And my thoughts on this little meme that seems to have sweeping social media as of late.
Basically a somewhat (not to me really as it’s obvious and common sense and has been for a WHILE NOW) “interesting” take on the EXTREME polarization that’s been sweeping the world and that I HAVE WRITTEN about it multiple times BEFORE . . .
(Yes, I told you so, and it happened. Yes, there are no prizes for being right, but there sure aren’t any for being wrong either, and I know which side I’d rather be on at the end of the day! ?).
I saw this first posted by a friend (typed out) and I thought he created it.
Apparently not though as I see the same thing in various forms and guises being spread all over the Internet (except perhaps of course in mainland China where of course “all is always well”, and the roses always bloom, and “there is never a problem”, and thus forth ) . . .
And since you guys on my list won’t get this if I attach it (believe me, yours truly would do so in a flying jiffy if it made his task easier), I’ll type it out too.
(On another note I was going to do up a “how dare I” email for y’all, but that will have to wait until this one, hehe).
Here goes then –
“If you go to the South West desert and catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants and put them in a jar, at first, nothing will happen.
However, if you violently shake the jar and dump them back on the ground the ants will fight until they eventually kill each other.
The thing is, the red ants think the black ants are the enemy, and vice versa, when in reality the real enemy is the person that shook the jar.
This is exactly what is happening in society today.
Liberal VS conservative
Black VS white
Pro mask VS anti mask
The real question we need to be asking ourselves is whose shaking the jar and why”
And there endeth that one.
Now, really, I could have said this in a far more pithier fashion.
I mean, really.
“Why is the world so bloody polarized”
Well, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it againm and people are going to HATE me for saying this, but here are the facts boyo.
One, polarization and HATE is exactly what needs to be done in terms of marketing – for anything.
I don’t care if it’s getting re-elected, or selling fitness books, or even selling lemonade down the road and outdoing the other sellers by a huge margin.
You HAVE TO SHOUT from the rooftops, and how!
There ain’t no sense (and more importantly MONEY) in “being as shy as a dormouse” or “worrying about what others will think”.
Of course that needs to be blended in with a proper degree of ASSURANCE in that your PRODUCT is actually a GREAT ONE and that you can back your talk up!
Yours truly CAN. As you can see from the testimonials page. Yes, I’m bragging, and unashamedly so.
Donald Trump can too, and as I write this, the SAD news just came in.
HE and his wife have tested positive for the China plague, and although it didn’t look even remotely likely to happen a day or so ago during the debate, hey, what can I say.
Other than DAMN this damned plague and DAMN the people that created and wifully spread it to all corners of the globe.
He WILL Recover. We WILL Win this war together.
Anyway . . . that topic could go on forever. I’ll write more about it later, but for now. . .
Let’s talk about what is happening in the world NOW.
Left VS right.
Fitness VS “so called fitness”
And in all of this, there are two things that really stand out.
One, doing the right thing and being open enough to SAY the right thing and being unapologetic about how many people it offends is an art, bar none.
And if you can do so in a brutally honest fashion (manner! ?), all the better.
If you can say it like it TRULY is – believe me, very few people can, then you’re one of a RARE breed mi amigo.
And of course, people are too scared to SAY IT LIKE IT IS!
Take for example (a small example).
From what I hear, my daughter’s school lessons in India have been reduced to an ultimate FARCE.
The China plague means lockdowns again, and schools don’t look likely to reopen until March next year. Assuming full scale war doesn’t break out, and it most likely will, and in that case all bets are off.
And the fact is that online teaching just don’t work.
Especially not when it’s peppered with, as is going on in CHINA and India now, overly simplistic and in your face jingoism, religious ‘programming’ done on young, impressionable minds in the very nastiest manner possible and more . ..
Believe me, I could write tomes about what the education system in both countries has descended into as of late!
At least leave kids out of it! But they wont.
And that’s my point.
(Well, not really. The point there was that people are still forking out fees - that have been recently INFLATED! - at that for these idiotic and utterly USELESS lessons the kids hate, and so the schools keep doingit, because there are still tons of bozos out there that believe they ain't got a choice. Good news though, some people are apparently (from what I hear) NOT paying the schools anymore - hopefully that boycott movements keeps up!)
The world, my friend, is going to hell in a hen basket and has been for a while, and most people are scared to come out and SAY IT.
“I’ll offend people”.
“I’ll lose business”
“My friends may see that post”
“The backlash may be severe”
But when someone DOES come out and say it like it is, people brand it as stirring the pot, and in some ways it is, because it instantly gives people something to argue about SAFELY (hey, I didn’t say it, he did – there’s your scapegoat eh).
And of course, the other “side” will come out and tom tom their beliefs too.
Question is, who is RIGHT?
Should be bloody obvious (if you look at what is going on in the world today).
(Remember what I wrote about calling out a dude in my daughter's school for bullying once? NOBODY would dare to post about that (whatsapp I believe) and when yours truly did they all jumped on the anti-bullying bandwagon behind me. People truly are SCARED! And this coming from a person(yours truly) not even in India where her school while the rest of the parents WERE and bloody well could have spoken UP, but didnt!)
Unfortunately the wrong side thinks they’re right too (Nazis, anyone?)
And here’s the MAIN point.
Why do people CARE?
Because people globally are FRUSTRATED.
A lot of people are “tired of waking up to the same old shit daily”.
Deep down inside, EVERYONE (almost) wants change, and they want it NOW (2020 being the year of the survivor, and thus forth).
And when someone comes along and says it like it is, those INNER feelings boil up the surface.
