Workouts (108)

Friday, 06 May 2022 14:53

Back to tearing it up am I ...

Did I ever stop? Lol. 

Last night, I asked the wife about a vest (sports vest) that was for some reason hanging off - well, a piece of it has been hanging off my lat area for ages. 

It's an XXL vest - which means it billows around the midsection, and is "snug" but not too tight, so I thought - around the upper body. 

Shopping for clothes can be a bitch when you're fit too! 

Heh.

But although I hadn't paid much attention to it, a small tear on the other side of the vest caught my attention. 

For a split second I thought of asking her if it could be sewn despite the hell that was likely to follow, hehe (how dare you ask me!). 

Surprisingly enough, it didnt. 

Of course, she said no. 

And of course, I'll get a new one anyway. 

But it's interesting, I'm wearing a XL vest now - and I notice another tear - this time on the left trap. 

A small tear which will no doubt increase as time passes. 

Now, normally the SHOULDERS (delts) are what used to be tight for me, not so much the traps and lats - so I bought XXL. 

But they billow around the waist, but thats fine, some do, some dont (sizes aren't standard - but when we come out with 0 Excuses Fitness T shirts, and more - which a lot of you want - believe me, I'll keep all this in mind!) - and its funny, these repeated tears around the lat and trap region for one. 

You might think I'm focusing heavily on handstand pushups and pull-ups, but compared to my 100 plus workouts before - these days, I'm on 50 - 70 normally. 

so it's not that. 

It's SQUATS and special isometrics (especially a lot of those from Volume Two I'm focusing one) 

We all know how squats kick your ass, but the latter - isometrics - is REALLY what is responsibile for the X factor here. 

Those stretches REALLY work the entire body in a way you never have before, and when you partake of the special workouts at the end of the book, let me tell you, wife or no wife, cooking or no cooking, you'll truly (if you combine it with my other fitness programs) be in the best darn shape of your life. 

Can't vouch for your clothing expenses though. Hehe. 

But, those of you that put down >$500 (a special list has the orders, this isn't going out i.e. the T shirt stuff to the regular list, but if YOU on THIS list want in, let me know) as a pre-order on the tshirts, well, your money is very well invested! 

And that, my friend is that. 

Back soon!

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - For BRUTAL workouts involving pull-ups and handstand pushups, check out THIS book - and THIS book. 

(Edit - I'm writing this right after one of those workouts, albeit an easy one for me, 100 squats, 20 pull-ups, 10 handstand pushups, and isometrics. it was the night workout though, so gotta go easy ONCE! Hehe.)

(Summer's here, so remember that one book I was talking about - AQUATIC Animal Kingdom Workouts - well, covid willing, I might actually do something on that front too - stay tuned!

For now, pick up the regular land version HERE - it kicks RUMPUS - period). (and it'll kick YOUR booty too - guaranteed).

In Pull-ups - from STUD to SUPER STUD - within weeks! - I give you several exercises that will take you a long, long time to work up to; let alone start to get good at. 

These exercises much like the "swami pull-up" - which is unlike any other you've seen out there, anywhere (much like most of my stuff, if not all) - might seem nigh undoable at the start - but they're not. 

Proof is in the pudding, me doing them, so can YOU. Eventually. 

In Battletank Shoulders, while the exercises themselves are a bit easier (though not "easy" per se), the workouts might seem almost undoable, or as Charles Mitchell a long time customer once famously said "I can't see how anyone doing these workouts isn't at least 70% Gorilla!". 

He's right, and it sparked the next progression in the series - "Profound 70% GORILLA 30% Human handstands". 

All this might seem tough. 

But there's far more tough stuff out there - including, but not limited to muscle ups (people ask me all the time about these) - - advanced gymnastic movements (that make the muscle up look easy peasy) - one legged and one armed workouts - and more. 

But for the most part, although I can do one legged pushups, squats, and pull-ups, for instane, do you see me tom tomming my ability to do them?

For instance, while writing this post, I just dropped down and did 8 one arm pushups on one hand, then the other - something I haven't done since last year, I believe. 

Much like what I did yesterday, hehe - "Professor Rahul", as some saw on Instagram was forced to shave off that infamous stubble "bad man stubble" as some call it, hehe - because my electric razor gave up in the middle of shaving, and of course, we all know what happens when one side of your face is shaven, the other not even started on. LOL. 

So, I had no choice but to shave fully - which was something I believe my face last saw a razor sometime around Chinese New year 2019. Hehe. 

Maybe the hair will go too someday!

Anyway - point is this. 

Neither do I do these extreme exercises all the time - my workhorses are what I tell YOU to do. 

One arm pushups and squats may look great, the reality though is this - very few people can even do 'em - or do 'em in reps high enough for it to really make a difference, and you focus SO much on form in these that the workout part gets neglected. 

