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Friday, 25 November 2022 14:21

Dead hangs, pull-ups - and more!

Friend, 

I dont know why, but I felt compelled to post this video - again. 

I just love dead hangs like nothing else - they are one of the BEST isometric movements you can do for the upper body - bar none. 

Often times I'll start my day with a 30 second dead hang even before my beloved Squats. 

With good reason, along with clubs (which are great to do with pushups, btw - a GREAT movment! They really loosen up the triceps and get the blood flowing again) - they loosen and strengthen the lower back - or entire back, I should say, upper especially like nothing else. 

I still remember Dad when I was young trying - and falling down after a second. Hehe. 

Unfortunately I never did them when I was young. 

But I do them all the time, today was another dead hang day, I loved it! 

Without further ado, here is the video for those that cannot see it at the bottom of the page - Friend, 

I dont know why, but I felt compelled to post this video - again. 

I just love dead hangs like nothing else - they are one of the BEST isometric movements you can do for the upper body - bar none. 

Often times I'll start my day with a 30 second dead hang even before my beloved Squats. 

With good reason, along with clubs (which are great to do with pushups, btw - a GREAT movment! They really loosen up the triceps and get the blood flowing again) - they loosen and strengthen the lower back - or entire back, I should say, upper especially like nothing else. 

I still remember Dad when I was young trying - and falling down after a second. Hehe. 

Unfortunately I never did them when I was young. 

But I do them all the time, today was another dead hang day, I loved it! 

Without further ado, here is the video for those that cannot see it at the bottom of the page - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4pPal3l3Zg&t=26s

And learn. 

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - This is one movement that will like the actual pull-up itself in any of its shapes, forms and guises BRUTALLY expose not just fat around the midsection, but if you're overweight in general, you wont be able to do it for any appreciable length of time - period. Most people that are fat try to avoid pull-ups anyway (big mistake) and whine about "your nonsense about just do it when you could tell people to do assisted pull-ups". 

Sorry, that isn't there (assisted pull-ups or in any appreciable form, even horizontal pull-ups mostly - though I believe I put that in one book somewhere) in either Pull-ups - from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS! - or Pull-ups -from STUD to super STUD within WEEKS! 

I dont handhold or baby sit pansies. 

When I could do not do an exercise, I hammered myself relentlessly until I could do it, simple as that, so should you if you want to get good at something, no excuses pal. 

I really want to get one taken with my thick gripz, see how that pans out (video on that - and on THICK BARS outdoors!). 

All in good time. Hehe.

Published in Pull-ups

While getting through my 500 pushups today (which has again become a goal for me daily after ... I think 10 years? Hehe 2011 - 2022 and going strong... 11, OK) - I was super sore from yesterday's workout which y'all know all about. 

And I was "easing" in this morning - not with regular high rep "sets of 20" (my preferred number) pushups in slow mo form to work up to 500, but sets of 5-10. 

With super strict form and super tough movements, now, as I've done 30 this way, and the blood starts to flow (I'm already through 25 pull-ups and a few stretches) - i'm getting ready to rock - and ROMP - and PUSH. And pull, hehe. While pushing!

The pike pushup is a pushup I mention in Pushup Central, I think, but only the BASIC variant. 

This, my friend - I dont mention this as a pre-requisite to handstand pushups in Shoulders like Boulders!. 

I really SHOULD though - because this movement is one of the best ones you can do to condition your shoulders - and build huge lumps of muscle on them at the same time - while simultaneously getting a solid, great workout in. 

And the very angle of the movement, a "Triangle" shape is what you'll have to get into - Hindu pushups x 100 I'd say - gets your shoulders ready for vertical pushups i.e. handstands, and then the pushup from that position. 

This movement is also way too tough for most to do off "jump street" - thanks Charles! - therefore, it's not in the pre-requisites in the book - but Hindu pushups sure am, and they should be done galore as well. 

I haven't been working Hindu pushups at all as of late, I'm more into the "floor humper" I spoke about yesterday - on fingertips, working up to one arm. 

So should YOU, if you're truly into core fitness and overall strength and conditioning. 

Anyway for pike pushups, your body forms a triangle - a very inverted one - on your tippy toes, then you bring the head down in a straight line. 

Sounds easy but it's anything BUT. 

Fingertip versions are even tougher. 

Now, something else people have been asking me about as of late ... 

A style of pushup which taxes forearms big time. 

And one which ... I don't do too often, and have not included in the book, because I believe it's overkill and isn't really "required". 

And not entirely safe starting out either, or even when you're advanced. 

Thats the "back of the hand" pushup done on the back of your hands. 

Look, I can do these, I sometimes do them - but the very angle of them makes it a bit of an unnatural movments, pretty much like chin-ups aren't the natural way to "pull or grip" i.e. supinated is what you do normally, not pronated. 

