Why I often put soap in my hair, that lovely HAIR, hehe.
"You've got the hair, boi" !
So said Tyrone Eric Milalkuwhat Blanks, him of the "floor humper pushups". hehe when we were discussing my prowress at a certain area despite being unfit as PHOCK during my college days, and his lack thereof (well, relatively speaking, he still did pretty good with the black girls, I'll give him that, for some reason he kept calling me the rainbow pimp though!).
(that link up there says spiderman pushups, but that wasnt what he was refering to - more on that in Pushup Central. If you are truly interested in Eric's description (his nick name) - then go HERE).😁😁
Anyway, this isn't to tell you about my hair, or the bald spot at the top of my head most dont notice (not because I try and hide it, its just the way it is).
My wife tried "in vain" to get rid of it.
All those nights spent working on Dongguan Expat with Major General Michael no doubt contributed to it.
"You know, Rahul, I've got this bald spot on the top of my head which is getting BIGGER with every passing minute", I remember him saying - before I finally got the key to fixing why Google Ads would not display on PhpNuke.
Those - them - were the DAYS!
Now, I am not saying this because "I'm an odd dude" either.
That was some fool who didnt obey rules in my group, got kicked out, then bitched up and down about it.
It isn't to tell you about my prowress in bed.
It isn't to tell you what to do and what NOT TO DO beauty or hair wise. I'll leave that expertise up to the Metrosexual Bozos like Glyn Schofield and apparently a sizeable proportion of so called men out there...
IT ant my area of expertise. It never will be. I dont WANT it to be either, so go ahead and put raw egg yolk in your hair if you want (supposed to be good for it, hehe) - or rub your face up and down with banana peels as the wife does (that one caught me by surprise. Supposed to be some sort of facial, yet that skin doesn't clear up no matter what, could it be fitness related - ah wait. How dare I go there!).
(actually, a LOT OF problems, including skin are related to fitness, specifically, CORE FITNESS - get that core in shape, you might be surprised to find out it ain't just mouth ulcers and digestive issues that go away - your skin, your breathing, ALL of it improves if done right. More on this in Corrugated Core (if you can spot it!)).
I do it well ... two reasons, one, like Nicholas Cage in "The Rock" - "almost blew the house up when I was 11" (not really, hehe) - I love to experiment.
It ain't got nothing to do with money either, I'll often use shampoo for laundry detergent, the hair dryer to dry a pair of stubborn johns - and so forth - I'll often use things not so called meant for "this purpose" for that - end of the day, its like food, all "mixes in your stomach" as the wife loves to say, no need to get too fancy - same thing with soap. Hehe.
Its just a simple memory.
When I was a little boy, I went swimming with my grandad in a big ole lake, and thats mentioned in 16 Inspirational Fitness Recollections as part of the rest, I believe.
And I remember him washing his hair out with soap as we showered post lake (and post pool - we did both - 430 AM morning calls!).
Gotta give it to him - 70 plus, waking up every damn morning, working till 10 ...
Gotta give it to me too- but hey, whose counting the gotta gives. Hehe.
Anyway - point of this?
Isn't the hair, or my grandfather's memories (really, I just do it sometimes, nothing to do with him or the memory, just seems to make sense for me) - is this.
Your workouts were not meant to be staid and boring.
No, that aint an excuse to be lazy and lethargic and skip out on high rep squats saying "they're boring".
You follow certain guidelines - the base lines laid out in 0 Excuses Fitness, there is NO GETTING AROUND the fact that fundamentals MUST NOT BE IGNORED!
But you experiment, my friend.
Thats why I give you such a wide variety of workouts in all my books - truth be told, if you use your brain, you could come up with an even wider variety of workouts tailored to YOU - if you really try, and want to.
It's EASY, once you get into the spirit - or hang of things. Thangs. Hehe.
Lots of memories pumpin in post shower - TMI?
Nah, I dont think so.
PS - The girls never seemed to mind the bald spot, hehe. So much for Dad droning on about "I'm sure they'll find you cute without the hair"!
Ah, the hair, something everyone so called close to me has tried me to get to shed - unsuccessfully at the very end.
So it BE.
Can't stop a man from doing what a man wants to, ultimately, why some people would want to beats me, but hey.
And thats the bottom line cuz... I said so, hehe (nah, cuz - is - IS!).
Take the lower body OUT of it
And, fellow - or dame, hehe - fitness fanatic - -
What I'm about to say might come across as highly contradictory in two regards, one - to build brute upper body strength, there's many good ways - but none of what I normally talk about involves isolation (never) - and certainly never taking the LEGS away.