Second, they're not exactly the most "natural of things" - for the most part, you use your WHOLE body to move, not just one arm or one limb, right? 

That don't mean they're not tough, that they dont build strength, stamina and endurance. 

In Squat 101, you will see the one legged squat. 

But, it won't take up much of the book either. It'll BE there, but the other versions of the squat on two legs will take priority and precedence. 

Point also is this, I might be able to do 'em but for you, you might be at a level where you can only barely even do a pushup, for instance. 

Or getting through 50 squats might be a challenge. 

If you're at that level, or even intermediate, the last thing you need is a coach or teacher primping and preening, showing off his "muscles or ability or both" to do extreme stuff ... 

What you need even when you're an expert and advanced - is to keep focusing on the basics, my friend. 

Those basics are what I stick by still, what YOU need to stick by as well the rest of your life. The advanced stuff is great, but most of it is good as a TEST - not a regular workout, but to see the results of your hard work. 

You'll understand this the day you knock off your first one arm pushup after months of 150/day ... 

And so forth. 

Anyway, thats why (and yes, muscle-ups, advanced bridging, gymnastics, plyometrics, all very much still in the works). 

Lots to do, my friend. 

For now, for you - pick up a product right HERE. There's more than enough to choose from!

Best

Rahul Mookerjee

I was out and about today for some work (well, not necessarily of my own choosing, but work regardless). 

And this entailed meeting a few people. 

As I was walking from place A to place B with one person, he introduced me to the second - and then spoke to the second. 

"You're getting a bit soft", he laughed, patting "#2" around the waist etc (Which he wasn't fat, perhaps somewhat out of shape, not a lot). 

Guy rolled up his sleeves. 

Huge arms, tattooed on the bicep. 

Showing off "large shoulders" - except the kind of shoulders that look large from the front,  but nothing "to back it up". 

i.e all chest and arms, very little back, certainly no legs... 

I made small talk. 

"Ah, so you're into fitness", I noted. "Nice arms!" 

And that broke the ice. 

"You go to the gym" I noted - while "#1" broke in with "but he's soft inside!" (again, he might have been a bit soft, I Dont  know, certainly not near as out of shape as some people I've seen, or a lot!).

"You look like you do a lot of running!" he promptly responded, looking at my legs and "in general". 

Running? 

I laughed, as I jogged up a flight of stairs. 

"Never", I said. 

But it's interesting, and more testament to the power of SQUATS my friend - daily squats. 

Not only do they burn fat off your body and improve your overall health and well being at the rate of warp - not only do they give you solid core and back (and leg) strength - unbeatable stamina - and all the rest - - they also make you LOOK athletic. 

Especially, and I believe this is one reason dude said what he did - if you combine with ISOMETRICS

One of the stretches in the advanced book on isometrics - I'm working upon it daily, and every day I get looser, more limber, flexible - and my legs just "look" different. 

Loose around the groin, the kind of legs that can do snap kicks without even thinking about it. 

Not the "massive striated" thighs that can barely climb a flight of stairs without collapsing - let alone kick and such. 

Lean, muscular, stamina - that is the picture these legs project. 

That is the picture YOU should project. 

"I do mostly bodyweight" I told him. "Pushups, pull-ups and the rest" ... 

I didnt specifically mention squats, maybe I did. 

But there it is, my friend. Squats - be it bodyweight or Hindu - or otherwise - are an INDISPENSBALE part of your DAILY fitness routine - the capitalized words have been capitalized for a good reason. 

DAILY. 

I dont care what else you do, how "fit" you are or not. 

If you ain't squatting, and squatting a lot and regularly, you ain't really into fitness... 

And that, friend is that. 

Back soon!

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - Learn all about squats, one whole video dedicated to just squats in the 0 Excuses Fitness System.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 06:06

"Practice" vs "exercise" or working out.

I will still remember my Taekwondo teacher in ninth grade seeing me on the road, he was coming to class on his bike, and he flashed me a friendly smile. 

Hey.

My stretching wasn't up to the mark - especially the groin stretches which once literally made me BAWL in pain (tears included). 

"We'll get him going", my instructor laughed!

It wasn't quite the "I" position you see Jean claude Van damme strapped into between trees in the iconic movie Bloodsport, but it was getting there!

Ive always been naturally inflexible, especially in the hamstrings and groin, though a lot of that was due to my early upbringing where "sitting" was encouraged, as opposed to running about "because who can keep cleaning up after the child". 

Parents sometimes harm their kids way more in the early stages than they realize. 

Anyway, I was doing great in 7th grade, 8th grade - and indeed, though I wasn't their best fighter, I was certainly their best pushup guy!

