Back when I started 0 Excuses Fitness, (blink and you’ll miss it! ?) I wrote about an old professor of mine, who I called Dr. K.
Dr K was a Math professor at college, and Math being a subject I was always good at for whatever reason and always enjoyed, I took a lot of them in college!
I think some were electives. Some were required. But even amongst the electives, I had choices, and yours truly made the choice to take Calculus 1, 2 and 3 - - and then “Discrete Math” as well on top of that.
Now, 1 and 2 were required. The rest weren’t!
Anyway, I met Dr. K when taking Calculus 2 I believe, as he was the one teaching the class.
A tall slim guy with a sense of humor that was slightly off, and a brilliant effing brain if any, as I was soon to find out as I got to know him better and talk to him!
Along with Dr B (who I’ve probably written about as well and still stay in touch with, him of “internet 101” class), he was and is one of my favorite teachers/profs ever.
And this is coming from someone who barely ever went to class . . .
. . . Anyway, those were the days of “Netscape email”.
And Dr K had this system where you could check your HW assignments online (so did Dr B! ?) and submit them without ever having to go to class (if you know how to do it, which most didn’t).
I still remember my friends sitting there scratching their heads during Calculus exams, while yours truly would guzzle down a few beers and show up late for the exam, and still ace it.
Now, that’s not something I recommend obviously! Neither the showing up late part or the beer guzzling, but hey, I was 18 at the time. Gotta do what a 18 year old gotta do! ?
Anyway, Dr K had this long ass midterm paper we were supposed to do.
“Take home” exam as it were, open book as well (strangely enough, Dr B did much the same thing during his exams – both these guys were REAL world guys, not “airy fairy” professors that teach stuff you’ll never use!).
And I took mine home.
I think it was holidays back then . . . of some sort.
I still remember Jen, a girl I knew messging me on ICQ (remember that??) and telling me “I’m going to FAIL”.
It sounded about as ominous as the words of an undertaker.
And being the exam was nothing short of BORING for me, I did a half ass job, and turned it in.
When I did so, Dr K called me up a few hours before the submission deadline.
“You can do better than this, Rahul!”
And he sent me back home with the rejoinder of “You still have a few hours to get this done, Rahul!”
Go home, and get it done – well!
And a few weeks before that, which I really should have told you before I told you this . . .
I emailed him about the status of some HW that I submitted online.
He took a while to reply (which was strange for him, as he normally replied very quickly).
And I called him up.
He said the following.
“You’ve aced it! Come and collect it when you can”
And then . . . “Are you ever going to show up for class???”
“Uh, yes, perhaps I will”.
And I did.
After class, he spoke to me at length.
“You need to be challenged, Rahul!! You don’t need to take these Mickey Mouse classes!”
And though they were anything but Mickey Mouse for the rest of the people taking them, for me they were.
He was RIGHT.
He was SPOT ON. I had done all this in high school of my own accord since I was interested in Math, and therefore college (those classes) were a frigging BREEZE for me to be honest.
And I still ended up with a 2.7 GPA, while the “muggers” and “copiers” (two different categories, don’t ask, hehe) ended up with 4.0 GPA’s.
And this morning, as I think about Dr K, his words ring out in my mind.
“You need to be challenged!”
So true, my friend. So true. And anyone that achieves anything of note needs to be challenged, big time!
That’s how my whole life has been, and this has held true WORKOUT wise as well.
From wayyyy back in the day when Brooks Kubik asked me if I was in the military when I told him about my hill climbing routines, to people calling me an ironman, strongman, and everything in between – and a lunatic as well (and of course, the 100 or so other not-so-nice names) – one things stands out.
I need to be challenged. And I believe in challenging YOU, my customers, to become the BEST you can be, and then some!
As Charles Mitchell who should actually be at “elite” status in many regards given what he does on a daily basis workout wise once said (again, I’m parphrasing) –
“I hate workout books that don’t challenge me! I know the way you exercise, and it’s nothing but easy!”
Amen, my friend. Amen!
PS – Be challenged, my friend, and be challenged to be a BETTER You. And our products will guide you every step of the way!
This morning I was reading about “PayTm” a Chinese backed Indian payments app which had surged in popularity over the past few years.
