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I just saw a video I HAD to share with you guys.
I don’t normally watch videos in the first place, but this one was special.
The headline itself was special.
A 70 kg (yea, thats right – 70!) arm wrestler beat a veritable GIANT – and one of the world’s strongest bodybuilders Larry Wheels in a MATCH.
A 5 round match.
Rahul Panicker from Kochi was the arm wrestler who did it.
And while he looks FIT and hardly a midget as described in the headline, next to the gigantic Larry Wheels and the even more gigantic bloated muscles ??
It is indeed David VS Goliath, and then some!
The small dude lost the first two rounds, but he’s just getting warmed up it seems. Hehe.
And the match took place in “Jim Shim” of all places with boobybuilders with rippling muscles looking on.
Round 3, 4 and 5 went to “Rahul”.
And as he walked away from the table smiling, I can’t help but LAUGH.
At all the people who say “size is really what matters”.
Or, “I could pick you up and throw you through the window”.
My former friend Charles comes to mind, hehe.
Can’t do a pull-up despite years of trying, finds every opportunity to criticize me for saying what I do the way I do, supports Bozo Schofield and his racist antic, and so forth ...
... and of course, says “he’s a big guy” when he’s actually FAT.
He’s bigger than me, sure.
But his grip is about 10 times weaker despite the deadlifts he supposedly does.
Now, this isn’t a rant against him or fat guys.
But the point begets.
It ain’t about size, or size of the dog my friend.
It’s about the size of the FIGHT in the dog!
I still remember an incident in college, where a person named Bruce asked me if I Could arm wrestle him.
“Um, I don’t know”, I said. I was skinny and had a weak ass grip at that point, and Bruce laughed.
“Nah. You do pushups and you could probably beat me!”
And at that point, we never arm wrestled, but knowing his grip strength back then, built from a lifetime of working on cars?
He could probably have beat my ass at arm wrestling despite being even skinnier than I was.
His roommate Vincent was one of the gym gorillas, agood friend, and the same person who once told me that “you can’t be the strongest in the gym” when “Bimbo instructor” in physical education102 or some such BS was trying to get me on the machines and all “pumped and toned” and I threw a hissy (rightfully so).
But he had a weak grip, and I remember beating him at arm wrestling often.
But anyway, back to the video.
I see Larry Wheels’s biceps PEAK.
I see the peak of his biceps RIPPLE and RIPPLE MORE!
As he tries to defeat the much smaller guy.
Who then pulls his arm to the “floor” as it were.
And that, my friend, is all the proof you need in terms of real strength NOT being related to size (in case you needed any more, that is!).
And I don’t know what sort of training Rahul does.
Not yours truly.
But I bet the MAN from Kochi does pushups and pull-ups amongst other things ...
Anyway, thats the David VS goliath story for now.
And to get a grip as strong as Rahuls, or perhaps MORE – if you do the thing – here are the two courses that will do it.
Have at (Oh, and the book on tips is there too in case you so choose!).
PS – Be sure and pick up the best compilation on pull-ups right here.
PS – I was around 65kg when my wife said I was “too skinny and weak”. And people IN THE KNOW said I was in great shape (from following the 0 Excuses Fitness System).
Who was right? YOU decide!
And how you should too ...
On the other site, and recently I wrote about how to know if you’re dealing with a cauldron of NEGATIVITY.
Towards the end of that email, I wrote about how the bozos, nutjobs, wankers, pissers and moaners, Mama’s boys, Schofields (the Bozos that is), whiners, and LOSERS IN LIFE (and everything else) complain about “you’re so fit because you have good genetics”.
One of the most ridiculous things I heard recently was this.
“You have long hands so you can do pull-ups better”
Lady, (this was a lady) what frigging planet you BE living on.
First off, the size of your hands has nothing to do with anything other than (according to what some people say) whats in your PANTS.
The thumb, or whatever.
I’m not even sure thats ACCURATE.
Second, and more importantly, I have SMALL hands. I’ve often laughingly compared them to female hands and (though they said it was a “little bigger”), my hands were by no means much bigger.
