Friday, 02 March 2012 06:50

When to take a break

I'm a huge proponent of training hard on a DAILY basis. I believe this is the best way to train - or to pursue any interest, for that matter - success in any endavor comes through putting in the hard work and hard yards; and training is no exception to that rule.

But, there are times when you do need a break - and it is important you interpret your body's signals correctly on this one.

A couple of years ago, I used to do a daily routine consisting of pushups, pull-ups and squats - high numbers of each, and I followed this routine daily. This was preceded by some stretching, and was followed by stair runs (another butt kicking exercise) AFTER the workout. After this, I'd go to work. I'd come back home around 6, and I'd do another round of exercise then. Maybe some pushups, lunges - whatever it was, I'd make sure I'd do it without fail, and do it on an almost daily basis (the evening workouts - the morning workouts were daily ones without fail). 

This routine worked well for me for a while, but after a while, I noticed I wasn't quite progressing the way I wanted to on all my exercises. My numbers were staying stagnant, or in some cases, even going DOWN - which was a mystery, since I did these exercises on a daily basis. I mean, how can I NOT get that last pushup in despite doing them in high reps daily? How can I NOT be progressing on my planches, despite working on them religiously? 

And on top of that, I used to feel tired and worn out most of the time, and most of all, I wasn't FEELING like I was on the top of the world after finishing a workout. And THAT is when I decided something was wrong, and I decided to make a change.

I reviewed my exercise routine, which was fine in itself. My diet wasn't ideal - but I was making gains despite that, so I figured I'd start to clean my diet up as well (as a result of which the Simple and Effective Diet was born a few years later). But, that didn't bring about the changes I wanted either.

And one day, I got a bit sick of thinking about it - and simply did nothing for the day. That's right - nothing, except a mild walk outdoors, I did NOTHING by the way of hard exercise. Actually thought about changing my routine up big time at that point, maybe even incorporating weights (something I don't prefer). When your NOT getting results, you start to get frustrated and look for other options, and that is what happened to me as well.

So, took that day off, and came back again to my regular workout the next day. And guess what? I woke up feeling far better and stronger the next morning - despite not having exercised the day before. And I maintained ALL my numbers on my exercises, and felt much better after my workout - much better than I was feeling before I took the break.

Didn't exercise again that evening, but got back it to again the next morning - and guess what - I SURPASSED my numbers on some of the exercises - something I'd wanted to do for a long time, but never was able to.

And at that point I figured that I'd simply take a day off when I was really worn down, since it helped me. So, thats what I've been doing ever since, and making great gains. And that, my friend, is what YOU need to do as well - if you are REALLY worn out from your regular routine, then a break might be in order.

Note that taking a break from a regular, hard routine doesn't mean you sit at home and do nothing by the way of physical activity. The point is to  let you body recover, and one of the best ways to let it recover is by actually doing something - NOT something "hard", but something real light. So if your doing 150 pushups a day along with other things, and take a day off to rest - then you may not do any pushups that day, but take a long walk. Or you may do 20 pushups, some stretching, and then call it a day. I've found that your body actually recovers better when you are in "active recovery" mode as opposed to slumping on the couch in front of the TV.

I talk about more about active recovery in Fast and Furious Fitness - and I also talk more about what you can do on your active recovery days.

And last, but not least, note that it's important to know when you really need a break, and when you are just slacking off. Most people actually need to be working out MORE instead of less; and most people would do great on a daily schedule of exercises (alternate between hard days and light days). Of course, this may vary from individual to individual, but by and large, I have found that most folks these days need to be doing more - not less.

But, if you find you really need a break - then go for it - and watch yourself come back stronger the next day!

Best regards,

Rahul

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 06:05

Think positive, DO positive

It was one of THOSE mornings. Didn't have a particularly restful night (though I was exhausted) - and woke up feeling "el groucho", or just plain grouchy in plain English. And it had nothing to do with my daily routine, or exercise program - just good old life making it's presence felt. Ho hum. 