Same with pushups, how many times do you push with the back of your hand? 

Of course, you can do these if you want, but be very careful not to injure your break your wrist. 

These tax the forearms differently, but again they are not REQUIRED - hence, I haven't really devoted a lot of attention them - and probably wont in the future either. 

Focus on what works, and max bang for your buck ... 

And Pushup Central, and all of our other products sure do deliver on that front. 

And they always will. 

Whether or not YOU, my friend, take the required action after all this is entirely up to you ... 

I know one damn thing though, if you're into fitness of ANY nature, then Pushup Central is just a must grab, even if you never get anything else from us. 

Really, I'm being honest. 

And that is that - back soon.

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee 

Published in Pushups
Wednesday, 09 September 2020 12:50

Pull-ups done on UNEVEN surfaces.

This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long, long time but haven’t for whatever reason.

Once I was having a conversation with my friend from the Marines (an ex Marine, the same dude I’ve written about so often).

And we were talking pull-ups, and the right way to do ‘em.

And I think we ended up getting into a bit of a discussion about form and kipping, which apparently my friend said was OK to do to get your numbers have (if you have to!).

I disagreed. As I always HAVE Done, for reasons I’ve been pointing out a lot as of late.

And while that was the discussion, we ended with this.

“Rahul, the way you do ‘em is the RIGHT way” my friend said.

“But in the military, we do pull-ups in many different ways! You don’t always get a pull-up bar to perform that sort of movement, often under duress, in real life . . . “

I added the part about duress, but the rest of the quote is pretty much what he said.

Now, he’s spot on.

Pull-ups are a functionally effective exercise if there ever was one, and there are just so many different ways to do ‘em.

Ways that could well save your life even if you’re not in a war . . . or save OTHER lives with the brute strength it builds and the capacity to perform physically at higher levels for a much longer period of time.

This morning, there was a heavy ass plant at the house I moved.

I mean BIG and heavy.

And I pulled it like nothing - - like it wasn’t even heavy to start with (most men would struggle to budge it).

Most “modern day men “ that is.

And I don’t care if you’re doing pull-ups to build that sort of brute strength, or simply to be more functional and STRONGER in your daily movements (believe me, when you can move couches up and down stairs on your lonesome, it not only makes you feel good, but has a very practical aspect to it!).

Or, if you do what Sig Klein did during a fire which was to climb down a drain pipe with one hand, a lady in danger nestled in the other . . . while the entire damned building was on fire.

Now THAT is strength. Useful strength!

So back to uneven surfaces.

There are MANY ways to do pull-ups, my friend, and I’ve found that doing ‘em on uneven surfaces not only makes the exercise far more difficult, but also more interesting.

And more advanced.

Believe me, there is a reason I put out a TON of new pull-up movements in “Pull-ups - - from STUD to SUPER STUD within weeks” (my advanced course on pull-ups) and I would not be lying to tell you that most of these movements are anything but mainstream, and certainly anything but EASY (and usually way, way too ignored!).

That’s the advanced course, of course.

But what good is that gonna do YOU, you ask, if you can barely hang on to the bar, let alone even start to execute a proper pull-up?

Well, take heart for one. Tons of “men” are in your position, and that’s why I created the BASIC course on pull-ups – Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!

Definitely one you must grab, so do so NOW my friend, and once you’re done with THAT, and getting better at pull-ups, grab the advanced course.

Functional strength that can save your life one day, and definitely make the one you’re living a heck of a lot more convenient. Can’t and doesn’t get better than that does it mi amigo?

Hey, that should have been the title of the post!

Anyway, YES.

That’s what I thought too!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – I’ve been doing my pull-ups (some of ‘em) on a massive thick IRON monkey bar set out in the park, which is NOT even. It’s triangular, and doing “walks” up that sucker is something to be honest, not to mention the monkey bar work which is tough enough as it is, but doing them this way is not only more functional and productive, but also adds a whole new DIMENSION to things!

PS #2 – That above tip right there is worth it’s weight in GOLD, as are all the tips I put out in Gorilla Grip. Truly the definitive course in terms of developing that cast iron kung fu like grip, and to be honest, that can only HELP you while doing pull-ups!! ?

Published in Pull-ups

Or grippers, or what not.

Might sound unbelievable, but as I revamped Gorilla Grip a couple of years back, EXACTLY the same thing happened to me.

I wrote about it.

Those that are DOERS got the message, and the Bozos, well, they complained about “not enough information” (along with price shoppers etc).

I increased the price, and they ranted even more. HEHe.

But anyway, I wrote about the subconscious in an email or so prior to this, and this is what is so great about the plans the SUBCONSCIOUS gives you.

Those that get it love you for putting out stuff that is the best, and works!

