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I have been guilty of not doing the second, but then again, like the great Napoleon Hill said, there is a positive to everything. Hehe.
(and as I've always felt instinctively all my life!).
Back when I was young, I remember a conversation my father and I once had about the now patented Rahul Mookerjee SQUAT.
Mentioned in the first book on isometrics.
It was a position my wife "punished" my daughter with yesterday - for being out of line. (big time).
"Thats a great exer.. uh, punishment", I muttered as I walked past, trying to keep a straight face. It is! She hardly ever does it, of course - both my daughter in terms of the exercise except when it's squatting challenge with Papa and her mom - "punishing her".
As she moaned, groaned and sat in a position which if you make it fun she can sit in for much longer than she ultimately did, I remember the excruciating punishments we got when we were young!
A lot of those punishments could well make it to the third book on isometrics - and they probably will at some stage, along with some special isometrics I'm doing NOW.
But back to Dad, he was once complaining about his back hurting .
It was a common lament, especially after climbing a hill - a short one - once.
"Never again", he'd vow. Hehe.
But in reference to that position, apparently he sat in it for a while - not the full position - but the partial position - and his back hurt.
I remember asking him why.
"Well, you sit in that position", he replied. "Your back will hurt too".
At that age, I couldn't get into that position, neither could I when my wife made me do it in 2009 - "phat phocker".
Now, I could spend the whole day in it - easily.
But this comment, along with a few others ...
"Lifting pink dumbbells on each hand to "build muscle"" or whatever was told to me.
Not lifting weights if you're not wearing underwear or you'll get "hernia".
And other such gems I got while growing up, along with the "he thinks he's soooo strong" taunt that was common - its' no wonder my fitness journey never really took off despite my very best efforts until the age of 25, when Ann Lee, with that reproachful look in her eye literally kicked my RUMPUS into high gear.
'nuff said on that admirable lady!
Anyway, today my back was "stiff" .
Lots of squats last night, that 100 squat workout turned into 300, with 200 I did in the AM, that was 500 for the day.
So today, 50 squats, 10 pull-ups, some advanced isometrics in, I wasn't really loose.
So I got in the squat.
Felt my entire spine REALIGN.
Slowly, I felt the energy SURGE through my entire body.
And then I got up, started writing this to you.
Ditto for the back bridge I explain so often in 0 Excuses Fitness, and the book on "truly the best darn exercise out there", an exercise which makes most men way past their prime "prime" feel better than anything else they have EVER - I repeat EVER - done in their lives.
Dont believe me - I understand.
Words are cheap eh.
Take a look at the testimonials page before you diss, tho ...
And these back bends are usually thought of as DANGEROUS by not just lay men but most so called "docs" out there.
The same docs who prescribe meaningless meds and repeated hospital visits and pester/trick most women into having C sections when they dont really need one, and more ...
The almighty dollar, eh.
Nothing is sacred.
People dont like me saying it.
But can anyone say it ain't true?
Long story short - save the chiro fees, and work on the isometrics, my friend.
You'll do yourself a favor - big time.
Thank me later, or not - I dont mind!
"Tis my job to bring you the best - for the best - you.
And thats what I do daily.
PS - The third book on isometrics is writing itself as we speak, meanwhile, remember, same thing for knee pain and other ailments - IGNORE what most people tell you (and especially fitness wise too).
In Pull-ups - from STUD to SUPER STUD - within weeks! - I give you several exercises that will take you a long, long time to work up to; let alone start to get good at.
These exercises much like the "swami pull-up" - which is unlike any other you've seen out there, anywhere (much like most of my stuff, if not all) - might seem nigh undoable at the start - but they're not.
Proof is in the pudding, me doing them, so can YOU. Eventually.
In Battletank Shoulders, while the exercises themselves are a bit easier (though not "easy" per se), the workouts might seem almost undoable, or as Charles Mitchell a long time customer once famously said "I can't see how anyone doing these workouts isn't at least 70% Gorilla!".
He's right, and it sparked the next progression in the series - "Profound 70% GORILLA 30% Human handstands".
