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Saturday, 03 October 2020 12:51

The recruitment riddle my wife once posed . . .

Or I should say one of her candidates was asked, and being the bozo couldn’t answer a simple ‘un like that, she posed it to me, and I answered it, and . . .

Ah, but wait a minute.

Let me back up.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my wife’s a recruitment agent. Both full time and part time, mostly part time now from what I gather, but I’m not really sure.

But I AM sure on the “what she does part”.

As opposed to what she says when people ask her “what I do”.

“I have no idea”, she says. “Honestly!”

And then the other day (to me). “I wonder how much you write about me!”

Well my dear, lovely, other half probably doesn’t know how much I write about her. Quite literally and not just here. On other sites as well, other businesses, and . . . ?

And she doesn’t know what I do either in that regard.

Sometimes, certain “Secrets” are best kept, even if they’re OPEN ONES!

Ok, salaciousness aside, whats up you ask.

Well, this.

“If an ant walks three miles up a wall (hypothetically) in one hour, and goes down two in another, then how long would it take to walk ten miles?”

(The question was posed in Hindi, of course, being the candidate was in India and being her language of choice is, well, Hindi, and being she thinks . .  ah, but we’ll get there. Hehe).

And this was a while back, I think, but I still remember answering promptly.

And No, I’m not going to reveal the answer here, but apparently the candidate got this wrong.

And was dumped.

Funny thing, memories . . .

I once remember (when Imet my wife) her asking me to “be formal and act professional in a job interview”.

For reference, she called me out of the blue (I was at the job before THAT Job at the time! ?) and told me the following (when I told her I was NOT going to wear anything but jeans, and that was that”).

“Rahul, come on! How can you even say that! Do you realize what a huge company you’re going to walk into?”

(again, paraphrasing)

“Uh . . . “( I was about to tell her I could give a rats ass less, and the only reason I was talking to her about it was, well, HER but hey . . . )

“No ifs and buts!”

And that was that.

Of course, I didtn get the job.

And of course, it was a job where she just sent me without reading my CV at all.

When I quizzed her about it and the fact the job was as much a fit for me as supporting Joe Biden currently is (NOT!! Ugh!), of course, no answer.

Gotta love them recruiters, hehe. Most about as useful workwise as a screen door on a submarine, especially if they’re ESL recruiters, which thankfully my wife refuses to deal with, period (smart girl – I don’t blame her one damn bit either ?).

Anyway, just where was I and what was I gonna tell you.

That both this and what she (apparently, if I heard right) tells my “siesta loving” lovely daughter (who loves to sit over meals for hours forking at her food, much like they do in Spain for one – or did, pre China plague anyway) have a parallel to fitness.

“The brain sends a signal to the body in 20 minutes that it’s full, and if you don’t eat before that!”

She trailed off (again, if I’ve got this right).

Hey.

At least it’s better than what “Twinkle” Khanna married to the famous Indian actor Akshay Kumar told her kid apparently (who was the same).

“The butcher will cut your fingers off and fry them!”

Ugh. Now is that what you really want to tell a kid?

And no I ain’t lying either. Google, and you’ll see (and her husband’s response to it too, hehe, and can’t say I blame the dude!).

Anyway, point of this ramble?

Is to do things FAST my friend.

And do them the right way.

In terms of fitness, way too many people get on pushups, for instance.

They get good at ‘em.

Start cranking them out like there’s no tomorrow.

People comment.

With jealousy usually (well, jealousy and a mixture of “how dare he! I can’t!” – kinda like the CCP right about now . . . ).

And of course, the comments come in thick and fast.

“You’re skinny!”

“Pushups do nothing for overall strength” (usually from people who can’t do a single one in proper form, and I ain’t talking handstand pushup either!)

And pretty much soon, he decides to mix (back) in boobybuilding with GOOD stuff.

Two steps back my friend.

Don’t be one of those people. Get on the GRAVY train, and STAY on it!

And do things FAST.

100 pushups done RIGHt should take you NO LONGER than 12-13 minutes, preferably 9 my friend.

And you can see proof of this in the 250 pushup workout I take you through in the 0 Excuses Fitness videos. Hey, I even throw in bridging and handstands at the end of it for good measure, though the book doesn’t really cover the latter, and yet, total filming time as the lovely and redoubtable Miss Cindy would tell me, less than 25 minutes tops!

