I just saw a video I HAD to share with you guys.
I don’t normally watch videos in the first place, but this one was special.
The headline itself was special.
A 70 kg (yea, thats right – 70!) arm wrestler beat a veritable GIANT – and one of the world’s strongest bodybuilders Larry Wheels in a MATCH.
A 5 round match.
Rahul Panicker from Kochi was the arm wrestler who did it.
And while he looks FIT and hardly a midget as described in the headline, next to the gigantic Larry Wheels and the even more gigantic bloated muscles ??
It is indeed David VS Goliath, and then some!
The small dude lost the first two rounds, but he’s just getting warmed up it seems. Hehe.
And the match took place in “Jim Shim” of all places with boobybuilders with rippling muscles looking on.
Round 3, 4 and 5 went to “Rahul”.
And as he walked away from the table smiling, I can’t help but LAUGH.
At all the people who say “size is really what matters”.
Or, “I could pick you up and throw you through the window”.
My former friend Charles comes to mind, hehe.
Can’t do a pull-up despite years of trying, finds every opportunity to criticize me for saying what I do the way I do, supports Bozo Schofield and his racist antic, and so forth ...
... and of course, says “he’s a big guy” when he’s actually FAT.
He’s bigger than me, sure.
But his grip is about 10 times weaker despite the deadlifts he supposedly does.
Now, this isn’t a rant against him or fat guys.
But the point begets.
It ain’t about size, or size of the dog my friend.
It’s about the size of the FIGHT in the dog!
I still remember an incident in college, where a person named Bruce asked me if I Could arm wrestle him.
“Um, I don’t know”, I said. I was skinny and had a weak ass grip at that point, and Bruce laughed.
“Nah. You do pushups and you could probably beat me!”
And at that point, we never arm wrestled, but knowing his grip strength back then, built from a lifetime of working on cars?
He could probably have beat my ass at arm wrestling despite being even skinnier than I was.
His roommate Vincent was one of the gym gorillas, agood friend, and the same person who once told me that “you can’t be the strongest in the gym” when “Bimbo instructor” in physical education102 or some such BS was trying to get me on the machines and all “pumped and toned” and I threw a hissy (rightfully so).
But he had a weak grip, and I remember beating him at arm wrestling often.
But anyway, back to the video.
I see Larry Wheels’s biceps PEAK.
I see the peak of his biceps RIPPLE and RIPPLE MORE!
As he tries to defeat the much smaller guy.
Who then pulls his arm to the “floor” as it were.
And that, my friend, is all the proof you need in terms of real strength NOT being related to size (in case you needed any more, that is!).
And I don’t know what sort of training Rahul does.
Not yours truly.
But I bet the MAN from Kochi does pushups and pull-ups amongst other things ...
Anyway, thats the David VS goliath story for now.
And to get a grip as strong as Rahuls, or perhaps MORE – if you do the thing – here are the two courses that will do it.
Have at (Oh, and the book on tips is there too in case you so choose!).
PS – Be sure and pick up the best compilation on pull-ups right here.
PS – I was around 65kg when my wife said I was “too skinny and weak”. And people IN THE KNOW said I was in great shape (from following the 0 Excuses Fitness System).
Who was right? YOU decide!
This is something interesting!
And it struck me right after that hearty, starchy meal of POTATOES and CHEESE, and right now I’m so relaxed momentum and/or pull-ups, or any sort of exercise other than getting my ass off the chair and into the bed is not on my mind.
It will later, but not now.
The tiger BE Ready to rest!
But anyway, pull-ups.
I’ve often spoken about and railed against why KIPPING, despite being promoted by the pundit-shundits, experts-sh-em-experts, gym goers, Crossfitters and many others alike is not only NOT good when doing pull-ups, but it can also seriously impact your gains in the long term in this great exercise if you keep doing it that way
If you do it to “try” and never do it again?
But most people get addicted to the “rush” and “kick” (literally) and keep doing ‘em that way to feed their numbers and stoke their EGOS.
Truth is, you do NOT use momentum of ANY NATURE from the lower body while doing pull-ups right bro
Truth is you don’t use the legs at all.
You don’t even (preferably) bend them as it taught. Sure, you CAN do em that way, but advanced pull-ups mean your legs remain STRAIGHT and do NOT generate any momentum while being straight – and this is mentioned in both Battletank Shoulders – and Pull-ups - - from STUD to SUPER STUD within WEEKS!
But there IS momentum that cannot be avoided, especially with higher reps.
Not the “do one and do five kind”, though thats great.
It’s upper body momentum.
Many people have written in about this in the past too.
“Rahul, when doing high rep pull-ups, I tend to “swing a bit””).
Indeed you DO, Jack . . .
Now, I dont mean swing uncontrollably.
But if you’re doing pull-ups QUICKLY, up an down, up and down, up and DOWN ... you’ll soon find out one thing if you’re doing ‘em right, chin over bar each time.
That you will generate some sort of momentum and a wee bit of swinging unless you do ‘em SLOW (which is how you should learn ‘em, and how I advocate you learn them in “Pull-ups - - from DUD to STUD within WEEKS!” - and yes, THIS course is a must along with Shoulders like Boulders! Before you invest in the two advanced courses above).
