The whole bodyweight vs "weights" conundrum so many of you have
Something I've never quite understood, pally - or bro, as the case might be.
This whole mania about "am I training bodyweight only" or do I lift "weights".
For some reason, a lot of folks approach training as a "either this or that scenario".
A lot of folks also might be surprised - VERY surprised - to hear that I once lifted weights - in a manner I constantly call out NOW - and I still lift weights - in a manner I highly advocate. NOW, and will forever!
What do I mean?
Well, simply this, friend, as I sit here sweating after WEIGHTED squats, first off, I never said weights are inherently bad.
I'm a huge fan of old timer style training - old school STRONGMAN - real strongman style training, and a lot of that involved weights ALONG with bodyweight, both in equal proportion.
What I AM against is the modern day boobybuilding nonsense, the pump and tone, the constant and silly insistence on the bench being the only "real" indicator of strength, the utterly useless lat pulldown machine, and other pretty much useless ab devices, treadmills etc that are all designed to slim one thing - your wallet, not your midsection.
Not to mention, a lot of that shit is just plain ole unhealthy - dont believe me? Just look at the way you FEEL after doing a lot of those routines, my friend.
Still dont believe me, well, take it from the horse's mouth, a PRO bodybuilder and what he had to say on the Shoulders like Boulders! pages - and he aint the only one by far pally.
THAT sort of thing is what I am very vehemently against.
THAT sort of thing is what I Call out, and will continue to, unfortunately, with the marketing being shoved down your throats all the time on it, THAT is what most people think when they hear weight lifting.
But there's far more to it.
The farmer's walk for one, is a superlative exercise I recommend in Gorilla Grip - and I should have in Corrugated Core as well, as it builds the grip and core like nothing else if done right (in a manner nothing else will).
It involves lifting up heavy objects, preferably thick handled and unweildy, and walking with them for as long as you can. A few sets of that, or this sort of thing here - https://0excusesfitness.com/2021/12/29/weighted-pull-ups-or-not/ (this one had the great Brooks Kubik's approval too when I told him, you know if he approved it, it's damn good!) ... will FRY you beyond belief, my friend.
And done enough times it will fry all fat off your midsection, build a cast iron grip, build traps like a grizzly's, and lumps of muscle all over your body.
Then, the routines I tell you about in Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness - if you can go fifteen minutes or more with some of those routines - well, you're a stud already.
Trust me, those of you that can squat elephants will be sweating buckets doing some of the routines I advocate with 40 kgs ... those clubs will do that to you,so will maces and kettlebells which are mentioned in the course, my longest as of yet, and thats saying something!
This one will truly be a BEHEMOTH, a bonafide MONSTER!
And even your own weight - is that not "weight" ?
Handstand pushups will make a man out of you, as will pull-ups ...
My point is just this, that there is no "one way" to train.
And if you have to lift, by all means do so - but do so like the old time strongmen did.
Lift heavy ass stones, beer kegs, stuff like that builds IMMENSE and real strength and conditions you beyond belief too if done RIGHT.
All to be included in Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness ...
And thats the lesson for now, no one way to do things in this regard!
Damn, 14 years and so called counting . . .
The words "happy anniversary" sprang to mind - as soon as I noticed the date, and it "struck me" - it didnt when I woke up, though I've been having very interesting dreams all night (which I often do, so ...).
I didnt say it, of course.
But I thought ... DAMN!
As I subtract 2008 from 2022, I get 14 if my Math is right.
Damn, I've been married that long??
For a guy who famously swore up and down until the age of 26 or so he'd NEVER, repeat, NEVER get married, for a guy whose been with more girls that he cares to count - interesting indeed!
Of course, there were happy times - not so happy times - and right now, well, we all know the status.
But still, even if a lot of those 14 years were "married years" because the wife wouldn't divorce or whatever ... its still something to me at least. Hehe.
I'd say Happy Anniversary to myself - but I dont want to. I dont quite feel it. Hehe.
The last time I told the ole wife, she replied with "I want my gift", so that put paid to "romance". So much for women being the so called romantic sex. Hehe.
I keep explaining these things to people, they just dont get it, or refuse to, and finally blurt out something about "keeping the peace so I do it" (which to me is pathetic, but hey, to each his own, if thats how you want to live your life, certainly no complaints from my end. Hehe).
'Twas the day yours truly got hitched.
A couple of weeks later we'd do it formally, and that would set off events that would last till 2009, go to the Delhi High Court, eat up a chunk of savings, create a lot of unnecessary drama, unresolved till this date, and so forth.