Look at Sylvester Stallone for one, a guy thats achieved more of NOTE and WORTH than the Bozos and MONKEYS out there couldn’t dream of.
When you think action – who do you think ?
HE IS THE ONE that inspired Arnie, Willis and the rest! (and more recently perhaps Vin Diesel and the lot, and if you’re into Bollywood, whoever you follow there).
Sanjay Dutt for one openly admits to being influenced by Stallone!
And if you see his earlier movies, you’ll notice that he copied Stallone on many of the things he did. It aint’ just him either. Sly is a legend, and a trail blazer – nuff said!
And his hands – and shape in general?
He’s not a big guy. HE’s a SMALL GUY!
His hands are probably even tinier than mine. They did a wax something of his hands somewhere in New York, and a past girlfriend once saw it.
My hands are bigger than his, she said.
And yet ...
Ditto for yours truly.
If I’ve been able to do what I have with crappy genetics, and an even crappier and UNINSPIRING upbringing – what will YOU be able to do?
Herschel Walker, for one – you wouldn’t think it – but he wasn’t a big guy naturally, and no, “muscle doesnt stick to him like shit”. These excuses are so damned pathetic, especially when THE MAN HIMSELF has refuted this bullshit!
And back to it.
I’ve got LONG arms. Longer than the norm.
Monkey arms as it were, hehe.
And they ARE long.
And when doing pull-ups thats another natural disadvantage along with my SMALL hands.
Yet, I made up my mind to become the BEST at grip – and I did.
I made up my mind to get STRONGER than a lot of people triple my size – and in many ways I DID.
Lets see how many big dudes can even get into a handstand and hold for one!
Including you weight lifters and preeners and posers out there ...
I made up my mind to get the Corrguated Core I write so much about – and I did. Tell that to the nutwards who supposedly walk miles daily at 3 AM or some such nonsense on planet “I’m wayyyyyyyy out there, broooooooooooooooo”.
I made up my mind to get good at pull-ups.
And by God, or not, I DID!
You focus on the SOLUTION, bro.
As they say in the Seals and other elite units (including most likely SWAT teams etc).
DEAL WITH IT!
And get her done.
And thats what it’s about – BRO.
PS – Some of you have said the advanced book on pull-ups is too expensive. Well, hey, I get it. It IS expensive, but it will stay that way (fortunately or not is another story). The solution there is to get the compilation - - and when you compare the prices ... well ‘nuff said!
(But hurry – I might re-price in the New Year).
A field day for you GRIP fanatics out there. Including yours truly, the bonafide leader of the pack in that regard I’d say, hehe, though I’m waiting to be toppled from the post! ;)
But really, I spoke about outer forearms and the SWELL you feel (not pump! This is real training!) when you train them right along the outside.
Talk size – strength -e verything!
And now, in tandem with that, as I finish that workout which I interrupted mid way to write to you (and yes this one has been interrupted too!) ...the res tof the forearms.
This one includes THICK gripz – those foam like handles you often see on doorway chinning bars.
They seem simple, but are nothing of the nature. Anything but I was gonna say!
And I have NOT covered those as yet in my courses. Pretty much because you dont need ‘em, but if you have ‘em, they make a very welcome addition indeed to your grip arsenal and indeed pull-up arsenal.
And it’s this.
HANG for time.
Really squeeze those suckers!
I know I mention all this in thick bar work etc in the book.
But these grips work you differently.
You’ll feel the FINGERS really working hard as opposed to the thumb, whereas thick bar works distributes the load evenly.
Which is better?
I do BOTH, and so should you, but if you had to choose one, the latter.
But if you HAVE thick grips – well – use them!
And pop off handstand pushups post all this.
And stationery handstands, walks, and the works.
Thats the end of the workout then – write back – tell me how you feel afterwards!!
PS – Off to finish now!
Some of you read this in the last email.
But it’s interesting, how things work ...
