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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! ?
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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 . . .
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!
PS – This works great for getting your numbers up there in the much vaunted, almighty Hindu squat as well!
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!
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/
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.
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!
I’ve written about it before, havent I?
The sheer meditative effect some of these workouts have, specifically Hindu pushups and pushup workouts . . . if done right, that is.
And today I’ll take it to another level. Or I did, I should say And I can barely STANd at the time of writing this!
(before writing it!)
And what did I do?
Well, the majority of my 2000 jump rope workout today was accomplished with eyes closed today.
I divided it up into two halves.
1000 each, eyes closed for the majority of it.
If you don’t think that’s a big deal (the eyes closed part), well, a) think again and b) TRY it before you say it!
It might not be a bad idea to do this on a padded surface (not cell, hehe). Don’t worry. I’m not implying you’ve become a lunatic or will upon doing this, and I certainly haven’t (not any more than people think I am anyway?).
But believe me, I fell over while doing this. And you will too.
You’ll likely bump into things.
You’ll likely twist towards your dominant side or weaker side. And more . . .
Sayeth the person who today started to “torque” towards whats my naturally (but no longer) weaker side, the right, and then funnily enough during set #2, the opposite.
And sayeth me, who ended up getting a nasty bruise on the chin the first time he did this sets of 10 pull-ups . . .
(granted, that was towards the end of the 100 pull-up workout. But still!)
And I did the first set in 12 minutes. The second in 10.
And for those wondering why I did the second quicker, well, I have this to say.
The FOUR minute break that I took in between was part of the reason, or most of it.
And this four minute break was taken in a sitting position, but not sitting down, at least not what you’d associate with those words.
I sat “down” in a position most people couldn’t get into, and breathed in and out deeply with eyes closed for the count of 120. REAL slow breaths, in and out.
240 seconds. Four minutes in the Asian squat position which most people cannot get into today, let alone HOLD. (and this includes “modern Asians” too!).
I once put out a series of emails on fitness tests, and while the “table” position was it, this wasn’t, I think.
But it should be!
And the benefits of this position?
Well, they go way beyond “active recovery”
Those of you that have trouble “going” (the vast majority reading this I bet) better do this next to a commode. Hehe.
I know I had to go, and I don’t have said problems!
And this position stretches out your hips and joints of the lower body in a way you can’t imagine when held for time. Not to mention you won’t need any calf stretches at all if you hold THIS position, as opposed to the regular one I teach (the Hindu squat on your toes).
And for those of you with tight hamstrings, this will solve that problem too. Believe me!
And while I ain’t prepared to say this position (or squats done in this position ) are better than the good ole Hindu squat I teach, I do ALL my squats this way these days, for a very good reason!
Anyway, can almost hear my daughter “goading” me on.
Come on Dad, you can only do 70! I can do 200!
And she can.
She’s a little champ, not just at this position but at ALL positions and exercises that emanate from this one position, stuff I’ve covered in Animal Kingdom Workouts. If you’ve got even a sliver of fat on your body, these workouts will get rid of it, and fast!
(She isn’t that good at HW, but hey . . . ?).
Anyway, where were we you ask.
I did . . .
So, this sort of thing will not only be RELAXING once you start getting into it, but you’ll also build spatial awareness like never before, especially if you do advanced stuff like one arm pushups or jumps. Or squats. Or jump squats.
And I do not recommend doing anything you’re not entirely comfortable with this way.
If you can do 100 pull-ups per workout, give these a shot towards the start and work into it.
Ditto for 2000 jumps. Or 20 pushups. Or 5, if that’s all you can do (as many currently can).
And not only that, you’ll build strength in a way you never thought you could.
And most importantly, you’ll automatically visualizing you and your body moving through space while you’re working out with eyes closed, whether you consciously try or not.
Mental workout x 10, and while you CAN visualize with eyes open, and although I recommend doing so with eyes closed when you start you CAN do ‘em with eyes open – but doing it this way?
Whole different ball game my friend!
Try these sort of workouts, and let me know how you do!