Maybe I should have listened to the parents who told my wife to "wait" (they knew i wouldn't. Hehe)
Come to think of it?
Maybe I should NOT.
I'm glad I didnt, and followed my heart as usual, I learned a hell of a lot.
We all make mistakes, key thing is to learn and MOVE ON from those mistakes - most people dont do either of the two, and keep complaining about and wallowing in the mistakes like a pig in quick sand , or a Father Walrus or something...
Uncle Percie? Hehe.
Anyway, Percie was a great guy, I aint going to bring him into this, but he was of the same breed of men mentioned above, "keep the wife happy and thats all that matters", and again, I've never quite understood men who want to live like that but "whateva" ...
Anyway, 14 years is a long damn time.
So is 10 years, I'd say. Or 11.
I think, but am not sure, it was in 2011 when I first came out with Fast and Furious Fitness, a very well received book until this date.
I suppose I could do up an anniversary special on it today.
But I ain't in the anniversary mood. Hehe. I never am, so that would be "fallacious" of me to do so!
Instead, I'll just point you to the link and tell you this much - if you want an oldie, and goldie, and book for the ages, THAT is one you should grab - NOW.
It also shows me and the wife in "happier times" - and a fit, slim wife at that ... Hehe.
Anyway, I'm out.
0 Excuses Fitness came out in 2017. Five years plus and counting, and what a SMACKEROO it's laid down on many people, and rightfully so.
It's been 14 goddamn years already!
How time flies.
How I keep circling back to the same point like my fitness routine and "life always comes full circle" and so forth.
So I'll end this here while I'm off to ruminate.
You guys get the books above NOW. Hey, who knows, if all of US together make it a bumper sales day, I might actually get a smile out of the wife (not keeping fingers crossed tho, hehe).
Why binge watching Bozo Flix or "donating" to the Republican - or any - politcal party ain't a magic pill for nothing
It never ceases to amaze me, my friend.
These same people complaining about inflation, these same people complaining bout rising prices, these same people complaining about "his products are overpriced" (and if not mine, it's something or someone else) ...
... these same people somehow find the money to keep the most inane and useless of things going.
Or, they simply fritter it away on stuff not required.
Fancy gym memberships for one, we've been over this already so many times - neither is there any NEED for the same - nor do those gyms deliver in any which way (though ultimately it's YOU that has to deliver, the gyms simply market themselves well and people buy into the BS - because its EASY to sit on a machine, and it feeds their "lazy" bone if you get my drift than actually do some REAL exercise) ..
Worse than that, and I've spoken about this before, something like the ridiculously overpriced (and still increasing) Bozo Flix.
I mean really, if you have the money for Netflix while fitness related purchases "always have to be put off", if you think wifi is more important than breathing as opposed to fitness (Really, take people's Wifi away and watch them YOWL) - then you're just a pansy my friend, and I mean it.
Dont get me wrong.
I've got Wifi, and though I dont have Netflix, I do plenty of binge watching movies myself.
But in my case, it leads to binge selling and writing - and a hell of a lot of it, and even more than the hell of a lot I do normally, which is saying a lot, and thats the entire point. I could care less about the actual movies in most cases, I'm thinking of SELLING and business when I watch 'em!
Further, it aint my biz to tell you or anyone how to spend their money, or whether or not to WAIST - pun intended - it. Hehe.
No, really - it isn't.
But if that same somebody gets back to me complaining about price, if the same somebody is a slacker that never buys anything, just sits there on the list like a bump on a log - then there's no point to it, and I WILL call these people out.
Personally, if I had to choose between something like what I sell, and perhaps Prime or whatever, its a no brainer.
Then of course these guys who think repeated political donations will change things, it's the magic cure...
I'm sorry, it ain't.
YOU have to change things yourself, if your expecting the government to do it, then you're in for a rude awakening my friend - it hasn't happened for years, it wont happen now, regardless of which party takes back the Presidency, regardless of who controls the House or Senate, politicians are all as crooked as a dog's tail, that is just the nature of the biz, its dirty, or it would not be politics if it wasn't.
And the blind faith people place in these guys, because it's easier to just ignore the problem and say "he'll do it" - well, thats mostly how they fill their own pockets big time. Hehe.
Thats how it is.
And this applies to all ends of the political spectrum - with the exception of a perhaps a few liberterians... (and if you can prove me wrong, I'm all ears my friend).
There's too many wrongs that have to be righted for one, if that even happens, people dont even look at the overall picture or long term, preferring to stick their heads in the sand and whine about inflation and other issues they cannot control, yet should have seen coming years ago, and of course a lot of people "expecting the government to provide endless handouts or fix it all for them".