All this might seem tough.
But there's far more tough stuff out there - including, but not limited to muscle ups (people ask me all the time about these) - - advanced gymnastic movements (that make the muscle up look easy peasy) - one legged and one armed workouts - and more.
But for the most part, although I can do one legged pushups, squats, and pull-ups, for instane, do you see me tom tomming my ability to do them?
For instance, while writing this post, I just dropped down and did 8 one arm pushups on one hand, then the other - something I haven't done since last year, I believe.
Much like what I did yesterday, hehe - "Professor Rahul", as some saw on Instagram was forced to shave off that infamous stubble "bad man stubble" as some call it, hehe - because my electric razor gave up in the middle of shaving, and of course, we all know what happens when one side of your face is shaven, the other not even started on. LOL.
So, I had no choice but to shave fully - which was something I believe my face last saw a razor sometime around Chinese New year 2019. Hehe.
Maybe the hair will go too someday!
Anyway - point is this.
Neither do I do these extreme exercises all the time - my workhorses are what I tell YOU to do.
One arm pushups and squats may look great, the reality though is this - very few people can even do 'em - or do 'em in reps high enough for it to really make a difference, and you focus SO much on form in these that the workout part gets neglected.
Second, they're not exactly the most "natural of things" - for the most part, you use your WHOLE body to move, not just one arm or one limb, right?
That don't mean they're not tough, that they dont build strength, stamina and endurance.
In Squat 101, you will see the one legged squat.
But, it won't take up much of the book either. It'll BE there, but the other versions of the squat on two legs will take priority and precedence.
Point also is this, I might be able to do 'em but for you, you might be at a level where you can only barely even do a pushup, for instance.
Or getting through 50 squats might be a challenge.
If you're at that level, or even intermediate, the last thing you need is a coach or teacher primping and preening, showing off his "muscles or ability or both" to do extreme stuff ...
What you need even when you're an expert and advanced - is to keep focusing on the basics, my friend.
Those basics are what I stick by still, what YOU need to stick by as well the rest of your life. The advanced stuff is great, but most of it is good as a TEST - not a regular workout, but to see the results of your hard work.
You'll understand this the day you knock off your first one arm pushup after months of 150/day ...
And so forth.
Anyway, thats why (and yes, muscle-ups, advanced bridging, gymnastics, plyometrics, all very much still in the works).
Lots to do, my friend.
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A question ALL of you (me too) have thought about, no doubt.
In 0 Excuses Fitness, and indeed with all my bodyweight writing, I often tout one of the benefits of my type of exercise programs as being "there is no need for lengthy warmups".
Indeed, there isn't - especially when you compare it to warm ups you DO need before lifting gigantic weights in sets and reps.
Think about it, if you're just out of bed, you bend down and stand back up - or you do the same thing, lift up a huge barbell, and stand back up.
Point and case, or the other way around, #2 is an open invitation to injury and worse.
I'm not quite at my wife's level who claims "dont lift anything at all for a while after you wake up".
But the point - with exercise routines like pushup based programs, or squats - you just "do it".
You don't necessarily need long warm ups, or warm ups at all.
Yet, despite that being the truth "aint that the truth" (as one person recently emailed me about pull-ups) - the reality is far more complex.
Matt Furey for one, wrote in Combat Conditioning that "I dont need a warm up at all" for these exercises.
Talk to him today, he'll tell you all about warmups ...
And that was likely the case back when he wrote the book too.
Personally, for me?
I dont warm up with special exercises, or at all. With my hill climbs, I just walk up the hill to warm up!
But slowly, while I stretch out, getting the blood flowing, and with regular bodyweight stuff indoors?
It can be tough to jump straight into 500 squats without straining something, what I do is the exercise - except in lesser reps.
For instance, I might do 10 squats, then I might jump around a little, then I might (and do) do isometrics.