P.S. – Here is where you can grab the 0 Excuses Fitness System. You’ll see me doing all my exercise barefoot in there, and that by itself is another tip for you – barefoot exercise is a whole different ball of wax I’ll write about soon that WILL give you a better workout!
I recently remembered something a “friend” (I should actually say student of mine) told me once after my nth climb up the hill.
“They’re not really climbing”, she said, pointing to some other folks ascending them steep, steep slopes on a Saturday afternoon in May (and it was HOT my friend. Oh YES!).
It wasn’t just hot. It was one of those hot muggy days where it would occasionally rain for a bit throughout the day.
It would NOT cool down at all after that.
If anything, it would get even more oppressively hotter, and on an “exposed” mountain like I climb, well, trust me - - you’d feel it.
Especially if you climb five times during the day as my “crazy” ass used to, hehe.
I later reduced this to 4 times a day in the morning, but I still felt it, but anyway . . .
This was one of those times I saw Kelly (her name) climbing when I was on my (I think) fourth slog up the hill.
Being she was only halfway up when I finished round #4 and started #5, I figured I’d climb WITH her.
And as we finally reached the top of that hill, I was almost DEAD.
The sweat was pouring off me like nothing before.
I was literally DRIPPING sweat every time I moved - - a shower of sweat as it were.
PUDDLES were forming under me every time I moved. Quite literally, and my shoes were “squelching”.
I don’t know if I mentioned this in “16 inspirational fitness recollections”, but it certainly IS one of them.
And there are a lot more mentioned in that book . . .
And why do I tell you this?
Well, because THOSE are the sort of workouts (and the sort of commitment) that really get you in TOP shape.
That really get the WAIST whittled down.
And that really BURN fat off you like nothing else.
A close alternative, though not quite the same (but pretty damned good anyway) is the rope sprints I do, closely followed by another movement right after.
And the animal like movement workouts I do, mentioned in my latest book Animal Kingdom Workouts.
And so on and so forth.
It’s about workouts that burn fat, and BLAST that pesky FAT off your body quicker than anything else, and those workouts, my friend are the type of workouts I give you in all my books.
Go get ‘em here!
P.S. -Back from workout #2 (late, late night workout, and I feel GREAT!).
If there is something that pisses me off no end, it is people that say one thing and do the exact opposite (or quite another).
I’ve made no secret of my distaste and dislike for those I consider to be grade A hypocrites (for instance, the dude from Hong Kong who complains up a storm about the mainland day in and day out and yet LIVES there).
Continues to live there despite his (very valid indeed) complaints.
Like dude. It’s not like someone’s forcing you to live in a place you hate . . .
Charles, a friend (or perhaps former friend as things stand now) of mine never shied away from telling me how much he wanted to visit India one day.
“Well, just do it buddy”, I kept telling him (along with advice of WHERE to go).
(Since he asked. Yours truly is hardly the sort to dispense unwanted advice!).
Has he ever followed up?
It’s been five years since I know him, if not more, and NO. He hasn’t.
“Uh, I didn’t get the chance”.
The real reason which of course is the 800lb gorilla in the room is the Chinese distaste for anything foreign in general and the intense dislike they have of “dark skinned people” (including their own).
And curiously enough (or maybe not given the rogue nation’s way of thinking) this is viewed as NORMAL in China.
Racism is normal, and even encouraged (albeit tacitly) by none other than many expats living there . . .
I’ll never forget, for one, how a Chinese property consultant picked at me skin once and exclaimed “But you’re not of Indian origin or Indian anyway! Your skin is yellow!”
But you get the picture.
And being his girlfriend is Chinese, well . . .
For those that don’t know, he’s of the same bent of mind as my Dad (who I obviously don’t agree with on anything) and is a firm believer in the philosophy of “keep the wife happy, and the family will be happy”.
My father never tired of telling me that growing up, and internally, I remember thinking what a crock of BS it was.
I mean, why does just ONE person have to be happy?
Unless you’re a masochist, of course, and funnily enough most . . . ah, but I best not go there ! ?
Anyway, that’s pretty much the reason he’s never visited, though he’ll never admit it.
I mean, dude.
He tells me that “it’s not because of her! She will do it if I tell her!”
Well, it doesn’t quite seem that way!
