Workouts (101)

Friday, 25 September 2020 09:27

Pull-ups keep ME – and YOU – young!

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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 !

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 12:50

Pull-ups done on UNEVEN surfaces.

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!

Anyway, YES.

That’s what I thought too!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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!! ?

Friday, 04 September 2020 11:47

5 minute workouts, and more . . .

Pursuant to my last email about the number of lardasses globally INCREASING rather than decreasing, especially with the “lockdown shockdowns” everywhere . . . it makes me think.

Long and hard.

Now, it ain’t something I’ve not written before of course.

But the point is this.

People can find hours to discuss politics. Or post about it. Or discuss the latest training methods over dinner.

Or discuss the next move China is going to make, for that matter (see my latest FB Post for more on that).

Watch the news for hours. Goggle at the plague stats for donkey’s years.

And so forth.

And yet, a 5 minute workout seems to be too much for said people to get done.

Don’t get me wrong.

All of the above IS IMPORTANT to think about to an extent and discuss, and research. The more informed you are, the better it is always, and that holds especially true in these trying times.

But point also is this.

Health ultimately is the only wealth you’ll ever have my friend, and while the vast majority of people would scoff at this until last year or so (though truth be told, the signs have been NIGH globally for years) they probably won’t now.

At least not the majority of people.

Feel better, look better, and most importantly be healthy from the inside out.

Not just so you can beat the blasted plague or whatever the hell the Chinese CCP unleashed on the ROW.

For YOU.

And you alone, and your loved ones.

This afternoon, I broke my workout down this way.

700 jump in 5minutes flat.

A minute or so break in between.

And as I completed 5 sets, I felt GREAT. And exhausted, of course.

And I could literally see my stomach expanding in and out as I detailed in that last email (hint – as I’ve mentioned in Advanced Hill Training, THAT is how you know you’re getting the fat burning MUSCLE building workout of your LIVES).

At the end of the 3500 jumps, all done in sets of 700, I did some pull-ups.

Again, same thing.

I did sets of 5. Before I knew It, I was exhausted. Grip failing. And this is Mr. Gorilla Grip we’re talking about!

My total workout time likely lasted around an hour, out of which HALF of that was just rest, walking back and forth to the park, resting in between sets etc.

Yes, what I tell you in Advanced Hill Training is very true about your rest periods far outdoing you rworkout times . . . and you making the best gains of your life on that routine!

Go HERE now, my friend, and invest today. This truly is worth it for the LONG TERM!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Here is that link again.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 07:57

Pull-ups make you feel INVINCIBLE!!

I know, I know. You guys are gonna call me out on this one . . . not so much because what I’m saying is not true/accurate, but because I’ve said it before.

And as I sit here (and indeed this morning when I woke up at the “bright ole hour of 1130 AM”) thinking about myself doing Bourne sprints on hot China afternoons AFTER a great workout and hill climb, most of the time in a deserted park with no-one to bother me . . . I had a thought (while making my puh-er cha).

“Cha” being Chinese for “tea” . . . . (and yes, my hatred and dislike of the CCP doesn’t equate to the same feelings for the country or it’s people!).

Anyway . . . I remember that park often.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have made the life changes I did in 2018 when I left China for a short while (but returned a few months later anyway).

Didn’t do Bourne sprints for whatever reason upon the return though . . .

. . . but I miss that time. Those workouts. That nostalgia. And that was the time I started my second and by now famous website www.0excusesfitness.com .  .  .

Started to and met some of the greatest people I ever will through my list and website . . .

Revamped books and courses. Drank a bit of beer while I was at it. Hammered out TONS and TONS (20,000 plus words on some days) of writing for my other projects, stuff I’m still selling to THIS date . . .

Now, the feeling I was having while making my tea (or the thought I mentioned up there?)

Well, I’m exhausted.

Rightly so.

And I was wondering about an upcoming workout today, and “if I should do it”.