I realize a lot of this makes me sound like an ass.
But it's true, my friend.
YOU have to fix things, it starts, ends, and continues with YOU.
And if your life aint going the way it should be, or you'd like it to, chances are YOU are doing things wrong.
And fitness wise, if you're not on the 0 Excuses Fitness System as yet, you're definitely NOT doing it right - I'll say that, write it, and sign my damn name to it ...
And thats that, my friend.
From who a fat Bozo once called "Gods gift to fitness" and who another called "he thinks he's hot shit" -
Yours truly, always BRUTAL - yet right -
PS - Pushup Central is one of the best and most effective courses we have, thats another one you guys (those that have not got it as yet) need to pick up NOW. Like, yesterday, to be honest...
Why "bad jokes" are the ones that truly work, and are eternally remembered.
Same thing for so called corny one liners - or movies choc a block full of them.
Before I dive into this one, think about it - what is the purpose of a GOOD JOKE?
To make you laugh like you never have before, or a lot.
And if slapstick jokes and/or bad jokes do it the BEST - which they often do?
Well they're the GOOD jokes then. Hehe.
What do I mean, well, Sly Stallone's movies are a perfect example of them!
Take for example the joke Rocky tells Adrian in Rocky I (or maybe II, I can't quite remember) - -
"Why do cows have bells?"
She doesnt know.
"Because the horns dont work".
Till this date it's never failed to arouse titters from my little one or anyone I tell this joke to, no matter how many times they've heard it - much like the movie itself, the joke is CLASSIC - because it's so so called "bad". Hehe.
Or, one liners...
The movie Cobra, for instance, where Sly offers a girl (the lead heroine) an apple.
She giggles and declines to take a bite out of the same apple he is.
"Dont like health food", he quips-cum-asks.
And that same theme is repeated throughout the movie where Sly's partner is shown to be the one gorging on gummy bears (whatever those are) and other "snacks" while Ole Sly does little other than drink coffee and munch on apples, not unlike what he did in real life at the time where apparently his diet was so pure that if he'd have a burger, his stomach would go into convulsions for days.
Not kidding either.
But those same one liners, similar jokes etc keep getting repeated throughout the movie...
An idiot wrote to me the other day about "like bad jokes, your emails keep selling, stop, stop, stop!"
He ain't the only one either.
But before we get to that fool who I did not even bother responding to, it aint just movies either.
"Drain the swamp".
Now, I'm pretty sure there's swamp on all sides of the political spectrum eh.
But that term sticks, people remember it, cheesy though it might sound - guess what - it WORKS.
It just flat out works.
The most natural things work best, and work all the time, period.
And they work the BEST you know when?
When you do as Claude Bristol says "repetition of the same chant, the same incantations, the same affirmations, leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep seated conviction, things begin to happen".
You could call it persistence and stickability no matter what as well.
If you've read Three Feet from Gold, you KNOW the agony felt by quitting something when you were within reach of GOLD.
(basically the story of a young man who got caught up in the California gold rush back in the day, showed up with his Uncle and borrowed money/equipment to mine the gold, struck gold almost instantly, but then the gold suddenly stopped.
They tried, tried, tried, couldn't find any more - and finally gave up - selling the machinery to an used junk man I believe, I can't quite remember.
Dude used to be an engineer, showed the maps the guys had given up to to another guy.
And lo, gold was found literally THREE Feet from where the guys gave up after trying for donkey's years, yet, one more try would have made them richer than Croseus, not the junk man).
There is a lesson to be learnt there (Darby learned it - later on in life he became a multi million dollar insurance salesman "I will never quit when a prospect says no!" became his motto - that was a solid, valuable learning experience indeed).
So to idiot who said what he said above, well, dude, I'd be a moron not to sell in every email.
I'd be a fool not to tell you to get the products NOW.
I'd be doing YOU a disservice if I were to do that, because I consider it my duty to pitch you products multiple times a day that will help YOU.
It's as simple as that, perfectly black and white.
And if after all the pitches you reply back with nonsense - the joke's on you my friend, and it aint either good or bad if you get my drift.
Similarly, if after all the noise people are making about it, and rightfully so, you have NOT yet gotten the 0 Excuses Fitness System - and if you have, if you ain't left a review?
Well, the joke's on YOU, pally, if thats the case.
And thats all I gotta say ...
