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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).
It’s often said that once you’ve got momentum BUILDING – or BUILT up – at anything – you’re unstoppable.
Could be a cricket match (currently we have India vs Australia where India is chasing a mammoth score that the Aussies pulverized India for – btw – a shout out to the Aussie cricket team – I’ve always loved ‘em - - great, great “barnstormers” if I may borrow the term John!).
Especially Smith and Maxwell, but of course, Kohli and Rahul may have something to say about that! ;)
(Edit - just checked, and the "King" of one day chases is out, hehe).
We’ll see how it pans out.
In the meantime though ... I’ve been feeling weak today. That stomach bug left me a bit weak it seems, and though I slept most of it off, and woke up feeling fine, I wasn’t sure what to write to you about.
Guess what I did.
I (and I know many are going to hate me for saying this, hehe) ... JUST DID IT!
Built momentum with a few sentences and though today was supposed to be a writing free day, I’m back at it!
Same thing for workouts, bro.
You just do it. Despite the hoo haa that Charles, a friend of mine made about my “just do it” approach ultimately it’s what WORKS – in life – biz – fitness.
YOU BUCKLE DOWN TO BRASS TACKS.
And then YOU JUST DO IT, bro!
No whining. No whinging No Mama’s Boy Scofield drama.
You get down to it.
And you just do it!
I’ve written before about that, hehe.
How an Uncle of mine often called me a “wolf” for my lifestyle.
And he was right, of course. I prefer “caveman”, but lone wolf works fine too!
(The Bozo got that part right, although he used the term “loner” as if it was something to be ashamed of. Yes. Figured he’d say that. Bozos generally make those judgements!
Guess what – when you cut out bozos out of you life and become a “loner” and associate ONLY with those that are aligned with YOU and lift you UP as opposed to drag you DOWN – is the day your life will improve, and how!).
(You wont believe it – it’ll seem like magic, but it’s true. Cut what you dont want out of your life, and scary though the thought might be, guess what replaces it!)
And for a brief while there, I thought about becoming “Denzel” in Training Day and putting out “Wolf Workouts”, hehe.
Thats a rooster, dawg! Give me a wolf!
I love ole Denzel. Training day is one of my favorite flicks. Right up there!
And ... it’s workouts like I advocate – WOLF like workouts done on your lonesome without the bros primping and preening and posing and looking at the girls next to you.
It’s the WOLF like workouts that give you gumption – strength – character – and the DESIRE, WILL and power to face ANYTHING in life!
Ever wondered how most prisoners are in such kick ass shape? Charles Bronson for one?
And I’ll leave you be on that note!
PS – Pushups and Isometrics were part of Bronson’s routine. Dont believe me? Well – read his book – and no, I get nothing for promoting it, but what he said was true – and thats precisely what I have been saying !
PS 2 – NO, I do not advocate breaking the law to get in shape, hehe. I know that sounds silly to say, but trust me – with some of the nimrods out there on the Web readin gthis via Google or whatever – well – I had and have to say it! Hehe. Like I tell people to be “careful” when doing handstands. You would be nigh on surprised at how the elementary things need to be drilled into the vast majority of people!
So as promised, the update!
But before that, a bit on running, something I Wrote about the other day.
You'll remember I wrote about running not being as bad as it's made out to be – provided it's NOT pavement pounding, and YES, there is a difference!
Anyway, being that I hadn't exercised “twice a day” for a while, I saw many old faces out there in the park at nighttime, including a guy I wrote about before once.
A realistic dude, and a business person (who does NOT buy into the mask wearing nonsense, and neither does he buy into the panic. Precautions NOT panic as I'm sure he'd agree!).
Naturally, we got to talking. I think I Was doing monkey bar work at the time, and he came up to me, and the first thing I noticed (and told him).
“Man!!! You've lost some weight, thats for sure!
And though it was dark, I gave him the once over again.
Yes! On the face, neck, and especially the legs etc. And the belly was a lot less from what I remember before (he wasn't really “fat” before, just perhaps a bit overweight, but he's positively looking slim and STRONG now!).
And he's been running around the park at a pretty brisk clip too, which is something I never saw him do before.
And as he said ...
“you know, running really helps! It's boring, but it helps!”
“Yes”, I replied, grinning. “Especially if you run FAST as you are!”
“Well, even slowly” he replied. “I used to do it slowly for a long time, and ... “
“Yes. You do need to do it for a long time in that case!”
And the boring part, and then of course we got to talking about uphill walks, runs, and more.
And then, of course.
The plague from China.
And I must admit, this dude gave me a point of view I had NOT thought of before, at least not actively.
"I think once the COVID19 scare passes is when the world will really start to stick to China and demand that ... “
"Yes”, I said. “Right now people just dont know what to do”.