Hehe 

"Good", he'd say, as I made sure to touch my chest to the ground on EACH of the 10 reps he made us do on pushups (along with a lot of kicks, frog jumps, a lot of the things I mention in Animal Kingdom Workouts). 

(I wasn't a bad fighter in terms of the kicks etc - but the FEAR of getting hit, I had never gotten over that mentally, and so ..) 

(Thats huge, once you get knocked out, or hit - and come back - you realize it ain't nothing and the mind moves past it). 

But anyway ........

So he asked me this. 

"Rahul, practice pe kyun nahi ate!" 

(Rahul, why don't you come to practice). 

I told him, too much studies and all the other BS reasons I was pulled out. 

He smiled. 

I never saw him again after that, they stopped the classes in the park a few years later too I believe. 

He was lean and mean though - and gave his little son HELL. 

Really instilled DISCIPLINE in him from a young age, not saying the harsh physical beatings he handed out was right or wrong (to me he overdid it, even then) - but it sure made a man of him, but that can go both ways i.e. a kid can grow up scarred too. 

But anyway ......

I often use the term practice for my workouts. 

Sure, I'm working out. I'm exercising. I'm breathing, etc - but more than "burn fat and build muscle", I'm TRAINING - the body and mind - via PRACTICE - and repetition!

Sylvester Stallone once said the following. 

"Im not the best or most talented or richest or most successful. I succeed because I keep GOING". 

This morning, I woke up to the following on a Medium piece I wrote - a lady Barbora (my own daughter's name is Barbara, so it seemed like a message!) - highlighted this part on the piece. 

"You keep going. You stop if you have to - take a few deep breaths, but you keep going!" 

I said it for exercise. 

She probably used that as inspiration for life, which I meant it to be as well. 

Now .... 

PRACTICE. 

Does indeed make perfect!

"I fear not the man who does 10,000 kicks ONCE - but I fear the man who does ONE kick 10,000 times". 

If the great Bruce Lee said it, if I keep saying it all the time, that the BORING is what gets the job done, that the fundamentals cannot and must not be ignored, then ... there must be something to it? 

No-one, when learning martial arts wants to go through the drills of stretching, inhaling, exhaling, "opening the tight muscles" out - practising the BASIC side kick, for one, and HOLDING the position - mastering CONTROL first before kicking or hitting with POWER ... 

No-one wants to get deep in the body, and spend the time required to master the tendons and other supportive musculature of the body, do they? 

"It's boring" my daughter keeps saying when I "lecture" her on practice. 

Kids these days, globally, are all the same, of course. 

But exercise, life, fitness, whatever it is - it's the drip drip drip, the PERSISTENCE - the gumption to keep going when it might long seem like a lost cause and then some - is really what does it at the end of the day. 

Take or it leave it, but its true, and thats the lesson for this one.

Back soon!

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - And thats why it's called PRACTICE. Hours and hours of grueling practice under the SUN - or in freezing cold weather, or in rain ... 

The same reason my books are called MANUALS by the doers. 

The same reason, that ...

I remember a case when my Taekwondo fellow students were discussing "what if there is terrible weather". 

"Well, if its that rainy, dont come",  I said (we were training outdoors)

Another one of my fellow students turned around, looked at me, made the following comment (to the instructor). 

"Sir, if someone shows up in ALL sorts of weather, THAT is when you know they're serious!" 

I still remember him nodding in appreciation. 

There's a reason behind it. 

See if given what I said you can figure it out!

And remember, this is the vein in which I wrote 16 Inspirational Fitness Recollections, I've probably got 160 in my mind, so get this NOW, you'll never be short of motivation after ths short read!

Steel, because, well steel, rebar, because, strong and flexible - you get the photo, my friends and fellow fitness lovers / fanatics! 

I happen to fall into the latter category i.e. fanatics. 

But along with looking like a 14 year old (or was it 13, hehe) thats "not entirely a bad thing!" 

Anyway, before I tell you what I really want to, pushups are well known for giving you a core of steel. 

It could be any pushup, really. 

If ALL you did was 25 regular slow and easy pushups with proper form and breathing DAILY, you would be in better shape than and have a stronger, leaner, tighter midsection than the majority of people in this world - more than 99%, I'd say - gym goers definitely included. 

Or, if you could even do FIVE reps of the best darn exercise, essentially a pushup x 10. 

But what I want to talk about today is a pushup many call "arms extended" or arms out pushups. 

I call it the Jack La Lanne pushup - and a core blaster. 

Yet more call it a "floor humper" pushup. 

And THIS pushup is what I Really want to focus on today - because if there is one pushup that is mostly lats and CORE - and lower back - and shoulders, but especially core, it is this one. 

What do I mean? 

Well, take a gander at this link first. 