Actually, not “if”. It was more along the lines of “you’ll feel great afterwards!”

And I’ll get her done, but the thought was this.

“Remember, Rahul! Pull-ups make you feel great. They make you feel nigh on INVINCIBLE!!”

And that they do my friend. That they do.

And that’s how my hill climbs made me feel.

Invincible, after the workout.

That sheer feeling of CONFIDENCE you get after a solid workout which cannot be replaced by ANYTHING else.

Move aside tech world, emails, gadgets and gizmos.

It’s the SIMPLE stuff that works, and as the world goes increasingly bonkers, and global conflict unfortunately looks more of a possibility than ever before, it’s all the more reason to train the way yours truly does (or the 0 Excuses Faithful for that matter).

It’s all the more reason to have that aura of “invincibility” around you.

You never know what might happen.

You never know (literally these days) what is around the corner.

And you better be ready for ANYTHING, my friend.

It’s a pity the CCP has to go down the route that they are, but every so often humans in general make a mess of the planet and Nature herself in all her infinite wisdom settles it all.

And who are we, as mere mortals to question it?

Happened during the World Wars, and it’ll probably happen in some way shape or form NOW as well. Very soon.

And as I sign off on this email, the last thing I want to say is this my friend.

Keep the good memories in mind.

Keep those fires BURNING!

Oh YES, the good times will come again.

Oh YES, they will. If you keep them memories in mind and keep the fires burning, one day, some day you’ll be back at the place where you had your BEST times (wherever that might be for you) and that hope – desire – a burning FLAME within you for SOMETHING that MATTERS – truly matters – is what keeps us going from day to day.

Live for nothing, or die for something.

As simple as that, my friend.

Always keep that HOPE alive!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – I get nostalgic every time I think about my Bourne sprint times, and the old man I met in China (who I no longer do due to different workout times etc) . . .

PS #2 – And of course, that’s why I shared it with you. Feel free to write back and share what makes YOU that way, and remember – ain’t nothing wrong with us “tough guys” shedding a tear or two every so often. IT’s what makes us ALL human!

PPS – Go HERE to check out the book on pull-ups.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 12:32

Fueling up before, after, or DURING a workout?

I’ve written a lot on this one before, of course . . .

. . . but as I “saw” (or so it seems, at any rate)  my daughter gorging on cornflakes of all things in the middle of the afternoon, no less, I was struck with the idea to write this.

Now I don’t know if she was actually eating them, but she did have a bowl in her hand – minus the milk of course, hehe. If there is one thing my daughter won’t drink it’s milk (unless it’s with loads of gooey, icky, chocolate syrup on it. Eww!!!).

And so since she apparently was, and then she asked me about “should I take this with me to workout Dad (as a snack)”, I am writing to you about it too!

Now, you’re well versed with my opinion on the first two options in the question, of course (or ardent readers of this newsletter probably are, at any rate).

I’ve made no secret of the FACT that it’s far, far better to work out on an empty stomach than on a FULL stomach, or semi full.

Despite what the so called experts say, my best results have come from following a “diet” entirely opposite that of what the “experts” seemingly recommend.

And NOT by eating the meal they consider the most important of the day either . . .

Now, you’ll have to dive into the Simple and Effective Diet (and especially the intro, oh, and by the way, the manual is yours FREE with a purchase of the 0 Excuses Fitness System!) to find out more about this.

But suffice it to say that as far as eating AFTER a workout goes, YES, often times I’ll eat well after a workout.

Not “stuff” myself, although I do that on occasion, but usually, I have a good meal, and that’s that.

Usually an hour or so after working out.

And usually NOT before 530 in the evening, if that makes sense!

Hey. IT works for me, it works for my students, and it works AMAZINGLY and blindingly fast does this “strange” technique of doing things if you only let it! ?

And often times, I’ll eat HOURS after my workout. Not just an hour. Hours.