“Yes. Keeping their heads above water as it were!”
Anyway, this dude is doing great in HIS Own business, and is a great example of something I've been saying all along i.e. The smart businessmen make MORE dough during the downtimes, and those are usually the businesses that last for the long term!
And workout wise, it was a great one.
And various types of pull-ups, including those fabled rope and ring pull-ups ... oh boy!
Can feel it right now.
And no, while 50 pull-ups and 3000 jumps may sound like a lot (it is, actually) – you do NOT need to go that long or for that many reps.
Even doing something SHORT – brief and quick – twice a day gets the trick done.
In the wild, yous ee a tiger walk slowly for hours on end, but when it comes time to get the job done? ?
BAM! That deer don't stand a chance, and thats often the only real sprint the tiger does for days.
Same thing for YOU.
You could do sprints every other day, for instance. A 15 minute investment ALL IN ALL even for the super fit amongst you.
Or, perhaps 25 pushups in the morning, and 25 at night depending upon your fitness levels.
Hardly herculean in terms of time eh.
Or perhaps you jump rope for 10 minutes in the morning. Do pull-ups and pushups at night!
Key is to do something daily.
Key is to do something multiple times a day, but NOT BURN out when you do so!
And so it goes.
And thats really how it goes, my friend. More later!
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.
So I’ve written a LOT about the Bourne series, haven’t I?
The training montage, specifically, the pull-ups and the sprints (after which I actually modeled my own personal workout way back in 2018! ?).
Sprints make you feel like NO-ONE can harm you once you’re done my friend, and I don’t necessarily mean that muscle wise, I just mean the FEEL Good feeling.
And muscle wise, they build a ton of it as well!
Anyway, I believe those emails are how some of my MOST loyal customers (Charles Mitchell and Jason, you two are at the TOP of the list! ?) found me.
And with good reason, of course.
Now, I was watching a bit of the Bourne Supremacy this morning.
And I don’t know why, but the SPRINT – the ALL OUT SPRINT – and the accompanying music throughout the scenes was what was playing in my head since the morning since I woke up with that great, great feeling I wrote about on the other website.
Bourne running . . . for his life, quite literally!
Through crowded streeets, through chaotic roads (try tossing in a full out sprinter on a busy highway! ?) and the PULSATING, RESOUNDING music that accompanies it. No wonder The Bourne Supremacy is my favorite in the series! ?.
And anyway, as he runs, runs, and runs he sprints up a flight of subway stairs, much like I did back in 20016, except I did it with a heavy duty laptop slung on to me and office clothes, hehe.
And then he does what to me has ALWAYS STOOD OUT, if just for the sheer PHYSICALITY of it.
People talk about the Expendables etc when they talk muscle, and rightly so, but try doing what Bourne did in the movie.
NOT LITERALLY! Let me repeat that, not literally!
But try the equivalent of two subway trains rushing towards you FULL TILT post a sprint (right after it), and then you jumping onto the tracks and jumping OUT Of harm’s way in the NICK OF TIME! . . .
. . . and then doing the same on the adjoining platform before jumping off onto a damned barge of all things!
Boy oh boy. You gotta be in shape to do that, and that’s a magnificent plyometric if any. I’ve no idea if they used stunt doubles during the movie, but from what Damon said, they didn’t. Sure, the subway trains were probably put in there cinematically, but still, to even DO that ONCE, as opposed to twice . . . damn!
And that brings me to my central topic. Damon.
Damon is one of my favorite actors, and not just in the Bourne series, but overall – but yes, the Bourne series is how I got to see the guy the first time, and my favorite by far.
Now, here is where I will say something some might not quite agree with. sOme might call me a lunatic. Some might call me “wrong”. And so forth.
But (much like my buddy from the Marines! ? and anyone that truly IS IN THE KNOW does) I make snap judgements on most things my friend, and I’ve written about this before.
Ford, for one had the habit of reaching a final decision very quickly, an dchanging it slowly.
Doesn’t mean he didn’t put thought in before the decision was reached, but when it came time to make a decision, BAM!
And that’s how I get my initial impression of folks, either in person or online.
You either got it, or you don’t! You either HAVE a good vibe, or you don’t, and so forth.
And Damon (and by the way, I have NO idea what the man’s politicial affiliations are) and myself might not see eye to eye on everything, especially (I suspect!) politics.
And no, I could care less about the supposed Ben Affleck thing (I don’t know much about it; that’s another thing about yours truly - - I try to steer far, far away from gossip in all regards, especially celeb gossip).
That don’t mean I don’t study how the celebs became who they are NOW, my friend.
And it doesn’t mean I don’t cut past the BS and see them for a PERSON, and the OVERALL DEAL.