If you've noticed, and everyone on my list has for sho - training legs and back hard and heavy is really what builds upper body strength, not simply training the upper body, doing endless sets of bench presses, curls, lat pulldowns and so forth which build fake strength if at all (for the most part - the last exercise being the biggest culprit - that strength neither lasts, nor is it practically useful in many or any ways).
Test yourself on pull-ups and the lat pulldown, chances are excellent if you've got half a brain you'll figure it out on your own, anyway, but now?
What I'm here to tell you?
To build brute upper body strength?
Sometimes, just sometimes, you take the lower body - OUT OF IT - and away - unless it's for balance mostly, and sometimes not even that
My forearms are singing and ZINGING right now, my friend.
I did a fairly long lumberjack workout, lots of club swinging in all directions.
What you might find strange is this - towards the end of it, I sat my ass down, put on some movie or the other - and continued.
What do I mean?
Well, bruce Lee for one had this habit of constantly swinging a dumbbell around at home, no matter what he was doing, every so often he'd lift it, and it wasn't "especially" heavy either.
Its the reps that build that real functional strength, I've said this forever, Lee knew it, of course.
It's NOT one time lifts - thats the lazy man's way out a lot of times - not always, but look at truly fit people, chances are they do lot more other than powerlifting, if they even do that at all.
Anyway, Lee would often swing his club around at all odd hours.
Me, I was sitting there trying not to bash a 10 kg club against the ole puter. Hehe.
And let me tell you, its one thing bringing the hips and waist into club and all lumberjack work and workouts - you should do that - I've said that in Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness amongst other gems you wont want to miss.
But sometimes, you take the lower body out of it, and believe me, you're not isolating - you're still working the entire upper body as a whole.
And it works GREAT as a finisher.
So do pull-ups throughout the workout! MY!
And of course, the classic example of taking the legs away is one of the most brutally effective exercises out there, sometimes most gym goers cannot begin to do, and run away from - and something even less common than pull-ups.
The almighty handstand pushup, and that one exercise should explain the entire post to you!
And thats the message for now.
Read, apply, and train - HARD!
PS - My courses dont just give you info NO-ONE else will, I give you the REAL deal, the secrets the gyms and other so called fitness gurus love to keep from you to fatten their own wallets, and keep you - not thy wallet - FAT.
I give it to you straight, not only that - in a manner you must listen to, and cannot miss - and in a brutally frank manner that just flat out WORKS.
And if you haven't gotten the courses above as yet, do so NOW, you simply MUST. Can't miss!
Sticking your head in the sand, when ignoring works, when it doesnt quite... and more!
I dont EVEN know where to start on this, the titles swirled around in my head until I did what I do normally, just blurt it out. Hehe.
But really, this movie - this Ben Affleck movie (I've never ever been an Affleck fan - Matt Damon, hell yes - always! - but Affleck, well, I dont know if I should be ashamed or proud to say this, but before today I wouldn't recognize him if I saw him, this is the first movie I've seen of him - and I'm halfway or a little more through it) I've been watching on a whim, mostly because of their false movie descriptions ...
(they market the movie as "a couple that agrees since there is no love between them the wife can cheat" - and she does - except what the husband thinks is NEVER considered throughout the movie, it is all completely non consensual, yet the movie description reads otherwise).
It is basically a movie about an UNWILLINGLY cuckolded husband.
Why did I watch it, or start to.
Well, simple - i wanted to see how the couple "agreed" to doing this, how they worked out the eventual guilt trips etc with something like that - when one partner gets it all, the other gets less than zero if you get my drift - and really, its not like I need a tutorial on it.
I've known plenty of couples that agree to this sort of thing, plenty of girls I've been with have done it knowingly to their husbands...
To me, if two consenting adults think it through and agree to it, dont try and make it mainstream "my way or the highway" as these damned liberals do, to me if they keep it between those that enjoy that sort of "play" as its called, to me so long as it's kept within the confine of bedrooms - hey.
I ain't gonna and neither do I have a right to comment upon or judge what two adults do privately behind closed doors so long as it's SSC (safe, sane, consensual) and legal obviously, and its not shoved down my throat for one.
But its when it's non consensual that the obvious problems start...
(in this movie the husband isn't even considered, let alone ASKED if it's OK, the wife openly cheats, brags about it, does it in front of her husband, and so forth, he's forced to just watch despite not liking it - and that is just the start of it).