Back in the day, he once sourced some stuff from India, ostensibly for her and himself as well.
I still remember that night in September 2016 I believe it was . . .
“Are you sure you can trust me to do this?” I asked before accepting the money his girlfriend sent me (apparently he was too toasted to do it at that point).
We hadn’t met at that point, so it was a perfectly legit question, I’d say . . .
“Of course I can!”
And then we decided upon what exactly they wanted and if I could source it (after tutoring his girlfriend on how to “send the money” – don’t ask – long story).
We got everything he wanted. My wife did most of the shopping and when we met months later, I handed his stuff over to him.
And as expected, all went well. At that point, at least it did.
A month or so later, what happened was EXACTLY what I thought MIGHT Happen when I accepted Charles’s cash (which is why I was leery of doing so in the first place).
Apparently his girlfriend thought I “skimmed off the top” when getting them stuff.
God knows why, but that’s what she thought.
Actually I DO KNOW why, but we will get into that later!
There are few things that offend me more than being called a cheat and dishonest, my friend. Because if there are two things I ain’t, it is those two things!
EVERY time some of his money was used, I sent him a PROPER accounting. I still remember navigating in the car through the cows on the road, hehe, and sending Charles a message about it on wechat . . .
EVERY DAMN TIME.
And funnily enough, the guy himelf told us that “don’t worry about it! We don’t need an exact accounting!”
“If there is something you want to do for yourself with the money, do it provided it’s a little bit!”
(what he was indirectly saying is feel free to charge commission)
And I didn’t. What we did was use probably 7-8% of the money and use it to buy groceries etc instead of “splurging on a nice dinner” as Charles suggested (and he was right to say it, actually; at that point he was doing the right thing) so as to be as economical as possible. For obvious reasons.
And so, when months later this girl got back with her bombshell, I told my wife about it.
“Hmmmpph! If she thinks it’s too expensive, tell her to come here and buy it herself”
I don’t agree with most of my family on many things (as you know!) but I HAD to agree with my wife on this one.
“I can’t”, I laughed. “That’s not my job!”
“Why is she on your wechat anyway”, my wife fumed.
“Uh, because she sent me the money” . . .
And before it led to a fight I deleted the lady off my list, which is fine of course, since I didn’t know her from Adam other than the fact that she was a buddy’s girlfriend (and didn’t think highly of me to say the least, hehe).
Funnily enough, if you’d ask me if I was upset at her for thinking that way?
That’s just how the Chinese are, my friend.
John McIntosh, a past client of mine once told me that there was a time in his life he was a real estate agent and he closed a deal (to sell a large house).
“Done deal”, he told them.
“Cool! Let’s go to dinner!” the female half of the couple said.
They did, and guess what.
All throughout dinner these guys pestered John to lower the price even more, though it was a done deal!
There is a saying in mainland China which goes somewhat like this: contracts are worth nothing, maybe less than toilet paper.
And they ARE worth less than that!
Anyway, as I told my wife, the girls’ never been out of China most likely other than a trip or two to neighboring countries.
But for a man like Charles to not say anything about it was just . . . WRONG.
Given the very proper accounting he got.
Given everything HE SAID HIMSELF about it to me!
And so forth.
And given the current mess going on between India and China, you’d think he’d bother to “support the country he claims to love so much and wants to visit”.
Nothing doing. Lips sealed. If anything he’s probably even more vocal about saying the rogue nation is always right, and to hell with the rest of the world.
And being this is a dude that calls the Global Times China a “reliable source of information” (it’s about as reliable, or maybe even less than The Sun in the U.K. to say the least and has been designated and rightly so a propaganda outlet in the U.S.) . . .
Oh well. I rest my case. But really, dude.
If you really want to visit the country then quit talking and back up your talk with ACTION.
If you love the country, and you think, like you said all those years ago “The Indian are the ones who really have their shit together!” - - then PROVE it – NOW.
Crickets, I’m sure, but oh well.
Anyway, lest you think I’ve not been on this side of the equation, think again my friend.
Think several times!
Back in 1999 (long time ago, I know, hehe) my gym going roommate once got back from the gym.