PS - Those still on the fence - time waits for NOBODY - if you want it, and judging by the clicks etc, SO MANY of you do - then just freaking drop the ball and get it now, this "delay" and constant hemming and hawing mystifies me. If you're someone that takes donkey's years to decide on essential purchases, and fitness is as essential as BREATHING and life itself (the right fitness) - then you really shouldn't be on this list, period...
Why the JCVD patented "Van Damme" split taxes EVERY muscle in the body unlike ANYTHING else - and more.
I really should create a new category on the site "stretching" along with many more. Project on hold for now though - maybe soon! So much to DO . . . so little TIME . . . Hehe. Gotta prioritize!
Anyway, I dont know if Van Damme patented those splits, but he might well have.
It's also basic training in Karate, Taekwondo etc (part of basic training) - if you haven't done it with partners forcing your legs open (no puns please) - then you ain't really trained any sort of martial art, period.
Unless you consider boxing to be a martial art where it's not heavily emphasized...
But anyway - this one stretch, my friend - I've been taking it easy for the past couple of days, and haven't done a lot exercise wise (though what I did do is enough to kick most people in the can anyway) and so something was off, I felt it today.
I did squats, pull-ups - and animal kingdom workouts - felt great - but something was still OFF.
I couldn't pin point it, then instinctively I dropped down into the splits. Something I could never ever even start to do - not even when I was training Taekwondo as a kid without being assisted, let alone properly.
Today, I can get almost all the way there myself (side splits).
And the key isn't just "getting there" - its how you do the damn exercise.
If you're slouching while doing it, you ain't doing it right.
The focus should be there and felt on the groin, hips, lower back and core - truly the seat of POWER in your body!
You might not think its a lot.
Let me tell you though, those of you that haven't done it, even sitting in that position with a straight BACK - will have your heart beat go UP within no time at all.
If you bend any which way - caution. You might feel muscles you haven't worked in years as beads of sweat trickle down your sides.
Wait a minute, you say.
There's no cardio here, it's just splits!
But trust me, my friend, it isnt just that.
You BREATHE right while doing any exercise, it becomes cardio to an extent, and when you're in that sort of position, and get good at it, you will understand why it's needed to execute those flying kicks and such - but also the way it works EVERYTHING in the entire body.
I only did this for a few minutes before writing to you - I'll do it for longer later, but my lower back, core, all is aligned again.
And I feel great.
It isn't the only exercise by far that works the entire body.
The "Rahul Mookerjee patented" squat in Isometric and Flexibility Training - another one!
When I was young - my Dad once told me my back would hurt if I sat in that position.
I couldn't even get into it - ditto until the age of like 40.
Yes, thats right, I couldn't do it even when I was in the best shape of my life at 37 but today?
I can literally teach entire classes while squatting in that position, and not "feel it" at all.
Trust me, there is a skill to getting off that position using your legs alone and not your hands (try it the next time you rise out of your chair for one).
Isometrics, my friend - there is a reason the old timers relied on them extensively and used them damn near daily.
So should you, they work the whole body and take your health and fitness to newer, far more SUPREME levels.
Get started NOW.
Freaky old timers like strength
FREAKY old time strongman style strength is right - that is what it is, and should be!
Well, so I wrote about the movie the Samaritan this morning - which I rather enjoyed, but I'm a die hard Stallone fan as you guys know. As a neutral observer, my advice would be - since I'm such a good Samaritan, hehe - to stay AWAY from the movie unless you're a die hard Sly fan like I am in which case I pretty much love every bit of his work, the infamous "Judge Dredd" included.
Anyway, movie has many gritty realistic scenes I wrote about in the last email.
But physique and combat aren't in the least bit realistic.
Or are they?
When you have a dude who can literally get shot several times and recover - when people fracture their wrists punching him in the gut (as he says "I'm built like a TANK!") - when he crushes toasters with his bare hands, when he bends iron bars locking doors with his bare hands - and so forth - you might be inclined to think "it's all make believe".
For most people, indeed, for most modern day men it would be just that - make believe world!
But is it?
Old time strength was some thing else, pal.
People were REALLY Strong back then.
They didnt wimp out for one if they missed one meal or two - or even two days worth.
(as I just completed - a 2.5 day fast which ended YESTERDAY afternoon). (impromptu as everything Is with me).
Think about someone like the Mighty Atom who pulled airplanes by his hair - NOT an exagerration by any standard there - there are videos out there proving it.
Or, think about someone like the Great Gama, undefeated in what - 50 years? Against top class opponents from damn near everywhere, and on a "diet" of food that would stun the average human - but he was no average man - and 5000 squats and 3000 squats daily.
Lots of people say these numbers are grossly inflated, but ARE THEY?
