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If you do a Google on the legendary Matt Furey (to me he's a legend, anyway, if just for his marketing and "Combat Conditioning" book, and several of his other training methods) ... you'll find a lot of criticism on him.
Mostly about how he markets - from Bozos that are jealous of his bestselling status (the book above was one of them).
And about his condition.
Matt was a weightlifter back in the day, and one of the pictures on his website shows him lean, mean, ripped and shredded to bits.
I've no idea how functionally fit he was back then, going by the picture - NOT AT ALL compared to what he is now.
A lot of folks mistake him for "soft" now.
Truth be told, the man's aged yes, but he's still kicking butt though (at least in my opinion).
And tons of people make the following comments about him.
"Ever since he stopped lifting weights, you've never seen him shirtless".
ie. they claim his bodyweight routine didnt work.
Now, I dont know about Matt - he could answer why himself.
But personally, me, I've often been asked that - back in the day especially.
The 0 Excuses Fitness videos were taken in a vest, but thats as far as I was willing to go.
Cindy did take pictures of me "Stripped to the waist", and I put them on the cover of 0 Excuses Fitness - initially.
(And one of them is still floating about on Instagram!).
But, I dont know.
It felt unnatural to me ...
It felt like I was "showing off".
I'd rather display my phat phocker status more as it MOTIVATES and INSPIRES if you are a DOER.
And - so - especially after I got the snarky "you can do what you are in China, being a porn star!" comment from the wife - and others "you're an Indian pornstar!" - I removed the picture ...
(but mostly because it felt unnatural to ME).
I dont know, I just prefer filming myself with a T shirt on, or more, or vest, but nothing less than that.
I believe your shape shows - regardless of what clothing you might try to flaunt it in - or hide it in.
Strong legs, a strong NECK, forearms, traps, all these things just SHOW regardless.
And the reverse too.
Now, interesting bit?
I've often TRAINED shirtless - in public.
But it was on the hill, either in the blazing hot afternoons "I dont see how you do it!" - or rainy, cold weather (I know, hehe) ... or when people weren't around.
Or, during the times I mentioned in 16 Inspirational FItness Recollections during those tropical thunderstorms when it would soak you to the bone one minute, next minute you'd be sweating - literally.
I'd be drippng sweat,quite literally.
"THIS is hill climbing", as Kathy, a student I was training at the time once remarked.
So I'd often do shirtless then.
In the past, I've written about a secret "core cooling" technique - even when you're in top shape (especially then) it works.
Its called lifting your shirt up to your midsection, and going like that.
Looks goofy, I know.
But it WORKS.
So I've often done that outdoors, yes.
But pictures wise, I dont know ...
I'd rather do natural.
I always will!
And I'm out.
PS - PIck up 0 Excuses Fitness HERE.
PS #2 - And Ive gone shirtless on beaches during my phat phocker days as well. Hehe.
Some of you will guess what this email is about, especially you Corrugated Core fans - where I cover the mountain climber in great detail.
Thats another course I need to put a video out for, by the way!
But for the rest of you, it ain't climbing actual mountains at home I'm referring to.
You COULD climb stairs repeatedly, especially if you live in a skyscraper or 20 plus storey building, and get a great workout in while you're at it.
But, the mountain climber I'm referring to doesn't require you to climb anything - or anywhere - except perhap get rid of the mountain of FAT a lot of people have on their belly and core!
It's easy enough to do in theory - in THEORY being the operative word here!
Basically, you get in a plank position, then bring one leg up beneath your chest, then retract - then go with the other leg.
You go as quick as you can, for me, that means two "ups" per second or faster.
And you go for at least ... well, as long as you can go, but most people, even seasoned fitness fanatics will be out of breath and ready for a rest post a minute or so continously of this (much like with the bear crawl in Animal Kingdom Workouts - another great, great fat torching and core movement).
But back to the mountain climber - clients of mine have used this ONE exercise - in conjunction with some exercises in Corrugated Core - and leaned out amazingly fast, my friend.
Think "six pack" within a month - from "flab - o - central" 30 days ago.
This exercise, quite literally works the cardio system BIG TIME.
It's variants can be classifed as advanced plyometrics - and that will be there in the book (advanced plyometrics).
Not only this, if you're having trouble doing pushups etc, well, this position will get you ready for the plank and/or pushups since you're IN the same position anyway while doing 'em - except it's more of a core / fat burning movement you're doing.