What has been bubbling along in the subconscious is finally given a “vehicle” to ride out. And when that happens – watch out!
‘Tis unfortunate, but ‘tis true my friend. As my buddy from the Marines told me a coupla of weeks ago, the world needs a cleansing.
The Universe has it’s own ways of dispensing justice my friend, and that is precisely (in a way) what is happening right now in the world (and the “why” should be OBVIOUS again).
Anyway, that’s my take on it. It’s gotta happen my friend.
Best thing you can do is be on the right side of it.
And as Charles Mitchell said, be prepared for anything, both physically and MENTALLY, and if an ex cop with years of service on his belt says you better damn well believe it!
And he’s right, actually. That’s what I base my entire training system upon.
Look, pally. When someone’s got you to the ground in a chokehold, or arm bar, that bench ain’t gonna save your ass, and neither will the deadlift.
A strong grip, the kind you get from doing pull-ups right, and lots and lots of them at that might well break that chokehold and reverse it and then some . . .
And that’s the fact of the matter my friend.
Train RIGHT. Train hard, but RIGHT.
That’s how I do it, and that’s how YOU SHOULD TOO!
PS – My best wishes for the Trumpinator once again. I’ve posted everywhere but if there is ONE takeaway from all this I’d like y’all to share, it is that. Share away, and lets do this TOGETHER!
And genetics, and pull-ups and more, but hang on!
My answer to that question?
Well, in terms of exercise – hell yes, and then some.
I’ve made NO secret of the fact that grip and leg training (and I mean REAL training) is what most of the “bruhs” in the gym and pumpers/toners avoid.
Because it’s HARD, HARD work.
It’s REAL work.
As opposed to silly little girly “on your knees pushups” and “pull-ups with legs on bar or what not” . . .
And it builds REAL MEN .REAL strength.
Grip, neck, leg and back work – and funnily enough, most of those can be done with one or two exercises if you really know what you’re doing . . .
. . . Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes, the grip.
Well, so this morning as I sent Charles my friend a “thank you note” for the feedback he sent me he sent me that little gem amongst others.
Another being that apparently Mike Tyson did bridging (huh?? News to me “bro” – he did HEAVY SHRUGS!) and apparently it screwed his neck up.
Lets pause a minute here.
Bridging, my friend, is one of the best overall exercises you can do. Not just for your neck. The entire BODY.
And if you think bridging just “focuses” on their neck, well you’re wrong.
Bridging is the BEST DAMNED exercise that EVERYDAY people CAN and SHOULD DO!
From lower back pain being gone to stronger and more flexible traps – to better GRIP strength – a far healthier back overall – not to mention ROCK SOLID ABS – the benefits of the bridge are second to none, and there is a reason it’s one of the “big three” in 0 Excuses Fitness, and why wrestlers all over the world for one do them as a mainstay.
I thought he was a wrestler (my friend).
But from what he tells me today “American football was my job. Never really got into wrestling seriously”.
And according to him “neck bridging was their thing”.
And then the Tyson quote. Hmm! Enough said, fellas?
Anyway, he then went off on a tangent about “genetics”.
The usual excuse which most fat folks give me and those that are too lazy to buckle down to BRASS TACKS, BRAVE THE HURTING and (sorry Chuck, hehe) – JUST DO IT!
Just do it. No excuses BAR NONE!
There’s a reason why that is the tagline on my FIRST product, the 0 Excuses Fitness System, replete with results and testimonials of all natures, from folks from all walks of life.
Anyway, this all started off with him saying “he’s still working on his pull-up, and is doing the assisted stuff”, and so forth.
All I did was mention a comment about his weak grip (he has a very weak grip) and how the grip and lats are really what need to be focused upon while doing pull-ups - - not the biceps, or shoulders for that matter.
And that of course led up to a discussion about the greats.
Herschel Walker. Walter Peyton. When these guys ran sprints with tyres around their waists for one, they didn’t just up and “sit around for hours and think”.
They just did it!
“But he has great genetics”, my friend wailed. “He’s at least 75 lbs bigger than you!”
75? I’d say 150. So is my buddy from the Marines, for that matter. I once joked about borrowing a sweat shirt from him and saying “5 of me would fit in it”.
“I’m not that big, Rahul!”
A real man, and a good man! And one that’s truly BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT.
Anyway, here is what I told Charles.
“Sorry, “brah”. Excuses don’t fly. I’ve got the shittiest genetics you could think of, and . . . “
Enough said eh.
OF course, he ignored that bit. It’s interesting, this “selective reading/listening” thang a lot of folks employ when they hear stuff they know is true, but don’t “want” to hear eh. ?
Anyway, where was I before I went all over the place as usual.
Ah yes. GRIP.
And yes, GRIP DOES COME INTO PLAY in real life my friend. Anyone that says it doesn’t is just sticking their head in the sand (a certain group I refer to as “tom tommers and leftos” comes to mind, but hey, so be it!).
As for the new signs up that don’t know why, check out the blog, or watch this space. I’ll be writing soon – again – although I did over the past few days as to why grip training is really what you need to be working on, not the silly “pecs” and show muscles.
More on that soon!
For now, be sure to check out the Gorilla Grip compilation right HERE, my friend. It’ll make a MAN out of you – that’s for sure!
PS – HERE is where you can grab the course on pull-ups (and no, pull-ups with your legs on a bar ain’t the best way to get started. Dead hangs are, bro. Feel that pain!) – Pull-ups - - From DUD to STUD within a matter of weeks (why did I name it that way, and why do I say the vast majority of people out there cannot do a single pull-up or even hang on to a chinning bar for any length of time? Self explanatory, me thinks, hehe).