Often times I’ll stay on an empty stomach the entire day, and have some of my BEST damned workouts that way!

But as for the million dollar question, fueling DURING a workout?

Well, I’d say NO to it personally, even during extreme “ironman” like workouts.

But my goals of working out are different from the average Joe’ of course!

If your goals entail (as many people’s do!) preening and posing in front of the mirrors at the gym, by all means sip latte and “snack” on some rubbish the so called experts advocate. Go for it.

If your goals are “to lose a bit of weight”, but nothing spectacular, go for it.

If your goals are “the usual workout”, and “you feel hungry during your workout”, then if you really must, go for it.

But I’d only personally do it in case the workout was really extreme, and not even probably in that case.

And as for million dollar question #2.

Will it hurt my results?

In most cases, I’d say yes.

But if you’re going through extreme 100 pull-up and 100 handstand pushup workouts, or if you’re going through workouts where you climb steep hills in the middle of the day in blazing heat - - and 5 times per workout at that followed by a 100 pushups and 50 pull-ups, then it might help.

And probably won’t hurt your results any either way.

The key is though, if you’re keeping it that extreme!

And even in that case, I’d say probably NOT.

And as for what I told my daughter, and what she apparently did? Well, you’ll have to wait a bit for that one! ?

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – The 0 Excuses Fitness System is FULL of (choc-a-BLOC full of) golden nuggets of wisdom such as THIS. Pick up your copy right HERE.

Sunday, 30 August 2020 07:58

The “one more” workout!

I was recently on an international flight (pre COVID, of course).

Which seems like forever, of course.

And my passenger right next to me squeezed into one of them economy seats (I ALWAYS make sure to grab an aisle seat, NOT the window or the middle seat! ?) was an obese, corpulent and FLATULENT burping SOB from India (who didn’t even have the most basic manners apparently).

And this abomination was finding it hard to fit in the airplane seat for obvious reasons and kept dislodging yours truly’s arms from the arm rest until I firmly put it there, looked him in the eye once and refused to budge.

The guy near the window seat was apparently having a hard time with him too.

Anyway, dude didn’t speak much English or any at all.

(So much for the “general good English level” in India; believe me, it ain’t what the causal reader might think! ?).

And as far as manners go . . .

 . . . he was apparently a bit of a drunk, and every time the waitress (a Chinese lady from Hong Kong) got near to him he burped and said the following loudly.

“One more!”

And the way he said it made me think he was talking to a minion as opposed to a stewardess. . .

Funny part was this though.

She asked him what meal he’d prefer and he didn’t understand what she was saying in terms of language, but understood what she was asking.

And when he replied, she couldn’t understand him - - in either regard.

She looked at the passenger next to him.

He tried.

I don’t know where he was from, but she couldn’t understand his accent either.

And of course, guess who ended up translating everything for the rest of the flight.

“He wants a chicken meal”.

“He wants more water. Thanks! (since the guy apparently didn’t want to say it to her)”

“He wants another shot of whiskey”

And the last one didn’t need to be repeated too often. Dude picked up on it, and he kept going “One more!”

Ugh!

A slob if there ever was one, and if you’ve ever heard air hostesses complain about their passengers, believe me, there is something damn good reason.

Anyway it works both ways, of course.

Air India, which I’ve often flown in the past (and STOPPED flying a few years back completely) is (along with Royal Jordanian) in my UNBIASED and very NOT humble opinion one of the, if not THE shittiest international airline out there.

The stewards and stewardesses don’t even look like they belong on a flight.

I still remember the TV screen not working once on one of these flights.

Told the steward.

He shrugged. “Oh, so what. Nothing we can do! Just make do!”

Or “Oh, just try that seat over there” (when my seat arm rest wouldn’t work right).

Or, and this was the apex of all this . . . I wanted a couple of beers.

And lady came up to me, and dumped not two, but FOUR beers in my lap.

