girl, I really do. HEhe.
I never did get that direct answer, of course..
And thats fine.
Gorilla Girl and I have an unwritten agreement to troll each other for reasons the average Schofield will never understand, though he'll try.
But she's a woman after all ... HEhe.
Anyway - it reminded me of the idiots who call me everything from "cunt" to "narcissist" to "egotist" - all because I point out clearly evident facts about them.
In some cases, the word "obese" is enough to trigger a flood of tears, completely ignoring the rest of what I say. Hehe.
I've been told many times my words HURT - or UPLIFT.
To an extreme in both cases.
They HIT HOME - and the proof on all sides of this debate - well, enough said on that one!
And thats how I like it.
Thats how I'd rather it be.
And thats how it shall always be.
Then of course, you have the Bozos who get their knickers in a twist simply because "you talk about them with someone else" (Glyn Bozo was hallucinating about just that) or the fools that masturbate on Nanjing buses "angrily" from what it seems (that even possible)?
Or the asses that troll this site while claiming not to and write long emails based upon my style, cite research studies from the very sites and same topics I do (I rarely cite research, so I know this idiot copied me, and is anxiously, despite me BLOCKING him several times from the list, all his ID's - waiting for the next update from yours truly, salivating rather) ...
And a host of others.
Then you have the smart bunch that can't get enough of me. Hehe.
Ultimately they all come back, they all learn from me, which begets the question ... maybe, like so many people are clamoring for a new definition of normal (and if you were to believe the LGBTW idiots, that would be true) ... there should be a new definition of dumbass ... Hehe
Anyway, Gorilla Girl and yours truly dumbass (she's not in the videos guys - sorry - and she wont be either) - bring you the 0 Excuses Fitness System, the best damn system - it will turn you into a fitness phenom regardless of whether currently a slob, beached whale, an already fit person, a gym goes, a dumbass, or anything, really.
It does NOT discriminate, so long as you DO.
LGBTQ as well, hehe.
And thats that.
PS - This started when Miss Dumbass, or Mrs, depending, was pestering me about doing video calls. Ugh. I've made no secret of how much I hate the dumbphone and calls in geenral, and bloody video calls and videos, I'd rather jump off a damn cliff (but I wouldn't break my legs, hehe - nah, kidding) ...
More here - https://0excusesfitness.com/2021/04/25/why-rahul-mookerjee-does-not-and-never-will-do-video-calls/
I have a far more verbose version of this elsewhere, but I'll only reveal if the haters want it, hehe.
Trade secrets, my son.
Trade secrets! Hehe.
The two times in my life the weighing scale actually registered from ... 120 - 60, hehe.
I gotta write that long overdue book sometime ... Book #6 or perhaps more on the pending list, there are so many now I have literally lost track.
Maybe I need to hire Alexa to keep up. Hhee.
"From 120 - 60 kgs, from ZERO TO HERO ... " - went my FIRST - and never published, never seen the day of light under that name book - most of it, or a lot of it subsequently got released as a very good next book "Zero to Hero!".
It's definitely a book all of you should have on bookshelf, even if you aren't specifically looking for advice on success or motivation in general, there is so much more to the book than that.
Anyway - I've never been huge on numbers unless it comes to results or sales.
I believe I still dont know my exact height - somewhere around 5'9" is all I know, when the Chinese ask me
I also know I look like a giraffe with my "long lissome legs" as Carol once said. Hehe (minus the lissome part - I hadn't taught her that word as yet. She was still getting to terms with "plump", hehe. Hey, Carol. That plump look SUITS you - you look so damn cute that way!).
I still remember her picking up on the "Hey", "Hey Michael", she'd often say slapping my at the time fat thigh when I was not stretching right. Hehe. Memories!
More fitness related memories here, anyway, I'm going off track again - or am I?
At the end of the day what do we really have?
When we go?
Smiles and cries, if you're an Alonzo Harris fan.
Or, to me, memories.
I'll always remember what Carol said during that once in a lifetime adventure that just happened - years later, I still can't believe it, but happen it did! ...
"We may or may not be together in the future, but these memories will last, good memories!'
True that, memories last a lifetime if you let 'em, both good or bad, and they are often the catalyst for occurences of either nature much later on in life when you would never "expect" it.
Dont expect every experience to be a blockbuster tho, I've done made that mistake in the past. You hit a home run once, maybe twice, but even that home run, ask any champ player, duplicating is often nigh impossible.