Look at Herschel Walker who does pretty much the same thing - minus the hefty food intake!
There is literally NO limit to what the human mind and body can accomplish provided the WILL IS THERE!!
Then, lets take Arthur Saxon and his improbable feats of strength at a bodyweight of 150 lbs or so . . .
Or, Alexander zass, bending prison bars made of solid iron willy nilly!
All true tales, and all shown in the movie to an extent - minus the "old time strongman" tag - except it's there. Look at Sly throughout the movie, and you'll see that plastered all over his face, even though it's not written - and body!
Solid - "Rambo IV" style lumberjack body as Sly has become famous for in recent years as opposed to the LEAN AND MEAN look - both are great, of course, but he adopted some very intense training plus some highly unhealthy techniques for the latter, not for the former though . . . (older and wiser? Hehe).
There's always a business reason behind what Sly does, but I bet health was ONE reason too. At that point he was well estabilished if you get my drift . . . Anyway, point isn't Sly's career or even the movie (which as I said you could watch if you're a die hard Sly fan, but I should say if you're an "old time strongman" and old school in general fan as well).
The world has slowly been going old school for years in the recent past, something I've always been, something I always will be.
If you look at Sly's movies, he's as much of a visionary in that regard.
Anyway just what did the old timers do to build their freaky strength?
Lots of exercises, eating, drinking, all of it - the whole shebang - some even drank copious amounts of BEER.
But they all had one thing in common - they trained hard and kept it simple - and by keeping it simple, I mean they did stuff most people SCOFF at, especially the idiots that swear by pump, tone and PREEN at the JIM.
The Gama pushed against his tree to build that prodigious strength.
Dont believe me?
Look it up, the man said it himself.
"When an oak tree becomes easy to budge, a man is nothing!"
And so it proved, friend.
Alexander Zass built his prodigious strength by doing something I show you in Advanced, PROFOUND Isometric and Flexibility Training - a special chapter on STICK ISOMETRICS - from childhood.
And virtually all of the strongmen used some form of isometric in the first book I put out on it "Isometric and Flexibility Training".
Well, my friend, I dont know about YOU - but if I had a pulse, and I DO - I'd be RUSHING to GRAB the above two books now - and start on them right away.
Do so NOW
I'll be back!
PS - Dont forget Animal Kingdom Workouts - another book that will make you freakishly "animal like" super strong in a way NOTHING else can!
Quotes for the ages . . .
I dont know who needs to hear this today - maybe a lot of people do. Maybe not many on this list. I'm not sure (though I bet the latter).
But I'll tell you one damn thing, inspiration is something we could all do with a little more of.
Personally, those of us doing our own thing often get hit the hardest by life - and everything else (I realize that sounds "uncaring and arrogant" but try and follow a dream you've got for years, but never have, then when you finally do, watch the world seemingly put up barriers at EVERY stage).
Just when you think you've done it all, when you've hit a high point, BAM!
Life hands you a sucker punch and you're back BELOW where you started with MORE of a struggle to climb up - and out - of the hole.
It ain't anyone's fault either.
Napoleon Hill says it very well indeed in the Chapter on persistence in Think and Grow Rich where he talks about how there is a "hidden guide" (his choice of term is right i.e. guide because you learn a hell of a lot, I mean a hell of a lot during your dark and down times - about life - people - who your TRUE friends are - and a lot more (and how family will almost NEVER support you in pursuit of your dream or goal which is why I recommend NOT telling anyone until you get there i.e "Tell the world what you want to do, but SHOW 'em first" - Napoleon Hill again) who job it is to test men through countless discouraging challenges before finally "relenting" ...
And some of these challenges can be way tougher than you ever imagined - and come at times there could not be possibly "worse" in many regards.
EVERY doer, every achiever in life has been through this phase, often for extended periods, often for a long long time before success finally caved in!
You might not hear about their stories (the tough times part) a lot.
But theyre very much there, believe me, the higher a person rises, you can bet your bottom dollar he had to go through some INSANE struggle to get to where he (or she) is today.
Thats just how life works...
Homelessness seems to be one common factor as well - from Jean Claude Van Damme to Sly Stallone (and it ain't limited to just Hollywood either - it applies to life and business all across the spectrum) - some of the stories you hear about this guys, I gotta tell you, if they hadn't persisted - gone one more round when NOTHING and NOBODY was there for them - you wouldn't even know about them today.
It's persistence, gumption, the knowledge that the long game eventually rents, it's STICKABILITY - it's dedication - all of this ,plus that "intangible" Napoleon Hill talks about in his books.