She grinned at me.

“You’ll want it anyway, and I don’t want to be bothered again!”

And off she went, waddling her lard ass down the aisle . . .

UGH!

Anyway, I didn’t write this to you to warn you about what airlines not to take, hehe.

I did a version of the “one more workout” out there with my daughter today.

“One more!” I went.

(She knows the story, and she LAUGHS a lot every time she hears it)

And as her little hands did another bar hang, I kept saying it.

One minute more!

One rep more!

And the same thing will work for you too my friend.

You don’t have to be a former U.S. Marine drinking with yours truly to say it either! ?

If you can currently bang out 50 pushups before you collapse, try saying “Just one more!” to yourself as you NEAR 50.

Not before the workout.

But as you get to maybe rep #45, or 46, but ideally, right on around 49.

Chances are you’ll hit not ONE more rep, but FIVE more if you do this right! ?

And that my friend is a tip for the ages. Have at!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – This works great for getting your numbers up there in the much vaunted, almighty Hindu squat as well!

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 15:26

“Working out is your life!”

I saw the following (and fantastic!) quote from Mark Twain this evening.

The two most important days of your life are . . .

. . . the day you’re born, and the day you figure out WHY you’re born!

This rang true the minute I read it, and here I am now, writing to YOU about it.

Napoleon Hill often spoke about having a central purpose in life, the #1 thing you want to do ABOVE all!

Something you really, really want to do. Were meant to do. Are so good at that NOT even your most ardent detractors have criticized you while you’re doing it . ..

. . . your true purpose in life, as it were!

Napoleon Hill speaks of this a lot in “Outwitting the Devil” when he details the trials and tribulations he went through in life, all because (as the “voice” told him!) “he was neglecting his major purpose in life”.

And for me that would seem to be writing.

And, working out!

As Cindy once famously told me, you’re a writer, and a FIGHTER.

And as my buddy from the Marines once told me in 2018 I believe it was . . . “That’s all you do! Working out is your LIFE!”

And being that I was writing 0 Excuses Fitness and certain other books at the time, yes, it was!

The diet was pure, and the workouts were intense and then some.

And I understood what Stallone for one meant when he got into the sort of awesome shape you saw him in 1980’s (not to say he’s not in good shape NOW! Stallone is a living legend bar NONE) when he said “after a certain point, my body started to eat away it’s own fat”.

Might sound horrible, but it’s a good thing in SOME ways (not all - - Stallone’s routine then was extremely unhealthy, but not mine).

Anyway, point of all this is to ask you, my friend, if YOU have found your true purpose in life.

I don’t mean the job you’re working at, or the two cars you own, or any other material possession.

Speaking of which, I remember a meme I once posted on Wechat, which went something like - -

I can measure a man’s true character by how he stands up when he is stripped of his house, car, college degrees . . . (and a host of other things that “don’t really count in the grand scheme of things”).

What were YOU put on this earth to do, my friend?

Only YOU can answer that question, but I’ll tell you this much – when you find the answer, you’ll be one satisfied customer at the end of the day!

And on that note, I’m out. Back soon!!

Best

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Got into it again in the park today with some bozos hell bent on interrupting my workout. Ugh!

PS #2 – I’ve always loved doing pushups, and ‘twas but a matter of time before I just HAD to put out the best damn course there is on pushups (I challenge you to find a better one out there! ?) – Pushup Central.

A ways back in 2018, I believe it was, I wrote about a sprained thumb which was painful as heck.

In case you faithful on this list have forgotten, it was when I was (foolishly) attempting to do fingertip handstand pushups not before, but AFTER a mammoth workout (more pushups and pull-ups), a hill climb, and in the freezing rain at that.

The ground was slick as heck.

But I cleared that away but still.

As I did the exercise, or got into position . . . . CRACK!

I heard the thumb “pop in and out” and I screamed out loud in agony.