Much like you can't ape my writing and hope to succeed, or my style as I said yesterday (and as so many idiots continue to do).
OK, back to the weighing scale.
Once it was when I was literally ... I believe 117 kgs. Hehe. Fat as fuck according to me (but I still did pull-ups, as evidenced from the cover of Pull-ups - from DUD to STUD within a matter of weeks! which doesnt just show me getting my chin over the bar - it shows me doing a mid point pull-up, one of the toughest to do for most people!) and handstand pushups, and jumping rope ...
I dont mention any of that to brag or tom tom, I Specifically promote my fat pictures - and why? To inspire YOU, to show you what is possible, but it only is if you're honest and not a believer in the extremely lame excuse of "I'm big, but not fat" - when you are - or "we all come in different sizes and shapes" - when fact is, no matter what you're size wherever, hehe - you're FAT, period. The mirror dont lie.
Neither do the scales, my friend.
True, BMI's etc often aren't accurate but thats only if you're super fit - or someone like maybe Herschel Walker (super fit x 100).
For the average Shomoe on the couch chugging a six pack a night - whether they admit it or not - the scales usually dont lie.
Anyway - second time I'll never forget, in China.
Weight of 65. Resting pulse rate of like 40. That was when I had an even more intense workout routine - https://0excusesfitness.com/advanced-hill-training details it ALL.
That resting pulse rate was what I really enjoyed!
I should actually say three times.
A few days ago I weighed myself again.
And bingo at the age of almost 42, I'm at 65 again. Hehe.
I think it was only last year that I was called both skinny and "fat". Hehe.
Fat as in, "you look fat" - and a DOER said it, and I took it very seriously indeed.
Maybe I did look sort of out of shape then, and I've mentioned this doer by name, I've written about how he predicted I'd be in my best shape overall in 2022, and with every passing day that prediction holds truer. Hehe.
Know what the big deal is, how this applies to you?
I dont have a crazy strict diet now like I did in China (at the time by chance, not choice).
While I dont chug beer every night, I'll drink every so often. Vodka, beer, the lot.
I sit at the 'puter almost all damn day.
NONE of my workouts take more than 15 minutes at a go IF even that.
And yet, I can run up flights of stairs effortlessly, people say I look around 26 years old - still - and more.
I FEEL that way too.
THAT, my friend, are the cumulative benefits of hard training your entire life damn near and still counting- or starting - and going strong, or all of it.
And THAT, if anything shows you the sheer value my fitness programs deliver, the results they can deliver you, and will - not just fitness wise, and life.
I'd be wrong to say you're a fool if all of this doesnt make you jump and get 0 Excuses Fitness NOW (those that haven't, there's still a lot of you on the fence).
But damn close, my friend, damn close...
And thats that.
PS - Take that above bit as constructive suggestions/feedback, not so much criticism as some people love to whine about...
That alone will determine if you're a doer or not!
Which fool would spend $300 - or claim to - on a toothbrush of all things?
This morning I received one of those weird messages the Bozo sends when totally trashed out of what is left of his "mind" (which as a couple of customers have "giggled" - I mean that in a good way, heh - about "he was kind of at the back of the line when God dispensed brains") ...
Apparently Bozo, after reviewing some $200 toothbrush on Amazon or something in 2020 is now claiming he buys "$300 toothbrushes" and from the odd nature of his email he wants me to get one too.
In that email there are rambles about him having "African ancestry" - apparently too many people have called the Bozo out for having a "tiny pecker" or some nonsense that he keeps parading about on social she-dia when drunk, in one of his "I want to be a woman" moods (dont even get me started, this guy is the height of lunacy) and how his teeth are discolored or some nonsense, or how he has "gaps in his teeth" (which hey, Glyn, just go to a damned orthodentist or something, I did when I was young, then I stopped. Those damned braces, ugh).
Anyway, apparently Bozo is in his "I want to be an African woman" moods, 'nuff said on that.
But it reminds of a rant he left on the Animal Kingdom Workouts book which began with, of course, $$...
"Since I have so much money to burn...", the Bozo went.
Now admittedly Bozo is trolling, admittedly in his case even if he did buy $300 toothbrushes, apparently thats because he rams it up his rear end and other 'unmentionables', and so quality is required, hehe.
But it aint just him, look at the things him and other fools spend their money on.
"A fool and his money are easily parted", goes a saying.
And it's true. Much like "there's no accounting for taste".