I've found isometrics the best way to warm up - not necessarily stretch before a workout, but some of the "get loose" movements included in Isometric and Flexibility Training - especially the "bird" movements - and some of the "leg lifts" included in "Advanced, Profound Isometric and Flexibility Training" - THESE give me the best warmup and only warm up I ever need if I do at all.
Pull-ups, I'll warm up with dead hangs, an exercise unto it's own.
Pushups, I'll do the isometric pose - or a few easy reps before "getting into it".
And so forth.
Thats what I do, my friend.
It's likely what most people do as well, although you'll see you need less and less of a warmup as you start to really "get into" all this...
Thats it for me for this one. Movement, as always is key, and is the best warmup ...
Back soon - be sure to grab your copy of the "sizzling hot" 0 Excuses Fitness System
PS - Here is what someone wrote back on the now "defunct" Linkedin Account.
"Wow, hairy chest, so sexy!"
I can't guarantee it'll make hair grow on your chest.
(I dont know if that was Glyn in one of his "sissy"as he likes to call it avatars) ..
But these exercises will make men out of boys, that I do guarantee!
I filed this one under diet and hydration, but if two categories were allowed, I'd choose exercise too.
Yes, this morning when I woke up - and indeed until half an hour or so later, my calves were buckling in a strange sort of manner - as if "they had no strength left".
This happens to me sometimes, especially after I wake up in the night with intense cramps (which did not happen last night) ..
I've written about that before here - https://0excusesfitness.com/2018/04/16/i-could-barely-walk-last-night - and here - Thigh cramps in the middle of the night (rahulmookerjee.com) ...
That didnt quite happen last night, it's my calves that cramp sometimes these days, and the reason for what happened today?
Well, it was manifold, part of the reason was I was a bit dehydrated.
The 4 or so liters of water I drank down "while sleeping" last night didnt do the trick, another 2liters in the morning (which I do every morning) seems to have helped, but it was a diet (for me, yesterday) which I don't generally do - a lot of bread for one (I rarely, if ever eat bread of any nature, even brown bread and such) - and a few other things I rarely eat which seem to have dehydrated me.
But more than that, it's the intense squatting I've been doing, I believe, ever since Jan 10 or so this year, with NO let up.
Not when I'm tired, not when I'm drunk or afterwards, not if I'm not feeling well (I've done them with fever too, leading to a lot of ridicule from friends when I said "my workouts banished the virus from my system") - and so forth.
Every single day.
True, I didnt hit 500 ALL days.
True, I didnt do 600 in a row ALL days - or 750.
True, EVERY squatting session to me feels different. Bodyweight exercises, you never master them, my friend - period - and the masters will be the first to tell you that there is always something new you keep learning.
Or, back when I climbed hills after a break - I'd wake up in the night with intense calf cramps.
But this morning was different.
Normally, I'd just walk it off.
This morning, I could barely walk when I woke up - and this persisted for a good half an hour or so, leading to the "I'm tired, I DEFINITELY need a break today" feeling (a lot of you will know what I mean here!).
It would have been easy to sink down into a chair and do nothing at all.
Hell, I've got plenty of books on the back burner for one ... (for both businesses).
Plenty of work to take care of ...
But what did I do?
Well, I slapped my legs for one - and did a special workout for the calves and shin straight out of Isometric and Flexibility Training, which took like less than a minute.
Thats the great thing about isometrics.
You use them to build strength, to recover between sets, to recover post workouts, to stretch, to strengthen, to do just about anything!! (fitness wise).
They're so VERSATILE.
You can do them for a few seconds. Or a minute. Or, more than an hour if you so choose, and all of these benefit you - differently. But benefit they do!
Then, I did the unthinkable.
I got down, and hammered out 25 squats which felt far tougher than they should.
Sitting here NOW?
My legs, calves, all of it feel on TOP of the world.
I'm sure I'll have another great workout today!
Moral of the story is this, your body is capable of far more than you think it is (consciously).
Moral also is, when you're feeling like it's time to take a day off - chances are excellent and second to none you need to do SOMETHING.
Mark my words, if you REALLY need a day off, you'll know it.
