Jumping Rope (4)
When you look at the picture of Mike Tyson with that jump rope in hand, or indeed ANY of his pictures, THREE things stand out.
The chiseled CORE.
The MEATY, SOLID forearms that could likely knock a damned gorilla out!
And that solid, muscular CHEST OF HIS. Slabs of muscle as it were, like no other!
And while I’ve covered pushups before, the one thing I haven’t is rope sprints. Done right.
At least, I don’t think I have.
I’ve covered hill sprints before.
Regular sprints (and pulling my Achilles while I was at it!)
And BIPEDEAL and other sprints (that’s the next email, by the way!)
But not rope sprints.
And as I get done with a super, super workout, let me tell you something.
If there is one thing that burns and shakes when you’re doing jump rope sprints right, it’s your FOREARMS MORE THAN NAYTHING else!!
And . . . gasp, your TRICEPS.
Try doing a set of pull-ups or pushups right after these rope sprints, and youll see what I mean.
If you’re doing ‘em right, you’re not going to be able to do more than 15-20 seconds of this REGARDLESS of the shape you’re in – if you do ‘em right!
The very same thing I talk about in Advanced Hill Training and the very same thing that causes fat to FLY OFF YOUR BODY like nothing else!
And the breaks, you ask?
Well, you REDUCE them.
And while that may sound hard to do while you’re breathing and panting up a veritable storm, it’s easy if you know how.
One way is to do what I said the other day, do an easier exercise.
Maybe a few reps of it.
Or, BREATHE Deeply like I’ve taught you . . . that by itself is an exercise unto itself.
Or, do another exercise (a complementary one).
The key is this – don’t stop to smell the roses (or sweat) for longer than you have to, and REDUCE that time.
Keep reducing it no matter what.
And the MENTAL part, of course.
There is a tendency to waffle around once you get tired, or start to.
During these times, AFFIX that IMAGE of yourself - - the PERFECT YOU as you exercise.
And imagine yourself super fit, and CONSTANTLY GOING!
Rep after rep, set after set, and you’ll see the exercise times going on, and the breaks, the heart rate hammering through the ROOF, and your gains too!
And last, but not least, don’t think for a minute think that this sort of thing ain’t gonna add strength.
Oh yes, it will.
Strength + conditioning in one package, and if there ever was a benefit to Rahul Mookerjee’s stuff it is THAT!
P.S. – Here is the System that will give you the carved abs you want, and the benefits above.
P.S #2 – Make sure to check out Corrugated Core right here too!
P.P.S. - Taking a break from Animal Kingdom Workouts. I've decided to stop at 68 exercises for now, and am through writing the descriptions etc for 25 of them. Steady progress, and very much in the works! Back at it tomorrow, but for now, I figured I'd write to you. ;)
I’ll admit it.
Oh YES, I will.
I’ve been in one of my foul, foul moods as of the last couple of days. Day and a half, actually, ever since . . .
Even since, ah, but wait.
I wrote a post about the FACT that ignoring the negative in your life won’t necessarily make it go away, and in some cases will even excaberate the problem.
That caused a few people to unsubscribe from the list. One person (well intentioned) even sent me this “Can’t you be a little less grumpy at times?”
Well, she was right in a way, but she was WRONG in a bigger way.
I wasn’t being any grumpier than my normal “el groucho” self. I was stating a fact, which with all the hoo haa about everything going on, people choose to ignore these days, and “just think positive”, thinking it will “draw the positive” to them.
And the so called goooorrooooosss don’t help either, my friend, by propogating stuff that flat out don’t WORK.
As for proof?
Look around you, my friend. Look at what is happening not just to you on a macro level, but globally.
And as for this damned COVID19, don’t even get me started on the stupidity again. Apparently it’s gotten to the point where even normally sane people are buying into the insanity of “the world needs to stay locked down indefinitely” and to hell with why or the repercussions and consequences.
Deep breath ….
So you have probably noticed my two sites (at least the fitness ones) beiong up and down over the past day or so.
Actually, you probably noticed an OLDER version of the site yesterday without the most recent blog posts, and today, a BLANK page when accessing the site.
My host done moved servers for what seemed like the umpteenth time, and in typically professional manner and by their own admission they never bothered to inform any of their customers about it.
And for what seemed like the billionth and one time, 2-3 days of blog posts and site upgrades were LOST during the transfer, and the host could care less despite this problem occurring not once, not twice, but damn near every month.
If anything, their response is “so what. IT happens”.
And one fine gentleman on the support team took the time and initiative to rename the site main file to “hello world”, and then claim it was working when 0excusesfitness.com showed nothing but “hello world”, something my six year old could probably have done eyes closed.
And for those that didn’t know, they call this “tech support”.
Some will no doubt ask why I don’t move hosts given all these fools have put me through in 2020.
But I did my friend.
And the last one was just as bad, and in these times of lockdown and what not (indeed, they have a ready excuses “we’re working from home! Please understand!”) I am not sure a move would be the best idea.
What infuriates me is their stock “We’re sorry for the inconvenience” response to everything, which they just generate by pressing a button on their customer service app. They’re anything BUT sorry, and this problem reoccurs every month, so if they WERE truly sorry they would have fixed it, but nothing.
A law unto themselves a lot of these web hosts are, and while I’ve shortlisted another one, I’m not hopeful. But we’ll see.
In the meantime if you have any suggestions on this front, feel free to pass ‘em my way and we’ll go from there.
And on other fronts, and grip workouts …. Napoloen Hill correctly stated that every situation, every negative occurrence has a positive – and the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit if you look for it.
While I’m not sure this situation has any benefit whatsoever, I was feeling 200 on a scale of 1 to 100 on the grumps scale this morning, and I’m at 70 now.
