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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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