And overall, Damon’s a solid dude, the BEST fit for the Bourne series by far, and a damned good actor.
And a damned fit guy when he has to!
They talked about how they got him in shape for the Bourne series(and especially the last one, where he was almost 40 I believe. Or 45, perhaps).
Running up hills. 11 km runs a day! I can relate, hehe.
Pull-ups galore (Damon couldn’t do a single pull-up when he started, and got up to 31 in a set!).
Heavy bag work, and a lot of it.
And a decent diet without being over cautious about it.
All in all, fitness wise, Bourne aka Damon wouldn’t be a bad person to learn from at all (and neither would his trainer most likely, hehe).
And on that note, I’m out. Those are my thoughts. Write back and let me know what yours are if you so would!
PS – Yours truly makes for a damn good trainer too (I know, I know). But I CAN put you through your paces like NO-ONE else ever has! To find out if you truly do “got it” – apply right HERE.
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.
A ways back in 2018, I believe it was, I wrote about a sprained thumb which was painful as heck.
In case you faithful on this list have forgotten, it was when I was (foolishly) attempting to do fingertip handstand pushups not before, but AFTER a mammoth workout (more pushups and pull-ups), a hill climb, and in the freezing rain at that.
The ground was slick as heck.
But I cleared that away but still.
As I did the exercise, or got into position . . . . CRACK!
I heard the thumb “pop in and out” and I screamed out loud in agony.
It was a serious, serious injury or it would have been for most people
I was advised to rest it, splint it, ice it and more. And all probably NOT bad suggestions.
And yet, other than the Corona beer I held in my hand a couple of hours after the injury (ice cold, of course!) I did NONE of the above.
Was back at it the next day, doing fingertip pushups no less!
My buddy from the Marines told me that sort of injury never really goes away, and he DOES know a thing or two about what he’s saying, and yet, a couple of years down the line it’s like the injury never happened.
Except for the memory of course!
It took a while to heal fully, sure, but I did NOT stop working out while the injury was there, and I believe that not only NOT excaberated the injury (I did things RIGHT, of course in that regard and avoided direct movements in a manner it’s hard to explain here, but still, fingertip pushups are fingertip pushups, period!) but also aided the healing.
In a way that made the thumb stronger than before, hence th e2 finger pushups you see me doing in Pushup Central!
Yesterday, I wrote about my latest injury on the other blog, and how I fully expected to bounce back the next day (a few hours post injury actually) as if it were NOTHING.
And I did.
I wrote about having a great workout (in advance).
And I did!
I actually did MORE pull-ups today if that makes any sense, and the same time for rope jumps etc.
Point being is this.
Sometimes, its better to get some blood flowing to the area, and not “gently” either as it were!
No excuses, my friend, and this is yet another reason I laugh at people who say my products are expensive.
Compared to doctor visits, or lifelong injuries? Somehow I doubt it!
Compared to a weak body or a weak LINK in the chain? Again, I doubt it!
It’s always good to be prepared, my friend, and my workouts will make – and keep you that way!
Anyway, that’s the report for now. Back soon!
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/
I’ve written about it before, havent I?
The sheer meditative effect some of these workouts have, specifically Hindu pushups and pushup workouts . . . if done right, that is.
And today I’ll take it to another level. Or I did, I should say And I can barely STANd at the time of writing this!
(before writing it!)
And what did I do?
Well, the majority of my 2000 jump rope workout today was accomplished with eyes closed today.
I divided it up into two halves.
1000 each, eyes closed for the majority of it.
If you don’t think that’s a big deal (the eyes closed part), well, a) think again and b) TRY it before you say it!
It might not be a bad idea to do this on a padded surface (not cell, hehe). Don’t worry. I’m not implying you’ve become a lunatic or will upon doing this, and I certainly haven’t (not any more than people think I am anyway?).
But believe me, I fell over while doing this. And you will too.
You’ll likely bump into things.
You’ll likely twist towards your dominant side or weaker side. And more . . .
Sayeth the person who today started to “torque” towards whats my naturally (but no longer) weaker side, the right, and then funnily enough during set #2, the opposite.
And sayeth me, who ended up getting a nasty bruise on the chin the first time he did this sets of 10 pull-ups . . .
(granted, that was towards the end of the 100 pull-up workout. But still!)
And I did the first set in 12 minutes. The second in 10.
And for those wondering why I did the second quicker, well, I have this to say.
The FOUR minute break that I took in between was part of the reason, or most of it.
And this four minute break was taken in a sitting position, but not sitting down, at least not what you’d associate with those words.
I sat “down” in a position most people couldn’t get into, and breathed in and out deeply with eyes closed for the count of 120. REAL slow breaths, in and out.