In most cases, doing a bit of something will lead to feeling much better, and you do a lot more ...
And, get another workout in in the books!
So thats the lesson for this one.
PS - Lots of you have expressed interest in the 0 Excuses Fitness System; easily the best and most comprehensive of bodyweight fitness programs out there. As people have said "the best book ever, there is nothing that comes even close". And the videos too.
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And, Google loves THIS review from Murli in India the best -
This is an amazing book on fitness that has the right combination of intensity and intelligence. These aren’t soul crushing workouts or weight training, but they certainly aren’t a walk in the park either. The word that could best describe these workouts is SMART. It helps you play with your bodyweight and get yourself super fit.
Amen, my friend. Amen.
I was out and about today for some work (well, not necessarily of my own choosing, but work regardless).
And this entailed meeting a few people.
As I was walking from place A to place B with one person, he introduced me to the second - and then spoke to the second.
"You're getting a bit soft", he laughed, patting "#2" around the waist etc (Which he wasn't fat, perhaps somewhat out of shape, not a lot).
Guy rolled up his sleeves.
Huge arms, tattooed on the bicep.
Showing off "large shoulders" - except the kind of shoulders that look large from the front, but nothing "to back it up".
i.e all chest and arms, very little back, certainly no legs...
I made small talk.
"Ah, so you're into fitness", I noted. "Nice arms!"
And that broke the ice.
"You go to the gym" I noted - while "#1" broke in with "but he's soft inside!" (again, he might have been a bit soft, I Dont know, certainly not near as out of shape as some people I've seen, or a lot!).
"You look like you do a lot of running!" he promptly responded, looking at my legs and "in general".
I laughed, as I jogged up a flight of stairs.
"Never", I said.
But it's interesting, and more testament to the power of SQUATS my friend - daily squats.
Not only do they burn fat off your body and improve your overall health and well being at the rate of warp - not only do they give you solid core and back (and leg) strength - unbeatable stamina - and all the rest - - they also make you LOOK athletic.
Especially, and I believe this is one reason dude said what he did - if you combine with ISOMETRICS.
One of the stretches in the advanced book on isometrics - I'm working upon it daily, and every day I get looser, more limber, flexible - and my legs just "look" different.
Loose around the groin, the kind of legs that can do snap kicks without even thinking about it.
Not the "massive striated" thighs that can barely climb a flight of stairs without collapsing - let alone kick and such.
Lean, muscular, stamina - that is the picture these legs project.
That is the picture YOU should project.
"I do mostly bodyweight" I told him. "Pushups, pull-ups and the rest" ...
I didnt specifically mention squats, maybe I did.
But there it is, my friend. Squats - be it bodyweight or Hindu - or otherwise - are an INDISPENSBALE part of your DAILY fitness routine - the capitalized words have been capitalized for a good reason.
I dont care what else you do, how "fit" you are or not.
If you ain't squatting, and squatting a lot and regularly, you ain't really into fitness...
And that, friend is that.
PS - Learn all about squats, one whole video dedicated to just squats in the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
A lot of "gurus" - fitness included are guilty of not doing just that in my opinion.
A lot of so called "life gurus" or motivational so called experts as well ...
Let me ask you, the majority of these motivational speakers out there for one - how often do they focus on the NEGATIVE part of things, which to be honest makes up the majority of anyone's journey to achieving anything noteworthy?
How often do you hear "think and you'll attract" (dont get me wrong, it's true, but...) - while these people paper over the bad, often long periods of bad - in their own lives?
Maybe that is their version of marketing i.e. "saying what people want to hear".
To me, I'm one of the best marketers out there - in my not so humble opinion, hehe - but me aside, to me, it's about keeping it real. THAT markets better for you than any number of snazzy campaigns, ads, airy fairy tales etc could...
To me, it's about doing what David Goggins , pull-up stud - once said.
"It's about putting your entire life, no matter how fucked up it is, on a BILLBoard out there on the busiest highway out there!"
Fitness wise, I see so many gurus - so called gurus - putting out pictures of themselves that were taken when they were doing the exact opposite of what they advocate, for one.