Just flat out works

And those you DO NOT want near you – they get repelled even more.

Can’t ask for more!

Anyway, during that period, something strange happened.

As you know, when creating 0 Excuses Fitness (Which was actually planned for a change) I didn’t do anything except that workout system.

Nothing.

No hills, no pull-ups, no sprints, no Animal workouts, no nothing.

I just did what is mentioned in the System.

Got in the best shape of my life.

But I noticed something curious.

My GRIP strength, which I thought would SUFFER, had actually increased tremendously!

True, I was doing a few handstands here or there, but nothing special.

No grippers, no grip work …

SO what gives, you ask.

Well, a nutter on the Gorilla Grip page said “I said I did this, but didn’t tell him how in the book”, but I DID.

And it’s two things, maybe more.

PUSHUPS!

And it’s not the regular pushup either.

In Pushup Central, a courses some people have RAVED about as containing “almost impossible to do exercises” - - I give you several types of pushups that by the very positioning of the fingers build the grip and forearm tremendously. No, I ain’t talking just fingertip pushups though yes, those DO help.

Those help a lot, but again, it ain’t that.

And in the book on REVERSE pushups, the best darn exercise and it’s derivatives – well – that is something else I did during that period, and though it’s not mentioned on the sales page, THOSE improved my grip tremendously beyond belief during that period.

And when I got back to pull-ups etc?

IT was like I never ever left.

Much like life itself …

And thereeth standeth another FACT.

Pick up the courses NOW.

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

Published in Grip training
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Saturday, 12 December 2020 10:26

And now, the inner forearms!

A field day for you GRIP fanatics out there. Including yours truly, the bonafide leader of the pack in that regard I’d say, hehe, though I’m waiting to be toppled from the post! ;)

But really, I spoke about outer forearms and the SWELL you feel (not pump! This is real training!) when you train them right along the outside.

Talk size – strength -e verything!

And now, in tandem with that, as I finish that workout which I interrupted mid way to write to you (and yes this one has been interrupted too!) ...the res tof the forearms.

This one includes THICK gripz – those foam like handles you often see on doorway chinning bars.

They seem simple, but are nothing of the nature. Anything but I was gonna say!

And I have NOT covered those as yet in my courses. Pretty much because you dont need ‘em, but if you have ‘em, they make a very welcome addition indeed to your grip arsenal and indeed pull-up arsenal.

And it’s this.

HANG for time.

Really squeeze those suckers!

I know I mention all this in thick bar work etc in the book.

But these grips work you differently.

You’ll feel the FINGERS really working hard as opposed to the thumb, whereas thick bar works distributes the load evenly.

Which is better?

NEITHER!

I do BOTH, and so should you, but if you had to choose one, the latter.

But if you HAVE thick grips – well – use them!

And pop off handstand pushups post all this.

And stationery handstands, walks, and the works.

Thats the end of the workout then – write back – tell me how you feel afterwards!!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Off to finish now!

Published in Grip training

Not just because of the way they make you breathe.

Not just because of how they burn fat all over the entire BODY – especially the upper!

Not just because of how the ygive you a SUPERLATIVE workout in a way very few, if any, workouts CAN!

Not just because ... do you need any more reasons??

Those would be enough for me!

Not just because of the time taken.

I got done with 2000 jumps and 50 pull-ups right now in a workout that lasted about ... oh say 10-15 minutes.

I haven’t stretched.

I am POURING SWEAT and writing to you !

I’m going to go stretch now soon, but for nowm why do I mention this?

BECAUSE OF THE SUPERLATIVE GRIP WORKOUT these workotus give you!

And because of the upper forearm workout – a much neglected area – that this sort of workout will give you.

Believe me, the grip maniac can barely grip now!

And it’ snot the inside of the forearm either that’s burning (which most target).

It’s the OUTSIDES!

And if I did fingertip pushps right now?

Lets just say I wouldn’t even be typing at you right now!

But really, my friend.

TRUE forearm workout, and I’ve included this in Gorilla Grip means you work the forearms BOTH WAYS.

ALL ways.

EVERY which way.

From the inside out!

And thats why this sort of workout.

And rope pull-ups!

And one arm pull-ups!

And thick bar HANGS!

And everything mentione din Gorilla Grip.

Grab this now, my friend. Truly the best training manaul ever on GRIP!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Don’t forget to pick up Jump Rope MANIA! Right here as well (For more such fat burners of workouts!)

PS #2 – Remember, the simple things are often ignored - - and are also what work the best. In Gorilla Grip, I gave you a very simple exercise that doesnt even gasp! Involve your BODYWEIGHT.

IT’s so simple it requires NOTHING – almost.

But do it after what I mentioned above and then write back and tell me!

I’m out, hehe. Back soon!

Published in Grip training