I'll close this with quotes from Sly Stallone, someone who knows more than most about this sort of thing . . .
From selling his wife's jewelry on the sly to being homeless for a period to having to sell his dog because he literally couldn't feed himself, let alone the dog - working as a movie usher for years - this dude knows a thing or two about struggle.
He ain't the only one either, but Sly with his interest in writing - he pens things in an interesting manner indeed - and it makes his movie dialogs seems all the more believable, you can tell the man has LIVED it himself.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!
"going one more round when you dont think you can is what makes ALL the difference in your life"
"Being broke is BAD. Really BAD. Have you ever had a dream? A wonderful dream? But You are too broke to implement it? Too tiny to do it? Too small to accomplish it? Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a NOBODY. People will want your products but NOT YOU. Its a tough world. If you ain’t already famous or rich or “connected”, you will find it rough. Doors will be shut on you. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes. You will push and push. And yet NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. And then your hopes will be crashed. You will be broke. Damn broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And yes, you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes, it does. BUT NEVER LET THEM CRUSH THAT DREAM. Whatever happens to You, Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes, Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away, Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down, Keep Dreaming. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People will judge you by HOW you look. And by WHAT you have. But Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP! Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, IT’S OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. Go get it !!!"
And that, friend, is that, like I said, I dont quite know who needed to hear this today, but I'm sure many did.
Even if not, words for the ages basically from a true DOER - legend!
And thats that.
PS - For more such inspiration you MUST have at your bedside - check out Gumption Galore and Zero to Hero!
Incredibly simple (instant) STRESS BUSTING WORKOUTS!
It struck me as I was going to turn off the computer that what people need more than anything else these days?
STRESS - relief.
Unfortunately people get it from all the wrong source - tobacco, liqor, and other illicit substances (though to be honest tobacco is probably worse than most of those "illicit" substances anyway).
People unfortunately as you can tell from whats going choose all the WRONG ways (and usually wrong people) to "vent on" i.e. "if I can vent on him or her, then I WILL!".
And a lot of people say nothing, yet just "stew" internally.
None of this is good, the reasons are all obvious (and it ain't getting any better anytime soon either - lets face it if you have not already).
Instead of all that, why not focus on "five minutes ahead I'm going to be feeling AWESOME!"
I was going to title this 5 stress busting workouts.
But truth is, there are so many - both mental and physical.
Here's a mental trick I often use - go back in your mind's eye to a PLEASANT memory - go into your mind and SEE what you want "now" (not how much money you want now, as I know thats what people will reply to) - shut off everything else - and simply focus on that imagery, and the feelings that flow forth.
It's called visualization. I talk about it in 0 Excuses Fitness, Zero to HERO! and MANY other books, and it really, really works my friend - even if you just use it for stress relief.
Then of course, you have the meditation techniques mentally.
But hold on, a lot of you here aren't interested in that either (which is fine - physical exercise is often what works best anyway!).
And I aint going to sit here and paint pictures of luxury holidays or excess spending or what not when the source of all the stress is "less money" which it seems to be for a lot of people these days.
Nah, what I'm telling you ABOVE and below costs nothing compared to what you're getting in terms of benefits, my friend.
So here it is -
In no particular order -
100 Hindu squats (or bodyweight squats) for one.
It's simple. Anytime you feel overly stressed, just drop down and start doing 'em - period.
You dont need to worry about rep counts either - all you need to keep in mind is keep it BRISK.
Finish 50 without stopping, you'll see what I mean, finish 100, you'll be BUZZING!
Or, get into a handstand and hold it for a minute at least. The blood flow to your head and neck for one will make you feel a HELL Of a lot better - not to mention this movement often puts you in the mood for tougher exercises and workouts.
Third, ISOMETRICS! STRETCHING!
ANY of the great movements in Isometric and Flexibility Training - or perhaps Advanced PROFOUND Isometric and Flexibility Training will get the trick done provided you devote a few minutes to it per day - when you're super stressed, you'll literally FEEL the stress MELTING AWAY my friend.
Then the bear crawl, a pick me up like nothing else, and it usually for most people doesn't take more than 30 seconds to work its magic.
Thats four physical exercises, two mental, key thing?
None of it need take you the entire day.
None of it, barring the initial investment in the books costs any money to do - hell, you can do the entire workouts at HOME, so where's your EXCUSE, my friend?
It's sure a lot better than "stewing internally", and worrying about factors you cannot control like economy and so forth, it'll also get you in great shape if you do enough of it.