You all know the type of feeling I'm referring to - feeling depressed and down, not being able to progress despite trying out heart out, job woes, and so forth. The list goes on and on, and yet, there is not much we can do to change these things. I mean that's life - it'll happen every so often.

But, there ARE some things you can do to feel better - and throw life's curveballs right back at it. Exercise is one very potent weapon you can use - especially the routines I teach in Fast and Furious Fitness, but there's more to it than  just hard, balls-to-the-wall kind of exercise.

Anyway, back to what I was telling you - so today was supposed to be my rest day from exercise. Yet, I knew there was no way I could get through the day feeling the way I was, so I figured I'd get my workout in anyway. There's different type of workouts you can do so you don't end up doing a real tough one right after you've done one the previous day - see Fast and Furious Fitness for more on that. 

The problem was though, I just wasn't feeling UP to exercising this morning. And it had nothing to do with my sore muscles, or the fact it was a rest day - my brain was just in the "down in the dumps" mood, and nothing was going to change it.

But I've always emphasized that your brain does what YOU tell it to do, not the other way around. And what I did this morning was I simply sat down for a while in a darkened room, turned off the phone (YES, this can be done for a short while!) and simply visualized for ten minutes. I thought about what sort of life I wanted to have, about what sort of life I have NOW - and what I can be thankful for - and all the good that is GOING TO HAPPEN in my life in the near future. And after 10 minutes, I felt much better.

Headed straight out to workout after that - and the rest is history (1000 more jumps consigned to the "history" bin amongst other things). And I'm ready to tackle the rest of my day now.

Now, I realize that what I just said may sound like words straight out of a monk or yogi's mouth - but I'm not asking you to meditate on one leg in the Himalayas for years. But, listen to me now and believe me later - this is a powerful, powerful technique indeed - that when practiced correctly can literally DRAW good into your life. And I'm sharing today's experience with you to show that YES, this technique DOES work.

I cover many more such powerful thought processes (and how to harness them) in Fast and Furious Fitness - these techniques will not only help propel you to greater levels of fitness - and stay there - but they can also impact all aspects of your life positively - provided you LET them do so.

Anyway, I'm buzzing on all cylinders now. Time to get down to business for the day!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: Remember - it all starts with THINKING positively. You first FEEL good - then you automatically DO good - and then you WILL FEEL BETTER - and your life WILL change for the better!


Wednesday, 29 February 2012 05:59

One of the keys to improving your pull-ups

Pull-ups are a fantastic exercise to build strength throughout the entire upper body. This one exercise, as I've said many times before, is worth it's weight in gold, but is sadly ignored by the majority of people these days - believe it or not, 90+% of folks today cannot do a single pull-up in good form. And out of those that DO them - you'll find that the enthusiasm for sticking to the exercise quickly tapers off as they learn how hard the exercise is, and consequently struggle to progress. Not good.

And today, I'm going to share with you one tip that will help you improve your pull-up performance, or get past a "sticking point" (if you are at one) on this exercise. This tip works for all levels; it will help you if you cannot do a single pull-ups, and it will help you do more if you can currently bang off 10 in a row.

And this tip is NOT what most people would think about doing - in fact, most folks will likely not believe me when I mention it. It is NOT doing more pull-ups. It is NOT working on the grip - though that helps as well. And it is NOT doing lat pull downs - or lifting weights - none of that.

So, what IS it then Mookerjee, you might ask? What the heck is this mysterious secret that will help me improve on pull-ups? Well, its not a secret at all - at least not to me it ain't. And it is - doing PUSHUPS.

That's right - doing pushups - all sorts of pushups - WILL help your pull-ups. There are some kinds of pushups that lend themselves better to pull-up performance than others, but rest assured that pushups in general will help you do that first pull-up - or do more if your stuck at a certain number. And the reasons behind this is that pushups, contrary to what most folks think, build ALL the muscles used in pull-ups, specifically and most importantly, the grip, forearms, shoulders, entire back, and biceps as well - yes, biceps as well.