Or you can invest now, but DO the thing per the elementary courses first, and then advanced.
Elementary, I know.
But you’ be surprised at how many people miss the boat on that one.
Jumping straight to advanced does NOT work. You gotta BUILD a solid foundation first.
And back to advanced pull-ups, I’ve said in the book they work the entire body (workout wise) and give you EXCELLENT cardio.
This second bit STUNS most people, but as you’ll see in the advanced book, it’s VERY much possible!
Yes, you can get a super cardio workout doing an exercise which barely taxes the legs unless you’re doing Swami pull-ups, and even then, you dont move the legs.
Position, but not force!
And while doing advanced pull-ups, you WILL generate momentum, but it’s from the lats and armpits.
I’d still say minimize the swinging, but to a certain extent you’ll see it’s unavoidable.
And that, my friend, is the takeaway from THAT.
See how you can implement them into your own training.
PS – If you’re the “Value grab” sort – make sure to pick up the compilations on pull-ups and other upper body workouts that together will build an Adnois like (or “female equivalent” I can’t remember the name now!) body - - and GRIZZLY like strength to boot -
Have ... AT!
Not just because they’re the bread and butter of ANY business which is a fact a lot of so called business men and women do NOT realize as theyre chasing the almighty buckola, which of course runs away as fast from them as they chase it...
But because you guys are guys that GET it.
Anyway, more on this beneath.
But I still remember what a person told me many, many years ago (he was on the list when I first put out rahulmookerjee.com – those were the DAYS!).
“With a father like you your daughter need NEVER worry about getting unfit and eting too much etc”.
(This was in response to an email about how infants and kids instinctively know they have “had enough” and STOP eating, period, regardless of how “delicious” or yummy the food is in front of them (unless its chocloate, hehe)).
As adults, we could learn a LOT from infants - - both w.r.t fitness – and life – and BREATHING
Anyway, he said that in response to that post (which I’ll share to you guys probably one of these days. It’s an all time favorite! Probably second after my hill climbing workout post) ...
And as I sit here writing this to you, typo ridden or what not (and the SQUIT workout as well) .. .I think what he said was right.
Kiddie fitness proves it, for one.
And the term my little girl came up with does too!
She’s the most inventive and ingenius ever. We call her (or at least I did) “Little Einsten”, right down to the messy “lab” of hers. Hehe.
Yours truly hates disorders and chaos, but sometimes there is more function in dysfunction and more ORDER in chaos than is visible to the “naked eye”.
Is What I did today for a majority of MY workout.
What is it, I still remember asking my daughter when she coined the term.
“Dad, it’s a combo of squat and sit!”
And shes right.
And what it ALSO is a stretch for the AGES, bro.
A stretch that most in the West, and even most modern Asians could NOT get into – or hold – for any length of time.
And a stretch thats functionally one of the most useful ones.
Move over splits etc.
When you gotta take a dump and there ain’t no toilet in the woods, then it’s time for the bear to do what it does eh.
But you can only do it if you can GET into position first, and SPLIT seconds count. Hehe.
(I still remember a bus ride back from Hong Kong where all water I drank was (in Bruce, an old friends terminology) “clamoring to come out”! And th ebus ride took forever, and there was a traffic jam and I was wondering if I’d have to pull out the ole bottle, hehe).
(He didnt say clamoring, but you get the point!)
But anyway ...
One of the most functional stretches ever.
And it’ll give you a workout from hell in a way you have NOT experienced before if you do it right!
And it’s mentioned in my latest book “Isometric and Flexibility Training”.
And another most functional and NIGH USEFUL stretch to get rid of back pain, feel great, and lose WEIGHT – big time – is mentioned in 0 Excuses Fitness.
And the best darn exercise which is and has gotten RAVE reviews is nothing but a solid derivative of this ...
And on yet another note, I’ve been going back and forth with a customer Charles, and he’s “impressed that I hadn’t forgotten or ignored or “dismissed” his requests for new books which he made last year”.
Early last year.
Yours truly does have the memory of an elephant, but he has it even more so for you guys.
Because y’all are what make it worth it!
And thats why I ENCOURAGE people to contact me directly in case of any questions – leave reviews – keep the feedback coming – and so forth!
All for a good cause!
PS – Pick up the courses above, and don’t forget Advanced Hill Training – another GEM of a course right there.
I’ve done it, and today seems to be yet another one of those days.
Unplanned, and in the flow, and thats how most of my days are. Hehe.
The only planning I do, believe it or not, is before Igo to bed (in bed) where I VISUALIZE.
And right after waking up – writing my dreams down (which no, I dont over analyze. I hardly even look at what I wrote throughout the day).
And yet, my output in every which way (if you’re on the other site, not THAT way hehe, but I’ll write about that as well soon. LOL).
I’m sure I will!
Ideas beget ideas.
I’m not sure who said it, but it was a “somebody” that once said his books were written in the margins of other books.
One exercise a day or workout.
IT’s a great idea ... sometimes.