And you'll be feeling like a billion bucks QUICKLY so you can get on with the rest of your day which is the goal here, not turning into Mr Muscle or anything of that nature my friend (and you can use these throughout the day too!).
And thats the idea for now.
PS - These exercises are but a few amongst the great ones I promote that will literally make stress whoosh away like air from a balloon, literally. You'll be feeling HAPPY and light and limber after just a dose or two. Try some NOW.
(and thats another great visualization right there!).
When the SQUEEZE is well and truly ON.
The squeeze is well and truly ON - not that it hasn't been for years, not that I have not seen it coming, not that some of you didnt, but it REALLY started last December in terms of the rampant inflation which never came down.
You can make excuses all you want about "Russia's special military operation" causing it, but truth it COVID started the fall (we all know who started that) - truth also is, covid is the straw that broke the camel's back.
Truth also is, sanctions dont work, and if the West was truly serious about sanctions they'd never have left loopholes, and if with those the pain is this bad - well...
(not to mention it's nothing short of downright retarded to apply sanctions, then buy the same damn product from the sanctioned entity. I wonder why few, if any people are talking about that. Ah yes, it exposes lack of preparation - BRUTALLY!).
And guess what, it's just STARTING.
As my friend Ricky was saying a few months ago to a customer of his "everything's up brother. Everything's up!" (customer complaining about a few cents rise in price, which seems little, but when it happens weekly for instance... it does sort of dent the budget).
Anyway - stress levels are skyrocketing - people havent been acting normally in AGES, NOW?
It's even worse, even the normally cool cats are stressed out, big companies are in all sorts of financial "iffy" situations, and so forth.
Something to remember here, of course, is that the squeeze is being applied GLOBALLY, my friend.
You might hear it a lot more about in the West, but in reality (although it might not sound nice) it's been going on in other parts of the world for a while now, for even longer - and funny part, those parts of the world are so used to hardship they either dont talk about it, or take it in their stride and roll with it anyway - I realize that doesnt mean anything for those suffering the squeeze NOW and stressing out, but just putting it in perspective - SOMEONE out there is way worse off than you in many regards, my friend .
Dont believe me?
Oh, its true my friend.
And in this sort of environment, of course it's the salesmen that get the brunt of the "crankiness". Hehe.
Which is fine, as it should be, in fact if you're selling HARD, regularly and well - then you SHOULD be getting people on and off your list all the time for one!
Here's the thing though - remember, businesses are ALL being hit equally hard, so more so than others, some dont talk about it, others do all the time, but it's affecting EVERYONE.
Real point of me saying this isn't to tell you it's all man made - I'm sure even the most anti Rahul Mookerjee reader has finally, at long last, come to that CONCLUSION (common sense!) - it's to say this.
If you're wimping out saying you dont have the money to buy something you really, really, want, my friend, then you dont really want it.
Now before I get hit by a bunch of comments on this - let me backtrack - let me rephrase.
Buy doesnt necessarily mean buy NOW.
But it also means buy - sometimes - not an indefinite NO.
There is a fine line there . . .
Think about your own situation - if there is something you REALLY want, chances are excellent and second to none you prioritize that despite things being tough, tight, or whatever it is in your neck of the woods.
Thats how human beings are wired, my friend. It's nature - to all of us.
And we usually end up getting that which we really, really want - IF we really want it - at some point.
Even in the toughest of economies.
Even in the toughest of economies SOME people do well and make a profit, some a lot, some a little.
Even in the toughest of economies those with WILL to survive DO SO, and thrive as well.
(Yours truly has - I've gone on record saying HOW as well!). (and so can YOU if YOU so CHOOSE! We all have that choice to make, friend).
This is a marketing lesson rooted in reality for those that need to hear it - many do - a life lesson for many - many need to hear it - and fitness wise, my friend if you've been putting off your purchase for the 0 Excuses Fitness System for one for DONKEY'S years, it's time to get on the HORSE - and NOW!
Believe me, I can see a lot of you repeatedly adding products to the cart, and doing - NOTHING.
That don't mean EVERYONE does nothing - quite the opposite.
But this is aimed at those that do . . .
Time to man up,pony up, or whatever the story BE, and GET that damn product NOW - that you've been putting off for ages.
I realize this will open me up a barrage of criticism, and that is more than welcome, but the facts stand my friend.
As ole Alonzo rightly said, Man up nikka, man the "eff" up.
Do it NOW!
And thats that.
More on this moronic "I'm rich" nonsense people spout even more these days
It's just increased manifold, the lunacy - life coaches that have done exactly F all themselves in terms of their own life sprouting up ALL over the place with their retarded, ridiculous affirmations - numero uno of course being that people pick up on "I am rich!"