Additonally, the pushup complements the pull-up perfectly. I wrote a post about exercises that complement one another a while back - if you missed it, go HERE. And pushups are easier to do for most people than pull-ups (remember I said easier than pull-ups, not just "easy"), so progressing on them and consequently building more strength through this exercise is easier - and all this leads to better performance on pull-ups.

Still don't believe me? Well, for those of you that are currently spending hours trying to bang out that first pull-up, do this. Do NOT do any  pull-ups for the next two weeks - but concentrate on banging out 100 pushups daily in letter perfect form. Don't dwadle while doing these; make sure you bang them out as fast as you can - but - and this is IMPORTANT - maintain correct form while doing so (never compromise on form for speed). Do regular pushups, or any type of pushup you prefer - there are many different combinations of pushups you can do - see Fast and Furious Fitness for more on this.

And at the end of the those two weeks (or however long it takes you to get 100 pushups in a row), try your pull-ups again - I'll bet you'll be surprised.

This ONE tip is so valuable that I could probably devote an entire chapter to it in Fast and Furious Fitness, but I figured I'd send it out in my daily newsletter for maximal benefit to all. in fact, I'm going to add it to the articles section of the website as well - it is THAT important. Of course, if your looking for more great tips on improving your pull-ups, and general levels of fitness, then grab a copy of the book pronto.

So for those of you that find pull-ups to be tough - or even if you've been doing them a while - give this a try, and let me know how it works!

Best regards,

Rahul

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:14

An instant pick me up

Dear Reader,

Was another one of those days today where I woke up a bit cranky, and not feeling "on top of the world". No worries - I know exactly what to do to drive the blues away, and proceeded to do so almost pronto. And I'm feeling great now - can't imagine another case of the blues attacking me today. 

And my instant pick me up is NOT comfort food, not a magic pill, and certainly not "one for the road". It involves a jump rope, and my running shoes - the exact formula being 1500 jumps. That's it - it's that simple.

Jumping rope is a fantastic overall exercise, not just for overall fitness, but also to drive the blues away. The jumping motion strengthens your legs and back, and the constant whippy rope turns ensure your forearms get a decent workout in as well (more than decent, if you do things the right way).

And fat loss? Man, when you can do 1500 jumps within 15 minutes, your not going to be worried about losing fat - your metabolism will be cranked so high that you'll be doing it all day long without even thinking about it! 

Note than I'm emphasizing the TIME taken a lot - this is key. You don't want to take all day to jump rope, or any other exercise for that matter. I'm not saying everyone's gotta do 1500 in 15 minutes, but try and get your routine done as fast as you can without comprising form. This is key to weight loss, but also to releasing the correct endorphins into your body, and also gives you a fantastic, natural HIGH - that lasts all day long.

If your a beginner, start with some of the routines I mention in Fast and Furious Fitness. Do what you can, and you'll quickly realize why I can't praise this one exercise enough.

And last, but not least, don't overdo things. Progress slowly, and at a level YOU can handle - and you'll be on the road to super fitness within no time.

Let me know how you do!

Best regards, 

Rahul

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Monday, 27 February 2012 05:15

500 pushups a day

I collapsed in a puddle of my own sweat this morning while exercising. Was breathing heavily, sort of like an old locomotive puffing it's way up a steep hill. And this happened multiple times during my workout - each time, I felt I couldn't go ANY further - but go further I did - until I completed my routine. I'm sitting here writing to you after I've finished - and I'm STILL sweating. My arms feel a bit numb, as does my chest - but they're going to be talking to me later for sure. HA!

And that, my friend, is what is liable to happen to YOU as well when you bang out 500 pushups in a single workout - which is what I did today.