It’s apparently now (given the events of the past few months) being slowly but steadily pushed out by competitors with wallets that are equally, if not deeper as well as by the behemoth Amazon (for whatever reason, all these articles fail to mention the REAL gorilla in the room that does anything to grab customers and GETS Them – and hey – they have my vote for sure in ALL the countries I’ve used them).
Kudos Jeff Bezos – YOUR customer service is why you are where you’re at today, and that’s just the bottom line and an indisputable FACT OF LIFE!
And here is the point in me saying all this.
For years, PayTm in India was literally ROCKING.
Growing by leaps and bounds.
Company valuation increasing year by year, and money kept pouring in from Alibaba that apparently backs the app (not sure about now though).
And it wasn’t all bad. Chinese online payments have their downsides, most notably so in a country where the government scrutinizes and records everything, and its probably the only country in the world where today, you have very little, if at all, chance at DIGITAL security.
And especially when shopping. Cash is a rarity in mainland China. Big time.
And everything is done via Chinese apps like WeChat and Alipay which allow online payment and allow Xitler’s thugs to track your minutest purchases down.
Yes, they know what you ate for dinner last night and the cases of beer you ordered! ? NO, that is NOT an exaggeration my friend. Not in the least.
Anyway, online payments obviously have their upside, and PayTm was one of the first into the fray and it grew.
But these days, much like many other bloated businesses we see all over the place collapsing left right and center, PayTm is struggling big time.
Other apps have overtaken it.
And it doesn’t look to be getting back on it’s feet anytime soon. Shaky foundations anyone?
Pretty much what will happen to China as a whole, and what HAS been happening silently (and the reason for Xitler’s expansionist policies etc which even his own band of thugs are getting tired of).
And again, point of me saying this?
Well first, same thing applies to fitness. You need a solid BASE to build upon.
If you can’t pound out 100 pushups per workout, much like I teach you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, hold a bridge for a while (or even get into position) or do squats, then you’re in NO position to do more advanced exercises like pull-ups.
Or handstand pushups.
And even if you manage to do ‘em, eventually you’ll collapse if the foundation ain’t strong enough.
Second, and more importantly.
It’s what you do when the chips are DOWN that counts my friend.
Very few people have it in in them to get up – keep getting up- and keep going.
You, me, nobody is going to hit has hard as LIFE. Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. The world is a very mean and nasty place out there, and it will BEAT you to your KNEES and KEEP you there if you let it. It ain’t about how hard you can hit, my friend.
It’s about how much you can take.
It’s about how hard you can GET HIT and keep moving AHEAD – without blaming others for your failures or what not!
That’s how WINNING IS DONE, and yes, I borrowed that from Sly Stallone in Rocky, a man who should know a thing or two about what is being talked about.
And again, back to fitness.
Like I said yesterday, if your only exercise is climbing hills, GREAT.
Great workout! Hey, I know that better than most people.
But what when there is no hill.
What when you have inclement weather and cannot climb?
What when your favorite gym – or swimming pool is not available?
When you’re being SQUEEZED on all possible fronts, when your back is against the wall, and then some, how do you react?
Do you come out fighting all guns blazing - - or do you lie down and let life have it’s way.
The answers to these questions could well determine where youre headed in life – and your fitness journey as well – and I should know. Oh YES, I should know!
PS – My friend from the Marines, the “ruggedly strong” individual I refer to so often recently told me “you’re in rare form!”. Reminded me of what Marc the African Silverback Gorilla once told me “You’re in fine, fine fettle Rahul!’ one fine morning in bonny China . . . and while I may or may not be, fact is this – the WORKOUT routines I advocate will keep YOU in much the same condition physically and then some.
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This is an interesting subject, and one I’ve not spoken about at length . . . a lot, at least.
And while I’ve often said that its better to have dreams that sound outrageous (if that’s what you REALLY want to accomplish) and visualize the same repetitively, there is a CATCH.
First, you see yourself where you are NOW in relation to your end goal, my friend.
So if your dream is doing a 100 pushups daily for an entire year, for instance, then you do a reality check and visualize (consciously) where you’re at NOW.
And contrary to popular thinking, visualizing isn’t just done consciously in pictorial terms.
YES, I advocate doing so. YES, it can really amp your results . . . and YES, everyone should be doing it regardless of their current status or goal or whatever it is, because the minute you stop aiming is the minute you stagnate.
As Claude Bristol put it, Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you stop to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away.
99% verbatim that quote!
But the point I’m trying to make is this, that often times, and for many people (perhaps not all) the goal itself needs to be a manageable one.