For instance, training with weights when they advocate bodyweight ..
Or, following super strict diets - but claiming later "diets aren't the most important thing" ...
I dont know, to me?
When I wrote Fast and Furious Ffitness in 2012, I showed myself off in the shape I was back then - certainly not the lean and mean me you see in 0 Excuses Fitness, and thats why there is a difference albeit slight in the two books, as I told you what I did then.
I still did pull-ups, handstands etc ... but the two books are different, crack them both open, you'll see what I mean.
When I wrote Eat More - Weigh Less, I had the shittiest diet ever, drank tons of beer - and still lost weight like a mo.fo on steroids - natural as ever - and I've included proof on the sales page.
When I wrote Pull-ups - from STUD to SUPER STUD - within WEEKS! - you see me doing each of the exercisesI advocate.
In my videos, my writings, everything, I've always belived the real you will shine out no matter how much you try to hide it - or not.
I never do. Hehe.
Because to me, keeping it real is what its about.
You're not always going to have the best days - or best workouts.
You're not always going to pop off 500 squats at one go, even if you have done 1000 of them at one go in the past.
You're not always going to be "feeling like doing it".
Key is lighting a fire under your arse though,and showing up daily, and doing the very best you can.
Applies to life, fitness, emails, anything you do.
Do so for a year starting today, and I'll guarantee you - that looking back, in hindsight, once the year's over - you'll see yourself getting to results you previously thought completely "ungettable".
In the trenches advice that almost no-one gives, but I'm giving it to you straight.
The great Bruce Lee once made a comment about MASTERY, my friend - and practice, daily practice, loads of it, which ties into mastery.
"I fear not the man who does 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who does ONE kick 10,000 times".
Now, what did Lee mean by this.
The answer should be obvious if you're reading between the lines i.e he was referring to "mastering a skill".
Along with that, what remains unsaid is this - ONCE you master something (although Lee would be the first to tell you never really, despite how much you might think you know about something or some skill - master anything - you keep learning your whole life!) - you cannot just sit easy and "rest on your laurels".
"Success is a fickle bird, if you pause to rest on your laurels, it flies away to go to another - plenty more waiting to take your place!"
I keep having to remind my daughter of this, whose English is admittedly far better than her peers - but she's falling behind when it comes to the REAL deal, pretty much because COMPLACENCE sometimes takes over.
We constantly get her to read new books - more advanced words - and new phrases, figures of speech etc - that she may or may not have in her current environment, but she NEEDS.
Thats how I did it - albeit on my lonesome when I was young.
And thats how she must too (in all regards).
Everyone has to.
Back to Lee - the man who is a legend bar none, and in terms of fitness, a true fitness freak - and fit like no'one's business.
A man who could ..
According to the available data, Bruce Lee could do around 1500 push ups with both hands in one go, 400 on one hand, 200 on two fingers and 100 on one thumb.
Now, thats some going, I'd say.
And if Bruce Lee was a huge, huge proponent of the Hindu pushups and fingertip pushups that I myself cannot rate highly enough - that the Great Gama of India swore by - then there must be something to them, no?
A man like Lee, I dont know about you, but I'd stop and listen - very hard - to what he says about training.
Even if you're not a martial artist, even if you dont fight for a living, even if you all you want is to get into decent shape - Bruce Lee is a role model for almost anyone given the right situation.
And pushups, my friend, along with jumping rope and some other movements in the 0 Excues Fitness System - or all, actually - formed the bedrock of Lee's system.
Take to heart what I say about MASTERY in that book; I dedicate an entire chapter to it.
Take to heart also, the exercises I teach you in both Jump Rope Mania! - and Pushup Central - because they (and the workouts in them) are modeled on what the GREATS did, and what the greats of today do.
And if you're looking to get in great shape, you simply must get both those courses too - period. They make for an unbeatable combination, my friend.
Get them now, and join the pantheon of the superhumans and greats TODAY.
PS - That little thingI keep telling ya about doing something everyday - I'd say Bruce Lee agreed, and then some!