It was a serious, serious injury or it would have been for most people

I was advised to rest it, splint it, ice it and more. And all probably NOT bad suggestions.

And yet, other than the Corona beer I held in my hand a couple of hours after the injury (ice cold, of course!) I did NONE of the above.

Was back at it the next day, doing fingertip pushups no less!

My buddy from the Marines told me that sort of injury never really goes away, and he DOES know a thing or two about what he’s saying, and yet, a couple of years down the line it’s like the injury never happened.

Except for the memory of course!

It took a while to heal fully, sure, but I did NOT stop working out while the injury was there, and I believe that not only NOT excaberated the injury (I did things RIGHT, of course in that regard and avoided direct movements in a manner it’s hard to explain here, but still, fingertip pushups are fingertip pushups, period!) but also aided the healing.

In a way that made the thumb stronger than before, hence th e2 finger pushups you see me doing in Pushup Central!

Yesterday, I wrote about my latest injury on the other blog, and how I fully expected to bounce back the next day (a few hours post injury actually) as if it were NOTHING.

And I did.

I wrote about having a great workout (in advance).

And I did!

I actually did MORE pull-ups today if that makes any sense, and the same time for rope jumps etc.

Point being is this.

Sometimes, its better to get some blood flowing to the area, and not “gently” either as it were!

No excuses, my friend, and this is yet another reason I laugh at people who say my products are expensive.

Compared to doctor visits, or lifelong injuries? Somehow I doubt it!

Compared to a weak body or a weak LINK in the chain? Again, I doubt it!

It’s always good to be prepared, my friend, and my workouts will make – and keep you that way!

Anyway, that’s the report for now. Back soon!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Pick up the DEFINITIVE course on handstand pushups right here. And if you’re into advanced, go HERE! We truly DO got something for everyone, my friend.

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 10:34

A Jason Bourne inspired workout!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the “Bourne series” – the book more than the movie(s) - - a lot, lot more!

I’m a huge Robert Ludlum fan, but while most movie adaptations of books fall woefully short of (my) standards (Jurassic Park being one prime example), the Bourne series didn’t.

At least, not in my own opinion . . .

Especially not the first three installments.

The Bourne Identity.

The Bourne Supremacy.

The Bourne Ultimatum.

They messed up a bit with the Legacy (#4) in my opinion, but despite it’s somewhat lukewarm box office response, Jason Bourne (2016) was a great, great movie, and Damon kicked ass.

And HE is the reason (the main reason) I love those movies.

I don’t know why, but Matt Damon makes the perfect “spy”, especially considering the functionally fit physique he has in the movie.

You see him hanging off ledges and doing fingertip crawl downs (spiderman!) down walls of embassies in the first movie.

You see him ALL out sprinting in the second (and doing pull-ups in the first).

And more . . .

And my personal favorite movie in the series is #2.

I watched it again last night, and much as I wrote about in 2018, I cannot get enough of the sprint sequence right at the start, which most people “miss”.

Bourne is showing running in Goa India. A fast run to begin with which (along with the right visuals and music) quickly builds up to a semi-sprint, then a sprint, and then the CRESECNDO – an all out sprint, arms pumping furiously, legs flying . . . with the music to boot.

And it brought back memories

Of me in 2018! When I did exactly those workouts in the park after my climb . . .

. . . ‘twas afternoon (or early evening) workouts then.

And you’d see me climbing the hill ONCE (after I did my pushups and pull-ups I believe) and AFTER the animal like movements.

I’d start off with a run, and finish off with several sprints, and I still remember the FEELING, the sheer feeling of exhilaration I got while doing ‘em, a feeling even HILL sprints (these were land sprints) cannot and will not give you (NOTHING compares to an all out land sprint in terms of duration, for one!).

Don’t get me wrong.

Hill sprints are fabulous, and that’s why I’ve got Advanced Hill Training out there, but flat land sprints allow you to really amp things up and really build up them hamstrings as well (so do hill sprints though).