Don’t get me wrong.
If your goal is to do 100 pull-ups per workout, by all means have that goal and visualize it, but an “achievable” goal – one that you CAN do, or see yourself doing very very soon is key as well in addition to this.
What do I mean and why am I saying this?
Well, I’ll give you a few examples!
When I was on my way to doing 500 rope jumps per set, for instance (not per workout, per SET) and doing so in decent time, I often thought about getting to that number when I could barely do 100 straight QUICK.
Invariably, and most of the time, I’d fail, often before 100 as well.
But I really started to get results when I thought of getting to 120 per set.
Doing that for a while.
Then getting to 150 per set. And so forth.
These goals didn’t “scare” me as opposed to the “oh my god” involuntary feeling that I got when I thought “500” (although that WAS the ultimate goal and I DID get there).
It’s not just about eating a bear a bite at a time. It’s about eating a slightly bigger bear a somewhat bigger bite at a time.
Milo and the calf.
Progressive overload - - the mental aspect of this while you do what you can NOW.
And so forth. Your beliefs will naturally start to upgrade to the point that your end goal, for instance, stops scaring you and at that point you’ll likely have achieved it or probably will very soon!
And the entire process will be painless as compared to if you do it the other way.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both ways can work depending upon your psyche, but I’ve found way #2 to be far better most of the time.
Now, bear in mind this applies to anything in life.
Business? If you want to make a $1000 bucks a day, and are making barely that in two months now, for instance, then think of making $100 per day first, and work towards THAT. Or $50 per day.
Once you get there, you work UP.
Writing, you ask?
Believe me, I didn’t start out hammering out (for my other venture) 20000 plus words in one day and cranking out books that sell that quickly from the get-go.
Initially when I really got into writing it was an average of 3000 words per day which is still way more than most people can bear to do (or think of).
But for me, its always been something I ENJOY, so . . .
As Cindy so adroitly put it.
You’re a writer, and a fighter!
And this fighter has this to say: upgrade your beliefs NATURALLY my friend.
Don’t force it.
Don’t be itching to jump WAY out of your comfort zone from the get go.
Instead focus on small goals, and ticking them off as you go along.
This advice is contrary to that which most self help gurrrrrruuuuuuuuuussss give you, but it’s TRUE my friend.
Apply it, and see how far you go!
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Often times, I discuss the world with people (well, I USED to I should say, but whatever).
And countries in general.
Comparing countries and how they stack up. Politics. What is going on. And so forth.
And of course, the actual nitty gritties of LIFE in the countries.
And I don’t mean life as you see in those places in the movies. Or everyday life.
Or, the “touristy” stuff.
It’s amazing, but people still go on tours of Europe and other such vastly diverse places in a tour bus and expect to cover everything in the itenary in a trifling 10 days or so (or whatever the length of the tour is).
And of course, if we’re talking Asians (and specifically Indians and Chinese), for whatever reason they start to “miss home” as soon as they set foot abroad on foreign shores, even if that’s through the window of a tour bus.
Oh boy. IF there is anything more stupid than wanting (for example) Chinese food when you go to visit various parts of the USA to the point you’re not willing to try real American food, I’m yet to hear it.
Or, the Indians that jump up and down about “where is my curry” when they travel abroad.
Or, those that travel to the Himalayas in India, one of my FAVORITE Places to travel and visit in this world (there may be others, hehe) and never set foot outside the car.
Gorging on food all the time and getting FATTER and more miserable all the time, and then complaining about “I didn’t lose any weight on them hills”.
Yeah. Sure you didn’t!
Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes . . .
Personally, for me, if I travel someplace, I like to visit ONE place. And do so in detail.
Not for me the running around from one place to the other as we once did in China a few years back, a trip that was great fun, but a trip that with all the driving involved (and there is more to this story! Which I won’t share here, hehe?) was anything BUT fun sometimes. Often times, I’d just want to go back to the hotel, get a beer, and CRASH!
Anyway . . .
Point being this.
When you VISIT a country, you see what is “outside”. Or what the tour guides show you.
But when you actually LIVE in that country, and actually get to know the customs, the languages, and the nitty gritties of the country, then that is quite another experience.
For instance, the Chinese often mark my packages as delivered when they’re not. Apparently that’s “become the thing to do” for most delivery companies to avoid being penalized for late deliveries, at least in mainland China.