Yours truly with all the “castigation” coming from “home” (and while the “el cranko” part is well deserved, to be very fair, a lot of the rest of it isn’t).
But then again.
Like strongman Dejon (and he does the REAL STUFF, the real lifts!) said ... you can and should always a measure a man’s worth by the number of HATERS he has.
‘Tis true my friend.
And it’s also one prime reason behind “tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!”
Anyway, the monkey part was covered in the last email.
If you can be a monkey, so can I!
So she said, so said the “fiery lady from Northern India” (and they make a lot of them fire breathers up there in them neck of the woods, hehe).
Probably what drew me to her in the first place, and I won’t even get into mistakes or not HERE. LOL.
But really, point of this.
My daughter is 7 years old. So getting her to do as much activity as possible is GOOD.
The more she does, the better, especially with all the inane donkey like lockdowns globally.
Really if there was a more USELESS activity which pretty much forces everyone into a huddle together when they don’t want to be, and an activity that kills global economies much like the plague is scathing through the globe, I’m yet to see it.
Not to mention that lockdowns don’t work, period.
They EXCABERATE pre-existing problems, and they do NOT solve the spread of the China plague, or Bubonic plague, or any which anything.
And they weren’t implemented for SARS. They weren’t implmeneted for Ebola. And for some of the deadlier viruses around, and yet now ...
Yes, I get it. This thing spreads differently.
But the bottom line, as I told my “buddy” out there in the park.
Him of the “running” really works! Do you remember? Hope so!
“China done spread this shit and now we’re left dealing with it. What you’re gonna do bro? Mask up and run scared, or just man up, face it, DEAL with it,and MOVE ON!”
And he agreed in full.
He’s not a mask wearer either except when he really needs to ...
But back to it, my wife seems to be getting a little “heavy” around the tummy area apparently (from what she says, at least).
And for a woman who used to have a 13 pack (or 12, hehe) from working out in the field when young – well t hat must be galling!
I wrote about field work in the last email. Well, a few emails ago!
And how it builds fitness like few other things can ...
And anyway, back to monkeying around.
The sort of workouts I advocate go beyond “just pull-ups” and pumping the lats.
They’ll get your obliques in shape – FAST.
You’ll build a rock solid grip, and start developing that SIX Pack you’ve always wanted.
Indigestion, flatulence, and other issues like insomnia plaguing most people will become a thing of the past.
You will become a real man – or WOMAN – or “in between”, hehe. Whatever it is, it won’t be fake.
And you’ll develop strength and fitness levels, that, as Charless Mitchell, a long time customer rightly said will put you into an elite “0.00001%” bracket.
Get on the train NOW, my friend. Truly worth it!
PS – Oh, almost forgot the dancing monkey part. Just saw it when clicking “post”. Them ESL gigs out there for one, hehe. Prime example of bozo like dancing monkey. No wonder that the BOZO himself, Schofield did pretty much that and nothing else to fuel his drug infused rants, binges and what not. But yeah. No worries. I’ve turned her – and myself into PRIMAL CAVEMAN – and WOMAN – with REAL “from the inside” GUMPTION and strength.
Don’t believe me?
Get on the pull-up workouts – and then tell me!
And check out the testimonials on all of this while you’re at it too, hehe.
Its funny, ain't it.
Not only is the grass always greener on the other side (sometimes it truly IS, hehe), but we tend to crave that what we “cannot do” (or think we cannot).
And fitness, and exercise is a prime example.
I've often asked the average boobybuilder and bench presser if they (for instance) would want to be able to walk up and down flights of stairs repeatedly daily ...
.. Without support ...
On their hands!! ;)
And the more outrageous (seemingly so) the act (though really, if you train for it, and can do it, you'll need to do NOTHING else in terms of exercise) the more the denials.
“Hmmph! That stupid stuff!”
“HA! Thats gymnastics bro! Why would I want to do that rubbish! I'm here for strength, broooo!”
“I don't care about bodyweight! We all know it's useless!”
And so forth.
I just received an email from a guy who claims to be great at deadlifts and can “pull a house” according to him (or was it curl).