Remember that 500 pushups per day is not something I currently do - so it was something different. It was also a real challenge - and making it past 300 odd didn't seem like it would be possible at one point - but I puffed, panted and somehow pushed my way to the magic 500. In fact, I was sweating so heavily that the carpet on the living room (where I work out) was damp as well - I kid you not on that one. And remember that winter's not gone as yet from these parts; I'm wearing a thick vest and a T-shirt on top of that - both of those should be enough to absorb the sweat, but evidently not - I was literally dripping sweat all over the place. And even if you leave the strength benefits aside for a minute - talk about a GREAT cardio workout - WOW!

Pushups are a workout all unto themselves - strength and cardio combined into one simple, and highly effective exercise. And the amazing thing about them is that even the easiest pushup is enough to humble the toughest guy. There is a very good reason that pushups (along with pullups) are a mainstay for soliders in the army. I teach you how to do different style of pushups in Fast and Furious Fitness, as well as how to progress up to higher numbers, so if your looking to get better at pushups, this is where you need to start.

Now, I know that some of you reading this are going to get pumped up and are going to want to do hundreds of pushups daily, even if you haven't been doing them a while. And while getting pumped is good - remember that it takes TIME to work up to 500 a day. I do pushups on an almost daily basis, and 500 is hard as heck for me as well. A good goal for most folks would be 50 pushups a day - believe it or not, that in itself is more than what most folks can handle.

If your working out regularly, shoot for 75, or 150 pushups per day - but whatever you do, remember that working up to higher numbers takes TIME and dedication. There's no point in busting your butt trying to do 500 if you can't do 10 in good form - do what you can, and work up from there.

And that's it for the day. I'm off to shower now - provided I can get my shirt off my back! 

Best regards,

Rahul

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Sunday, 26 February 2012 12:39

Best time to work out

Back when I first started to train seriously and regularly, my workout would be on the top of the daily "to-do" list after work.  I'd come home, grab some green tea (or drink some water) and then get down to my workout. After that, I'd get some chores done, grab dinner, and go to bed. And that was my routine for a long time - and it worked pretty well for me.

Over the last year or so though, I've started to do things a bit differently. I've started to work out in the mornings - before I start my day. And the results have been as good, if not better - if anything, I feel that extra burst of energy which makes it easier to get through the rest of my day. Pretty much the same as when I trained at night after work; I'd feel mentally drained after work, but I used to feel refreshed after my exercises (though I was physically tired).

Both routines worked well for me - the main thing was I stuck to my routine, and thus I got benefits from it. And you'll feel mentally refreshed whether you workout in the morning or evening; that much is a given.

Mornings work best for me now as I'm not working traditional "9-5" shifts any more. That wasn't the case a year or so ago, so exercising after work was what worked back then.

And so, what is the best time of the day for YOU to work out? Many people have asked me this question, and my answer is almost always the same i.e. "when it works out best for YOU". If I had to make a choice personally, I'd say it's best to work out in the morning - BEFORE you start your day. You get a boost of energy which jump starts your day, you think better and you FEEL better throughout the entire day which is reason enough for me to work out in the mornings. That routine has worked well for me, and has benefited me a lot.

But, not everyone can do this - you may not have the time to workout in the mornings, especially if your day starts real early, or if your a "late starter" in terms of the engine revving up a bit later on in the day. In that case, there's nothing at all wrong with workout in the evening after work - or even at night after dinner, if that is when you can make time. The main thing is to ensure that you MAKE time for your workout - no matter how you busy you are - and the rest will start to fall into place automatically.

And making time isn't as hard as it sounds. You can get a great workout done in 15 minutes - 30 minutes MAX - and I show you the exact exercises to do in Fast and Furious Fitness. The main thing is to MAKE time - instead of excuses, and you'll be on the right track. 