And yours truly was lounging about with a beer in hand, lazy as usual (that was me back then! Hehe).
At the age of 19.
“I need to get in shape too”, I began half heartedly before I was cut off by my roomie.
“But you’ll never do it, will you”, he said.
And the excuse I made was so stupid that I wont’ mention it here.
Lets just say it makes what Charles says look like the most logical thing ever.
In fact it was so silly that I didn’t even say it outright, but my roomie KNEW . . .
Anyway . . . !!!
Point of me saying all this?
IS the obvious, for one. If you’re saying you want to do something, then do it, and fitness is the same damn way.
Don’t say you want to lose weight or “really need to lose weight” and then by your actions do the exact OPPOSITE of what you need to be doing.
If you really want that X shape to your body, or V shape to your back, then just DO WHAT needs to be done.
If you want to do pull-ups, then quit making excuses about being a so called big guy. Get your ass in shape and start to DO PULL-UPS!
And so forth.
And . . . before I finish this very lengthy piece off, it would NOT be complete without mentioning a person who is the exact opposite of the person(s) I’ve mentioned above.
A true WINNER in life, and a true FITNESS afficiando.
And I mean that!
Charles Mitchell, a long term customer of mine often tells me he’ll buy a certain book from me.
And without exception, he does it. In fact he’s probably bought the vast majority of my books already!
And he doesn’t just buy the books.
He does what I want MORE people to do i.e. actually DO the exercises, and get back with REAL feedback on them!
Let’s fact it, folks.
Simply buying the book doesn’t “walk the talk”. You have to DO what the books say, or there is no point.
And he does it, and then some!
Truly a man that MEANS what he says, and backs up his talk with REAL ACTION, and I commend you for that Charles! ?
And last, but not least, believe it or not, HE is the one responsible for me finally (after the space of a couple of months) getting my next book off the ground.
Sure, I’ve been busy. Sure, that other biz is eating up time. Yada, nada, schnada.
No excuses tho my friend!
And it was after his second email urging me to DO IT (and he’s RIGHT!) because I’m the real deal, and so forth, that I finally got around to getting some real work done on the book on isometrics.
And being I live in the flow, Animal Kingdom workouts is what came next!
THAT book will be the next one out, and believe it, it will have elements of isometrics and STATIC holds to it - - as well as plyometrics.
Alright, my friend. I’m almost at 2000 words again I see. Lets see how many people jump ship after reading this one, hehe.
P.S. – If you haven’t already, go HERE to pick up the 0 Excuses Fitness System. But remember. ACTIONS count, and if you’re just going to buy the product and do exactly squat all with it, then you might as well NOT invest in it. I only want people that are SERIOUS and COMMITTED To making a change in their life and fitness - - for the BETTER - - to have this, or any of my other products!
P.S #2 – As for Animal Kingdom Workouts, it would be DONE by now, but I’ve been wrestling with a mighty annoying problem all afternoon. My computer froze every time I right clicked on anything, and took forever to start back up. Don’t ask, hehe. More bugs in Win Blows. And I’m damned lucky I’ve got an I.T background or I wouldn’t know what the heck was going on!
(Edit – since this was written BEFORE the book was out - - and it IS out now - - HERE is the link for the book. If you got through all of what I said above, you deserve it! ?).
P.P.S – All seems to be on track now, including workouts, and I got done with a super one today. More on that soon! ?
I wonder what the ole Trumpinator would think of this, hehe.
Probably doesn’t care either way, but hey, he’d probably LIKE this email here - - and NOT for the reasons you might expect! ?
Anyway, I still remember the boobybuilder at the swimming pool, back in 2010 I think it was . . . Maybe 2009. Not sure.
Guy that was big as heck. Had all the puffed up bloated muscles, the massive chest and pelican legs . . . and very little back development to boot.
And of course the beachball biceps and so forth . . . which unfortunately weren’t helping him in the pool.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this dude. I was doing my laps swiftly, and he was watching me, and I still remember him coming up to me and talking to me.
“That’s good, man! You can really swim!”
“I’m getting there”, I grinned back (which is true; I love to swim and can do it pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement!).