Saw the following gem of a so called review by a (you got it, Price shopper) on no less than Amazon -
(for Shoulders like BOULDERS!)
(it was absolutely hilarious, and I'll address it soon, but first, here is the rant) -
His name "Amazon Customer" - which given he never BOUGHT the book to begin with (I believe he looked at the picture on the front cover, and got pissed off, and perhaps the free preview). . . seems suspicious. Bozo, anyone. Hehe.
Here is the review:
This is asinine. Everything this "author" has belched into this book can be learned for free on the internet. Research Logan Christopher, Paul Wade, and Beast Skills. Do not, under any circumstances, pay this charlatan $80 for information that can be found at no cost on YouTube.
This guy sounds suspiciously like one of the Bozo's friends, I must say!
And obviously, the last line - as it is with these idiotic price shoppers - ever notice ALL The price shoppers "end" their silly rants with price?
Shoulders like BOULDERS! attracts a ton of these wackjobs and morons.
Anyway, the "learn for free" part.
First, if it could be learned for free, well, I'm sure the guy could learn it for free, except he was too lazy to put it together himself, and someone else did (though it certainly ain't free info - nigh NO-ONE teaches the handstand pushup the way I do in the book - not even the people he mentions) ... and he got pissed off about it.
Second, the price ... yawn. We've covered that enough times.
Third, Joo Tube, well, by all means, if this guy wants to learn from there - obviously it wasn't working for him?
Really, and I've grown sick of saying this, whether or not you can find the info for free elsewhere hardly matters, does it?
What matters is that someone has put it together into book format for you ... someone has put together a FAQ on the exercise for you (which this jackass never mentioned), someone has put together years of experience, and "read between the lines" in a book like this ...
Again, I suspect it's the picture on the front cover that ticked him off. Hehe.
So be it.
It wil remain as is, where IS!
But really - "charlatan" ?
This guy never mentioned, of course, what I keep asking such people - how many handstand pushups he can do, or IF he can even do one.
Clearly he hasn't read Battletank shoulders, which is basically Volume #2 in this series - - those workouts would put many a grown man - used to physcial training - to SHAME - and clearly he hasn't gotten the memo about doing > 100 handstand pushups daily (yours truly).
But I get it, I'm a charlatan.
Climbing hills more than six times a day, doing the above workouts - doing Advanced Hill Training - going for long swims - all sounds like stuff a charlatan would do.
Glyn Bozo and his pals may fit the charlatan category - or scammer
Yours truly - if there ever was ONE person that is the exact opposite of that category - it is me - and enough said on that one already.
Now, last, but not least Paul Wade - i.e. Convict Conditioning?
I've read the book, I've no idea if he's actually a convct - I liked the book by Charlie Bronson much better - but Wade's put together a decent book, but I felt he spends WAY too much time and "pages" on the simplest of things.
I dont know, that - along with the "lights out!" and other theatrics aren't present in my books (dont get me wrong, I'm sure there is a reason Convict Conditioning has those) - and they never will be.
I would rather go barebones and do it my way - and give it to you my way because that is what WORKS.
I haven't seen Paul Wade teach anything spectacular in the book either - any of you have? If so, let me know!
And Chris Logan?
He's great at handstand pushups, yes.
Ive read his manual, but again, nothing that struck me as "so out of the ordinary" ...
Of course, both of THEIR books are priced a lot lower.
And given this jackass never BOUGHT the book to begin with - well - there it is.
I suspect it's either Glyn Bozo or Charles, or someone of that ilk (probably not Charles, hehe, but perhaps a friend of the Bozo's, much like the "Keith" guy who popped up briefly in the middle for the same book).
Ya'll have any thoughts on this, write back, let me know - and NO, the review will not be taken down. At least I hope it isnt even though it's clearly a trolly review.
Some monuments to idiocy must stand.
And on that note, I'm out.
Get this book - truly one of the best out there for building SHOULDERS - like the proverbial BOULDERS!