Now, I'm not saying dont waste your money - hell, if you want to, by all means do it (or claim to do it), but Tom Tomming such tom foolery makes you look like an utter fool my friend. Fact.
Me, I wouldn't spend $300 on a toothbrush if you begged me to.
I balk at spending $300 - $500 on a damned bumphone - or dumbphone, hehe - except unfortunately the dictates of modern day life mean I have to ... but that dont mean I "want to".
I'd rather my old school blue Noke with a certain Aa Ling's photo pasted on the back (dont tell the wife, hehe. She peeled it off in 2009! "You dont need this anymore!").
But Bozo aint the only one ...
There's plenty of Nazi feminists and other fools spending money willy nilly on things that dont matter, then complaining they never have any money and so forth.
Ask a certain Jeff Bezos which toothbrush and toothpaste he uses.
He probably buys economy off Amazon. Hehe.
for a guy that drove his battered 90's Honda until 2017 or so ... hey, I get it!
I'm not averse to spending money - even the Bozo knows that. Hehe. Bozo "searches for his ATM card" which as Charles once said he "never has" - theres always an excuse - while I just up and fuckin pay to be done with it...
But I'd rather INVEST.
Give me a long term solid investment, or business plan, I'd gladly invest $300, or $3000 or more...
So would any smart businessman.
But an idiot like Glyn who claims to use the world's most expensive toothpaste, like really, Glyn, well and truly "scraping the bottom of the barrel" there my scorpion friend.
FItness, and your own self - some of the , if not always THE best investments you can make my friend.
Investments that will always pay off in spades no matter what.
And if I had to spend $300 or less, I'd do it on the 0 Excuses Fitness System - without any delay.
Truly the best investment you can make in your life ... if you haven't already do so now and start reaping the benefits TODAY.
And thats that.
The one guy I'd love to see in Expendables 4 - IF it ever gets made!
Not so much to catch a glimpse of Sly's rugged forearms again ... but because, well, it's old school, it's ACTION - REAL action, not the make believe action they show these days - real stuff I love - from the old guys - done old school style!
As a certain Vince Palko once told me back when I still got on FB - "good to know the old guys are still around!"
He's right. He's one of them!
In a world where old school values are rapidly failing, where you're either a third gender or not - (as opposed to men being men and women being women and God forbid anyone says "that is natural!") ... well, Sly is often called a dinosaur.
But he's also the "last man standing".
In cricket, in life, sports, business, movies ... the dude (or lady) who takes it to the LAST ball, the LAST over, the LAST scene, the LAST ... well, chapter if I may - he - or she - is usually the one that ends up getting the plaudits, money, success - and rightfully so - the rest fade away ultimately.
Truly great people stick it through thick and thin to get to where they want to be.
They know, like a certain "Ms Dhoni" in India - that if you take the damn match to the last over, the last ball, then ANYTHING can happen - and if you're well set by then, which you are, if you've taken it that deep yourself, then chances are you will pull off the win, a stunning one at that.
Dhoni pulled off many for India!
I know I was dreaming of a certain Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly, another dynamic opening batting pair in India that broke, set and shattered many a record this morning ... anyway, WHERE the fuck was I.
ah yes, the Expendables.
So, I dont even know if it'll get mae. But hey, Rambo V got made - maybe this will too!
And the one guy I'd really like to see in the franchise - and I'm sure they've thought of him too?
I remember a great interview, lots of fun that Steve Austin once did (he's ALWAYS fun) - it's probably floating around on Youtube or something even NOW. And in there, he mentioned the Expendables (first movie in the series) - and how "great, now I'll be known as the guy that broke Sylvester Stallone's neck!"
Which apparently happened because sly is huge on making his stunts look real, punches "for real" (Dolph Lungdren reportedly once punched him "for real" during Rocky IV, and he had to be taken to hospital!) ...
Which is how it should be, and so, well, accidents happen, they did during that series, and many others!
Dysfunction and chaos at it's very best - producing great results. Hehe.
We'll get to dysfunction later, for now?
I'd say Iron Mike definitely deserves to be in there too with all the other old school guys!
"Your kicks vs my fists", and then that famous peekaboo style he has STILL Got ...
That was in one of the IP man movies he did - and damn, dude gave a pretty good account of himself against the top martial artist in Hong Kong.
Which is to be expected.
Give me a top level boxer that can MOVE - predict how the opponent will throw a punch, or kick and react before that - and I'll take a boxer anyday over a martial artist in a street fight.