There have been people that have reported dropped > 10 kg within a couple of WEEKS of doing this exercise - and nothing more - and no actual climbing.
Just imagine how much more they'd shed if they combined it with walking, climbing actual hills outdoors, pull-ups, etc ...
Why do I bring this up - well, just another way YOU can shed fat this winter, my friend - while you're all covered up in clothes.
You might think SUMMER is really when you need to show off the abs, but truth is, unless you prepare for that in winter, you'll never have 'em to show off (if that is your thing) during the summer.
At least that is my take on it, contrarian as ever!
In Corrugated Core, virtually ALL the exercises I give you can be a workout unto themselves.
And you can weave a very creative workout indeed with a lot of those exercises - which daily won't take more than 10-12 minutes tops if you do it right.
You could also go multiple times if you so choose per day, and not tire yourself out with meaningless, mind less pavement pounding ...
Corrugated Core, my friend, is truly a book for the ages.
Truly a book to build functional abs, HARDCORE ab training as one of the reviewers said, as opposed to fancy shmancy beach boy look.
(much like with all my other books).
And in the festive season, with all the feasting going on, I think there is no better book for you to get - and benefit from - along with Eat More- Weigh Less, of course.
As the “boom boom boom” PULSATING music fades out after my nth watch of the Bourne Supremacy, I just gotta write to you about something!
And that something is something everyone wants.
Looking young, and more importantly, at least for me or those who GET IT – FEELING young!
The latter usually goes with the former, but the former in exclusion of the latter? Rarely ever, and if so, it don’t last.
Now, I’ve always been told I look a good 10 or 15 years younger than my actual age, and for whatever reason this seems to be more the case as I “get up there in terms of numbers”.
And it ain’t just what I’ve been told.
It’s what I feel.
I’ll be flat out honest with you.
In these “tough times”, I feel better overall and am (surprise!) DOING BETTER overall than when things were all rosy and good at the age of 19, for instance.
Or 32 . . .
. . . Sometimes the tough times make us what we truly are, a WARRIOR!
I saw a line from the movie – ah, I can’t remember the name now, but I saw it last night (a real life remake of Benghazi, a true story).
One of the specially trained SOLDIERS (security detail – an elite one) makes the following comment while fighting off hordes of invading fighters storming the embassy.
“Man, I wish I could go home and STAY THERE. Seems like every time I go home I say it’s the last time but something happens, and I end up back here!”
And that comment really struck HOME for me. Which has always been where I hang my hat.
Anyway, point of this random monologue where my fingers literally are, as Donald Trump famously once said unable to keep up with my mind, and therein lies one marketing secret that I . . . ah, b ut lets get back to it!
Looking young, and feeling, and obviously STAYING young.
In China they’ve got a saying which translates into “A man never really ages until his LEGS stay young” (no, not literal translation, but it’s what I can recall and the gist of it”
“Ren lao, Tui . .. “ (I’ll have to look it up, and I have mentioned this in prior comms, but for now, I’ll leave it be!)
Rocky Balboa famously once said that the “punch is the last to go on a man”.
Well, he proved it. The commentators sitting around the ring said it I believe.
And I’m writing to you about NONE of this really, or perhaps all.
Whats the secret, I’m guessing youll ask. What gives?
Well, exercise done the right way – the VERY UNCONVENTIONAL way – is part of it.
Ditto for diet.
Ditto for the TYPE Of exercises I do, and the SPEED at which I do ‘em!
And while sprints come in there, I’m writing to you about pull-ups!
Most people won’t believe me, but YES, pull-ups can give you tremendous cardio in a way even sprints can’t if you do ‘em right, and bang bang bang like I advocate doing the pushups.
Now, most people CANNOT do a single pull-up, let alone tons of them at rapid fire speed.
50 pull-ups in less than 5 minutes is very doable, my friend, when you work up to it and believe me, at that point, the ADRENALINE coursing through your veins will literally keep you not just alive and KICKING, but FEELING GREAT, looking GREAT, and lookmign and feeling YOUNG all your life!
That’s how pull-ups done right make you feel, not to mention on TOP of the world!
As for the “how’s”, well, I’v ementioned this in the advanced course right HERE.
Bear in mind though, that this course is just for those of you at an intermediate to advanced level at pull-ups.