On one last note, though I work out in the mornings normally, I'll do a "double" some days by working out in the evening as well. Usually around 6PM or so, though it isn't a tough workout - I'll either work on some hard exercises that I've been trying to get better at, or I'll do some general stuff and call it a night. I'm not saying you have to do this - but just pointing out what works for ME.

Figure out a routine that works for YOU, and stick to it - and then shoot me an email - I look forward to hearing about your success!

Best regards,

Rahul

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Saturday, 25 February 2012 10:27

ONE minute grip workouts

You've heard me speak about 15-30 minute workouts often. You've heard me say that you can get in a fantastic workout in 15 minutes flat - and you've also heard me talk about five minute routines that blast the fat off your frame faster than you can say Hallelujah.

Folks often use the "I don't have time to train" excuse to avoid exercise. Well, sorry, but EVERYONE's got to have a few minutes a day for themselves, and if you don't have even that much time - well, I suggest you work on rectifying that. 15 minutes is not a long time - 10 minutes is even shorter. Do what you can, but do SOMETHING - anything that gets you moving is a good start (and I don't mean the walk from the refrigator to the couch).

Anyway, today, I'll take the "quick workouts" concept one step further, and talk about routines that don't last for more than a minute - and get the job done in terms of blasting the grip.

That's right - you CAN get an intense forearm workout from following a routine that last for as little as a MINUTE. And to be honest, most beginners would be doing good to get 10-15 seconds in good form; let alone 60 seconds.

Sounds a bit implausible to you? Well, perhaps it does, but allow me to give you an extremely simple exercise to do - which won't last for more than a minute. And that one exercise is SO simple to do that I wonder why most folks don't think of doing it - but incredibly, they don't.

And that exercise is this: Find a chinning bar, or a sturdy tree branch, or anywhere you can hang safely (the higher the better) - grip on to the bar, and simply hang. Thats right, simply HANG, and time yourself while you do so. No monkey business while hanging; your arms should be completely stretched out and your entire body should stay still - simply hang in that position for a minute.

Again, if it sounds simple to you - well, just TRY it. I'll bet your unable to do more than 25-30 seconds max if you're starting out (perhaps less if you've been doing other exercises before). If you can manage a minute, repeat for five sets. If you can manage that, keep doing that at the end of your regular routine - and tell me how much your grip has improved after a couple of weeks.

Simple enough exercises, but you won't find many people doing this. Why? Well, one because if done correctly (and especially if done after your regular workout) - this exercise CAN REALLY HURT! You'l literally feel your fingers start to peel off the bar after you've been hanging a while - and your shoulders and forearms will get a super workout as well. And all this in less than a minute.

Second, it's not a "fancy" exercise. Most folks associate hanging on a chinning bar with "something they did when they were kids", and don't conisder it anywhere near in value to the fancier stuff and machines.

Big, big mistake - the simple stuff - stuff we did when we were kids - actually brings you far better results than the other stuff does.

And in case your wondering, this one simple exercise can be made way tougher than it is currently. Further, there are dozens of other things you can do - for a MINUTE - that will leave you with burning forearms and fingers that won't be able to grip for a while after the exercise. Fast and Furious Fitness details many such routines that can be used by all levels of trainees (yes, even advanced trainees).

As for yours truly, I did three one minute holds at the end of my routine today - and I can STILL feel the soreness in my forearms. I enjoy this exercise, and do it often - and if your interested in developing a vice like grip, so should you.

All for now. Oh, if you logged on to the site a few hours back and saw an "under maintenance" sign, not to worry - that was simply my web host updating the server where the site is located. All seems to be normal now.

Enjoy your weekend - and if you train today, make it a super workout!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: Here's that link once again: - Fast and Furious Fitness

I'm having a REAL tough time shopping for shirts these days. And it's not just me saying this - my wife's been complaining as well. She often tells me that it's next to impossible to shop for shirts for me without having me there in person as well. She says that she can buy the right size, the right colors, make, everything - but more often than not, if I'm not actually trying the shirt out before I buy it, I'll complain that it's too tight, and won't be able to wear it.