PS #2 – And if you want to continue pumping and toning at the “gym shym” , then go for it. I’m here to support your right to do it, but please do stay far away from my products – they’re NOT For you!
PPS – We had a great conversation. Unfortunately Charles had to end off with (one of his pet topics apparently and favorite people) a rant from “Bozo Glyn” whose probably high on something or the other as we speak. And despite me literally begging him not to enable losers, he continues to do so. Ah well. Can’t have it all, eh. ?
So, here we go again on GRIP training!
I saw a post from Charles, a friend of mine (a comment actually in response to my last post on grip training) stating the following.
“Doing a 350 lb deadlift works the grip pretty well”.
Now, I’m well aware of the dude’s inability to do pull-ups, and I’m well aware of his penchant for the bench press, but really, deadlifts?
Didn’t know you did those, Charles.
And if you did them when I met you, then they sure weren’t working your grip like they should have.
But anyway, the deadlift is actually in my opinion (and unlike what some other bodyweight guys will tell ya) a higher “ranked” exercise than many other asinine ones in the gym.
Don’t get me wrong. Certainly not something I’d do regularly, but it has its uses – in part.
It’s certainly a ton better than the idiotic “stack on plates” bench press and the silly hoo haa that goes with. Pushups do a far better job of building the entire upper body than bench pressing, the most functionally USELESS boobybuilder’s favorite exercise ever could.
Pec deck being another worthless invention. The lazy man’s bench I should say. Or perhaps the lazy man’s “puff and buff” excuse.
And that granddaddy of them all, the ape pulldown machine.
Ever seen an ape sit on a pull-down machine? Gorillas, primates, apes, chimps (chimps can kill adult CROCS with their bare hands!) and so forth, those primates with you know, REAL grip strength?
Didn’t think so my friend.
But I see human versions of these monkeys seated on them at the gym all the time, frantically trying to outdo other “males” (I use that term sparingly) while “yanking” (please, do NOT go there, hehe) down as much as they can – and it’s usually these guys that a) rail the most against pull-ups, b) have lard asses, and c) are unable to do a single pull-up or handstand pushup, or even try.
Pathetic. I’d say the lat pulldown scores over the bench press in that regard . . .
. . . but deadlifts?
They’re not that bad, I suppose. You DO build some functional strength from it, but compared to other things?
Compared to bodyweight stuff like pull-ups done right – such as the U.S. Marines do regularly, or monkey bar work (think primate style)?
Deadlifts no matter how “heavy” don’t begin to hold a candle my friend.
Not to mention Charles was probably referring to (his fave) a “one time lift”
You yank the weight up once, set another “record” in the books, and you’re done.
Which does zip all for fat loss, for one, but more importantly, while that sort of “heavy singles” method may be useful for training other parts of the body occasionally (but not really – ask any wrestling coach and he’llt ell you the following that a) conditioning is where matches are WON and b) it ain’t “one time strength” – it’s about being able to use that strength REPETITIVELY when it COUNTS in the RING), it is next to worthless for grip training.
Well, the grip consists of tiny muscles which respond best to VOLUME my friend.
High volume pull-ups. High Volume fingertip work. High volume gripping. Arm wrestling. Maybe real wrestling. And so forth!
That’s just how the muscles are “structured” in our body.
One time lifts may be great for overall body strength once in a while, but I do believe they’re way, way overrated and NOT used correctly (now yes, if done right ALONG WITH OTHER THINGS, they CAN be very potent).
But if you really have to use something other than your bodyweight for grip training?
Well, I’d say use sandbags.
Or lug half filled beer barrels back and forth across your house, or dungeon, or basement.
OR do rope and chain work.
There are many alternatives, and ALL BETTER Than adopting the silly deadlift grip and tugging a barbell. I mean, face it my friends – how often do ANY of use that sort of grip in real life?
I thought so!
And I’ll close out by saying this. I don’t care how much you can lift or push parallel to your chest my friend.
IT’s about how much you can press OVERHEAD.
Now THAT is a functional exercise, the overhead press.
And it’s about if you can pull yourself up from a dead hang and do so repeatedly, not while sitting on a lat pulldown machine.
And the feeling you get from doing these - - let me just say OH BOY.
I don’t think you could ever get them from doing deadlifts or weightlifting of any nature. Maybe a nasty lower back injury as deadlifts are well known for (not to mention shoulder impingement in certain cases) – certainly not something I’d want to go for!
And that’s that for my opinion and indeed FACTS on that. Back soon!
PS – Don’t believe me? Think Im full of it? I understand. How dare I, eh. Cocky prick eh? Yeah, yeah. yeah! But before you diss me more (or perhaps after ;)), take a look at what a “convert” from the boobybuilding gang told me (straight from the horse’s mouth, this!) right HERE on the Shoulders like Boulders page . . .
So, today’s topic is an interesting variation on pull-ups.
And, something I’ve not written about a lot as of yet.
That being, rope . . . (which I HAVE written about) pull-ups, and RING pull-ups.
As in, pull-ups done on gymnastic rings.
Or, similar rings in the park (or wherever, really!).
And I’m here to tell you this; these rope and ring pull-ups give you the BEST damn workout of your life if used correctly, not to mention FRY your grip from here, to tomorrow, and to kingdom come!
What do I mean?
Well, I did 55 pull-ups today.
And only 10 of these were regular thick grip (bar) pull-ups.
Ultra thick grip, and while I do great at these, know what I did NOT do so great at today?
The combo, the GRIP-i-licous combo I just mentioned! ?