I do not recommend you do this often, but sometimes, it happens.
And I’ve written in 0 Excuses Fitness about how difficult it is to achieve TRUE MASTERY over any exercise, havent I?
Yes, I have!
And these one exercise workouts push you further along that road to mastery which truth be told you’ll never master.
Thats the beauty of exercise. Always new peaks to conquer (if we’re talkin gbodyweight exercise, not bozo like pump, tone, grunt and gruff and the lot at the ole gym shym bim (bo)).
And one exercise routines could be you doing JUST pull-ups and noting else.
Or ONE type of pushups.
Perhaps just handstands throughout the day.
Or, perhaps just climb hills three times a day!
Pick one exercise – and really, really FOCUS On it!
Key to making this work?
Two keys – 1) the same thing that makes ALL my workouts WORK.
Not “kiss” the workouts or your partner, even if it’s Jassy, hehe.
Keep it simple. Sweet. Short. Brutally short and effective!
Do MULTIPLE workouts throughout the day.
Again, I dont recommend doing this type of thing all the tim e- we all know, for instance, what happens when you pound out nothing but pull-ups for ages, and flop on thy FACE when it comes to pushups, hehe.
But sometimes, it’s worth it.
Try it – let me know!
PS – The alter I use for one other site keeps coming to mind. Hmm!
And how you should too ...
On the other site, and recently I wrote about how to know if you’re dealing with a cauldron of NEGATIVITY.
Towards the end of that email, I wrote about how the bozos, nutjobs, wankers, pissers and moaners, Mama’s boys, Schofields (the Bozos that is), whiners, and LOSERS IN LIFE (and everything else) complain about “you’re so fit because you have good genetics”.
One of the most ridiculous things I heard recently was this.
“You have long hands so you can do pull-ups better”
Lady, (this was a lady) what frigging planet you BE living on.
First off, the size of your hands has nothing to do with anything other than (according to what some people say) whats in your PANTS.
The thumb, or whatever.
I’m not even sure thats ACCURATE.
Second, and more importantly, I have SMALL hands. I’ve often laughingly compared them to female hands and (though they said it was a “little bigger”), my hands were by no means much bigger.
Look at Sylvester Stallone for one, a guy thats achieved more of NOTE and WORTH than the Bozos and MONKEYS out there couldn’t dream of.
When you think action – who do you think ?
HE IS THE ONE that inspired Arnie, Willis and the rest! (and more recently perhaps Vin Diesel and the lot, and if you’re into Bollywood, whoever you follow there).
Sanjay Dutt for one openly admits to being influenced by Stallone!
And if you see his earlier movies, you’ll notice that he copied Stallone on many of the things he did. It aint’ just him either. Sly is a legend, and a trail blazer – nuff said!
And his hands – and shape in general?
He’s not a big guy. HE’s a SMALL GUY!
His hands are probably even tinier than mine. They did a wax something of his hands somewhere in New York, and a past girlfriend once saw it.
My hands are bigger than his, she said.
And yet ...
Ditto for yours truly.
If I’ve been able to do what I have with crappy genetics, and an even crappier and UNINSPIRING upbringing – what will YOU be able to do?
Herschel Walker, for one – you wouldn’t think it – but he wasn’t a big guy naturally, and no, “muscle doesnt stick to him like shit”. These excuses are so damned pathetic, especially when THE MAN HIMSELF has refuted this bullshit!
And back to it.
I’ve got LONG arms. Longer than the norm.
Monkey arms as it were, hehe.
And they ARE long.
And when doing pull-ups thats another natural disadvantage along with my SMALL hands.
Yet, I made up my mind to become the BEST at grip – and I did.
I made up my mind to get STRONGER than a lot of people triple my size – and in many ways I DID.
Lets see how many big dudes can even get into a handstand and hold for one!
Including you weight lifters and preeners and posers out there ...
I made up my mind to get the Corrguated Core I write so much about – and I did. Tell that to the nutwards who supposedly walk miles daily at 3 AM or some such nonsense on planet “I’m wayyyyyyyy out there, broooooooooooooooo”.
I made up my mind to get good at pull-ups.
And by God, or not, I DID!
You focus on the SOLUTION, bro.
As they say in the Seals and other elite units (including most likely SWAT teams etc).
DEAL WITH IT!
And get her done.
And thats what it’s about – BRO.
PS – Some of you have said the advanced book on pull-ups is too expensive. Well, hey, I get it. It IS expensive, but it will stay that way (fortunately or not is another story). The solution there is to get the compilation - - and when you compare the prices ... well ‘nuff said!
(But hurry – I might re-price in the New Year).
Yesterday I spoke about jumping rope, and getting a super workout in (one of them) straight out of Jump Rope Mania!.
And I’m sore today.
I’m sore all throughout the lower back, but not the legs, which is strange you might say for workouts such as these?
Especially because they really hammered the upper body as well in terms of pull-ups ...
And I didnt even get into torquing pushups and the such.
But anyway, my LOWER back is sore ... the SIDES.
Deep, deep down inside. Not the superficial “muscle” on top (or the skin, I should say).