Anyway, this is not about the movie (it isn't about the Bozo either, when I said I know tons of couples doing that sort of thing, I meant sane people, not idiots like Glyn who can't handle their own myriad and weird fantasies - come to think of it, Glyn, married, couple, wouldn't happen. Hehe.
Anyway back to Affleck - I'll say one damn thing, his acting isn't half bad in the movie as the barely concealed violence within him (he basically kills all the guys his wife cheats on him with openly ie he doesnt kill openly, but the wife cheats openly) - and despite his nice guy demanor, he never once says anything to his wife or tries stopping her (except on a couple of occasions where his rage shows) despite friends telling him to rein her in ... he never raises his voice, he's as cool as the proverbial cat, and ... well, good acting is all I can say in that regard. Didnt know Affleck was a good actor, I guess thats why Damon and him hung out together!
I dont know or care so much about the "gay" rumors, like I care either way about that.
But anyway, physically?
Dude has it SPOT ON!
Big, solid guy, no fat - just SOLID pure muscle - broad shoulders, muscular back and traps, though he's the cuckold in the movie, you feel sorry for the "studs"! You literally do -Affleck's mere present suggests hidden violence, and his physicality backs that shit up.
He looks like he works out old school, lots of pull-ups, swimming, perhaps a lot of hiking, weights done RIGHT, and so forth ...
Anyway - throughout the movie one thing they get right - IGNORING.
The way he stays calm and emotionless drives his wife INSANE when they discuss her infidedlity, she taunts, she teases, she makes him do all sorts of humiliating things, but he never once loses it. Hehe. At least in public and in front of her he doesnt, privately he's in a rage!
I dont quite know why. I've not finished the movie, an obvious who dun it from the word go (hell, Affleck's character even admits it openly at the beginning of the movie at a rave party or something) ... I'm sure there'll be some corny reason for it.
But ignoring women - or the Nazi feminists, as shown in the movie, well thats one tip right there in my book on benefiting from Nazi feminism! (while combating it) . . .
Anyway - ignoring works if thats the goal, or perhaps as I've said before if you're ignoring idiots in general which like a certain Bozo Schofield can't stomach the mere thought of being ignored or blocked, let alone it actually happening.
But it does not work in terms of solving the problem.
It didnt work in the movie.
And it doesnt in real life.
Lots of people stick their heads in the sand and ignore whats going on around them, then they say "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"
the real world dont work like Gandhi said it does. Hehe.
Look, it's one thing to not let yourself get affected by it all - that should be how it is, but not knowing, ignoring, pretending problems dont exist, that only makes things worse.
And your fitness is the same.
Lots of people ignore their rapidly deteriorating health for one...
They buy X size clothing to cover up that belly, then a few weeks later claim "they're big, not fat", then end up at the Plus size stores buying larger clothes to conceal the issue, all the while deep down inside they know the problem wont and hasn't gone away.
Then, those on the list that know they need some of my products.
Except, those some people are too damned cheap to invest in themselves, so they ignore these emails (but they still read and moan about price, hehe, so much for ignoring).
Look, thats fine if thats you.
Ultimately I can't control what you do - its up to you - yes, I CAN say this is not the right place for you if thats you, other than that though, well, its a free world, and I dont believe in forcing horses that dont want to to drink (I couldn't anyway, so I wouldn't bother wasting my time).
So thats the medley of thoughts for now.
If you're one of those that believes in SOLVING your fitness problems that have been staring you in the face for ages, then the 0 Excuses Fitness System is a great, great start.
P.S. - This P.S was written before the actual somewhat verbose (but that is OK!) email - there's SO much going on here, including new books and products on the way - that I'd take up three or more emails just telling you about 'em.
Might not seem that way, given the amount of emailing I've been doing as of late, but I do a lot - that ole work ethic people that really know me know so well about!
Second to none, first above all. Hehe.
I ain't even bragging, I'm being very flat out honest.
But anyway, one of those big things is that a list will be coming up AGAIN on this site i.e. rahulmookerjee.com, and while right NOW, these are all going to the 0 Excuses Fitness list, these will be resegmented again (As it was when I first started out, I had two lists).
So if you want updates from both - sign up for BOTH lists.
I'll keep y'all posted, but wont take more than a day or so to set up the list here I believe. ie on rahulmookerjee.com. (which if that list was there NOW, you guys on the 0 Excuses list wouldn't be getting this).
And thats that.
Oh, "Deep Water", 2022 Prime release, its on Prime, probably the only reason I'm even considering it. Hehe. (or was)
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!