That being, ROPE pull-ups (done on chains, actually) and gymnastic ring pull-ups (done monkey bar style out there in the park).
And the two of them gave me a workout from Cain today.
Believe me, when you alternate between sets of 15 for these, and do so QUICKLY – you’ll quickly fry not just your grip but your biceps and entire back too!
And while pull-ups aren’t and rightfully so meant to be “bicep specific” (not if done RIGHT!!!) - - the fact is that THIS exact sort of training will wreak havoc on the biceps, and cause them to grow like never before.
Work them in with regular pull-ups, and you’ll see that same growth on the traps too and forearms.
But again, for these?
Inner forearm work, and then some, not to mention fingers of rebar – believe me, it was all I could do to HOLD ON TO THEM chains as I trained out there today!
And believe me, if you add in regular monkey bar work, your overall upper body strength and conditioning will shoot so quickly through the roof that it ain’t even funny.
You’ll literally be approaching human “da xing xing” status as the Chinese call me (Mandarin Chinese for “gorilla”) as they see me working out ther.
And as the years go by, it does nothing to dim the fervor with which they say these words, and rightfully so!
Anyway, that’s a short one, I know, but it’s what I got for ya today, and believe me, it ain’t the length - - it’s the girth and SUBSTANCE that counts, and NO, it ain’t what you think either! ?
Ps – HERE is where you can learn how to do pull-ups the right way, my friend. The vast majority of male adults cant even hang on to the bar, let alone do pull-ups. Rectify this and do so quick – right HERE.
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 !
I’ve written about this before. Mastery of any exercise.
ANY exercise, no matter how simple.
And I’ve devoted a whole chapter to this very important topic in 0 Excuses Fitness.
Most skip right past it, but hey, big mistake right there.
Ever hear people say, for instance that “pushups are easy! Pooh!”
Well, my friend, did you know that easy or not, the easiest or toughest or not, MASTERING, truly so, any exercise is an ART UNTO ITSELF?
And something most people do NOT accomplish, no matter how accomplished they are.
Bruce Lee being one.
Despite his obvious physical skills, this man would be the first to tell you the above, as he constantly worked at improving the basics (particularly fingertip pushups in his case).
You may not ever get to the point that Lee did which was popping off sets of ONE finger pushups (50 reps/set) in front of goggling audiences and onlookers.
But do you have to get to those extreme levels?
NO (not unless you want to).
You can gain all th strength, muscle and CONDITIONING you need for your ENTIRE LIFE by mastering, really so, the basics!
Let’s take the basic pushup.
The REAL basic stuff.
Can you, for instance, do ONE pushup that takes you FIVE minutes to do cumulatively up and down, and maintain perfect form while at it?
Or, can you pop off 100 perfect ones in a row?
Or, can you do 10 sets of 10 pushups followed by 10 sets of 10 pull-ups with very little rest?
Or, can you do 1000 pushups daily (many boxers do)?
Or, can you . . .
. . . ah, but you get the drift my friend.
There is always a way to make it harder and more challenging. TRUE MASTERY is something the masters will tell you themselves that is nigh on impossible to get to, because we are always challenging ourselves and improving!!
Even if you answered yes to all the above, guess what.
Can you knock of 100 pushups in a set in perfect form with a minute break at the bottom of each pushup?
And so forth.
You get the point!
And adopting this mentality in your training will not only make you as close a “Master” (or “Mistress” as the case might be! ?) at the exercise as you humanly can be, but will also build WORLD Class levels of strength and conditioning to boot.
Yours truly likes to, as I’ve said before focus on a LIMITED number of main exercises per workout.
And for now, and for a few months now, for me it’s been rope jumping and pull-ups.
Sometimes you have no other option but to do the above, and other times (like now) you DO, but in both cases, focusing on less and really HAMMERING it is better.
In all regards.
Believe me, when your cranking out 2000 plus reps on the weighted jump ropes without a break in record time . . . or even without a break, period, you’ll know what I mean by the above!
Or when Animal kingdom workouts seem like nothing even when you combine them with 100 pull-ups per workout . . .
Or, . . . you get the picture!
Mastery, my friend, is what you should always be aiming for. And while you may never get there, you’ll get pretty damn close if you TRY. That I do guarantee.
And that point, you’ll be saying and writing about the same thing yourself! ?
PS – Here is where you can pick up the BEST damn course out there on pushups – Pushup Central. Truly the best, most challenging and most EXHAUSTIVE – I CHALLENGE you to find something better!! ?
Its interesting isn’t it?
The number of people willing to sacrifice their TRUE values and beliefs, and NOT say it like it is, not necessarily because they’re scared of any reprisals (or not) - but because of the almighty DOLLAR?
Or Rupee. Or Rupiah. Or pound (ah, but we’ll get to that part later! ?).
Reminds me of a time when my “dear” Dad told me the following.
“Rahul, it’s great you’re honest and say it like is, even so, brutal honesty needs to be tempered with a modicum of practicality!”
Now, these are my words. He used the word “white lie” . . .and to give you some background don this, yours truly was working a job in the Middle East at the time.
And at a certain point, yours truly was blamed roundly up and down for sending an email he never did (actually, for “instigating” the sending of that email even though they knew I didn’t send it – don’t ask!).
And for not castigating the sender of the email, and apologizing on my behalf.
And for (most importantly) brazenly (according to them at least – boy, if they knew me NOW!!) denying I had anything to do with it.
Because I didn’t.
It was the truth.
Cost me the job in the end, because that was the point relations deteriorated big time.
Loss of face, and what not but anyway, point being this.
I have always been this way my friend.