And that’s how it is with life too.

Keep moving ahead. No regrets.

Do the right thing.

If you screw up, so what. Who careS!

IT’s about the steps you take forward, not necessarily those you take backward.

Last, but not least, remember what I once wrote about, and what the great Vince Mc MacMahon had to say on this.

“sometimes, in order to take one step ahead, you gotta move THREE backwards”.

And that, my friend, is the final spanner and monkey wrench into all this. I’ll have more on that too soon!

Best,

Rahu lMookerjee

PS – Pushup Central is truly the very best in terms of conditioning there is, my friend. Pushups will WHIP them saggy butts into shape like there AIN’T no tomorrow! Get on the gravy train right NOW, right HERE! , BOYO! Hurry, my friend. Time waits for no-one, and it ain’t gonna wait for YOU EITHER. Invest NOW. And be prepared to be GOBSMACKED. IT really IS that damn good, the best (and your FAVORITE) course ever on the mighty and one and only PUSHUP, and I challenge you to find one better on pushups on it ANYWHERE on the Internet!  

PS #2 – and I just remembered. ESL, and recruiters. I wrote a lovely story on that back in 2014 I believe, the protagonist being a certain Jessie, and a fat, unfit yours truly. What exactly was that about you ask? Wel l- stay tuned – will reveal all shortly!

Published in Misc.
Thursday, 30 July 2020 13:00

Fingertip pushups and pull-ups

So I got through a workout today. An old style workout. A fantastic one!

And why do I say this i.e what makes it different?

Well . . .

. . . because it’s a workout from BACK in the day.

From BACK when I wrote all those books on pull-ups, and when it was my primary means of exercise (the pull-up, that is).

And it fits in nicely with what I said in the last email as well, or at least the ending. If you missed it, go on ahead and check out the blog!

And the workout was . . . pushups, and pull-ups.

More specifically, fingertip pushups and pull-ups, and while the REASON for my doing the workout today (this particular one) was not necessarily to go down memory lane, ended up that way, and that’s what ended up happening.

But, the REAL reason behind the workout was something else, which I will talk about in the next email.

For now, bear in mind that that is how life is when you live in the flow, and so are workouts.

(Comes with caveats, of course. I’m currently nursing a split callus big time – something that has resisted TWO band-aids thus far . . . and looks ready to resist far more. Good news is the scab is already forming, and better news is, again, the MEMORIES it brought back).

I’ve often shown up back home with bleeding palms and BURNING skin (from rubbing a split callus on thick bars for tons of pull-ups).

And I’ve felt GREAT afterwards. And the callus usually heals within a couple of days, and the skin toughens, and . . . bingo. Problem solved. I’ve never been one to let “little things like that” bother me.

But you don’t have to go through that if you don’t want to, and that ain’t why I’m telling you this.

It’s because of two reasons.

One, this workout was done OPPOSITE of the manner in which I normally do my workout. See the next email for more on this, and this was actually the reason I did it in the manner I did.

And two . . .

If there EVER was a better grip workout combo than with the above two exercises (and if you add in hanging leg raises, it amps the effect) I am yet to see it.

The two books on pull-ups, and the THREE Books on grip have MORE than plenty in terms of this, of course.

But the fact is (oh, and add in monkey bars as well) that there are FEW, if any tips I can give you at getting better at and increasing pull-ups than doing and getting very good indeed at fingertip pushups.

My workout today was 50 pull-ups and a 100 fingertip pushups.

Blazing!

And not all at one go. 5 sets of 10 pull-ups, and 5 sets of the pushups.

Maybe I’ll switch the numbers around in the next workout to make it fun!

But for now, I’m toasted. So is my grip.

And so it’s adios for now, with one of the most powerful workout related tips I could ever, ever give you!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – These two exercises form the BACKBONE of many of the routines in the ADVANCED courses on pull-ups and building them “battletank shoulders”. Get on BOTH these courses now, my friend.

Published in Workouts
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:42

Things are always better . . . after a workout!

. . . 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.

GREAT news?

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?

Well, simple.

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!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

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!

Published in Exercises