Not always, but most of the time - all else being equal, you can't beat boxing (and wrestling).
Martial artists will be the first to tell you that as well.
Those kicks look great, but they're also great to get someone off balance - IF you can see it coming, of course!
And I dont know, maybe bring back Jean Claude Van Damme too! He did GREAT I thought in Expendables 2 as a believable villian - I love most of his work, so what can I Say (not so much Steven Seagal though, I've never really liked what he's done).
Chuck Norris, Van Damme, and Iron Mike.
And hey, in his prime, I'd bet on ole Mike ANYDAY in a fight against either one of those two (which is NO disrespect meant to either one of them, both top level sold martial artists till this day, but Mike Tyson in his prime, man, that was something else altogether! A certain Brad Pitt lived to tell about it...)
Anyway - random thoughts from me.
Some more -
If you really want to know what people think of , or maybe "associate with you" or see you as, or what not ... see what they save your name in their dumbphone as. Hehe. Or even on the flip phone
I'm different in this regard in that I've always, and still, save names of people by their first name, and thats that.
If they're there for a reason then I put something else after the name like "visa guy" or something like that.
But it's always interesting to see how others call you "Yukit" (supreme planner in Hindi) or "Ma'am's husband" (which was downright hilarious, dude that does my visas, I mean OK, "Ma'am" was the one that was doing all the co-ordination when I was in China (well, until 2016 or so), then happier times ended, I did it myself, I still do - OK, she found him at some agency, and so forth, I got her to do some business through him, so from all those angles it makes perfect business sense - and no, despite what some idiots might think, nothing else going on - but still, I was like dude, at least save my name as ME, I've been paying you for damn near seven or so years now straight...hehe).
Not that he meant bad.
But it's hilarious often!
Random thought numero two - or "dos" for our amigos reading this?
Well, if you ever get to know people's passwords, which obviously I dont advocate hacking into etc, you'll know what is REALLY dear to them - whether they know it or not.
Ditto for what they sing in the shower, the words they often use, and so forth. The mighty subconscious manifests itself in different ways my friend.
You just have to be agile enough to spot it.
On the Pushup Central page, Iron Mike is one of the guys I mention - a LOT.
And with damned good reason.
If there was one exercise that he did repeatedly, ONE exercise that turned him into a BEAST incarnate during his hey day - one exercise that Herschel Walker did, and still does - and MOST doers do - it is the good ole pushup.
Nothing replaces it.
Do it enough, do it daily, do it multiple times daily, do it often, you'll feel a POWER you cannot get from ANY other exercise.
Truly, the oldest exercise around probably, and for a damn good reason.
If you want to be a monster, a human BEAST - then you have to do what is mentioned in Pushup Central, period, no two ways around it.
As a certain customer once said about the book "you'll truly build INDESTRUCTIBLE humans" with this course!
So it is, my friend. So it is.
But agility - Tyson was as agile as a mother goose as well my friend.
And Jump Rope Mania - and some of the hidden tips, tricks, techniques and of course the damn WORKOUTS in the book are a great way to getting YOU there too.
Pushups and jumping rope just go together, I dont know why, but they DO.
Next, remember to pick up the 0 Excuses Fitness System too, it's a baseline for damn near everything, much like wrestling is a baseline for any other combat sport you engage in/practice.
Unless you prefer putting the cart before the horse of course...
And since this has gone on for long enough, I'm out.
But hey, I've been thinking about it since last night!
PS - Oh yeah, dysfunction, this morning I was thinking about my family, the number of rapidly burgenoning nieces and probably nephews too, hell, I dont know - that "Uncle Rahul" has .. (I prefer Rahul, hehe) ... and never gets told about.
Not that anyone in my so called family tells anyone anything, the father's side of the family is never even mentioned, no-one knows what goes on there - mother's side, well, always mentioned, but always kept secret too - ah well, families, dysfunction, I'm sure y'all reading this can identify to an extent, but I really doubt most people have dealt with the level of dysfunction that is present in yours truly's "family".
Except the real doers, they have, and then some.
OK, enough for now.
"You are fat inside"
Chinese girls have this cute, sexy way (to me, at least) of getting STRAIGHT TO THE POINT - albeit sometimes indirectly, and in my case I've always found it so cute that I find it hard to stay mad at them for any length of time.
Anyway ... my "Jie Jie", or lets say "elder sister" in China "Maria".
I'll never forget the two comments she made in 2003 when I first met her on Icq.