It’s deep soreness, and it will be rectified as I move about today, but the point of this is ... that jumping rope is yet another way you can add in twisting to your routine.
You might think it’s not possible to twist and torque while jumping rope, but it is.
You might not think it’s possible to do on ONE LEG, but it is - - even for YOU, the average fitness enthusiast.
You might not think jumping in a tight circle, or any circle at all while jumping rope is possible, but it IS.
You might not think jumping rope alone gives you a super GRIP workout, but it does if you do it RIGHT.
And I could write tomes on it, but I won’t.
For now, the BOOK will have to suffice.
If what I’ve already told you doesnt hammer home the FAT BURNING effect of these workouts into your NOGGIN, then nothing else will bro.
Get after it right HERE. Jumping rope is one of those essential skills nigh on everyone should have, including you!
PS – There is a reason boxers and wrestlers for one use this simple but HIGHLY effective tool in their workouts.
PS #2 – Oh, and don’t forget to pick up the 0 Excuses Fitness System while you’re at it. Truly the most comprehensive and RESULTS producing system ... EVER put out!
Have you ever heard the famous Zig Ziglar saying “you need a check up from the NECK UP?”
Basically thats his way of saying that “the brain is where it’s all at!”
If you’re making less sales – chances are your THINKING is what needs to be changed – first, and quick!
If you’re not performing in bed – same thing!
If you feel “blah” all the time - - same thing!
And while what he was saying was related more to motivation and sales, the fact is that your mind controls pretty much every result and outcome in your life – fitness included.
Enter “shake things up from the inside out” – or “tune up from the inside out”.
My wife’s numerous stomach issues, for instance, have ONE easy solution.
You on this list know what it is, but of course, when she’s told about it, she doesnt listen. Hehe.
How could her husband ever be “right” on “anything” hehe.
But really ...
Tons of doctor visits down the road, bazillions of medicines down the road, a “colonscopy” or something she had done, and plenty of other tests ..the problem never went away.
And recurs all the time.
Indigestion. Stomach pain. Extreme “flatulence”. And so forth.
And the solution is simple – exercise, yes, but exercis ethat SHAKES things up from the inside out.
Lest you think I know nothing about this, think again.
Back in the day yours truly suffered from IBS – irritable bowel syndrome.
My (and this is what a medical report said) “colon was overloaded” most of the time.
I had extreme “gas”. Had to go to the bathroom unexpectedly at places you’d never think. And so forth.
All normal for those of you that are suffering from IBS as my wife is (except she calls it different things) ...
.... and as I report on the Corrugated Core page, I’m glad to report that for years, I’ve been completely free of IBS or any related stomach issues.
This afternoon, my wife made the comment to me about “how could I tolerate so much spice”.
Well, I couldn’t back in the day. Yes, I loved spicy food always, but the aftermath was quite something else.
Like water off a duck’s back – or tummy.
Anyway, I told my wife this.
“There’s a simple solution, honey. Shake things up”.
“What do you mean”, she asked.
“Well, what happens when you exercise”, I asked. And without waiting for her to answer, I told her. “Your tummy shakes!”
She shook her head.
How dare you, she said. I’m not fat!
“OK, OK”, I said hastily. Even someone with a 12 or 15 pack would feel his “insides” shaking as he exercised.
Enough said, hehe.
But point again is this – workouts like I promote that SHAKE things up ensure two things.
One, better blood flow and increased T – and all the benefits you know about, but with regard to what I’m saying here, #2?
The CORE and all the organs SHAKE.
And it’s THIS “shaking” that really improves the functioning of your internal organs, massaging,s tretching and SQUEEZING them naturally, and getting rid of bloat, IBS, constipation and everything else.
Hindu squats, for example. Impossible to do ‘em and not feel it all “move”!
Jumping rope. A prime, prime shaker and mover!
And that eternal favorite – sprints.
So as you see, this ain’t really an advertisement for Corrugated Core bro.
But those exercises DO work the core the best – and in the privacy of your own living room.
Of course, a lot of the others get the job done.
Take your pick my friend!
PS – Oh, how could I forget PUSHUPS? Another great core movement – check out the different types of pushups that will BLAST your core into a NEW one almost right here – Pushup Central.
MASTERY of an exercise is something even the greats willr eadily admit to that it’s nigh on impossible to achieve!
Lets take the humble fingertip pushup, by itself an ASS kicker for most people.
Bruce Lee used to pump out hundreds of these on two fingers, and sets of 50 on the thumb all day long.
And even HE would tell you there is ALWAYS more!
For instance, what about a legs elevated pushup done that way?
OR a handstand? Not even the pushup, just the handstand!
Or any of the other variants I teach you in Pushup Central.
Same thing for pull-ups, squats, dips, and what not
(Dips being a great exercise I’ve addressed in Shoulders like Boulders, but I might put out a course someday specifically on dips).
(And on ONE arm workouts – Charles – yes – that is on the way!)
How much CONTROL do you have over your exercises is key to improvement, and the road to mastery or as close as you’ll get – and superior health, strength and fitness.
The exercises in “Isometric Training” (my latest book on it) do a fine, fine job of addressing this!