And to me, this is utterly unacceptable.
Not so to the cHinese, and to people in general who stare at me incredulously and gape like a fish out of water when I rant on about just how UNPROFESSIONAL it is.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you something that might sound a bit surprising given my recent posts.
China, all in all, isn’t really that bad of a place to live in overall – IF you toe their line, of course.
But take away the Commie part, and even then, for a third world country (and lets face it, that’s what China is for the most part even now beneath the gloss and glitter), it’s a pretty decent place to live actually.
It doesn’t have many of the issues associated with most third world countries (not any more at least) . . .
Of course, the reasons for that are the land grabs and the resources and other things they steal and so forth. Everything comes at a price.
But still . . .
Is China PERFECT?
But a lot of people think it’s like a slightly nicer version of Sudan or Ethiopia for instance on the grand scale of things.
Not so my friend.
And I KNOW, because . . . well, I didn’t just visit. I put down roots there, hehe.
Anyway . . . how does this apply to fitness you might ask?
Just READING about fitness ain’t gonna get it one.
You can TALK about doing pull-ups like Bourne all you want, but until you actually get down to doing them, you’ll get nowhere (and indeed, just talk might HURT your chances of actually getting better at them more than you think!).
And so forth.
Climbing hills is great, but you have to literally FEEL how it feels on your fourth climb out there in the blazing sun to be considered a true IRONMAN, for one.
And so on and so forth.
Get past the gloss and glitter my friend.
Start DOING – today.
Not only will you make a better YOU by doing this – but you’ll make the WORLD a far better place too!
And that’s that for now. Back soon!
PS – I just received the following email from a potential translator for one of my books (Fitness PIONEER) –
“Hi, Rahul! I'd like to translate your book, I find it really interesting and different from others related to fitness, it's not only about the body but our attitude. I'm overweighed and I know how it feels, haha. Hope to hear from you. Thanks. P.S: I speak latin american Spanish.”
Did he have it right? Me thinks so, amigo! Hehe.
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!
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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/
Boy oh boy!
From “American dog” (which I wrote about a long time ago on Medium) to being called an
“Indian Nazi” . . . and more!
Quite a journey eh, and probably #101 on the list of the already very long and burgeoning list of names I’ve been called.
My first thought upon looking at that was “dude keep going”.
As the Chinese say “add oil”. Or “Jia you” (apparently a Wuhan version of “keeping on going” when the CCP unleashed the Chinese virus on their unfortunate souls).
And yes, while I don’t call it Kung Flu, Prez Trump is right for using the term, and I can understand why.
Anyway . . . why was I called this beautiful term?
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess, given my posts about China and their Nazi like behavior in general.
And being I’m NOT the sort of people to shy away from calling a spade a spade, and for those of you that still buy into the liberal koolaid of “China didn’t spread the virus”, well, here are some facts.
They didn’t just know and spread the virus. They DEVELOPED it. The initial strain came from Saudi Arabia, and was modified by none other than the mainland Chinese. It’s not a coincidence that there are bio war fare labs a short distance away from the market at Wuhan, for one.
Second, their illegal claims in the East Sea (I’d rather use that term than the south China sea) . . .
Secretary Pompeo and a host of international rulings and disputes have done a great job of pointing those out, but if there ever a parallel to Nazi like behavior before WWII, THIS is it.
Not to mention their constant land grabs in India. India trusts them (naively) and they laugh at India and simply move their armies in and refuse to budge despite the so called “negotiations”.
India is probably finally beginning to really start to amp the pressure on them though, and it’s long overdue. That’s the LAST missing piece in the puzzle – a resurgent India despite all its problems (a lot self created to be honest) and America and the ROW together, and we’ll finally see the end of the CCP.
As should be. Enough truly is enough!
Oh, and did I mention what they’re doing to the Ughur Muslims of China, practices such as forced sterilization, forced labor (since their own Han Chinese are too lazy to do any real work other than copy and paste), mass indoctrination, a refusal to allow them to follow their own religion, and worse?
Need I continue?
IF Hitler is to be called the worst pestilence of the modern era (and he WAS, most likely!), then it would be a folly not to put the CCP in the same bracket, perhaps even MORE SO.
The above are just three glaring examples, by the way. I could and have ranted before about their virulent racism to anyone non Han Chinese and their own people. Their shockingly entitled attitude. And their idiotic manner of making centuries old claims and then bullying whoever they can to GET those claims “vilified”.