Remember those days? MSN messenger, ICQ ... no dumbphones, truly, as a certain "Pooja" said today, and as I've been saying all along, the 90s were the BEST days, HEADY!
She said the 90's generation was the best, which is close though.
Things were REAL back then, including a cute little photo of Maria's, pink shirt, lovely vivacious smile, long black hair (all of which still exists though she claims "I'm old now").
Before y'all jump to conclusions, we've never met in person. Hehe. Sometimes, the best relationships "flower" that way!
Not by choice, by chance.
I bought her a gift on a trip back from India (or to India, I believe) once and was going to meet her to give it to her, but she giggled and told me to mail it, which given she had a boyfriend at the time she was planning upon marrying, and did - was very smart. Girls from Fujian in China are not just gorgeous, they tend to be uber smart too.
Anyway - I'm getting side tracked.
Point of this is, she wanted to "see me", so I sent her a video of my apartment, I believe.
(at the time I was taking a video of a horribly mangled up ingrown toenail with pus oozing out of it that required not one, but TWO surgeries - first one was so so, second really worked - it hurts like a SOB - if you even touched it I'd yell, it happened during massage a lot, some of the ladies high heels would accidentally hit it, and MY! That HURT! (and finally prompted me to seek treatment for it in Hong Kong which I did successfully, never happened again, though I've had swollen ankles etc years later when I was phat) that was I was going to send to my parents to "show them") ...
Along with those two videos taken on a camcorder I got from Walmart in 2002, I think - which I finally gave away in 2021 - a school has it now, though what and how they use it, given the cassettes it uses are no longer around - I've no idea - but along with those two videos, I think I sent her a picture of myself in a T shirt or something.
Not a shirtless picture I sent a certain Cody years later, apparently that was because "she wanted to show her husband" (real reason was SHE wanted to see it. HA!) ... anyway, that's a different story, and a rather A rated one. It also spawned several books, so I guess thats good. Hehe.
But anyway Maria, the first comment was "you're fat inside!"
It did hurt my weetle feelings a bit at the time, I admit it.
This was before I had grown my thick skin, remember?
This was back when I still lifted weights, and here's the thing, the bottom line - Maria didnt mean it in a negative manner. In fact all along she was giggling about "handsome foreigner" "foreigners are big" etc, so it wasn't negative, it was just an observation, Chinglish as it were (Chinese English) ..
Then this -
"your home looks like a hotel!"
That one stunned me, that was hardly China in the 1960's where most lived in villages...
Till date I (when in china) live in that type of accomodation, though it doesnt even have elevators. Hehe. Some things never ever change!
ANd some preferences...
I dont know if Maria would still say the hotel part, but she sure as hell wouldn't say "fat inside". Hehe.
But point of this?
I was a BIG guy at that time - muscles wise.
I used to lift weights, I did pushups etc, but ask me to climb a flight of stairs, I'd be out of breath with all the smoking I did, though I managed to get two heavy ass suitcases (Mom and Dad) up to my fourth floor apartment, it taxed me - big time.
Kinda like Bruce Lee when he fought off all those attackers, yet it left him WINDED big time.
Ya'll know the entire story of how I quit smoking, then Ann Lee came along months later, and my wife literally - oh I mean my LIFE, hehe - changed.
Point is this.
I did no grip work then, very little if any core work, my lower back was weak, although "looks were good" - I was 24 at the time - externally I was looking "ok" though a little big around the waist, it was nothing compared to what a lot of other people looked like, and I'd get compliments on my "large" forearms (they're anything but TODAY) all the time as well.
There was NO vascularity to them though back then ...
Point is this - real point.
If you're fat, you're fat my friend, and it'll show whether you hide it or not, whether your feelings are hurt or not.
If you're big, you're big, but if you're big and fat, then you're big and fat.
And big doesn't negate the importance of core training and a slim strong WAIST - trim waist I should say, trimmed down to BARE ESSENTIALS.
Trust me on this, core training, there are few things more important than it.
And here is a course that will train your core better than anything you've ever done - Corrugated Core (a much underrated yet SOLID course we have on this).
Combine with Gorilla Grip and the 0 Excuses Fitness System (bought in reverse order) and you're well and truly off to the races.
So am I - for now.
PS - Question of the day, and this isn't necessarily a new one.
I roundly ignore, block, call out a certain person, he still finds ways to follow me and ... well, wants to chat, but doesnt.
It ain't just Bozo Glyn either, there are MANY like him.