And this guy had emailed me before as well.
Both times wrt a course on that almighty exercise, the pull-up ...
I didnt really respond at length to him the first time.
And the second time all I said was this.
“Hey, thats great man”.
And apparently that set him off.
How dare I.
How dare I ignore the fact that despite his repeated trilling about “bodyweight exercises are useless”, he wants to do pull-ups secretly but can't?
Hey, I get it.
We all do, whether we admit it or not.
And hence the folks that want free copies of my books “because they want to read it”.
Because they'd love to be in that sort of shape, but are too petrified to actualyl do it (remember, anytime you give anyone ANYTING for free, it's never valued – the exact opposite in fact almost instantly) ... and of course are looking for an excuse to diss you down the road in terms of “the iron is where it's at”.
I could certainly take names and kick ass in that regard on the above, hehe, but I'll let the “suspense” build (mindblowing I know, hehe).
If you want to do it, then just come out and say it my friend.
And then just do it, and it's that simple!
Fitness wise, start right HERE.
Truly the best investment you'll ever make, and the best results ever as you can see!
PS – More on Bozo Scofield in a while for those of y'all looking for a few giggles. Stay tuned! ;=)
…. that you need to avoid at all costs, I should say.
What do I mean.
Well I've written tomes about the “how dare he!” thoughts I get and pick up from TONS of people out there familiar with my writings. And my work. And more! ;)
You truly ARE defined more by your haters than thos ethat love you and buy from you, and if you have any doubt on this, just look at any successful person my friend (anyone you consider successful) and you'll quickly see the TRUTH behind this statement.
Now, back to it.
Ever notice when people make the following statements …
"Oh, those politicians! They're all hand in glove! They're all in cahoots!”
"Oh, those big business men, they're all way out of our league! All in cahoots!”
And so goes the mournful chant, accompanied by a “deflated” feeling on the part of the person saying it, and then of course IRRITATION.
And ignorance of the fact (well, consciously, but not subconsciously!) that they themselves are as far from said person's success as I am from Mars right about now at the time of writing this, for one …
Now, note two things.
The above is correct.
And the above two statements … well, in theory they may or may not be right.
That ain't the point though.
Point is the emphasis on the word “them” (or those).
People making statements like these put themselves into a different bracket from the above subconsciously.
Am I saying dont use the word?
Not at all.
It's there in the English language for a reason.
But it's the WAY in which that word is used!
As if these people are God, or someone the mourners can't emulate!
Of course they can.
The fact is, most people are too LAZY to buckle down to brass tacks and DO what it takes to get to where they want to be, rather preferring to focus on social media shmedia, “follow” their favorite people, and in general do everything but that what is required to get THEM to the point that THEY can …
…. ah, but they don't even believe they can!
And therein lies the crux of the issue, and why most people in this here world do NOT succeed (and no, it ain't their “fault” either in many regards).
We've been fed a crock of shit my friend.
We've been all spoonfed the crock of “getting a good job”, for one, and living a steady life, but what about the virtues of “doing your own thing” and the satisfaction you get from finally getting there, not to mention being able to make LIFE MARCH TO YOUR OWN TERMS?
How often do we hear that?
No. We don't.
We hear “oh, you have no ambition! You can never do it!”
And being our minds believe anything that we're told enough number of times, (subconscious mind that is, and therein lies the SEAT of accomplishment and true power) …
Hey, look buddy.
These guys were the same as YOU once.
Donald Trump for one has been broke and has FAILED way more times than he has succeeded and sit down with him and have a chat, and he'll be the first one to tell you.
Jeff Bezos was nothing but an unemployed office worker who was told NOT to create Amazon when he first started!
And this holds true for ANY successful person. I cannot remember the other example I had in mind this morning, but the above two should suffice.
It aint about you're not in their league. Anyone can be, if they try!
When I hear statements like the above, incredulousness jumps to my mind, not because “they aren't in cahoots” necessarily.
They might be.