And then he told me the entire tale that I’ve detailed on the Shoulders Like Boulders page.
While he didn’t quite drop dead of a heart attack when he lifted his arms up to hang a picture, he almost got there.
Two bypasses before the age of 25 I think it was, or maybe 26. I can’t be “arsed” to look right now, but it’s something like that.
And all the so called strength and twelve pack abs couldn’t get him to ONE continuous SLOW . . . BREADTH of the pool.
He was literally resting for 10 minutes between each slow breadth! And this guy could pound out the weights like nobody’s business apparently before he did the smart thing and flat out quit.
Anyway, my last post on mental tip #2 (on the other site) w.r.t high rep workouts caused a bit of flutter for some people it seemed.
One person posted the following on my WeChat account: (one of the crappiest social media sites out there with some of the worst rogue nation tom tommers out there and . . . ah, but lets not get into that!)
“Maximum weight . . . add oil” was the first comment.
I have to confess I don’t know why he made the “add oil” comment. It’s a comment the Chinese often use in their own language. Translates into something like “come on”, or “keep going” or some such thing in English, and to be honest I don’t much care to delve into the specifics.
Much like I prefer calling an apartment complex an apartment complex as opposed to “garden” which a lot of foreigners seem to prefer calling it.
(The Chinese call apartment complexes “gardens” ; even in their own language. Don’t ask, hehe).
Not much of a China sympathizer am I? Well, that much is apparent from my posts, or should be . . .
And then 2 minutes or 3 later . . .
“Keep adding weight on the bench press for 1 rep with no spotter until you just can’t lift it. See how big your balls get when it’s really life or death”.
Anyway, why should that concern you eh.
Well, actually it should but we’ll get to that later.
My response to this dude was …
“Heavy singles are indeed a good method (if you lift weights). The oldtimers did a lot of that”.
And it’s true. Weightlifting done right is GOOD . . . but NOT the way most people do at the gym.
And if there was ever a more retarded exercise than the bench press out there, Id love to see it.
Perhaps the lat pulldown. . . but we’ll get into that later. I was going to talk about this to the dude, but got a bad vibe at the minute I was going to type out my response, so stopped.
No point talking to those that have already made their minds up eh. ?
For now though, here are some reasons right off the top of my head that I’d take pushups over benching any day (and bodyweight exercise OVER weight lifting, especially the puff and buff nonsense, any day of the week.
Pushups are the #1 strength and conditioning (and weight loss) exercise all in one, my friend. Truly the big dog of all exercises.
Don’t believe pushups require strength?
Lets take the 500 lb bench presser, and see how many handstand pushups he can do, or even GET into the position.
Let me tell you one thing – most CAN’T.
And the reverse isn’t true either.
Its far easier to progress into weight lifting if you’re already good at bodyweight stuff, but it doesn’t quite work that way the other way around.
And that brings me to my second point. Conditioning.
High rep bodyweight exercises, or even a set of 50 pushups done in slow, perfect form have a way of making that heart THUMP like NO other weight lifting exercise (especially not one rep, and then “rest”) will.
They have a way of making you breathe like NO other exercise will (except perhaps hill sprints).
And they build the ENTIRE body, my friend. Including the legs and core.
As for bench pressing . . . legs? Core? I don’t think so, my friend.
And I’m not just referring to pelican legs. I’m referring to the exercise itself (and hence the pelican leg syndrome that is so damned common out there - - and pathetic, really, to say the least).
The legs and core – and back are the TRUE seat of power, my friend and hoicking up a massive (or whatever you can) weight while lying prone on your back aint the way to develop any of those areas.
Especially not the way most guys grunt and groan through poor FORM while doing the bench press, an exercise which along with the deadlift is probably responsible for more shot shoulders than ANY other weight lifting exercise I’ve known.
And as for “life or death”.
There have literally been cases where people have died doing exactly what dude suggested i.e. try max reps with no spotter.
Might sound good in theory, but I doubt anyone approaches these with the goal to go out of the gym in a coffin . . .
And with pushups, the worst that can happen is nasty injury.