Let me tell you, if you get up into my favorite “after climb” stretch I mention in the book, you’ll feel them legs QUIVERING.
Your thighs. Back. Sides. Portions of the body you did NOT know existed, hehe.
While throwing the leg up in just that pose, when I started, I’d “bang it up there” and bang it down with a “thud” onthe cement.
This hurt, but it helped me get better.
REAL control is when you can simply “glide” that leg up effortlessly, and stay in the stretch – and getting out of it, you do so in control, and calmly and loosely!
THIS, my friend is the real key to isometric benefits (or benefits from said training) and the feel great feeling you get from STRETCHING!
No surprise I’v eincluded both in the same book!
And THIS is something most people, despite being great at pull-ups etc need to work upon. I should know – I used to be the same way!
Strong as heck, but inflexible in certain regards ...
When I do this now, I just “do it” . I dont aim for the foot to bang up there, or records.
It just glides up there!
And thats the only reason I’d advocate you to do Tai Chi etc workouts if you know how to do ‘em.
Pretty much useless for cage fights and real world fighting and we’ve covered that before, but its great for FLEXIBILITY, I WILL give you that!
And so it goes.
On another note, I just looked at an old document from school (a certificate of sorts) which claims I “inculcated good moral value and a secular outlook” amongst other interesting garbage.
The second. Yes.
You be the judge, hehe.
PS – Pick up the book on isometric training HERE.
PS #2 – Did also get to check out my old “Taekwondo” certificate back from when I did it. Musty and dusty, but it’s there, hehe. Yours truly was at “green belt” level then (I believe thats one level above rookie, hehe). Pity I didnt continue and had no incentive to do so!
Some of you read this in the last email.
But it’s interesting, how things work ...
Yours truly with all the “castigation” coming from “home” (and while the “el cranko” part is well deserved, to be very fair, a lot of the rest of it isn’t).
But then again.
Like strongman Dejon (and he does the REAL STUFF, the real lifts!) said ... you can and should always a measure a man’s worth by the number of HATERS he has.
‘Tis true my friend.
And it’s also one prime reason behind “tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!”
Anyway, the monkey part was covered in the last email.
If you can be a monkey, so can I!
So she said, so said the “fiery lady from Northern India” (and they make a lot of them fire breathers up there in them neck of the woods, hehe).
Probably what drew me to her in the first place, and I won’t even get into mistakes or not HERE. LOL.
But really, point of this.
My daughter is 7 years old. So getting her to do as much activity as possible is GOOD.
The more she does, the better, especially with all the inane donkey like lockdowns globally.
Really if there was a more USELESS activity which pretty much forces everyone into a huddle together when they don’t want to be, and an activity that kills global economies much like the plague is scathing through the globe, I’m yet to see it.
Not to mention that lockdowns don’t work, period.
They EXCABERATE pre-existing problems, and they do NOT solve the spread of the China plague, or Bubonic plague, or any which anything.
And they weren’t implemented for SARS. They weren’t implmeneted for Ebola. And for some of the deadlier viruses around, and yet now ...
Yes, I get it. This thing spreads differently.
But the bottom line, as I told my “buddy” out there in the park.
Him of the “running” really works! Do you remember? Hope so!
“China done spread this shit and now we’re left dealing with it. What you’re gonna do bro? Mask up and run scared, or just man up, face it, DEAL with it,and MOVE ON!”
And he agreed in full.
He’s not a mask wearer either except when he really needs to ...
But back to it, my wife seems to be getting a little “heavy” around the tummy area apparently (from what she says, at least).
And for a woman who used to have a 13 pack (or 12, hehe) from working out in the field when young – well t hat must be galling!
I wrote about field work in the last email. Well, a few emails ago!
And how it builds fitness like few other things can ...
And anyway, back to monkeying around.
The sort of workouts I advocate go beyond “just pull-ups” and pumping the lats.
They’ll get your obliques in shape – FAST.
You’ll build a rock solid grip, and start developing that SIX Pack you’ve always wanted.
Indigestion, flatulence, and other issues like insomnia plaguing most people will become a thing of the past.
You will become a real man – or WOMAN – or “in between”, hehe. Whatever it is, it won’t be fake.
And you’ll develop strength and fitness levels, that, as Charless Mitchell, a long time customer rightly said will put you into an elite “0.00001%” bracket.
Get on the train NOW, my friend. Truly worth it!
PS – Oh, almost forgot the dancing monkey part. Just saw it when clicking “post”. Them ESL gigs out there for one, hehe. Prime example of bozo like dancing monkey. No wonder that the BOZO himself, Schofield did pretty much that and nothing else to fuel his drug infused rants, binges and what not. But yeah. No worries. I’ve turned her – and myself into PRIMAL CAVEMAN – and WOMAN – with REAL “from the inside” GUMPTION and strength.
Don’t believe me?
Get on the pull-up workouts – and then tell me!
And check out the testimonials on all of this while you’re at it too, hehe.
Its funny, ain't it.
Not only is the grass always greener on the other side (sometimes it truly IS, hehe), but we tend to crave that what we “cannot do” (or think we cannot).