A customer Jason who I’ve written about befofe emailed me recently telling me much the same thing.
I love your daily emails, and admire your frankness. However, my sincere advice to you (and please do not take it the wrong way) is to tone it down occasionally, especially the politics. You never know who may get ticked off!”
(and not buy your products is what he didn’t say, but meant, and before y’all reading this start, he’s a Gorilla Grip customer, and has nothing but GREAT things to say about not just that one initial course, but the entire series).
Now, I guess I could put a call to action here but I won’t .
Instead, back to my response.
I’ve always been this way my friend.
I could care LESS if that approach costs me dollars, pennies, or makes me the same.
I was the same way when I barely had two cents to rub together (or dimes) – and I’m the same now.
Ain’t nothing changed bro.
Like I wrote about a while ago, my values are what I care about and standing up for, and doing the RIGHT THING, and I WILL Go to the ends of the world to say things to that extent. Regardless of business lost/gained.
End of the day, when we “go”, as I recently was chatting with Charles (Mitchell) about, all we have is a satisfaction of having made a difference by doing the right thing! At least, that’s how yours truly views it.
And on that note . . .
I get this same sort of thing a lot of time when I write my posts on China and the CCP.
And I gotta say this my friend.
Tom Tomming (I seem to have patented the word! ?) – and TRUE support are about as different and unique from each other as bread from meat.
Oil and water.
And so forth.
They do NOT mix.
Not even a little. No overlap. No congruence.
Wei Shenmo, some may ask.
Well, because . . . but before I get into that, let me say (or point out) something.
Ever notice that most, if not ALL the China tom tommers (actually, ALL) that praise the current Chinese regime up and down, and say (either literally or figuratively) that it can do NO harm, wants peace, never spread the China plague, and most certainly does NOT want war with any country, and never ever entertained any thoughts of global dominance, never does any wrong in Tibet and Xinjiang, and so forth, and well . . . you get the drift, but (and I know, this is long!) ever notice these guys all have MONEY (business) interests involved?
Like Donald Trump recently said in his rally at PA (and he’s damn right as usual).
“Russia, Russia, Russia, that’s all you hear about. But they ignore the real threat, China. No-one says a word about China. They all have their little deals going on”
(And yes, the She She Pee did take care to become that octopus with tentacles of many forms, shapes and guises as opposed to the erstwhile Soviet Union, but they’ve forgotten that its fairly simple to chop off the head of an octopus or snake if you know how! ?).
Usually people that are scared that China is their only option and they best not alienate it.
Or loser “ESL” teachers whose only option back home is public welfare, shared housing and the like . . .
Hey, don’t get me wrong. If you’re a GENUINE teacher there, so be it, but you wouldn’t fall into the tom tomming category then anyway (a past supervisor of mine comes to mind – a true business person but I’ll let it be for now).
You’d be either silent or joining me in approval. Probably the former, and that I can handle.
Hey, no sense upsetting the apple cart eh.
But the tom tomming is what I Can’t stand, and it’s usually losers from some of the above categories that do it the most.
A certain “Wacko Scholfield “comes to mind and on that note . . .
Let me be flat out honest.
I care not if you’ve got no work in your life other than making racist memes of myself and spreading them over the place, or stealing money from women (who have likely filed yet more police complaints against you) and then claiming myself or someone else was in bed with them, doing drugs, going off the rails every so often, and of course haunting the Internet to make up for lost time when you were locked away in god only knows which jail or looney tune bin.
Probably the latter, I suspect (although I DO remember you jumping bail . . . ). . .
I care NOT. I could care less, to be honest.
I could care less if you badger Charles up and down with 200 plus messages daily with “new names for yours truly” to add on to the burgeoning and rapidly so 650 plus “uncomplimentary names” list.
Hey, I will even stand for your right to be a loser, and do so openly. Honestly! ?
But what I can’t handle is you bring a ROYAL (sic? In more ways than one! Hehe) PEST.
Yes, you heard me.
If you’ll stop being a PEST, I might, might (emphasis) just do what you’ve been hankering after all this while (and since you’re no doubt glued to the screen waiting for my next dispatch, I figured I’d say it here).
That’s my only request, or demand. Take it or leave. It. That’s how it’s going ot be my friend. If you pester me, you’ll get called out. Don’t, and you’re free to spread your filth to other like minded folks. You won’t hear a peep outta me!
Even during your tom tomming and posting about me on your WeShat moments (I mean, dude, really. We all know you need attention, but that sort of thing is just pathetic, like asking someone to do your dirty work for YOU because you’re too much of a pussy to do so yourself). . .
Anyway, where was I before I got into that rant.
The difference between truly supporting something or a country or someone, and tom tomming.
REAL support involves an honest and open appraisal/analysis of strengths and weaknesses.
(and saying “China can do no wrong” because you might not get that ESL job or the purse strings from your Chinese S.O. doesn’t count my friend).
Everyone has ‘em. Both.
As my wife recently said during an argument of sorts,
“No-one is right all the time”.
She wasn’t referring to me, but she’s right. Spot on. Dead right!
I don’t care if it’s me, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, the Pope, or Donald Trump, “to err is human”
and no-one is right all the time.
Least of all the CCP.
Those that truly care about the country (yours truly, and MANY OTHER CHINESE!) are pointing out the obvious flaws, shortcomings and debacles the CCP is getting the country into for their own selfish interests (not to mention become the Chinese equivalent of Nazi Germany).
Those that truly want the country to do well and have a soft spot for it (might sound amazing, but I love the PEOPLE of China!) will always be HONEST about the country and it’s dealings.