Circa my sprained thumb (or dislocated, actually), by far the most painful thing ever to happen to me. I’ve detailed what happened before, but basically it was freezing cold and a rainy day, and I got the urge to do fingertip handstands after a long ass workout, and . . . POP!
That thumb popped BACK in, and BACK OUT. And – OUCH!
I was told to rest it to “recover”. Never did. Kept training all throughout it, WITH the pain, and I really do think that helped me recover faster than if I were to just ice it up and “sit” on it, hehe.
Or, perhaps the busted chin (damn near) that happened when some joker let his dog get too close to me when I was doing my patented WIDE grip handstand pushups . . .
But nothing worse than that, really.
And while all of the above should be more than plenty, there are tons of more reasons, but I’ll do up another post (article, actually is what this damn thing is turning into!) on that later.
For now, lets look at what Herschel Walker had to say about bench pressing, pushups and the core. You know who he is, I’m sure!
"Almost everybody wants to look like a body builder and do 500 pounds on the bench. That sounds good, but all of sudden you've got back problems and all these other problems."
“You get the core ready, you can handle anything else”
As for pushups. His workouts (up till 3500 pushups a day) – should be proof enough!
And ANY serious combat athlete, or strongman would tell you the same thing.
Take Iron Mike Tyson, for instance. Bruce Lee. The Great Gama from India. All of them did a TON of pushups, and did NOT lift weights (and in the case of the Gama, he did, but certainly not bench pressing).
Last, but not least, if all of this ticks you off royally, well, that isn’t really the point of me saying it.
If after reading all this you’d prefer to go back to the benching station and see how many you can pump out with the bros cheering you on, by all means be my guest.
Aint my job to “make the horse drink”, hehe. All I can do is take it to the water . . .
Lifting weights CAN be good – but doing it the way people do in the gym (bench pressing, deadlifting etc) is usually more harmful than good.
As for what sort of “weight lifting” I am referring to that is good - - I’ve spoken tomes about it before on the list, but if you’re new to my list; well, hang on for a while yet - - I’ll do up another piece on that later!
And those are my thoughts on that.
Whew, that was a longer than usual piece. I’m out for now - - back later!
P.S. – Pick up the best damned course there is on pushups right HERE. There truly IS NO BETTER course than this one, my friend, and that is a FACT.
When my daughter was about 3 (I believe, or maybe 4), there was a guy in her class that was repeatedly “harassing” her and a lot of other students (as much as a slightly older 4 year old can harass)
One fine day, I went to pick up my daughter from school.
The two were talking, apparently happily so.
OK . . .
Suddenly, out of the blue, the guy whacked my daughter. Hard.
She looked at me and started crying.
His father was there, and he stared at me, and did nothing. Didn’t even reprimand his child.
I just had to speak up.
“Honey, slap him back”
“What” my daughter wailed.
“Hit him back. Now!” I said sternly. “Papa is right here with you!”
She stepped forward, hit the much bigger guy, and HE started wailing, and his dad took him away.
And that was the end of that. I’ve never heard any complaints from here about him again!
I was bullied a lot in school myself, so when I see something like this happening, especially to my daughter, my hackles rise. And rightly so. Bullies should not and cannot be tolerated!
This sort of bullying when the person grows up leads to OTHER and more serious crimes as an adult.
If you were to look at the histories of most psychopathic killers, you’ll see one thing.
They were either bullies in school, or (in some cases) they GOT bullied repeatedly. Not good either way!
In terms of yours truly and the bullying suffered by me in school, unfortunately I didn’t receive much support at home. If anything, my mother often put me down (when I was trying to get stronger) with statements like “He thinks he’s too strong!” and while that wasn’t her conscious intention to do so (in her mind she was just making a remark which didn’t affect me), the result was the same.
Zero confidence in many regards growing up, not to mention my family has never been the physical sort. Always the “solve it via non-violence” sort, and that’s not a good thing always. IN fact, I can remember a coupla instances where I really got it at home for striking . . . BACK at someone who was badgering up and down and taking him to the cleaners.
I still remember that gorilla grip around his neck, hehe, that caused his Dad to show up at school and complain.
Of course, when I got my eye busted in school did anyone show up to complain?
No way, Jose.
Anyway, enough of that.