And needless to say for the vast majority of people, repeating this useless mantra does exactly nothing for them - in fact, people have reported back to me that in the long run they not only did NOT make more money by reciting this nonsense mindlessly, but things WORSENED for them in many regards as well (overall, for those that were smart enough to see the overall picture - a lot aren't, and keep getting brainwashed by these same gurus aka scam artists over and over again).
Look, some of the best damn motivators out there motivated PRACTICALLY.
The book Think and Grow Rich is a classic, a lot of people complain about the title being "salesy" - but thing is, Napoleon Hill does not mention this affirmation of "I am rich" even once in the book - it is jampacked with PRACTICAL means of attaining what you want - mixed in with the spiritual i.e. faith and persistence which is a mixture of both -but the REAL secret, and Hill says this in the book at the start - YOU gotta find it for yourself.
Telling you, he says, is no use because that would deprive you of most of the benefits you'd get otherwise if you learnt/figured it out / stumbled upon it yourself.
Then these idiots (so called life coaches) send emails to their followers "How to become a life coach" and the brainwashed fools actually follow those instructions.
Mess x mess = ... well, I'm seeing a live example of it right in front of me NOW.
I wont name and shame for once.
And I wont say ALL affirmations are bad, my friend.
My favorite chant is the ole Claude Bristol line "Repetition of the same chant, the same incantations, the same affirmations, leads to BELIEF. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to HAPPEN".
It's a saying that is ALWAYS with me - along with another secret I will not mention here - through all my computer crashes, old computers, new computers, phones, what not - THAT is my desktop background - against black, the words, along with Bristol's face.
(and trust me, the Magic of Believing is a GREAT book - my favorite along with Think and Grow Rich).
There is a reason for that, as John walker, a great customer recently wrote back saying "despite all the tech out there, human beings are still subject to the Laws of Nature".
Spot on, friend.
Bristol was big on affirmations - DONE RIGHT.
Most do it utterly wrong.
Lets break it down to bare, brass tacks.
Lets say your shopping for a new cellphone - and you really, really want that "spanking new iphone".
You dont have the cash for it, but you add it to your cart anyway.
And you forget about it - so you think.
You DON'T though - every so often you check back, think about it ...
One fine day, and that day comes sooner than you'd expect, without even thinking about it, that phone is YOURS - somehow. Sometimes, you didnt even buy it yourself!
(not always, but a lot of times the Universe works in wondrous ways if you let it).
In the meantime, what do you do?
Do you "settle" for another cheaper model? One you dont really want?
If you do - well, you're classified as someone who doesn't "really want it" - and therefore wont get it.
If you're like me (and this was me the last time I bought a damn dumbphone) - you dont settle.
And you get what you WANT.
It's a simple example - and that can be applied to your affirmation, yet, saying "I have that phone" didnt attract it to me.
I said the polar reverse, actually ...
Same thing applies to shopping for clothes - to attracting money - to something as simple as deciding what to eat today.
If you really, really want it - you'll figure out a way to get it, it's that simple, repeating affirmations consciously or not does not matter. It will be a part of you, period, and it wont rest until it gets what it wants. Simple as that.
Same thing applies to your FITNESS my friend.
If you are REALLY REALLY Sick of looking in the mirror and seeing a flabby mess staring back at you (if you're honest with yourself to admit what sort of condition you're in) - if you're REALLY, really sick of being weak and not being able to do a single pull-up - or very many pushups at all - if you're sick of looking at the "studs on TV" and wishing "I was like them" - then you'll TAKE the steps necessary to improve your condition.
You'll invest in the resources you need to improve yourself - whether I tell you or not - whether you "affirm" it to yourself or not.
Thats how it works, friend.
And thats the Law of Attraction broken down into its simplest form - there's more to it, but thats the "gist".
For those truly interested in getting in kick ass shape - starting NOW - and tossing out the rubbish excuses and "time tried nonsense" - well, the link to start is right HERE - The 0 Excuses Fitness System.
It is the baseline every serious fitness enthusiast, regardless of what "level" you're at right now MUST either begin at or pass.
And thats that for now - back soon!
PS - The "adding to cart" is a dead giveaway that You, or SOMEONE wants it - and believe me, there are SO many of you that have added products to the cart and keep coming back to the checkout page (believe me, I can track this) that it begs the question "why the delay" my friend.
Like I said, if you're truly serious you'll do what it takes NOW. I can't do it for you. YOU have to do it yourself, its that simple.