Hell yes - this IS A PUSHUP! - YouTube

One of those shorts - a clip, in fact, from the 0 Excuses Fitness workout video - of exactly this pushup. 

Most people - including seasoned fitness fanatics find it impossible to even get into position for these, let alone do them towards the fag end of a long ass workout. (250 x 2 pushups that day when I filmed, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. Had to get my "pump" on. Hehe. Nah, not really, bu tyou get my drift). 

Today, I was going to do up a brief video on just this exercise, but it's a cold, dank, dark day out there - and I dont think I wanted mud all over me in the park. 

Not to mention, other than a few giggly schoolgirls staring at me curiously, there was no-one out there - no Mr Tan, no friend, no-one. Hehe. And I wasn't going to walk up to the schoolgirls! 

Anyway ... 

You tube, even if you dont subscribe to my videos, does a fairly good job of showing you the videos anyway - if you see a video, naturally, these days, it'll do the subscribe for you without acutally doing it, and show you more of the same from the same creator - but you should definitely subscribe and like for all the updates. 

Now, this pushup. 

Most of you find it impossible to do. I know, I've had feedback on this. 

So without further ado, a few steps to make it easier, maybe - 

When you start, remember the arms should be AS far ahead of the body as they can go. 

Not a shape where you make a triangle with the floor, the body should be parallel to the floor. Period. 

Second, arms WIDER than shoulder width is a great way to start these. 

Third, if you can't hold that position without quivering and shaking - work up to the isometric on it. 

It's a GREAT way to build strength in the position, even those of you that can do 20 plus of these (like me) will find the isometric immensely useful. 

Fourth, the closer your arms are, the tougher it gets, ultimate goal should be to bring them in as close to each other as you can. 

And fifth, perhapst most important. 

When you lower, the tendency, even for super fit studs out there, will be to touch the core to the floor, not the chest. 

NO. 

You touch the CHEST to the floor, slowly, exhale down, inhale all the way up - THAT is what gives you the armpit (lat) work - and lower back and core (especially upper abs) work. 

You will take a long, long time to get good at these, my friend, but work them daily, they're that important, and that worth it. 

The great Jack La Lanne did these on his fingertips, and I can think of few better grip builders than to simply hold the position like that. 

In Pushup Central, I tell you to to be damn careful doing them on your fingertips because you WILL almost collapse on your face the first time you do 'em! IF you can do 'em - otherwise, hold the isometric. 

The sky is the limit here, of course - you could take fingers away, or an arm away - but those while being real fun to do, and super hard - aren't even required. 

Just get good - damn good - at the regular version, and believe me, your core will be POPPING before you know it. 

In the tuture, it'll happen when it does, there will be a Youtube out on this - stay tuned. 

And for now, remember the pushups tutorial video in 0 Excuses Fitness, a mammoth, detail packed behemoth in its own right explains this better than any written post ever could. 

If you haven't yet got the System, you'll want to get it now. 

Thats it from me. 

Back SOON!

Best

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - While you do feel this pushup in the upper chest, the GOAL should be to feel it in the lats, lower back and CORE. More on that later. 

I remember my Taekwondo teacher in eigth grade praising me for my pushups - deep stretch, all the way down, all the way up, even at that young age where I was stiff as an iron dog, inflexible, and so forth - and had no-one to learn from. 

I remember him laughing as the splits hurt me - and telling my partner to "hurt me more" (though till an acceptable limit). 

OUCH! I can remember my groin almost ripping apart. Hehe. 

But that was a good thing, that flexibility is something all martial artists need. 

You might think kicking power comes from the quads - you couldn't be more wrong. 

It might contribute to it, but hips, core, transfer of power GRACEFULLY through the core - and so forth - and the HAMSTRINGS are far more important.  

Ditto for punches, while you might be able to power your way through sometimes it really your back, traps and core at play here - and your legs. 

I remember him asking me in ninth grade, when I stopped going to Taekwondo class "some stupid thing at home about concentrate more on studies". 

(while now they say the opposite - can't win for losing, eh. Hehe. 

"Rahul, why don't you come to training!" I still remember him stopping his motorcyle on the road, asking me, smiling ... 

I told him. 

Anyway, we'll get to this later. I'm at the risk of running off topic, but, as I get done with 90 pushups, all in strict form, I want to talk about something els e(the above will tie into it later). 

I've mentioned in 0 Excuses Fitness, Fast and Furious Fitness, Pushup Central, my blog, my writings, my subconscious, my yet to be engraved "tombstone", hehe - that pushups are the one exercise that along with pull-ups, but more pushups - tend to lend themselves to more lousy form than anything else. 

They also attract max number of Bozos and braggarts, ruffians that claim "bouncing up an down " does the trick, and so forth. 

And then the idiots at the gym doing the same thing, jiggling their bloated pecs. 