PS - His review subject was "Do not buy this book" along with the one star rating. Geez, about as useful as the rest of his so called review.. hehe.
Let's time this one! I dont know why, but I gotta time it for some reason ...
It's 6 minutes to the "half hour" "write now" Hehe.
Anyway, the breaststroke and me have a long history, as do breasts themselves.
I've spoken galore about how to cure man boobs - some of the exercises in Corrugated Core are TAILORED TOWARDS THAT!
It's a huge problem a lot of men face - lets face it.
And it solves other issues too i.e bloated stomaches, bulging bellies, expanding asses - and more.
when it comes to females though, I've never been much of a breast man - to an extent.
I love them sometimes, but I'm mostly a leg man. Hehe.
I dont know why ...
Yes, derrieres too (Bozo did your ears perk up? Hehe) ...
But anyway, that aside, I'll always remember what someone said about me doing breaststroke at a hotel (somewhat) pool I was using when I took my wife out for a weekend getaway in "Badhkal Lake" in India (the Northern part) in 2007 ...
That trip was the first of many we went on together!
(mostly to the Himalayas, different parts of the hills). ...
But I still remember everyone telling us NOT to go on the trip, my parents complaining about so called honor killings and so forth (I mean come on, yes, that was a bit of a risk, but nowhere near what they made it out to be - and plus - LIVE LIFE, dont RUN SCARED! - but of course, thats not what my parents thought, hehe "apparently it's good for those Westerners" "but not in India" - I mean jeez, even the Chinese are open enough about it, so as their favorite not President Biden says ... COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
... My wife, of course never TOLD her parents.
Perhaps I shouldn't have either.
Anyway, he was ...
(its 8 minutes so far. I was interrupted for 3 of those, I'd say!)
So, 5 ... clock's on again!
But anyway, thoughts back to what I was doing ...
That trip was pretty cool. It was a bit of a hilly area, but we never got to see any hills - basically it was "time spent together" - lots of drinking, eating, petting the stray dog who showed up every night to eat the "leftover chicken bones and curry" - he'd literaly lick it up and the bowl used to be so spotless we wondered if we should even give to the hotel guys for cleaning and what not!
Reminds of the two dogs in the hotel I so liked in Nainital in UP in India growing up (that was well and truly the Himalayas, of course).
They'd follow me and my younger cousin around all over the place, and my sister would ask why these dogs loved these two so much.
Dogs love dogs, hehe.
But dog eat dog world aside, my Uncle had it spot on.
"No, it wasn't the biscuits you guys keep feeding them", he said to no-one in general.
"it's all the LOVE you give them!"
He was right.
I love that guy!
Not many others did though, hehe. But he passed happily in 2013, oddly enough, as I went to China yet again ...
Smoked, drank, made merry his whole life - and I often meet him in my dreams!
This stream of consciousness is both longer and slower than I thought! Hehe.
But anyway, there was a phat phock instructor there near the pool I was swimmign in, and he started to offer me advice - though to his credit, once I was DONE swimming.
Apparently my toes while doing breaststroke were splayed out wrong or something, but the guy himself was so fat, I just wondered, this guy giving me advice???!
Of course, swimming is one of those things you can do when fat too - I've seen former swimming champs do the butterfly for one pretty well even with a huge belly (for one lap, hehe).
I still remember a lady telling me in 2009.
"you do it so well!"
(Butterfly - which I taught myself how to do).
Breaststroke, well, I was taught the "head above" version - the least ergonomic way of doing it, but boy does it build the shoulders, chest and traps!
But it's not what I'd recommend you to do - or learn - except for SURVIVAL.
In a pool, you're far better off doing regular breaststroke in a streamlined position - looking at the bottom of the pool, not "ahead" - but of course, in a choppy ocean it comes in handy!
Believe me and this comes from yours truly "ironman" (there is a reason I've been called that!) - swimming in the OPEN OCEAN is way different from a pool, or even calm river, lake, whatever.
You'll FEEL how - once you DO IT!
But that aside, I believe I mentioned Bozos in the email title?