If you cannot, for instance, do 10 pull-ups in proper form, you might want to start with the BASIC course.
And once you get good – well – have at in terms of the ADVANCED ONE!!
And that’s really all I got to say - - for now!
PS – And no, my lifestyle ain’t exactly one for the pursists in ANY regards. Believe me when I say it, ‘tis the PRECISE and EXACT opposite. That’s how I like it though, and that’s how it shall STAY!
PS #2 – Now what good does this do ME, you might be asking yourself. I can barely do a pushup, let alone a pull-up, and let alone bazillions of them. Well that’s fine my friend. That bit isn’t applicable for you. What you need to get started on the FUNDAMENTALS first, and get good at ‘em – and THIS System is what will get your fitness levels up there so youc an start on the tougher stuff – The 0 Excuses Fitness System. Truly the best damned fitness system on the planet, and one that routinely receives RAVE reviews, and provides even better results. GRAB IT NOW !
And pull-ups alone!
I’ll never forget the time when my little girl asked me for help a couple of years back.
I think it was in 2017, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, her pencil box had gotten stuck to the table.
“Dad! Someone glued my pencil box to the table, and I can’t get it off, and neither can Mommy!”
(Mommy tried, but couldn’t apparently)
“Well, who glued it”, I asked.
“Not me!!!” she replied, with that look in her eye which said clearly that she HAD, of course! ?
Young kids, hehe.
Anyway, it’s no secret that my daughter has been exercising with me since she was born pretty much. I still remember her when she was a baby, all of six months of age with her little feet on my chest doing monkey bars swings out in the park, or trying to!
And as I looked at the pencil box, yes. It was stuck solid.
“That’s OK, honey”, I told my daughter. “Remember, us gorillas can do it! Pull harder!”
(She did and does pull-ups with me only so she can become a gorilla, for those of you that did not know, hehe).
She pulled, but it didn’t come off. It was solidly stuck.
Couldn’t budge it on first try.
Moved the desk around to a different angle, pulled again, and presto.
The thing came off, far easier than I expected.
“Second problem, Dad”, my little girl said. “Now we can’t open the pencil box”.
Apparently she had glued that too.
OK, no problem.
I prised it open with two fingers, positioning my fingers much like I would in a fingertip pushup . . .
And that, my friend, is the sort of strength that PULL-UPS done right on THICK BARS that I keep carping about can give you.
Sure, it’s good to do ‘em on pull-up bars at home.
Sure, it’s GREAT to do ‘em on the regular pull-up stands, but nothing, I repeat, nothing beats the STRENGTH, the sheer, crushing APE like strength you get from pull-ups . . .
. . . and add in fingertip pushups to the mix, and OH MY!
The above TWO are TWO tips I’ve often given people that want to improve their grip strength beyond belief, and sadly, these tips are oft IGNORED.
Can lead a horse to water, but can’t make it drink!
On a side note, years ago, I think in 2004 or something (or maybe later, I don’t know), a massive silverback gorilla was caged in an Orlando Zoo.
The guys that made the enclosure had made the enclosure gorilla proof in that the gorilla had NOTHING to grab onto to hoist himself up and escape.
But they accidentally left one small, TINY crack in the wall of his enclosure.
He found it.
Put one knuckle in it - - and used THAT to hoist his ENTIRE massive body up and over the enclosure!
THAT is real strength my friend. Not sitting down and curling weights, or lying flat on your back and pushing a moronic weight until “you can’t strain no more”.
THAT IS A REAL STORY TOO! Hehe. I said in caps because it deserves to be said in caps.
That’s real strength – animal strength, and if you saw King kong and wondered if it was all make believe – well – the strength part wasn’t!
And that’s why I put out the book on Animal Kingdom Conditioning my friend.
Lots of you can’t do pull-ups in high numbers.
But you CAN do floor exercise to begin with!
And a lot of what I teach you in Animal Kingdom Conditioning is done on the floor and WILL Build that primal, ape like strength – or set a damn good foundation – or both!!
And once you’re done with that, get cranking on pull-ups my friend. Truly one of the best damned exercises you can do!
PS – Make sure to do ‘em on the THICKEST bars you can find!
PS #2 – In terms of courses, HERE is the first course you need – Pull-ups – from DUD To STUD within a matter of weeks! (and no, the title ain’t just marketing as you can see from the testimonials).