240 seconds. Four minutes in the Asian squat position which most people cannot get into today, let alone HOLD. (and this includes “modern Asians” too!).
I once put out a series of emails on fitness tests, and while the “table” position was it, this wasn’t, I think.
But it should be!
And the benefits of this position?
Well, they go way beyond “active recovery”
Those of you that have trouble “going” (the vast majority reading this I bet) better do this next to a commode. Hehe.
I know I had to go, and I don’t have said problems!
And this position stretches out your hips and joints of the lower body in a way you can’t imagine when held for time. Not to mention you won’t need any calf stretches at all if you hold THIS position, as opposed to the regular one I teach (the Hindu squat on your toes).
And for those of you with tight hamstrings, this will solve that problem too. Believe me!
And while I ain’t prepared to say this position (or squats done in this position ) are better than the good ole Hindu squat I teach, I do ALL my squats this way these days, for a very good reason!
Anyway, can almost hear my daughter “goading” me on.
Come on Dad, you can only do 70! I can do 200!
And she can.
She’s a little champ, not just at this position but at ALL positions and exercises that emanate from this one position, stuff I’ve covered in Animal Kingdom Workouts. If you’ve got even a sliver of fat on your body, these workouts will get rid of it, and fast!
(She isn’t that good at HW, but hey . . . ?).
Anyway, where were we you ask.
I did . . .
So, this sort of thing will not only be RELAXING once you start getting into it, but you’ll also build spatial awareness like never before, especially if you do advanced stuff like one arm pushups or jumps. Or squats. Or jump squats.
And I do not recommend doing anything you’re not entirely comfortable with this way.
If you can do 100 pull-ups per workout, give these a shot towards the start and work into it.
Ditto for 2000 jumps. Or 20 pushups. Or 5, if that’s all you can do (as many currently can).
And not only that, you’ll build strength in a way you never thought you could.
And most importantly, you’ll automatically visualizing you and your body moving through space while you’re working out with eyes closed, whether you consciously try or not.
Mental workout x 10, and while you CAN visualize with eyes open, and although I recommend doing so with eyes closed when you start you CAN do ‘em with eyes open – but doing it this way?
Whole different ball game my friend!
Try these sort of workouts, and let me know how you do!
P.S. – Here is where you can grab the 0 Excuses Fitness System. You’ll see me doing all my exercise barefoot in there, and that by itself is another tip for you – barefoot exercise is a whole different ball of wax I’ll write about soon that WILL give you a better workout!
And I mean it. Quite literally!
As we were filming the second round of photographs for Animal Kingdom Conditioning, I got a complete workout in just WHILE taking (and re-taking) the photographs.
I was literally collapsed in a puddle of my own sweat BEFORE doing a single pushup.
Every time I bent down to get into a new position, sweat literally BEADED off me. I mean ROLLED off me.
And you know the most amazing part, or maybe not?
Two parts actually.
Both that will beggar belief.
One, the movements weren’t pushups or anything traditional you might expect. In fact my daughter took the pictures for this second round, and she had a royal BLAST doing the exercises (in some cases) better than yours truly! ?
And two and perhaps even more amazingly, STATIC holds killed me.
You guys have asked about books on isometrics, and one armed movements (more than one person).
You guys haven’t specifically asked about static holds, but isometrics are the level to static holds, and we gotta start someplace.
And you guys mostly LOVE tough workouts that leave in a state similar to what my workouts left ME in today.
Collapsed. Challenged, and in a heap of sweat, and feeling GREAT all over.
In fact, I was having soup for lunch with my daughter and she asked me just why I sweat so much.
These days I’m sweating even straight out of the shower!
“Honey, it’s because those that workout a lot literally sweat a lot more” (in most cases, fit people DO sweat more than the average Joe).
And these workouts leave you burning fat long, long after youre done with them which is another reason you’ll notice increased sweating around the core, I told her (we were sitting around the table and I had my shirt off, and so . . . ).
And being she was such a good girl, we got her a special treat. Ice cream(s) hehe. Always good, especially in the heat.
And so it goes my friend.
IF you’re looking for advanced workouts - - animal like workouts - - then you’ll be DELIGHTED with this book.
Isometrics and static holds? You’ll get them and then some. In fact you might not be able to do even the BEGINNER movements in this manner for very long . . . THAT is how tough these exercises are!
You may actually find moving QUICKER easier than moving SLOWER on some of these.
That makes nil sense doesn’t it.
But it’s true!
And on that note its off for the final round of photo editing before I finally get this thing together. Talk soon!
P.S #2 – Oh, and if you haven’t as yet, start with the BASICS right here – The 0 Excuses Fitness System ; truly the BEST fitness system out there!