But because of how the person says the word “they” …
As if they themselves can never get there.
YES – YOU CAN!
The human mind if harnessed correctly can perform MIRACLES my friend. Nigh on miracles, and this is as true as the sunlight shining outside the window in the late afternoon as I sit here writing this …
(Nah, not really. I'm in my cave. Hehe)..
And yeah, it applies to FITNESS too.
“You look like am ovie star!”
“You're super fit!”
“I wish I had great genetics like you!” (newsflash, the idiots who say this have NO clue; it's the exact opposite!)
And while I've written about all that before, the MENTALITY of the person saying this is something I wanna mention today.
“I can never get there”, person is subconsciously thinking (if he's the lazy loser slob type).
The DOERS, on the other hand look at me. Or anyone they consider to be at a high level.
They say NOTHING in most cases.
They get down to brass tacks. They invest in the PRODUCTS they need. And they just DO IT.
Pretty sure, they're at the same level themselves, or better in some ways!
And thats what it's truly about my friend.
You have to stop making excuses to yourself my friend.
You have to stop trying to convince yourself that you “cant”.
And most of all, you gotta stop bickering and JUST DO IT (one reason I love Trump so muchj, and one reason that while I didnt even mention politics etc before 2020, I do now, and a lot, because he's a goddamned businessman, not a politician, and he gets thing DONE – high energy, high OCTANE!!)
If you're too fat to do pull-ups, then just lose weight my friend.
I dont care if that means you starve or don't drink beer. I don't care if it means the latest keto-sheeto diet, or what not. I don't care if you feel tired and rundown. I don't give a shit about any of that.
What I care about is you getting down to brass tacks and just doing it my friend.
Believe me, simple approaches work the best, and this one approach will reap RICH dividends, if you just let it!
And thats that for now. Back soon!
PS – Again, make sure to GET ON THE fitness train right HERE my friend. Truly the best fitness investment you'll ever make and one that just flat out works!
PS #2 – Ah, I just remembered. I was going to talk about Herschel Walker!
Charles who moaned about my info being useless said the following about him.
“But he's got great genetics! Muscle sticks to him like shit on a ...”
(Um no it doesnt brah. And he's said it himself plenty of times. He's a hard gainer with terrible genetics!)
“He's 75 lbs bigger than you!”
(This when doing a discussion on how according to Charles big guys couldn't do pull-ups.)
(I mean, really. Not only does it have nothing to do with the price of fish in Germany for one, but it's a ridiculous statement to make anyway in the context of the discussion. Big small, yada, nada, schnada. Who cares! Just get off your ass, lose that weight, and then just do it BRAH!)
… And Yes, you CAN get to his levels if you believe, but you won't, but this is not for you, it's for the others reading that can, and WILL BELIEVE!
PPS – Be sure and pick up the PATHBREAKING course on pull-ups rigt here. The latest edition is PEPPERED with tips that will BLAST your performance sky high and right through the gym roof. You'll never want to gym shym again once you get good at PULL-UPS!!!!!!!!!
This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a long, long time but haven’t for whatever reason.
Once I was having a conversation with my friend from the Marines (an ex Marine, the same dude I’ve written about so often).
And we were talking pull-ups, and the right way to do ‘em.
And I think we ended up getting into a bit of a discussion about form and kipping, which apparently my friend said was OK to do to get your numbers have (if you have to!).
I disagreed. As I always HAVE Done, for reasons I’ve been pointing out a lot as of late.
And while that was the discussion, we ended with this.
“Rahul, the way you do ‘em is the RIGHT way” my friend said.
“But in the military, we do pull-ups in many different ways! You don’t always get a pull-up bar to perform that sort of movement, often under duress, in real life . . . “
I added the part about duress, but the rest of the quote is pretty much what he said.
Now, he’s spot on.
Pull-ups are a functionally effective exercise if there ever was one, and there are just so many different ways to do ‘em.
Ways that could well save your life even if you’re not in a war . . . or save OTHER lives with the brute strength it builds and the capacity to perform physically at higher levels for a much longer period of time.