P.P.S – Grab the ADVANCED course as well right HERE – Pull-ups from STUD to SUPER STUD within WEEKS!
P.P.S #1 – Or, for a value added grab, grab the COMPILATION (yes, value for money! ?) right HERE.
I’ve written about this before!
Well, the X taper and V shape, at any rate. Hehe.
And while I haven’t spoken about the wall chair in a while, Ill do so NOW. An excellent, excellent exercise indeed and one I’ll include in the book on isometrics once I get it out.
Speaking of which, I had about 23 exercises penciled in on that one already.
Unfortunately, I don’t appear to have it backed up, and given the recent Windows crash . . . well, let me just say it’s history.
I wrote about Shantaram in the last email.
And his book was actually written (mostly) while he was in a jail in Germany (after his Indian escapades). And the jailers tore that mammoth manuscript up for some vague reason not once, but twice, and I think AFTER he was halfway into the book both times!
Quite different from a certain Adolf hitler who got the royal treatment at a Bavarian prison, complete with beer and sundry while he penning “Mein Kampf”.
Makes you think does it? (and also the fact that Germany is the one European nation that won’t come out and say anything against the modern day Chinazis) . . .
Anyway, he wrote it – again.
For the third time.
And as far as the book on isometrics goes, I’m gonna have to dig deep down inside and do the same thing myself! ?
Anyway, the wall chair.
Was getting the daughter to do it this afternoon, and amidst all the other sage advice this lovely almost-7 year old fitness guru gives me, there was this.
“Dad! Do you know something?”
(said as my legs were quivering!).
“Eat more mangoes! It’ll build your legs!”
Hmm! Hadn’t quite heard that one, but my daughter’s just too adorable at times!
Anyway, the wall chair is an excellent exercise my friend and a highly underrated one at that.
I mention it in Fast and Furious Fitness, but for some reason, did NOT put it in 0 Excuses Fitness. The latter book doesn’t have rope jumping either. And the former doesn’t have the plethora of pushups and pull-ups the latter does . . .
Get both, would be my advice! Hehe.
Anyway, as I leaned against the wall for support, an outline formed.
My back, waist and hips.
I was sweating up a storm, so the “why” is easy to understanding given a white background (the cemented wall).
And when the outline “came about”, it looked like the below.
A broad upper back, with plenty of “meat” towards the center and traps area.
Progressively tapering down to a narrow waist, barely even visible, and then expanding out again somewhat into hips.
And I just had to notice that my friend. I’ve written about it many a times, but I had to notice it and bring it up here again.
And while this one exercise alone won’t get you the shape I refer to here, the exercises laid out in the 0 Excuses Fitness System certainly will my friend.
Oh yes, they will, and a quick look though the other blog (for proof on what I said) will be more than plenty, hehe.
OK, that’s it for now.
HERE is where you can grab the System – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
. . . or after writing to you guys, hehe.
Those that aren’t snowflakes that is. Hehe again, or maybe those that ARE as well!
(w.r.t the snowflake thing, a bunch got ticked off at my last extra long email and are STILL getting ticked off at a) the content and b) the length of the email).
How dare I, hehe.
Anyway, I’ve done up a post about that this morning, and was going to send it to you NOW.
But . . . now is not the time.
Now is to tell you this (because YOU TOO might be going through it in many ways) is that today was a hellatious day in all regards.
What do I mean?
Well, I got through a hellatious and wonderful workout for one. That’s the good news!
And the bad? Or rather irritating, or annoying?
Tried making a few payments to my hosting providers (both of them) and they BOTH failed.
It didn’t work initially at all. Apparently some issue with Paypal. Tried with card again, no dice.
And when it finally did go through, the money got debited from my bank account but never reached the host.
Sweeeeeeeetttt . . .
This has happened to me with the bank I am using right now in the past.
And while you’d think it’s an instant re-credit back to the account, that’s not what happens in most cases.
I once withdrew a not insignificant sum from the ATM once (in local currency) - - the equivalent of USD 100 or so, and the ATM never spat out the money.
Went to the bank, and they said I’d have to go to my bank.
Went to mine and they said they’d raise the issue with the other bank.
The year was 2018. Sound familiar my friend? Hehe .
And the money was NEVER refunded after that.