And of course, we all know what happens to said people.
Jail time and reprimands. More of the former than the latter, I gotta say.
(and yes, this list of people, at least the Chinese bunch includes people that are by all angles SUCCESFUL and do not, I repeat, NOT, fall into the “financially insecure” category).
In fact they fall into the “Very financially secure so long as they don’t say nothing bad about the PRC” category.
And yet they say it, because they CARE.
THAT, my friend, is the difference!
Now, politics aside, fitness you ask.
Well, the same damned thing applies.
Those that pooh pooh and rubbish bodyweight exercises in favor of booybuilding – are guess what.
The very people that CANNOT do the bodyweight exercises!
Be those either pull-ups, pushups, or handstand pushups (just to name a few off the top of my head).
Especially pull-ups and handstand pushups, which is a combo guaran-damn-teed to turn you into a bonafide ANIMAL, a RUMPUS KICKING one at that very quickly!
So says Mr Handstand pushup, and anyone that’s acutally done the thing.
Or those that claim “gyms are essential”! (usually you’ll see these folks handing out memberships to others as well . . . ).
And so forth.
Anyway, this has gone on for long enough, so I’ll stop here. On yet another note, someone recently messaged me and asked me about “doing that one thing that NO-ONE, not even your most ardent detractors can criticize you for” (something I wrote about a coupla weeks ago).
Apparently she can’t find her “sweet spot”, and that’s fine. Happens. But this one is already too long, so wait for me to do up another piece on that which I will shortly.
And that, my friend, truly ist hat.
Onward, upward, and BETTER!
PS – Handstand pushup look cool don’t they? Wouldn’t it be cool for you to be called Mr. HandStand Pushup or BETTER some day? An Animal? BEAST? I bet it would, and yes, you gym goers want it the most – I can tell! ? Anyway here is the course that will get cranking out handstands and handstand pushups like there’s no tomorrow – Shoulders like BOULDERS. Jump aboard if you truly choose – and if you’re truly serious (no bitching and moaning or pissing and groaning about price please; I ain’t interested!).
So, it’s been an interesting day.
Wacko Glyn (remember, I wrote about him) has apparently been foaming at the mouth about something or the other and is getting his knickers in a twist that I blocked him on social media.
Along with a few other bozos.
And of course, his enablers seem to be at it, but this post isn’t about that. We’ll address that later!
For now, lets look at what Charlene, a reader from (apparently) South Africa had to say to me –
Im pretty sure I would break something if I try any of these but I do advocate strength training:) Glad you arent as clumsy as I am...hope one day I can at least achieve one handstand pushup. Good read!
(This was w.r.t my emails on handstand pushups a while back).
And then, to a recent post about hill sprints and pull-ups - -
Ah, Pushups are my nemesis! Can't even do one properly without my hubby helping me up however my hubby swears by pushups but I don't think he knows about the hill sprints before the actual pushup workout. Thank you, will def let him know or better yet, I will let him read your article:)
(now, I did write the article about doing pull-ups, but hey, pushups work as well . . . )
My responses were as follows:
Get good at regular pushups first, Charlene before moving to these. I'm a pretty clumsy guy btw, so if I can do it - anyone! Hehe. Coming from one whose wife once called him Mr Handstand pushup, hehe. Maybe I'll do a post about that soon!
And to the second . . .
Haha, keep trying Charlene! You'll get there - we all gotta start SOMEPLACE! ;-) And yes - the more you get in shape with hill sprints (but start out SLOW!) - the easier them pushups and pullups get!
Now ,key lessons and takeaways from all this (minus the wacko Schofield part , of course!) –
That one, you don’t necessarily need to be a trapeze artist or a hand balancing expert to do any of what I recommend, and even the handstand pushups.
Lots of people have asked me why I don’t include something on FREESTANDING handstand pushups in my books.
Well, I could – but Idon’t for the same reason I haven’t put out a book on doing one armed work as yet.
Because, for the vast majority of people, the BASIC stuff is what they a) need to get good at first, and b) they don’t necessarily even need anything beyond that.
Believe me, the stuff I teach you in 0 Excuses Fitness and my other BASIC courses are enough to kick even seasoned trainees in the can the first few times they try it, and enough to give you a workout that will kick your BOOTY for the rest of your life, my friend.
And if you don’t believe me, well, just TRY some of the stuff first.
But if you really want to go advanced (and even basic handstand pushups are advanced) ?
Well, that’s why I teach you how to do ‘em against the wall, and that’s why I teach you how to do it in a completely different manner than what most of the “experts” recommend!
And second, you gotta start someplace, and with a lot of ladies, pushups are best done on your knees when you first start.
And YES, ladies, you CAN do pushups, and YES, YES, YES, you can do pull-ups – and the latter better than guys in many cases!
I ain’t kidding you my friend. I’ve seen several examples of women that you wouldn’t necessarily consider bionic pump out pull-ups like no tomorrow while the gym bros gawk on in amazement (And the wackos stare and pull their you know what’s).
Believe me – you ladies can do bodyweight stuff out there just as well as guys can, and while pushups may be a bit of an exception to that general rule, you sure CAN do ‘em!
I’ll have more on this in future.
For now, let me end by saying that yours truly was and has often been labeled “Clums” (that’s right, without the “y”) because . . . well, he can be incredibly clumsy at times!
And if he can do handstand pushups, well, so can you – if you work up to it!
And that’s that for now. Back again with more sizzlers – yee haa!
PS – HERE is the ONE DEFINITIVE course on handstand pushups that will get you from “clumsy zero” status to repping them out like there is NO tomorrow – Shoulders like Boulders.