As if thats real strength - real strength is a PACKED chest - DENSE, strong, tough muscle, now if you have big on top, thats great, but big ain't what adds strength for the most part. 

But anyway - some of the advice I've seen on sites you'd think would know better. 

"Your thighs and chest should touch the floor at the same time!" 

This must take the cake for the most idiotic piece of advice on a site I saw yesterday - ranked highly by Google at that. 

Just when do the thighs touch the floor with pushups? 

Maybe wierd Bozo Schofield "on knees" ass pushups, if there is such a thing, but I cannot recall a single real pushup where this happens. (unless you're slopping your way through reps).

"Do half reps!" 

Apparently doing a half rep after one rep is a pushup and a half. 

What the fuck. 

I can understand WORKING up to a regular pushup that way, but half reps - nah. Not for me!

A better alternative, and one I did NOT mention in Pushup Central, because I still feel it mangles form, or lends itself to so, is pausing the top of the rep, bringing one arm up to your chest while you rest on the other, and then bringing it down again and completing the rep. 

Yet, that is overkill. 

I'd rather the Spiderman pushups or the torquing pushups I mention in the book. 

Those make good form and a ball busting, heart thumping workout far more "doable" than taking limbs away which is a great thing to do if you can do it, I plan on having books out on it in the future, but it dont replace the basics, never. 

 

I don't know whether Clint Eastward is still doing one arm push ups at age 90 or not (I've never seen him do any) but either way I don't rate the one arm push up as a serious exercise, it's more of a skill demonstration than an exercise in my humble opinion.

that was the great John Walker, who left a great review on Pushup Central

And he's right. 

One arm pushups reqire far more skill than "strength and conditioning". 

Although they still require serious strength, as do one arm chin-ups, I'd rather do them on both limbs for most of my workouts. 

The Clint Eastwood comment, of course, was made by me - I've often spoken about Clint before. 

Gotta love the cranky ole keeping it real dude, hehe. 

But anyway - even fitness "gurus" fall prey to this. 

I regard someone like Matt Furey as a legend and inspiration - but even him, some of his videos I've seen, he actually tells you to do pushups "quickly and half reps" - "combat pushups" is what he calls them. 

Now if you can do 'em quickly in proper FORM, then I ain't got no issue with it.

But at the risk of sounding overly anal, which I am about form, period - you cannot compromise form for speed or anything else. Period. 

I can make 10 pushups harder than a 100. Period. 

Its about form over all, period, true, sometimes during long hard workouts form might be a bit compromised, but you work at it so it's not. 

You don't think "I'm still getting a workout in anyway". 

I mean, trust me, the littlest details matter. 

While doing table pushups, if you do it right, you'll feel areas like the BASE of your neck stretch and strengthen beyond belief. 

You might laugh at me for saying it. 

But, DO them in right form, you'll see. 

The arms in that case are just support in a static manner, the body does the work, and the neck "goes along" if you do it right (and you get rid of turkey neck too for those that have it or dumbphone "Hunchback of DumbPhone Dame" syndrone. 

Dumbphone dames, ugh - I have LOST TRACK of the number of times dames have almost bumped into me - so busy are they on their dumbphones. 

Of course, it's Rahul's fault these Bozos and fools can't look away for their phones for a minute. Some men are equally cuplable here (Bozo Schofield being one prime example- nary a minute passes without him trolling some inanity on the phone). (when he has a phone, of course). 

Back to Matt - I highly respect the guy for his accomplishments, and also think when it comes to pushups, he's a stud. 

Or, he was at some point. 

You can tell! 

But you dont have to agree with someone on everything to respect them either. 

And there are some areas I disagree with him, most notably all he says about pull-ups, and the fact you've never actually seen Matt, either back in the day or now do a single pull-up himself- its always Ed Baran who does 'em. 

Thats fine if that works for Matt and his base - hey, its probably why he's putting out videos on pushups like I spoke about above. 

Gotta do what a man's gotta do, gotta eat. Hehe. 

But I truly hope Matt, if he ever reads this takes this as CONSTRUCTIVE criticism from someone that has always admired him and wished him the best mentally. 

Those things transmute, I'm sure he will. 

And hey, he's a legend. I credit him in 0 Excuses Fitness for one for bringing Hindu squats and pushups "to the masses". Credit where it's due. Respect! (amigo)

But writing books like "Primate Power", and chapters like "pullups that make your lats scream with pleasure", then not even doing them himself because he's out of shape, or maybe "too much spread around the midsection" (Furey admitted as much himself in an email, so it ain't me saying that) - not on for me. 

If I write a book, I want to be the one doing the exercies, workouts, period. 

Not saying you cannot teach without doing yourself, you can, but you only impart a quarter of the benefit if even that to the student in that manner. 