I once had an issue while recharging my phone online, and the money disappeared from the account, and showed up three weeks later.
Pithy amount, of course.
About double of that disappeared today in terms of the hosting . . . And when or if it’ll show up is anyone’s guess.
Chalk it down to the game huh.
And on the home front, it’s the same as usual. Headed perilously close to where things were in 2018, or worse . . .
. . . and of course, the pictures weren’t retaken. Hehe.
Is that I edited, and all is well on that front. Now it’s a matter of finishing up and getting it done, but I just had to “vent” to an extent first.
Being I’ve done that, WHY am I doing it?
There are NO dearer friends or family I have than my list.
You guys listen to me chat. You guys listen to me talk. You guys are THERE for FITNESS and myself every step of the way.
You guys support me. YOU guys make it worth while!
And so, it’s only natural that whatever happens in my life gets communicated to you first.
Not to take that to extreme and giddy limits, but you get my point!
And also, to tell you that . . . things are always better in a certain way after a workout.
After the hours of annoyance today, and likely more to come later on, I’m feeling somewhat calm. Somewhat relaxed . ..
And the best damn workout I had, in RECORD time contributed to that!
And it was straight out of 0 Excuses Fitness, my friend.
Trust me, these ARE the workouts that make you feel on top of the world. If you do ‘em right!
And I sure do.
And so can you, my friend.
Go right HERE to grab the program.
OK, enough of my ramble. Back to my animal kingdom workout books!
P.S. – Remember this my friend. Could always be worse. My buddy Vincent is in a place he shouldn’t be for doing the RIGHT thing. In the wrong place, for doing the right thing, and I understand how it feels. Oh yes, I do. All I can say is . . . the darkest hour is always before the dawn my brother.
Or, the following quote from Napoelon Hill.
Every adversity, every misfortune, carries with it the seed of an equivalent, if not greater BENEFIT.
And so it goes!
Well, so we seem to be finally back online in all regards – fingers crossed!
And as I started talking to a new contact on LinkedIn this morning (well, not entirely new as I’ve chatted with her on occasion before), I was talking about the mess that the current web host created (in short) and my plans to move on to a new server, which seem to be going on in full swing as we talk (type).
The new host should be a far more powerful one than this host in terms of servers, but of course, we will only know once I get the opportunity to test it out fully which I am in the process of doing now . . . once I can get the site migrated over, and once I can get the domains etc done, and . . .
Ah, but that’s enough I.T. gobbleydook for you, hehe.
Yes, my I.T background does help – as Charles a friend of mine once told me when I was tearing my hair out during the web hosting “downtime mess” –
At least you know how to deal with it! I’d have no clue . . .
And while that didn’t necessarily assuage my frayed nerves, he was spot on.
Sometimes it DOES – PAY – to be a Jack of all traders, quite literally. Hehe.
Not in terms of exercise though – and yes, in terms of exercise too! Haha. IF that sounds like a mind bender, THIS article here probably will explain more.
That’s straight out of 0 Excuses Fitness by the way – a 300 page MUST grab for any of you interested in REAL fitness routines that just flat out WORK.
And in terms of my convo on LinkedIn, the lady I was chatting to sent me a good luck message along with
“You seem pretty full on!”
Full on. I liked that comment for sure!
This lady is part of a nice little copywriting “clique” (in a good way, of course) that I often enjoy reading. I don’t participate a lot in social media discussions etc for obvious reasons, but I DO enjoy reading what these guys have to say, as I’ve been there and done most of it at a certain stage or the other!
Full on indeed. This website. 0 Excuses Fitness. My copy writing projects for other clients that pay WELL . . .
And of course, my OTHER writing which is a lot more than what I’ve done for the fitness biz.
Certainly full on, and that’s how I like it!
And enough of this – I’ll update more on server moves etc LATER once it’s all DONE.
For now, run over to this here page and get your hands on the best damned fitness system ever my friend. Home based workouts that don’t take forever. Workouts that build MUSCLE and burn FAT – plenty of it – and give you extreme flexibility too (nah, not in that way – get yer mind out of the gutter if it’s there, hehe ?).
And so it goes!
P.S. – Have you checked out Advanced Hill Training? It’s one of the courses that sell like HOTCAKES day in and day out at 0 Excuses Fitness HQ, and rightfully so. Go right HERE and check it out, my friend.