Well, the only way I know how.
A hard, hard workout in which the jump rope darn near slipped out of my hand, and not because of the sweat either.
IT was because I couldn’t grip it any longer at a certain point during my workout.
The Gorilla grip fanatic could barely grip the jump rope!
Would you believe it if I told you that my workout involved nothing but this, and the numbers 1600 and 20?
A 20 minute workout for 1600 jumps, and a slight change in hand position that left me fried.
A small change that torched my entire chest and core, and upper back, and my grip … and that explains the numerous typos in this here email, more so than normal, hehe.
I’m not going to reveal what it is HERE, but rest assured it’s BIG my friend – it will work your entire body and fry that unsightly lard off in ways you never thought possible – in record fast time.
And I’ll reveal all on my groups and inner SHIP (circle) once the site is finally back online. UGH!
And so it goes for now, my friend. I’m so pissed I haven’t even turned on the air-con and I’ll do so now and might as well take a shower too, hehe.
P.S. – Napoelon Hill wrote about being tested, did he not? In his own words, there seems to be a hidden guide whose job it is to test men through all sorts of discouraging circusmstanes and heartbreaks to ascertain just how much they can take. The men that succeed are those that keep picking themselves back up and keep on keeping on, until they finally “reach” – and the gates of full blown success are thrown wide open – and in terms of hosting – and some other things right now – I sure do seem to be going through it!
P.S #2- Nothing new for me though, hehe, so rest assured. We’ll be back with a bang very soon – and how – and on that note, I’m out. See ya later!
P.P.S – And while I won’t name and shame the web host for now, I’ll tell you this – stay AWAY from companies that pretend to be based out of the U.S. and have their support sneakily and entirely based in India. I’ve written about how tech companies and BPO etc in general is quietly leaving India, and THIS level of service is one reason why, and believe me, with my I.T. background and work experience here, I KNOW (back in the day I actually worked for someone, hehe).
No it aint racism, so please get off your soap box(before you start). It’s me stating a FACT, my friend. Customer service in anything (or most things) in India atrocious if at all existent … Amazon India being the one exception to the rule.
I’m sure there are good companies there, but they are very much the exception I’d say rather than the NORM!
Was another one of those days today where I woke up a bit cranky, and not feeling "on top of the world". No worries - I know exactly what to do to drive the blues away, and proceeded to do so almost pronto. And I'm feeling great now - can't imagine another case of the blues attacking me today.
And my instant pick me up is NOT comfort food, not a magic pill, and certainly not "one for the road". It involves a jump rope, and my running shoes - the exact formula being 1500 jumps. That's it - it's that simple.
Jumping rope is a fantastic overall exercise, not just for overall fitness, but also to drive the blues away. The jumping motion strengthens your legs and back, and the constant whippy rope turns ensure your forearms get a decent workout in as well (more than decent, if you do things the right way).
And fat loss? Man, when you can do 1500 jumps within 15 minutes, your not going to be worried about losing fat - your metabolism will be cranked so high that you'll be doing it all day long without even thinking about it!
Note than I'm emphasizing the TIME taken a lot - this is key. You don't want to take all day to jump rope, or any other exercise for that matter. I'm not saying everyone's gotta do 1500 in 15 minutes, but try and get your routine done as fast as you can without comprising form. This is key to weight loss, but also to releasing the correct endorphins into your body, and also gives you a fantastic, natural HIGH - that lasts all day long.
If your a beginner, start with some of the routines I mention in Fast and Furious Fitness. Do what you can, and you'll quickly realize why I can't praise this one exercise enough.
And last, but not least, don't overdo things. Progress slowly, and at a level YOU can handle - and you'll be on the road to super fitness within no time.
Let me know how you do!
PS: For the folks at Technorati, here's the code you requested me to put into a blog post: Q76FX9ABA3U9 . Regular readers may ignore this line.
PS#2: There is a reason why boxers and wrestlers jump rope as part of their daily routines. Find out why by going HERE.
If your like most people, you probably think this one is not doable.
Most people have been conditioned to believe that any effective routine has to be somewhat long; for most people, this usually equates to an hour or more (and I'm not even talking about time spent driving to the gym, changing into workout clothes, et al). I have a hard enough time convincing folks that you CAN get a super workout in 15 minutes, 20 minutes at most.
And now, I'm talking about 5 minutes. That's right, everyone has five minutes to spare - and the margin for excuses just got way slimmer (no pun intended). Think about it - how hard is it to simply devote five minutes of your day to an activity that will more than justify the time spent on it?
FIVE minutes out of your daily routine is what you need to spare - and YES, you WILL improve your fitness in that period!
One of the keys to "5 minute fitness" is jumping rope. Jumping rope has been around for ages, but has inexplicably fallen out of favor with most people these days. This is bad news, as jumping rope is one of the most effective overall body workouts you can get. Your legs get a great workout from the constant jumping, and you chisel fat off your body with every jump. You also build solid, useful muscle all over your body - not to mention the deep breathing, which energizes your entire system. In fact, I did a very brief 15 minute routine today - which included rope jumps amongst other things, and I had nothing left by the end of it. And I feel absolutely GREAT now!
I cover rope jumping in Fast and Furious Fitness. Simply jumping rope on a regular basis is enough to transform you into a lean, fat burning machine, so incorporate it into your routine if you have not done so already.
Don't believe me? Try jumping rope for five minutes straight, and then tell me how you feel. I'll bet you feel a whole lot better - and if your a beginner, TWO minutes of continous jumping is likely all that you need before you can't go any further. Either way, you'll benefit tremendously from this one exercise alone.
PS: Jump on over HERE to grab your copy of Fast and Furious Fitness.