My base - and me - demand - and aren't satisfied with anything other and less than me giving it to you straight, brutally frank and honest. I would't tolerate anything less from YOU Either! 

Hehe. 

As Iron Mike said ... 

Ah, but anyway. 

Do pushups right, or don't do them, period. 

Plus, how much do you ever hear from the so called gurus on BREATHING right during the exercise? 

Never. 

Big mistake, you're robbing yourself of most of the benefit of any exercise if you don't focus on your breath. 

Your breath is indeed your power, many an old time strongman has said it. 

I'll quote John again on this one: - 

 

With regard to numbers, it is not the numbers that are important it is how hard you are working that really counts, yes high numbers are great for the ego but you have to wonder how many of those ultra high numbers are quality reps.

If you've ever seen some of those Navy Seal training films on t. v. you'll soon realise that it doesn't take long for the form to breakdown and the recruits form just goes from bad to worse until the exercise they're supposed to be performing is totally unrecognisable.

From my own personal perspective I only count the reps I know were completed correctly and with good form, this is not to suggest that other people don't but it does give one pause for thought.

I cannot abide watching someone performing a exercise sloppily it makes me want to slap them and tell them to do the thing properly or don't bother doing it at all.

What is the point of performing exercises in a half-arsed manner, you get nothing from it and you open yourself up to injury, the trouble is these days so few people actually know what good form should look like that people just accept that what is being demonstrated is how it's supposed to be performed.

Yes Sir - my point exactly! 

Hey John

Well, you and I are on the same page in terms of doing exercises in proper FORM with the right breathing as well - especially pushups, as that (as you've no doubt read in my books) tends to be the exercise which lends itself most to chest thumpers and braggarts - I hate the way many people do them as well, "bouncing up and down" (I know you know what I mean there). Truth be told, I've been called "anal" by some because I constantly (according to some of my detractors, as you know there are plenty) "carp on form", but Id rather be anal on form and do it right or not at all as opposed to sloppy (but given how lazy the world has become in general "shying away from the tough stuff" it doesn't surprise me, the number of people slopping their way through reps just for the "rep count").

Anyway ............... 

I dont know, but here's something else. 

How often do you see people calling exercise TRAINING - or practice? 

My martial arts teacher back in the day would always use the term "practice", he's right.

That is what makes perfect. 

"I fear not the man who practises 10,000 kicks one time, but I do fear the man that practises ONE kick 10,000 times". 

Bruce Lee!

Amen! 

You TRAIN the body - and the mind to adapt, improve, and overcome through your physical exercises, martial artists, Marines, Navy Seals etc know this better than most. 

You PRACTICE until you get good, damn good at what you do, and you never stop learning ... 

I know. 

I'm anal about all this. 

(And it tiesinto the reason most people call my books "books" - and not "manuals". 

I have spoken about this before. They're manuals with illustrations, and examples - and instructions, both in the written word and pictorially.

They turn you into a beast, a machine. 

Much as you wouldn't call an instruction manual for opening a car engine up "book", same thing for my books that literally "open you up from the inside out"). (no pun intended))

But I will continue to be till the day I die. 

Because I'm RIGHT, and I know it. Hehe. (I got that from my buddy in the Marines once, we were discussing something and he told me something, I said you're right, Vincent, pat came the rejoinder, I KNOW I Am, Rahu!). 

Enough said? 

Back soon!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 08:27

10 reasons YOU should start doing dips - NOW.

... If you aren't already doing this great exercise, that is! 

Back in the day, when I built - and wrote - Battletank Shoulders - dips were a huge, huge mainstay of my fitness routine, my friend. 

I remember Marc the African Silverback Gorilla, himself no weakling - whose arms were literally quivering like a maple leaf in the Toronto breeze on his first dip "in the up position - he couldn't go down - too stiff" - telling me as I was knocking sets of 20 out easy peasy "lemon squeezy". 

"You should do 'em like th eRock, with extra weight attached!" 

True, the Rock does them too. 

and I could have titiled this email "build a chest like the Rock's!"  - by doing dips. And hype it that way. 

Truth is, the Rock and his build - well, you'll need solid genetics to get THAT big for one!

Second, probably anabolic steriods - third, you'll need to be a wrassler, fourth, they just grow 'em big there in Samoa! 

Rather than trying to get bloat - you should focus on getting BIG AND STRONG - while LEANING OUT - and staying that way. 

Which is what Battletank Shoulders and all my other great courses emphasize. 

Shoulders like Boulders too! 

In that course, I give you a secret exercise - oft ignored that PREPS you for doing the almighty handstand pushup (or the handstand, in case the pushup is a step too far) ... an exercise that preps yo ufor it QUICKER than the other exercises I've given you in the supplementary section. 