And fitness, and exercise is a prime example.
I've often asked the average boobybuilder and bench presser if they (for instance) would want to be able to walk up and down flights of stairs repeatedly daily ...
.. Without support ...
On their hands!! ;)
And the more outrageous (seemingly so) the act (though really, if you train for it, and can do it, you'll need to do NOTHING else in terms of exercise) the more the denials.
“Hmmph! That stupid stuff!”
“HA! Thats gymnastics bro! Why would I want to do that rubbish! I'm here for strength, broooo!”
“I don't care about bodyweight! We all know it's useless!”
And so forth.
I just received an email from a guy who claims to be great at deadlifts and can “pull a house” according to him (or was it curl).
And this guy had emailed me before as well.
Both times wrt a course on that almighty exercise, the pull-up ...
I didnt really respond at length to him the first time.
And the second time all I said was this.
“Hey, thats great man”.
And apparently that set him off.
How dare I.
How dare I ignore the fact that despite his repeated trilling about “bodyweight exercises are useless”, he wants to do pull-ups secretly but can't?
Hey, I get it.
We all do, whether we admit it or not.
And hence the folks that want free copies of my books “because they want to read it”.
Because they'd love to be in that sort of shape, but are too petrified to actualyl do it (remember, anytime you give anyone ANYTING for free, it's never valued – the exact opposite in fact almost instantly) ... and of course are looking for an excuse to diss you down the road in terms of “the iron is where it's at”.
I could certainly take names and kick ass in that regard on the above, hehe, but I'll let the “suspense” build (mindblowing I know, hehe).
If you want to do it, then just come out and say it my friend.
And then just do it, and it's that simple!
Fitness wise, start right HERE.
Truly the best investment you'll ever make, and the best results ever as you can see!
PS – More on Bozo Scofield in a while for those of y'all looking for a few giggles. Stay tuned! ;=)
Well, well, well.
Holy Mary as they say.
Holy Moly as came to my mind, hehe.
I realize dthat although I mentioned “lower” back in the last email, I completely forgot to mention anything at all about lower back and anything related in that email!!
Being I already sent it out, here goes in THIS email.
And I will keep the heading short lest I forget again!
So lower back, yes. And muscle memory.
We got into muscle memory in the last post, eh.
But as far as the lower back is concerned, it's a weak, weak area for MANY people - most notably the pumpers and toners at the gym, but also those that “focus mostly on pounding the pavement” - or for those for whom “the bench press is where it's at” - or thos ethat do heavy deadlifts regularly, and so forth.
That deadlift, by the way is responsible for causing more lower back pain in the gym than most other exercises my friend. Because most people just don't do it right, and even if they do, it's a completely unnatural movement the way it's taught and done.
I mean, think about it.
How often do you pick up an object with a grip like that, not to mention “conveniently” shaped like a barbell off the ground in daily life and grunt your way through for reps?
IF it were a beer barrel you were “cleaning”, I'd get it ...
But anyway, point of this.
I've made NO Secret of the fact that the bridge is the best exercise by far both lower back and core strength, and getting rid of lower back and NECK pain quick.
There is a real good reason wrestlers (real ones, not the WWE 'roid monsters) and boxers for one do these all the time, not to mention strongmen (again, real ones) of yore did 'em all the time.
Because the exercise and the way it stretches the entire body is beyond comparison, and the neck and lower back benefits immensely from the bridge and all it's variations.
And being lower back pain is not just “endemic” to most people, but a “pandemic” of sorts I thought I'd say it. Bridging is a course unto itself, but for now, the variations I teach you in 0 Excuses Fitness (from rank beginner no less) are enough to focus upon (and indeed if yiou do it right, it's all you need your entire LIFE).
And handstand pushups are anothe rgreat one for the lower back, though you wouldn't think so would you?
Just like you wouldn't think or believe it's a super, super GRIP exercise until you actually do them and feel them forearms BURNING (and we're not even getting into fingertip handstand pushups, or one handed ones. Hoo boyyyyy!).
And why are handstand pushups so effective at not just building up the entire core and lower back but BANISHING back pain forever?
Well, think about it.
Most niggles and pains are due to weak ligaments and tendons (connective tissues too) - - NOT so much the muscles.
One of the main reasons Hindu squats are so damned effective and a great workout is that they focus on the inside, not the show thigh muscles. They build up the tendons and ligaments from the inside out from whence on the sky, my friend, is literally the limit.
It don't work quite as well the other way around!
Same thing for handstand pushups. In fact just HOLDING yourself in that position, and hell, even getting into it for you overweight folks will noot only get you huffing and puffing nigh quick, but will build overall strength like NOTHING else can.
Not to mention the balance required works the heck out of the tendons etc as well.
Second (or third), another reason for lower back pain is too much fat on the lower abs.
Or “digestive issues”.
Or, “the infamous “bloat”” and let me tell yo uone thing right now.
When you're in an upside down position, all of this and then some disappears QUICK.
Even if you just work on the position for a few seconds.
Thats all it takes for the magic to start working.