Anyway . . .

This afternoon, I went out for a pull-up workout.

50 pull-ups, 50 pushups, and 50 dips.

And it was Damon inspired.

That physique he’s got in the movie came from THREE Things (and remember, this dude LOVES to eat, so he sure did make sacrficies for the movie!).

Pullups. At one point “Bourne” was doing them in sets of 30!

Heavy bag work (a lot of it. And it shows in the shoulders!).

And probably other stuff too, but most of all, that CHISELED, ripped physique you see?

LOTS and LOTS Of . . . running . . .

. . . on mountains! For hours a day.

Bourne hated it (by his own admission). But he did it, with his trainer, and the results are there for all to see.

And while I never hated my squats or sprints, or anything, I never did them for “hours!”. I DID climb hills for hours, but I DID want to quit on occasion, but I never did – and the results are there for all to see!

And I’m feeling great, and on top of the world, and wanted to tell you about it!

Now that I have, it’s adios. See y’all around!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

PS – Here is where you can pick up a book on pull-ups that will get you cranking them out effortlessly - - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

PS #2 – I wrote about “moonlight sprints” before too, and those are great too! Anyway, to get to Bourne level at pull-ups, here are the exercises that will get ya there - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/

Thursday, 30 July 2020 13:00

Fingertip pushups and pull-ups

So I got through a workout today. An old style workout. A fantastic one!

And why do I say this i.e what makes it different?

Well . . .

. . . because it’s a workout from BACK in the day.

From BACK when I wrote all those books on pull-ups, and when it was my primary means of exercise (the pull-up, that is).

And it fits in nicely with what I said in the last email as well, or at least the ending. If you missed it, go on ahead and check out the blog!

And the workout was . . . pushups, and pull-ups.

More specifically, fingertip pushups and pull-ups, and while the REASON for my doing the workout today (this particular one) was not necessarily to go down memory lane, ended up that way, and that’s what ended up happening.

But, the REAL reason behind the workout was something else, which I will talk about in the next email.

For now, bear in mind that that is how life is when you live in the flow, and so are workouts.

(Comes with caveats, of course. I’m currently nursing a split callus big time – something that has resisted TWO band-aids thus far . . . and looks ready to resist far more. Good news is the scab is already forming, and better news is, again, the MEMORIES it brought back).

I’ve often shown up back home with bleeding palms and BURNING skin (from rubbing a split callus on thick bars for tons of pull-ups).

And I’ve felt GREAT afterwards. And the callus usually heals within a couple of days, and the skin toughens, and . . . bingo. Problem solved. I’ve never been one to let “little things like that” bother me.

But you don’t have to go through that if you don’t want to, and that ain’t why I’m telling you this.

It’s because of two reasons.

One, this workout was done OPPOSITE of the manner in which I normally do my workout. See the next email for more on this, and this was actually the reason I did it in the manner I did.

And two . . .

If there EVER was a better grip workout combo than with the above two exercises (and if you add in hanging leg raises, it amps the effect) I am yet to see it.

The two books on pull-ups, and the THREE Books on grip have MORE than plenty in terms of this, of course.

But the fact is (oh, and add in monkey bars as well) that there are FEW, if any tips I can give you at getting better at and increasing pull-ups than doing and getting very good indeed at fingertip pushups.

My workout today was 50 pull-ups and a 100 fingertip pushups.

Blazing!

And not all at one go. 5 sets of 10 pull-ups, and 5 sets of the pushups.

Maybe I’ll switch the numbers around in the next workout to make it fun!

But for now, I’m toasted. So is my grip.

And so it’s adios for now, with one of the most powerful workout related tips I could ever, ever give you!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – These two exercises form the BACKBONE of many of the routines in the ADVANCED courses on pull-ups and building them “battletank shoulders”. Get on BOTH these courses now, my friend.

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