Yet, people tend to ignore it. 

Big mistake, my friend. 

That exercise is DIPS. 

And without further ado, here are the 10 reasons you should be including this magnificent exercise in your routine (and note, I'm writing this for YOU, the fitness enthusiast, not the boobybuilders). (though it might give them a good kick up the rumpus too). 

One, virtually no other exercise for the upper body addresses weak triceps - that issue I wrote about yesterday - quicker than dips. 

True, pushups do it - but end of the day, you're still supporting 75% of your bodyweight on your arms for the most part (unless you're doing handstand pushups or handstands). 

Dips, by their very nature strengthen the triceps and the entire upper body far more - and far quicker. 

Following from all of the above ... 

Two, they're known as (and I call them) the upper body equivalent of the SQUAT not just for that reason - but because if pull-ups are the big dog for back - dips are no slouch in that area either. 

Done right, with proper form as I teach you in Shoulders like Boulders - you'll feel a burn along the entire upper - and MIDDLE - back and between the shoulder blades in a way even pushups cannot give you - and you'll build THICK lats that will be the envy of all (human) barndoors if you do this exercise right and regularly. 

Third, its far easier to progress up to high reps with dips - as opposed to pull-ups. You "big guys" will notiec that while there is no excuse for being fat - you bigger guys will be able to progress in dips a lot faster than in pull-ups - and build the strength required for them (pull-ups) as well. 

Fourth, dips by their very nature are GREAT for the grip. Simply great - pushups are too, but not everyone is that into fingertip pushups - though you should be - and dips done on thick bars as I do - strengthen the grip - BEYOND BELIEF. 

Fifth, it's easier to add weight on. 

And big guys? 

Just look at the picture of Big Doug on the Shoulders like Boulders! page doing dips - at 300 plus lbs - on dipping bars!

Talk about BALANCE, co-ordination, and pure utter STRENGTH - brute GORILLA strength! 

Trust me, when you get to that level, you'll be writing a book on dips yourself - and telling ME about the benefits!

Sixth, following on from 5... 

Dips are easier on the fingers and wrists. And CALLUSES too, for those of you with calluses from doing pull-ups that bust open all the time. Hehe. 

But they're much easier on the wrist joints than fingertip pushups for one ... 

Seventh, dips work the upper ab area and core in general heavily. 

Eigth, because of the sheer amount of chest work and upper body in general involved - dips done in high reps cause your body to release tons of HGH - couple with pull-ups, and there's the muscle building formula any gym goer would be more than glad to "load up on!" 

Ninth - dips lend themselves great to virtually any workout routine - both push and pull. 

You can do pushups and dips all day, or pull-ups and dips - or squats and dips. They're one of those exercises that go no matter what! 

And tenth, of course, chest strength, mass and size - few exercises build the chest as quick - and bulky - as dips do! 

Well, my friend, I'm sure I could think of 10 more reasons to tell you, but these will suffice for now. 

And no, the only reason I'm writing this email to you is not to tell you all the above, though there's nothing wrong if I were to do that either. 

I'm telling you - asking you - this QUESTION. 

What I teach you about dips in Shoulders like Boulders! barely scratches the tip of the very pointy iceberg in terms of dips 

Barely, my friend. 

There is a whole another world to them - and whether you're interested in working up to 50 reps per set on these - or doing handstands on dipping bars - DO YOU want an advanced course - or a course dedicated to dips alone? 

Let me tell you , if brute upper body strength is your thang, then combine with Battletank Shoulders and Lumberjack Lodestone Fitness, and you will GET it in spades - and then some 

It will be a great, great course much like the course (advanced) on bridging I'm halfway through right now - but I am only, I repeat, ONLY going to put it out if there is enough interest. 

I'm getting sick of asking over and over again and not hearing back - so please, if there is interest, let me know. 

No, It ain't gonna be "cheap". 

But oh boy, will it be worth it, trust me on this one. 

Alrighty, my friend - thats it for now. 

Let me know!

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - Oh, for BRUTE animal like strength- don't forget Animal Kingdom Workouts either! 

Monday, 02 August 2021 10:56

The Steve Austin quote thats my FAVORITE!

CRASH! 

I can hear the glass smashing, I can see the Texas rattlesnake come out to kick McMahons' ASS!

His RUMPUS!

And now is a good time as any to say his second most used quote. 

First was .. 

And thats the bottom line, because STONE COLD said SO!

OH HELL YEAH!

And this here "redneck" from Texas says the following i.e. yours truly - 

(he'll borrow a quote from Steve). 

FUCK FEAR - DRINK BEER!

To a certain Gorilla Girl Sophia, that will sound like "Rahul's drunk". 

He ain't. 

But he is. 

Ain't on liqor, is on LIFE!

While the world is the polar opposite, sheeplesville... 

