I said before today that birds of a feather flock together, and I am ... RIGHT.
I'm also nothing if not supremely HUMBLE at times, hehe.
But anyway - doers attract other DOERS. The loser, lame-o's, Bozo's, wackos, and procrastinators and Doubting Thomases and lazy asses attract - well, you got it. More of the same!
Thats why we are indeed the sum of the people we hang out with the most, or those we "let" influence our minds the most!
And thats why most doers and achievers can count the number of their contacts (close ones) on one hand probably if even that.
It's often said that opposites attract, but the Laws of the Universe state the reverse i.e LIKE attracts LIKE!
Anyhow, enough of the esoteric. If I were to ask you about Paul Anderson and Doug Hepburn, two names you're no doubt familiar with (and one I've written about a lot - the other who I haven't mentioned a lot here except in emails) - what would you think first up?
What would be the first thing that comes to your mind?
If I were to say "brute strength and size" (and power), I wouldn't be far off, no?
And thats what comes to my mind as well.
Now, I've made no secret of the fact that Doug Hepburn by his own admission achieved the levels of prodigous weightlifting strength he did by not just lifting weights - but in his own words - the HANDSTAND PRESS-UP was directly responsible for the strength gains!
And I understand why he said that. Get on the program - and so will YOU.
Now, Paul Anderson (known to the Russians of the day (who weren't easy to impress at all for obvious reasons - they had some monsters themselves for sure, though all roid ridden) as "The Wonder of Nature"), the guy who could squat an elephant, you ask?
Well, HE used this SAME exercise to achieve a 400 lb + MILITARY PRESS!
And last, but not least, Taekwondo Masters?
I cannot for the life of me remember who, but it was a very well known Taekwondo Guru that once said the following.
"You live to lift heavy stuff over his head".
He was talking not just about the military press, but the handstand pushup.
And if you Google, I'm sure you'll find out who - I couldn't be bothered to look it up now (but I'll tell you the instant it pops into my mind - which it will - as Claude Bristol rightly said in the Magic of Beliving, nothing is ever "forgotten").
Now, build wise, martial artists are usually the steel and whale "8 pack types" -lean, mean, fighting machines - the sort of look yours truly has and prefers as opposed to the bulky look I had before when lifting weights (And the bulky look the Jim addicts all seem to want).
Certainly different from Paul Anderson and Doug Hepburn, though their weight was REAL strength, which is fine to have - it wasn't roid built boobies on the benching station.
But think about it.
The ONE exercise all doers have in common, and it wasn't necessarily the pull-up either!
It was the mighty HANDSTAND pushup!
Nothing, my friend, will blow those shoulders up quite like handstand pushups.
That don't mean pull-ups won't. They will.
But for you "bigger" (truly big, not fat) - concentrating on handstands and handstand pushups might work wonders my friend.
Give it a shot today. And let me know how it goes down the road!
And that, my friend is that. Bet you didn't know what I was talkin about in the title, hehe.
PS - Still can't remember the name, but my own Taekwondo teacher always praised my pushups (not so much my stretching ability where he literally made me "yowl" so hard did he push me) - but pushups? I was by far naturally the guy that enjoyed them, and therefore did 'em the best, chest to the floor on each rep!
He did handstand pushups too, but we did regular pushups - sets of 10 - and even THAT will get the average "Blow Joe" into GREAT, GREAT shape if done right with a balance workout program.
The pushup is truly the most versatile movement out there, and will make you a beast if you train it right as it has millions of other folks.
Start training the pushup the right way and I teach you right her e- Pushup Central. Be sure and check out the reviews for this one as well!