And your stomach muscles naturally pull that flabby belly in, and the INTERNAL stomach muscles naturally contract and you'll feel a stretch-cum-contraction all across the lower back in a horizontal manner.
Like someone was “strengthening” the muscle as you did it, literally!
And I felt it today.
Last, but not least, any good core exercise means an AWESOME lower back exercise.
Goes true for leg raises. Holds true for the “vacum” I explain in Corrugated Core. And any other similar exercise.
And that, my friend is that for now. Give these a whirl, and I promise you'll never “go back”!
PS – Here is where you can learn how to do handstand pushups the RIGHT way – the way that gets results – real RESULTS – Shoulders like Boulders.
So, today’s topic is an interesting variation on pull-ups.
And, something I’ve not written about a lot as of yet.
That being, rope . . . (which I HAVE written about) pull-ups, and RING pull-ups.
As in, pull-ups done on gymnastic rings.
Or, similar rings in the park (or wherever, really!).
And I’m here to tell you this; these rope and ring pull-ups give you the BEST damn workout of your life if used correctly, not to mention FRY your grip from here, to tomorrow, and to kingdom come!
What do I mean?
Well, I did 55 pull-ups today.
And only 10 of these were regular thick grip (bar) pull-ups.
Ultra thick grip, and while I do great at these, know what I did NOT do so great at today?
The combo, the GRIP-i-licous combo I just mentioned! ?
That being, ROPE pull-ups (done on chains, actually) and gymnastic ring pull-ups (done monkey bar style out there in the park).
And the two of them gave me a workout from Cain today.
Believe me, when you alternate between sets of 15 for these, and do so QUICKLY – you’ll quickly fry not just your grip but your biceps and entire back too!
And while pull-ups aren’t and rightfully so meant to be “bicep specific” (not if done RIGHT!!!) - - the fact is that THIS exact sort of training will wreak havoc on the biceps, and cause them to grow like never before.
Work them in with regular pull-ups, and you’ll see that same growth on the traps too and forearms.
But again, for these?
Inner forearm work, and then some, not to mention fingers of rebar – believe me, it was all I could do to HOLD ON TO THEM chains as I trained out there today!
And believe me, if you add in regular monkey bar work, your overall upper body strength and conditioning will shoot so quickly through the roof that it ain’t even funny.
You’ll literally be approaching human “da xing xing” status as the Chinese call me (Mandarin Chinese for “gorilla”) as they see me working out ther.
And as the years go by, it does nothing to dim the fervor with which they say these words, and rightfully so!
Anyway, that’s a short one, I know, but it’s what I got for ya today, and believe me, it ain’t the length - - it’s the girth and SUBSTANCE that counts, and NO, it ain’t what you think either! ?
Ps – HERE is where you can learn how to do pull-ups the right way, my friend. The vast majority of male adults cant even hang on to the bar, let alone do pull-ups. Rectify this and do so quick – right HERE.
As the “boom boom boom” PULSATING music fades out after my nth watch of the Bourne Supremacy, I just gotta write to you about something!
And that something is something everyone wants.
Looking young, and more importantly, at least for me or those who GET IT – FEELING young!
The latter usually goes with the former, but the former in exclusion of the latter? Rarely ever, and if so, it don’t last.
Now, I’ve always been told I look a good 10 or 15 years younger than my actual age, and for whatever reason this seems to be more the case as I “get up there in terms of numbers”.
And it ain’t just what I’ve been told.
It’s what I feel.
I’ll be flat out honest with you.
In these “tough times”, I feel better overall and am (surprise!) DOING BETTER overall than when things were all rosy and good at the age of 19, for instance.
Or 32 . . .
. . . Sometimes the tough times make us what we truly are, a WARRIOR!
I saw a line from the movie – ah, I can’t remember the name now, but I saw it last night (a real life remake of Benghazi, a true story).
One of the specially trained SOLDIERS (security detail – an elite one) makes the following comment while fighting off hordes of invading fighters storming the embassy.
“Man, I wish I could go home and STAY THERE. Seems like every time I go home I say it’s the last time but something happens, and I end up back here!”
And that comment really struck HOME for me. Which has always been where I hang my hat.
Anyway, point of this random monologue where my fingers literally are, as Donald Trump famously once said unable to keep up with my mind, and therein lies one marketing secret that I . . . ah, b ut lets get back to it!
Looking young, and feeling, and obviously STAYING young.
In China they’ve got a saying which translates into “A man never really ages until his LEGS stay young” (no, not literal translation, but it’s what I can recall and the gist of it”
“Ren lao, Tui . .. “ (I’ll have to look it up, and I have mentioned this in prior comms, but for now, I’ll leave it be!)
Rocky Balboa famously once said that the “punch is the last to go on a man”.
Well, he proved it. The commentators sitting around the ring said it I believe.
And I’m writing to you about NONE of this really, or perhaps all.
Whats the secret, I’m guessing youll ask. What gives?
Well, exercise done the right way – the VERY UNCONVENTIONAL way – is part of it.
Ditto for diet.
Ditto for the TYPE Of exercises I do, and the SPEED at which I do ‘em!