In Rocky V, the upstart boxer gorging on Adrian’s sphagetti the first night in Rocky’s place had THIS to say when he saw his kid come back from school with massive bruises on his cheek (from a school bully that punched him, took his jacket and lunch money).
His mom was the pacifist sort.
“I’ll go to school and complain!”
“No, Mom, don’t” replied the kid irritably and I can understand why . . .
And the upstart pipes up.
“Just hit him. Pop him like a balloon, and he’ll go away”.
What do you mean, asks kid.
“Well, when I was growing up my Dad once beat me so hard I could barely walk for two days. And every time I got into the boxing ring thereafter, when I see my opponent in front of me, I see my Dad. Kinda sick, but it works for me!”
(That’s the sum and substance of it, and for the verbatim comment, you may want to check out the movie, hehe).
But the point stands.
Pop the bullies, and hit them where it hurts, and they usually go away in a hurry, never to return.
Other hand, if you take it, and don’t fight back, guess what happens.
You get more of the same.
And as a certain rogue nation continues to act like a rogue with its neighbors, most notably India, this is something the Indian think tank should bear in mind when finally replying to them (which they will - - matter of time now if the rogue actor – well said Pompeo! – isn’t brought to heel soon).
And that’s that for this post, my friend.
In terms of fitness, if you want to get in the sort of SHAPE it would take to whip bullies into submission, go right here to get on the 0 Excuses Fitness System – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
Lots of men think that “it’s the modern day world” and they don’t need to be strong and fit like their ancestors. And if you’re part of that think tank, I think - - and know - - you’re WRONG.
I wrote about 2020 being the year of the survivor, and the way events have transpired until now? You be the judge!
September will truly be a month of reckoning though. Let’s see how it goes!
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Over the past couple of days, I’ve been writing a lot about how my workout routine over the 10 days or so has left me BUSHED.
Shattered (in a good way, hehe).
SPANKED. (that was the word I was looking for at first!).
And as I sit here, typing this to you, I’m trying to debate whether or not to go in for ANOTHER ONE of them workouts.
. . . and I think I’ve decided, for ONCE, to do the SENSIBLE thing and call it quits – for today. Hehe.
Quit while I’m ahead, as it were, and get back at it tomorrow!
And this is the best thing to do, and this is a key, key area of training that a lot of people ignore, but even more EMBRACE – in the wrong way.
All too often, you’ll have morons running for the hills complaining about “being sore” after a workout, and not doing anything for days other than moan and groan about their sore muscles, and how weightlifters need FIVE days of rest a week, and the sixth is eating day, and so forth . . .
(and to these people I have two things to say -a ) I wonder what would happen I put you through a REAL WORKOUT! And b) Get real – and EMBRACE the soreness).
Being sore is part and parcel of it all, my friend.
If you quit at the first sign of soreness, you’ll never get anywhere.
But for the elite few of us that train like madmen - - or “really kill it” - - or so forth, sometimes, it DOES do some good to let your body recover a bit.
As I can barely lift my arms and shoulders a day AFTER a workout of NOT working them directly in ANY WHICH WAY, shape or form, I decided today will be the day I take a break.
I could go for a massage. I could probably do a very gentle walk up the hill. Or so forth.
But I’m not.
Instead, I’m going to put myself in YOUR SHOES as I’ve done so many times before, and realizing that a lot of you don’t have access to the above, I’ll do the following.
A gentle walk around the ‘hood (without a mask, hehe).
A few stretches
A few PATENTED stretches STRAIGHT OUT OF 0 Excuses Fitness.
And perhaps a bit of on the spot running.
I am NOT going to gorge, or give myself a ‘cheat day’ and ruin all the hard work I’ve put in over the past few days.
It will be active rest and recovery, and I have ZERO and less doubt I’ll be CHOMPING at the bit, and raring to go again tomorrow!
And that’s that for now. See if you can find today’s lesson – or a couple, actually – most valuable ones!
P.S. – For more such training related gems, and STORIES (real life!) pick up your copy of the 0 Excuses Fitness System now, my friend. It truly is MORE than just the BEST exercise system on the planet. It’s a way OF LIFE!