This morning, there was a heavy ass plant at the house I moved.
I mean BIG and heavy.
And I pulled it like nothing - - like it wasn’t even heavy to start with (most men would struggle to budge it).
Most “modern day men “ that is.
And I don’t care if you’re doing pull-ups to build that sort of brute strength, or simply to be more functional and STRONGER in your daily movements (believe me, when you can move couches up and down stairs on your lonesome, it not only makes you feel good, but has a very practical aspect to it!).
Or, if you do what Sig Klein did during a fire which was to climb down a drain pipe with one hand, a lady in danger nestled in the other . . . while the entire damned building was on fire.
Now THAT is strength. Useful strength!
So back to uneven surfaces.
There are MANY ways to do pull-ups, my friend, and I’ve found that doing ‘em on uneven surfaces not only makes the exercise far more difficult, but also more interesting.
And more advanced.
Believe me, there is a reason I put out a TON of new pull-up movements in “Pull-ups - - from STUD to SUPER STUD within weeks” (my advanced course on pull-ups) and I would not be lying to tell you that most of these movements are anything but mainstream, and certainly anything but EASY (and usually way, way too ignored!).
That’s the advanced course, of course.
But what good is that gonna do YOU, you ask, if you can barely hang on to the bar, let alone even start to execute a proper pull-up?
Well, take heart for one. Tons of “men” are in your position, and that’s why I created the BASIC course on pull-ups – Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!
Definitely one you must grab, so do so NOW my friend, and once you’re done with THAT, and getting better at pull-ups, grab the advanced course.
Functional strength that can save your life one day, and definitely make the one you’re living a heck of a lot more convenient. Can’t and doesn’t get better than that does it mi amigo?
Hey, that should have been the title of the post!
That’s what I thought too!
PS – I’ve been doing my pull-ups (some of ‘em) on a massive thick IRON monkey bar set out in the park, which is NOT even. It’s triangular, and doing “walks” up that sucker is something to be honest, not to mention the monkey bar work which is tough enough as it is, but doing them this way is not only more functional and productive, but also adds a whole new DIMENSION to things!
PS #2 – That above tip right there is worth it’s weight in GOLD, as are all the tips I put out in Gorilla Grip. Truly the definitive course in terms of developing that cast iron kung fu like grip, and to be honest, that can only HELP you while doing pull-ups!! ?
Pursuant to my last email about the number of lardasses globally INCREASING rather than decreasing, especially with the “lockdown shockdowns” everywhere . . . it makes me think.
Long and hard.
Now, it ain’t something I’ve not written before of course.
But the point is this.
People can find hours to discuss politics. Or post about it. Or discuss the latest training methods over dinner.
Or discuss the next move China is going to make, for that matter (see my latest FB Post for more on that).
Watch the news for hours. Goggle at the plague stats for donkey’s years.
And so forth.
And yet, a 5 minute workout seems to be too much for said people to get done.
Don’t get me wrong.
All of the above IS IMPORTANT to think about to an extent and discuss, and research. The more informed you are, the better it is always, and that holds especially true in these trying times.
But point also is this.
Health ultimately is the only wealth you’ll ever have my friend, and while the vast majority of people would scoff at this until last year or so (though truth be told, the signs have been NIGH globally for years) they probably won’t now.
At least not the majority of people.
Feel better, look better, and most importantly be healthy from the inside out.
Not just so you can beat the blasted plague or whatever the hell the Chinese CCP unleashed on the ROW.
And you alone, and your loved ones.
This afternoon, I broke my workout down this way.
700 jump in 5minutes flat.
A minute or so break in between.
And as I completed 5 sets, I felt GREAT. And exhausted, of course.
And I could literally see my stomach expanding in and out as I detailed in that last email (hint – as I’ve mentioned in Advanced Hill Training, THAT is how you know you’re getting the fat burning MUSCLE building workout of your LIVES).
At the end of the 3500 jumps, all done in sets of 700, I did some pull-ups.