And while sprints come in there, I’m writing to you about pull-ups!
Most people won’t believe me, but YES, pull-ups can give you tremendous cardio in a way even sprints can’t if you do ‘em right, and bang bang bang like I advocate doing the pushups.
Now, most people CANNOT do a single pull-up, let alone tons of them at rapid fire speed.
50 pull-ups in less than 5 minutes is very doable, my friend, when you work up to it and believe me, at that point, the ADRENALINE coursing through your veins will literally keep you not just alive and KICKING, but FEELING GREAT, looking GREAT, and lookmign and feeling YOUNG all your life!
That’s how pull-ups done right make you feel, not to mention on TOP of the world!
As for the “how’s”, well, I’v ementioned this in the advanced course right HERE.
Bear in mind though, that this course is just for those of you at an intermediate to advanced level at pull-ups.
If you cannot, for instance, do 10 pull-ups in proper form, you might want to start with the BASIC course.
And once you get good – well – have at in terms of the ADVANCED ONE!!
And that’s really all I got to say - - for now!
PS – And no, my lifestyle ain’t exactly one for the pursists in ANY regards. Believe me when I say it, ‘tis the PRECISE and EXACT opposite. That’s how I like it though, and that’s how it shall STAY!
PS #2 – Now what good does this do ME, you might be asking yourself. I can barely do a pushup, let alone a pull-up, and let alone bazillions of them. Well that’s fine my friend. That bit isn’t applicable for you. What you need to get started on the FUNDAMENTALS first, and get good at ‘em – and THIS System is what will get your fitness levels up there so youc an start on the tougher stuff – The 0 Excuses Fitness System. Truly the best damned fitness system on the planet, and one that routinely receives RAVE reviews, and provides even better results. GRAB IT NOW !
This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long, long time but haven’t for whatever reason.
Once I was having a conversation with my friend from the Marines (an ex Marine, the same dude I’ve written about so often).
And we were talking pull-ups, and the right way to do ‘em.
And I think we ended up getting into a bit of a discussion about form and kipping, which apparently my friend said was OK to do to get your numbers have (if you have to!).
I disagreed. As I always HAVE Done, for reasons I’ve been pointing out a lot as of late.
And while that was the discussion, we ended with this.
“Rahul, the way you do ‘em is the RIGHT way” my friend said.
“But in the military, we do pull-ups in many different ways! You don’t always get a pull-up bar to perform that sort of movement, often under duress, in real life . . . “
I added the part about duress, but the rest of the quote is pretty much what he said.
Now, he’s spot on.
Pull-ups are a functionally effective exercise if there ever was one, and there are just so many different ways to do ‘em.
Ways that could well save your life even if you’re not in a war . . . or save OTHER lives with the brute strength it builds and the capacity to perform physically at higher levels for a much longer period of time.
This morning, there was a heavy ass plant at the house I moved.
I mean BIG and heavy.
And I pulled it like nothing - - like it wasn’t even heavy to start with (most men would struggle to budge it).
Most “modern day men “ that is.
And I don’t care if you’re doing pull-ups to build that sort of brute strength, or simply to be more functional and STRONGER in your daily movements (believe me, when you can move couches up and down stairs on your lonesome, it not only makes you feel good, but has a very practical aspect to it!).
Or, if you do what Sig Klein did during a fire which was to climb down a drain pipe with one hand, a lady in danger nestled in the other . . . while the entire damned building was on fire.
Now THAT is strength. Useful strength!
So back to uneven surfaces.
There are MANY ways to do pull-ups, my friend, and I’ve found that doing ‘em on uneven surfaces not only makes the exercise far more difficult, but also more interesting.
And more advanced.
Believe me, there is a reason I put out a TON of new pull-up movements in “Pull-ups - - from STUD to SUPER STUD within weeks” (my advanced course on pull-ups) and I would not be lying to tell you that most of these movements are anything but mainstream, and certainly anything but EASY (and usually way, way too ignored!).
That’s the advanced course, of course.
But what good is that gonna do YOU, you ask, if you can barely hang on to the bar, let alone even start to execute a proper pull-up?
Well, take heart for one. Tons of “men” are in your position, and that’s why I created the BASIC course on pull-ups – Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!
Definitely one you must grab, so do so NOW my friend, and once you’re done with THAT, and getting better at pull-ups, grab the advanced course.
Functional strength that can save your life one day, and definitely make the one you’re living a heck of a lot more convenient. Can’t and doesn’t get better than that does it mi amigo?
Hey, that should have been the title of the post!
That’s what I thought too!
PS – I’ve been doing my pull-ups (some of ‘em) on a massive thick IRON monkey bar set out in the park, which is NOT even. It’s triangular, and doing “walks” up that sucker is something to be honest, not to mention the monkey bar work which is tough enough as it is, but doing them this way is not only more functional and productive, but also adds a whole new DIMENSION to things!
PS #2 – That above tip right there is worth it’s weight in GOLD, as are all the tips I put out in Gorilla Grip. Truly the definitive course in terms of developing that cast iron kung fu like grip, and to be honest, that can only HELP you while doing pull-ups!! ?