Oh well. 

cant change those that dont want to. Those that do though? 

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! 

Quote of the day, this one!

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - Get the course that will turn you into a raging beast and remove any and ALL TRACES OF ANY FEAR that hideth within - become a REAL MAN (or woman) and more with ANIMAL KINGDOM WORKOUTS!

A while ago, I wrote about how the China Health Organization (WHO) had basically "formalized and adopted" something which yours truly "pioneer" fitness wise has been doing seemingly forever, at least ever since I can recall.

That being, mini workouts throughout the day (I just got done with one!).

Brief little workout.

20 pull-ups, 20 handstand pushups, for me, nothing special, for most people, they'd be lucky to do half of that throughout the day if even once. Then I finished off with the patented Rahul Mookerjee asian squat.

I was done.

But while I'd been talking about it for ages, people were still hemming, hawing and arguing about it.

"Just 10 minutes per workout, how can that be!"

Well, it's a lot if done right, and done throughout the day!

Anyway, the CHO posted an article about "exercise snacks" during the day - which is the same thing, and of course, the sheeple immediately glowered at me, and started to catch on(the non lazy ones).

I gotta say it, the need for "validation" people - sheeple - have is astounding. Then again, maybe not. Thats why the term sheeple exists!

Anyway, as of late I've been seeing a host of celebritis globally doing what is one of the best ab exercises ever (core, actually) - something that done right will give you a 12 pack and then some - and a really solid, strong, functional, fat free core too.

That is an exercise I've touted heavily in Pull-ups - from Stud to SUPER STUD within weeks - with variations, and also in Corrugated Core!

The hanging leg raise, and believe me, the basic leg raise is ONE thing - the variations are quite another.

Pay close, close attention to form on this (and everything else I teach you!) friend.

IT ain't about swinging your legs up.

The opposite, actually.

Do the former, you might look good for an instant inf ront of the camera but you'll get nowhere.

The latter will, however, get you on the royal road to ab trainign the old timers traveled, and yours truly does all the time ...

Anyway, Bollywood hunk (one time) Milind Soman - and a former model/swimmer - now 50 plus was recently seen doing these.

Milind has often been seen doing pull-ups etc, in addition to running barefoot on the streets of India (something I could never do, hehe) - and he had a goal to do X number of pull-ups per set last year, I believe, which I think he reached.

I think, at least. Yours truly doesn't watch videos, neither does he do Instagram.

(Could probably build a huge following on there, but I dont like videos. Period. And this business ain't gonna be structured on what I dont like. Sure, I made several stellar ones for the System but as of now, thats IT in terms of videos despite what the ROW is doing - always been the "opposite" for that matter yours truly, heh).

Anyway, I watched a short snippet he posted recently - "wild man style".

Long white hair, beard, dirty feet, and doing "hanging leg raises" - thebasic style!

He does the basic style pretty well.

I'm sure he could get to the advanced stuff too ... and he ain't the only one starting to "go back to basics"

More and more people are starting to realize the need to do so.

But the CROWN  - or the jewel in the crown of ab exercises isn't just the hanging leg raise and it's variants, in and as of themselves enough to fry your grip and core for days.

It is the exercise you see me doing on the COVER of "Pull-ups - from STUD to SUPER STUD - WITHIN WEEKS!"

It might look like a leg raise, and it's a variant, but it's ANYTHING but "just a leg raise".

It's detailed in the book too!

And of course, it is the picture the trolls picked up on, much like the picture from Advanced Hill Training ...

You on this list have seen the review the "Cuck of Brum" (or Brum's favorite "splattered" cuck) Glyn Schofield left on it, hehe.

He ain't the only one. He's just the most vocal, and the leader of the troll pack.

Quite possibly the best damned troll ever, hehe.

But anyway ...

The other thing to learn here?

Is if you look at Soman, yours truly in the book, or any of the rest, you'll see that FAT CONTENT on the body is at a minimal level.

IT's there, yes.

You need SOME fat.

But beyond what you need, you dont need any!

And diet, my friend is key.

Most people don't hike hills for hours like I did, or do Battletank Shoulder workouts for 3 hours ...

If you do, eat (and or drink) accordingly, but remember - you can only burn the candle at both ends for so long.

Rest of you, well, pay attention to your DIET or that 12 pack will never show through.

And that, my friend is that.

Back soon!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS - Remember, Fast and Furious Fitness is where it all started, and you owe it to yourself to pick up the Collector's Edition we have left - just ONE copy remaining now! Hurry, because this won't last forever either.

And no, once gone, I ain't gonna do a reprint either. Once gone, its gone, so get your thang on now if you want IN!

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? 

Right. 

Thought so. 

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. 

Best, 

Rahul Mookerjee

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! 

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