This one may come across as a bit of a strange one to write about, but it’s really not.
And other than the obvious “well, bottom feeders suck, so you obviously shouldn’t be enabling them”, there are other reasons behind this.
Reasons I, after chatting with my friend Charles the other day would have told him but being he’d just ignore it (or he’d “listen, but wouldn’t hear” if you get “Alonzo Harris’s drift”, hehe), I’m saying it HERE!
To you guys, and indeed it holds as true for business and life as it does fitness.
So, some of you might remember Wacko Glyn.
The same wacko who made threats against me a while back, is (and has been on) on drugs for God knows how long, usually lives on either welfare or charity, and has stolen money from about a dozen different folks.
And “borrowed” from even more, with no intention to return it.
He currently owes my buddy money for flying him back (very gracious of Charles I must say, after all that’s transpired, but silly as well) from the Philippines where he fled after he was booted from China and apparently Hong Kong too.
(And don’t even get me started on the guy’s personal life, his weird fetishes etc. Hey, nothing wrong with a fetish if you have one, but judging by the number of women that came up to me and showed me screenshots etc of this dude literally pestering them up and down for related rubbish, I have just one thing to say – LOSER. With a capital L, and the rest too. Hehe).
The same dude who even Hannibal Lecter (fictional obviously) would be leery of sharing a cell with, and even the mental facilities in Baltimore Maryland (I don’t know if that part was finctional! ?) would probably balk at accepting him.
Hey, there’s a limit to “bravery”. Or insanity . . . and associating with said wacko in any way, shape or form is just INSANE.
I’d rather run for the hills! Hehe. Which I’d rather do anyway of course, preferably in a sprint! ?
And enabling the dude’s lunacy takes it to a different level altogether.
Here’s how it usually goes down.
Dude wants help. Charles helps him.
Dude says thanks.
Few weeks later, he turns into the scorpion that bit the frog, and HOW.
Charles vows to “never help him again” as does his girlfriend (don’t get me started on that one, hehe).
And dude shows up sniveling a few weeks later, and apparently gains “sympathy” from the duo above.
“He’s turned over a new leaf”, they think. If there is one thing these sociapth types are good at it it’s making others think they’re “normal” and “turned over a new leaf”. Look at Ted Bundy for one, and you’d hardly think a maniac lay within!
Or Lecter in the movie . . . a cultured doctor outwardly . . .
. . . And while I ain’t saying above nutter is a cannibal or even a murderer he’s the “non violent” equivalent of the above.
Anyway, after the sympathy he’s gained, he needs help again.
OK, one last time they think.
They send him cash.
Which he blows.
On . . . well, we went there!
And round and round goes the merry go round my friend.
Now, there’s not much I can do if people continue to enable bottom feeders like this wackjob, and believe me, he isn’t the only looney tune running around there. Tons of them out there!
But I Can tell you this.
Anytime youre doing business, as my friend Dwayne said, there’ll be someone tryuing to put their hands into your pocket.
And (as your favorite fitness guru says, hehe) it’s usually a bottom feeder.
The kind that trawls the internet all day long looking for free or cheap stuff as opposed to paying for quality info and implementing it, and being done with it . . .
The kind that leaves idiotic reviews because “the information wasn’t worth what he paid for it”.
Yeah. Right. While my books ARE PRICEY, and while I DO NOT and never WILL offer any discounts (unless circumstances warrant it), the info in there is worth every penny and then some in gold.
And those that truly get it KNOW what I BE Talking about.
More than this though, the bottom feeders waste your time. And energy.
Bazillions of emails. Meaningless rants. Idiotic messages (in the case of nutzo above). And all the lot.
All in all, a massive DRAIN and drag me down.
And in business, you do NOT want to be associated with someone like that, and neither do you in life.
And there endeth “this particular sermon”, as they say.
As “Father Rahul” says, hehe (kidding).
Kiddin aside, if you have someone in YOUR life like this, write back and let me know – let US know – and we’ll give you advice on how NOT to enable him or her, if you are!
PS – I have always had a policy of NOT helping those who refuse to help themselves. And that’s why I keep telling people, simply investing in the product won’t get the job done my friend. YES, you do need to invest, but that’s the first step. Getting off your ass, and DOING what is said therein is the next and most important step. And if you’re not willing to put in the hard yards, well, you might as well NOT invest in my products. I only want people that are dead serious about fitness, and not the lookie lous, bottom feeders, time wasters and such. Sorry if that offends, but ‘tis TRUE, my friend. It’s true!
I can just feel it . . .
The China tom tommers, the naysayers, the lefto nutjobs, and nutjobs in general willing me NOT to say what I’m about to (because deep down inside they know it’s the TRUTH and has, as a friend of mine once said, the “ring of truth to it”) – and hate me for saying it even before I say it, hehe.
So be it.
Say it I WILL, regardless of what others want me to do my friend.
And as always, it starts with a story or two. ? (Hint, Hint!)
I was speaking with a friend from Taiwan the other day, a person that took forever and a day to get back to my “Hi” message. Which is all good, of course. She’s got business and matters in her personal life keeping her less than “not busy” (yeah, we’re talking China, so I better get roundabout too eh ?) so thatsall good.
Anyway, we were discussing the current situation, and of course, given the state of affairs, war in general.
And Taiwan is likely to be one of the first places (along w/the heavily militarized on both sides now India – China border that war breaks out, so . . . she was a little more than interested!
And a comment she made was interesting, if just for what she said AFTER that.
“I hope India and China have a massive war soon!”