I dont know why I did that - that instructor maybe was acting like a bit of a Bozo.
But also because of this great (not) review (so called) that Bozo Schofield once handed out in his Bozo like style on the great book on pull-ups I wrote (advanced pull-ups - Bozo has as much chance of knocking ONE of those out as he has of farting and landing on the moon)
Terrible trash for Tom Tom's!
The author claims to share how he can be a stud, I thought I would try it. My days would start at 3am with me walking 20 miles a day, and doing 25 laps of the swimming pool at the complex. The rest of the time, I was doing volunteer work or working with the local authorities. I was just a typical Tom Tom! I wanted to be a stud like Rahul who has no friends or sex life. Sure enough, the book was utterly drivel. I asked for my money back but Rahul launched into a campaign of threats. He is obviously a loner and we hope he will get help.
Ive debunked this rubbish so many times that I won't do so again ...
(do a Google, you'll find it. Hehe).
But it's interesting, even when copying the part about swimming recollections from the great book on fitness recollections I wrote, he lowered the number from I believe 50 to 25. Hehe.
Some things, even the Bozo has his limits.
I still remember though, I'd keep going way beyon 50 in that pool in the Southern US ...
Anyway, it be a day for flashbacks today?
I dont know.
Here endeth this 1063 (at the moment) word "rant".
Took around 17 minutes all in all, being I was interrupted for 3 or so, 14...
Not bad, I'd say!
My daughter often repeats the following to me (it's been going on for years).
"Dad, I told my friends you climbed in Category 3 hurricanes!"
Which is true, of course.
Living where I did, hurricanes, typhoons - whatever you call 'em - as much a part of daily life in Southern China as in the Southern US!
Believe me, I've seen monsters in China - and in the US.
But most of the time, they were hyped up by the media - at least in China, where even a few drops of rain is enough apparently to send locals scurrying for cover.
Which is wierd...
In the US, at the age of 17, I remember this prime "lovely" advice given to me when yours truly used to get soaked to the bone, and didnt care.
"This is not India!"
"If you fall sick here, no-one will take care of you, and look at these people! "
Then this grade A idiot would gesture around him.
"Thats why they protect themselves" ! (he'd show me a bunch of Tom tOms with umbrellas).
Phock. Fooey. I'd rather General Michael who once told me "Real men dont carry umbrellas!"
I dont like umbrellas.
I like rain even less.
But in a pinch, I've been known to choose the latter!
Anyway, this idiot didnt bother to mention that no one would have taken care of me "in India" necessarily either.
this idiot also didnt know China, years later, where it's the same so called "take care of family" culture (it ain't - hint - China is by far the most materialistic even in that regard, materialism truly taken to GIDDY LIMITS!) ,,,, well, that ain't exactly why they scatter when a few drops of rain hits them!
Back to hurricanes, hehe.
I guess the Chinese to an extent are right about their warnings, especially in the area where I climb.
I dont know if I mentioned this in 16 INspirational Fitness Recollections, but I remember a tree falling next to me - right NEAR ME - as I climbed up, the tree fell where I was a second ago!
So it can be dangerous.
But it's also exhilirating!
And being able to stick to those workouts no matter what - it gives you a feeling of INVINCIBILITY - that you can handle damn near anything and everything!
Kinda like in the Special Forces where they toughen you up to that level.
Anyway, daughter continued.
"Their jaws always drop!"
Which I can believe.
Most adults, and even kids these days - making the nigh tortorous trip from "bedroom -> el commode" before the "geyser bursts" is too much to do.
Let alone climb hills.
If they by chance climb a hill - you tell them to do it again the next day?
Like my Dad once famously said after a tough climb.
Was hilarious, the sense of finality in his voice, hehe.
But anyway ......................
Good thing for you, my friend, and I know this - you ain't necessarly interested in doing anything like that.
Neither do you have to be!
I simply started out to get in shape.
And along the line, what took place was truly beyond mind boggling and astounding.
You too, can get started on this road now if you so choose.
Start by investing right HERE.