There's a lesson there for all of you if you choose to learn. Hehe. Several actually, and while the person I'm referring to here is hardly a "troll" - Profit Troll will have more on this. Stay tuned, it's a book y'all WILL NOT want to miss!
Several "she's" fit this category too, the "stalker" in 2019 coming to mind, but there's plenty more, I've blocked this one girl's number - three of 'em - she signed up with a fourth one (on another list). Hehe. Some people ... (and on whats app as well). The he's meanwhile surreptitiously keep checking out what this cat has been up to.
Ah well, hehe.
Ottoman oil wrestling, and more...
Wrestling, that ONE sport I'd recommend to everyone - even if you're just interested in sports for physical fitness - if you're aspiring to be a strongman or ironman - and certainly if you plan on getting into advanced martial arts, or any martial art like ji jitsu, even boxing, what not - wrestling serves as a base, a proper base - for everything, and conditions you like few other activities will).
No prizes for guessing which exercises the ancient Indian wrestlers used - HA!
India, that land of wrestlers, ancient India produced the Gama, probably and likely the greatest of them all - there was a LOT that was solid about ancient India, pity it's the exact opposite these days.
But India isn't the only land "traditionally" known for wrestling prowress and super wrestlers - real wrestlers, not the muscle bound WWE guys (although back in the day some of the WWE guys like the Taker for one had REAL martial arts and fighting background!) ...
Turkey. Think Turkish Wrestling.
Greece/Italy - Greco Roman, anyone?
And closer to home, think "farmer" Martin Burns in the good ole US of A who followed most of the same training methods and techniques as a lot of the other people from the countries mentioned above.
Anyway - the one thing most people will nod their heads at (people in the know that is) - and a secret I did NOT put in either Gorilla Grip - or Gorilla Grip Advanced - a secret that will take your grip strength to new levels even if you're a stud at doing pulll-ups with thick grips and so forth?
Even if you can close grippers and swing heavy ass clubs in sets of 100 without stopping?
Is this - make the damn thing HARDER to grip.
Oil the thing.
I just tried gripping a bottle with the pinch grip that way - it was full of water, believe me, if you grip ANYTHING - with oil slathered all over it, it becomes that much harder to grip.
In the past, when people asked me to exercise that famous grip of mine to open hard to open jars, wedged doors etc, I'd ask if I could do it later if I had lotion on my hands. (again, no pun please. Gotta treat those calluses SOMETIME, lotion didnt really do it, but I've got dry skin naturally, that is all there is to it).
These days - NO.
I welcome the challenge!
In ancient Turkey, Rome, India etc - they knew a thing or two about grip training.
Try wrestling - hard enough as it is, and builds an explosive grip without any direct grip work.
Then try doing that when your opponent has OIL slathered all over his body - and do it all day long in competitions.
Trust me, picking people up and throwing them or simply grabbing them that way is a whole different beast than if there was no oil on their bodies.
For those saying "too simple" - well - TRY IT.
Or, try the other secret tip I give you in Gorilla Grip - ADVANCED! which involves a simple edible so simple you'd never think it could strengthen the grip, but it does.
Or try another "so simple" technique I give you in Gorilla Grip - to be done for a minimum of 100 reps per day, something so easy even couch potatoes will pooh pooh.
Well, I've got this to say - and so did Brooks Kubik in Dinosaur BodyWeight Training - -- TRY IT!
And then get back to me.
Thats the reason they oiled their bodies did the old time wrestlers - NOT the reason why most idiots at modern day gyms do it i.e. to preen, pose and pump away like the fools they're training like are...
Certainly wasn't bodybuilding focus either, take a look at their bodies, just raw solid STRENGTH, power and conditioning like no other.
And you TOO can get that way if you follow my lead, and DO what I tell you to in the 0 Excuses fitness System without making RETARDED, ridiculous excuses about price, "no time", too busy or other BS people love to whine about (and it's all BS).
Whether you will or not is of course up to you.
And YOU alone.
I'm out - back soon!
PS - While you COULD do it, I dont recommend trying this method with heavy weights, especially NOT if you're swinging dem clubs, maces, kettlebells and so forth.
Disclaimer - I've done it.
But I'm advanced, not everyone is!
And even I dont do it all the time, that damn thing can seriously injure you if you dont do it right, but focus right, you'll see why grip training is really the most important thing after breathing, or close to it - next to it. Hehe. The way it makes you FEEL, utterly superhuman!