Hmm, OK. It’s pretty much inevitable, and what she meant was “since China is doing the wrong thing and being brazen about it on multiple fronts it’s time for India to stare it down (as the other big power in Asia) an dtell it to, well, sod off).
And she’s right.
But she hates India. By her own admission, the “government of India does nothing”.
“India has a terrible human rights track record”.
Then she went on to refer to the casteism which unfortunately is still rampant in India. And the general shoddy state of affair, and of course, the crimes against women.
And she pretty much tarred the entire country with ONE brush, that being “I like India, but only because your enemy’s enemy is my friend!”
Now, was I “offended” by any of this?
In fact, I’m glad she trusts me enough to give me her TRUE OPINION of the country.
And as far as China and the CCP goes, the less the better on her opinion.
But here’s the point.
Amidst that entire India rant, there was not ONE POSITIVE thing said about the country. Despite us discussing Donald Trump before, and how by this lady’s own admission, NOT MINE “I don’t like Trump’s comment on woman, but overall he’s right, and we have to look at the overall picture).
And did she look at the overall picture, or even START to in terms of India.
Again, a resounding hell no.
And this ain’t surprising one damn bit. The Chinese in general (Han Chinese, NOT The minorities) have this concept of racial superiority over EVERYONE (don’t believe me? Do your research, and you’ll see!) and in terms of India, they’ve always thought the Indians to be INFERIOR in ever regard.
“How dare India punch above it’s weight (or what they think it’s weight is)” went one stupid little editorial in the Global Times recently, but I digress . . .
Racism, for those that don’t know is rampant in China, both amongst their own people and to expats in general, and is not only encouraged, but condoned. And if you’ve seen the “blacks not allowed” signs in Mc Donalds in GuangZhou etc that were doing the rounds even on heavily censored social media in China, well, you know what I’m talking about.
Words have a vibe my friend.
And the vibe I felt from what she was saying was simple.
Which is fine, of course. At least she was honest about it!
Now, am I saying said problems don’t exist in India?
Hell yes they do.
Big time, and yes, she’s right on a lot of those, but again, overall picture anyone?
Was Taiwan the beacon of democracy it is now when Chang Kai Shek took it over?
Hmm. No to say the least!
Is mainland China without it’s issues? Forced abortions, mostly female unborns, due to the one child policy.
An economy built on shaky fundamentals to say the least, with callous disregard for human rights, and the environment and HORRIFIC treatment of anyone that opposes the She She Pee in any way, shape or form (publicly)?
And more . . .
My point is this. Overalll picture.
But it’s funny how it works. My Dad once told me I “hate India because I think the people were dark and dirty” (along with the requisite facial expression).
Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that my family and me don’t really have a relationship. Haven’t for ages, and it don’t look likely to happen any time soon.
But I gotta say this.
NO, Dad, the “white man is not secretly racist”.
NO, Dad, I do NOT hate India. I hate the problems, and most of all the fact that government is so corrupt and inept that they do nothing to address problems that should have been addressed EONS ago.
That doesn’t equate to hating the people, or thinking what you said I did!
And of course, this brings me back to Claude Bristol.
As we think, we are, and if Communist China got that way due to thinking and tacit acceptance by the Chinese public, then in India . . .well, you get the drift. Hate me for saying it, sure. I don’t care.
But, it’s TRUE.
Anyway, where was I amongst all this.
Why the West will stand w India . . .
Because amidst all the chaos, India is at least HONEST about its problems, and even the callous attitude towards SOLVING the problems.
People openly don’t care, and that’s at least taking a stance on things! I might not agree with the stance, but it’s a stance regardless, and I respect the right of folks to take whicver stance they so choose.
I have said often that China is all smoke and mirrors.
And despite what the China tom tommers blather on about “China being the next world power” (sorry guys, but it ain’t, and never was), their economy is built on the same thing.
Take away the gloss and glitter, roads leading to nowhere, glitzy almost empty malls and roads leading to nowehere, and you have the same sorry mess that is currently there in India, except it’s suppressed and hidden.
AND THEREIN LIES the NUB of the matter.
The ring of truth as my friend from the Marines once put it, and “India’s always been a little different!”
Or, even the lady from TW.
“India’s a free country!”
And THAT freedom, that OPENNESS and that HONESTY is, more than economics, I believe why the West is standing with India NOW, and has for decades (never so much as now, but they’ve never been really against the country either).
Democracy, openness, and HONESTY.
Sure, there are problems in both America and India.
But in neither country are those problems covered up.
Take the plague for instance.
The Chinese figures are obviously all BS. Even for a country that planned and released this hell onto the entire world (and stockpiled masks etc in advance), the number of deaths or cases reported is way, way too low than it should be or you’d expect.
At least India and America, and the rest of the civilized world are TRANSPARENT about the havoc that it’s wreaked on them!
There is no second guessing. It is what it is. No smoke and mirrors. Just the TRUTH.
Take it or leave it.
And therein my friend lies the reason why people will ultimately side with India, and the side of true civilization (indeed, India is reported to the oldest civilization in the world as opposed to overhyped China).
And are, for that matter!
And that’s my two cents on it. Take it or leave it, and this sort of thing is EXACTLY what Secretary Pompeo, Donald Trump, and a lot of others have been saying, albeit in different words.
And it’s about the FEELING.
What feeling do you, the dear reader get about all this on India – and China?
I think that one last question can answer this entire debate, and it also answers why I consider Donald Trump to be not just he greatest U.S. President of ALL TIME, but also the greatest marketer.
Not only does he say what people think, but more importantly, what they FEEL!
And that, my friend, is really all there is to say about that. Have at!
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