And by "too tight", I mean that it fits a bit too snugly around the shoulders - so I feel like I'm about to rip the shirt apart when I raise my arms up. That same logic applies for coats and jackets as well. My wife tells me I've gained some mass around the shoulders recently, and I can believe it given the exercises I've been practicing.

Funny thing is, a while back I used to wear size XL shirts - but as of late, I've started to find some of those to be "too tight" as well. Problem is, the next size up fits OK around the shoulders, but ends up looking a bit baggier than it should around the waist - but thats what I have to live with if I choose to buy "off the rack" clothing.

And why am I telling you this?

Well, pretty much to warn you that YOU too may have difficulty purchasing shirts that fit right once you start following an exercise routine similar to what I do. Remember that ALL I do is the exercises I teach you in Fast and Furious Fitness. I do NOT lift weights, play sports professionally  or do manual labor - these are all activities you'd associate with broad and powerful shoulders, but I'm not doing any of them.

So I'll warn you in advance - if you're the type that shops once a year and expects your clothes to fit you correctly the entire year, then you probably don't want to mess around with the exercises that I advocate. If your worried that a constantly expanding shoulder size, or broad, powerful back muscles will make it tougher for you to shop for clothes, well, you've been warned ahead of time.

Of course, if your the rare breed that doesn't mind having a set of broad shoulders that are every bit as strong as they look - and continue to get stronger as you keep training - then you'd be well advised to grab a copy of Fast and Furious Fitness TODAY. But if you do so, expect to have to keep buying new shirts on a regular basis. Yes, the exercises contained within ARE that powerful - do them as I tell you to - and you'll be building muscle on your entire body like you never have before, while also melting off fat at a record rate. 

On another note, we did end up buying an "off the rack" coat which seems to fit ok for the time being. The function's still a few months away though - so all bets on the coat fitting right at that point are off. You could also look upon it as a sort of "goal" to achieve; increase your shoulder width so much that you have to buy new shirts every so often.

Now that's an interesting goal to aim for - aim to outgrow your shirts! My wife doesn't think much of it, but then again, she's the one shopping for me (and the one who gets to have me try on each and everything before she buys; NOT the easiest of tasks) - so I can't say I blame her.

So, thats the wisdom (or warning) for the day. Be back tomorrow with more!

Best regards,

Rahul


Thursday, 23 February 2012 05:39

Simple exercises, SUPER workout

Had one of the best workouts of the week today. I know I say that a lot of times - said it yesterday, as a matter of fact, but that's how it goes when you train in a sensible manner, and put in a ton of hard work - you get RESULTS, and you get one GREAT workout after the other!

If you read yesterday's post, you know that I did some tough exercises in my workout yesterday, and made good progress on a lot of the movements. I was sore when I woke up today - especially in my triceps and back (funny combination, huh?) - so figured I'd do a "lighter" workout than usual, in order to speed up recovery and still get a decent workout in for the day. And so, off I went to the living room - which is currently where I'm exercising. Nice, large room, can move a couple of the sofas out of the way and have lots of room in which to train.

By the way, I mentioned a small, but important detail in that last paragraph which you need to incorporate into your routine - see if you can find it.

Anyhow, I was planning on doing rope jumping and pushups as the mainstay of my workout today, and end after that. Started off with a few jumps, and then pushups, and so forth. And before I know it, I'm dripping with sweat and have not just got in a good workout - I've got in a HECK of a workout - just as tough as yesterday, except in a different manner.

And would you believe it - I did nothing other than movements that I consider to be EASY - and yet got a fantastic workout in. Yes, that's right - I did EASY movements all throughout the routine.

Now, how is that possible? 

Well, I simply did an "easy" exercise, and then supersetted it with more reps of that "easy" exercise and then collapsed when I couldn't do any more. And then believe it or not, I did another superset of that same exercise - right after the second one - and then went from there. Before I knew it, the easy exercises had become tough, and completing even one rep was a challenge by the end of it all.