Again, same thing.
I did sets of 5. Before I knew It, I was exhausted. Grip failing. And this is Mr. Gorilla Grip we’re talking about!
My total workout time likely lasted around an hour, out of which HALF of that was just rest, walking back and forth to the park, resting in between sets etc.
Yes, what I tell you in Advanced Hill Training is very true about your rest periods far outdoing you rworkout times . . . and you making the best gains of your life on that routine!
Go HERE now, my friend, and invest today. This truly is worth it for the LONG TERM!
PS – Here is that link again.
I know, I know. You guys are gonna call me out on this one . . . not so much because what I’m saying is not true/accurate, but because I’ve said it before.
And as I sit here (and indeed this morning when I woke up at the “bright ole hour of 1130 AM”) thinking about myself doing Bourne sprints on hot China afternoons AFTER a great workout and hill climb, most of the time in a deserted park with no-one to bother me . . . I had a thought (while making my puh-er cha).
“Cha” being Chinese for “tea” . . . . (and yes, my hatred and dislike of the CCP doesn’t equate to the same feelings for the country or it’s people!).
Anyway . . . I remember that park often.
Sometimes I wonder if I should have made the life changes I did in 2018 when I left China for a short while (but returned a few months later anyway).
Didn’t do Bourne sprints for whatever reason upon the return though . . .
. . . but I miss that time. Those workouts. That nostalgia. And that was the time I started my second and by now famous website www.0excusesfitness.com . . .
Started to and met some of the greatest people I ever will through my list and website . . .
Revamped books and courses. Drank a bit of beer while I was at it. Hammered out TONS and TONS (20,000 plus words on some days) of writing for my other projects, stuff I’m still selling to THIS date . . .
Now, the feeling I was having while making my tea (or the thought I mentioned up there?)
Well, I’m exhausted.
And I was wondering about an upcoming workout today, and “if I should do it”.
Actually, not “if”. It was more along the lines of “you’ll feel great afterwards!”
And I’ll get her done, but the thought was this.
“Remember, Rahul! Pull-ups make you feel great. They make you feel nigh on INVINCIBLE!!”
And that they do my friend. That they do.
And that’s how my hill climbs made me feel.
Invincible, after the workout.
That sheer feeling of CONFIDENCE you get after a solid workout which cannot be replaced by ANYTHING else.
Move aside tech world, emails, gadgets and gizmos.
It’s the SIMPLE stuff that works, and as the world goes increasingly bonkers, and global conflict unfortunately looks more of a possibility than ever before, it’s all the more reason to train the way yours truly does (or the 0 Excuses Faithful for that matter).
It’s all the more reason to have that aura of “invincibility” around you.
You never know what might happen.
You never know (literally these days) what is around the corner.
And you better be ready for ANYTHING, my friend.
It’s a pity the CCP has to go down the route that they are, but every so often humans in general make a mess of the planet and Nature herself in all her infinite wisdom settles it all.
And who are we, as mere mortals to question it?
Happened during the World Wars, and it’ll probably happen in some way shape or form NOW as well. Very soon.
And as I sign off on this email, the last thing I want to say is this my friend.
Keep the good memories in mind.
Keep those fires BURNING!
Oh YES, the good times will come again.
Oh YES, they will. If you keep them memories in mind and keep the fires burning, one day, some day you’ll be back at the place where you had your BEST times (wherever that might be for you) and that hope – desire – a burning FLAME within you for SOMETHING that MATTERS – truly matters – is what keeps us going from day to day.
Live for nothing, or die for something.
As simple as that, my friend.
Always keep that HOPE alive!
PS – I get nostalgic every time I think about my Bourne sprint times, and the old man I met in China (who I no longer do due to different workout times etc) . . .
PS #2 – And of course, that’s why I shared it with you. Feel free to write back and share what makes YOU that way, and remember – ain’t nothing wrong with us “tough guys” shedding a tear or two every so often. IT’s what makes us ALL human!
PPS – Go HERE to check out the book on pull-ups.
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/