So there you have it - yet another small detail than you can incorporate into your routine at times to change things up, and give you a superb workout without doing a lot of new things. Many more such (usually ignored) details are included in Fast and Furious Fitness - grab your copy today.

Note that I don't advocate this type of training all the time, and neither do I advise doing so for new trainees, or those that are just starting out. Ditto if your not good at a certain movement. I myself only do this once in a while, maybe once every two weeks or so. And always, always listen to your body while training - that bit of advice holds true here as well.

Try it, and let me know how it works for you!

Best regards,

Rahul

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 06:10

How to achieve the seemingly impossible

I've been training hard over the last week or so on a few exercises that I consider to be tough - and that I'm not proficient at. I exercise on a daily basis and take maybe one day off in a week - two if I need it, but I haven't taken ANY days off this last week.

Now, just so you know, as far as my training goes, my "week"  began last Thursday since last Wednesday was a rest day for me. I've been hitting it hard (or fast and furious) since then, and have been working hard on variations of exercises that are currently not easy for me to do - at least not if I do them at the level I would like to do them at.

And today was a red letter day for me in many ways. After five hard days of regular training, I've done what I previously thought was impossible for me to do in terms of these exercises and can see myself progressing further than I ever thought I would. Note that until yesterday, my training was just "normal"; but the results of the hard work suddenly showed up TODAY, and I'm well on the path to getting to that "elite" level on those particular exercises.

So, WHAT are those exercises, you might ask? Well, it doesn't really matter - one of them is a variation of a handstand pushup that I couldn't even BEGIN to do, but can do a few reps of now (still not in perfect form, but I am getting there). Another is a version of a leg raise - there are many - but the point of telling you this is that daily practice, without failure, is one of the keys to achieving super success in your training.

And this goes for everything in life - if you want to get better at something, practice daily, multiple, quadruple times a day if you have to - but practice without fail, and practice as if your life depended on it.

I emphasize this point repeatedly in Fast and Furious Fitness - be sure and grab a copy if you haven't already.

Now, I realize that some people reading this may take this to mean training to failure daily, not taking any days off, etc etc.And no - the above does NOT mean you should hammer your body to the point of no-recovery - that is actually taking a step, or several steps backwards instead of forward. Train sensibly, and LISTEN to your body - and judge how to proceed. I wrote another post on this here; be sure and read that for more on listening to your body.

And only YOU can judge how you feel and what to do. I can guide you on doing pushups, but I cannot tell you how often to practice - only YOU know how your body feels, and what your current fitness levels are. I can guide - but I cannot make the decision for you - only YOU can.

What I CAN tell you is this is that if you practice daily and do so sensibly - your gains will skyrocket, and you'll soon be on the path to doing what was previously impossible for me, and this goes for anything in life.

And on another note, I remember a visit to New Orleans a couple of years ago, where I saw a guy performing in front of a large crowd. This guy was doing handstands and handstand pushups - something you might not think is that big of a deal. But get this - that was just the start. What he did after that was to walk up a flight of stairs on his HANDS alone - and walk back DOWN that flight of stairs, again on his HANDS alone! And if you think that was tough, well, you'd me mistaken. He then did five pushups while still on his hands, and then "walked" back up the flight of stairs again.

Now, I don't know about you, but I know I'm nowhere near that level right now. And I KNOW I'll have to practice hard daily - for years - in order to GET to that level.

That skill is a fantastic one, and a great goal to work towards. But, I've got some goals to accomplish already, so that one will have to wait. 

Now, what about YOU?

What goal are YOU going to set for yourself today? What effort are you willing to put into achieving that goal? Will you stick to it?

Answer the questions above, and act accordingly - and you'll be on the road to success in no time.

Best regards,

Rahul

 

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