Did I use the right word?
Nah, and I’m sure the grammar Nazis will have me for it.
But really. Hong Kong for one while it’s a Chinee issue was handed over by the Republic Of China, NOT the CCP, and therefore should have gone back to them if one were to really look at “historical claims”, and yet, do we see it going back to Taiwan anytime soon?
I think not!
Anyway, why do I bring this up.
Because anytime you say it like it is, my friend, people are going to get PISSED off.
And part of the reason Donald Trump for one is so successful is because he simply doesn’t CARE what people think or say of him (much like the CCP, except they’ve been secretly caring for a while now!).
And yours truly has always been the same way.
I don’t care if I get called a buffoon (someone called me just that) for claiming pushups were far more useful and better than bench presses with the bros.
My last email on CONTINUITY (the sheer power of it) got a lot of likes, and positive comments.
And MORE than a few unsubscribes.
“Who do you think you are to call us out”, ranted one person. “Not everyone has a nice life like you where they can do what they like!”
It’s amazing perhaps, but yes, that was a response to the above email, meaningless as it is. I really did hit a chord eh.
As I apparently did with my recent comments on China.
More to come in both regards.
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PS #2 – Here is what a long term customer had to say about the email on continuity, and this is a man that KNOWS what he BE Talking about. Read, and digest!
Amen. No truer words were ever spoken! Why do you think the military special forces train PT every day. Love your emails. Very motivational. You are the man!
PPS – The read part holds doubly true for the nutjobs on LinkedIn who do the precise opposite while copying AND pasting what the CCP told them to . . .
So I got through a workout today. An old style workout. A fantastic one!
And why do I say this i.e what makes it different?
Well . . .
. . . because it’s a workout from BACK in the day.
From BACK when I wrote all those books on pull-ups, and when it was my primary means of exercise (the pull-up, that is).
And it fits in nicely with what I said in the last email as well, or at least the ending. If you missed it, go on ahead and check out the blog!
And the workout was . . . pushups, and pull-ups.
More specifically, fingertip pushups and pull-ups, and while the REASON for my doing the workout today (this particular one) was not necessarily to go down memory lane, ended up that way, and that’s what ended up happening.
But, the REAL reason behind the workout was something else, which I will talk about in the next email.
For now, bear in mind that that is how life is when you live in the flow, and so are workouts.
(Comes with caveats, of course. I’m currently nursing a split callus big time – something that has resisted TWO band-aids thus far . . . and looks ready to resist far more. Good news is the scab is already forming, and better news is, again, the MEMORIES it brought back).
I’ve often shown up back home with bleeding palms and BURNING skin (from rubbing a split callus on thick bars for tons of pull-ups).
And I’ve felt GREAT afterwards. And the callus usually heals within a couple of days, and the skin toughens, and . . . bingo. Problem solved. I’ve never been one to let “little things like that” bother me.
But you don’t have to go through that if you don’t want to, and that ain’t why I’m telling you this.
It’s because of two reasons.
One, this workout was done OPPOSITE of the manner in which I normally do my workout. See the next email for more on this, and this was actually the reason I did it in the manner I did.
And two . . .
If there EVER was a better grip workout combo than with the above two exercises (and if you add in hanging leg raises, it amps the effect) I am yet to see it.
The two books on pull-ups, and the THREE Books on grip have MORE than plenty in terms of this, of course.
But the fact is (oh, and add in monkey bars as well) that there are FEW, if any tips I can give you at getting better at and increasing pull-ups than doing and getting very good indeed at fingertip pushups.
My workout today was 50 pull-ups and a 100 fingertip pushups.
And not all at one go. 5 sets of 10 pull-ups, and 5 sets of the pushups.
Maybe I’ll switch the numbers around in the next workout to make it fun!
But for now, I’m toasted. So is my grip.
And so it’s adios for now, with one of the most powerful workout related tips I could ever, ever give you!
I’ve written about this before!
Well, the X taper and V shape, at any rate. Hehe.
And while I haven’t spoken about the wall chair in a while, Ill do so NOW. An excellent, excellent exercise indeed and one I’ll include in the book on isometrics once I get it out.
Speaking of which, I had about 23 exercises penciled in on that one already.
Unfortunately, I don’t appear to have it backed up, and given the recent Windows crash . . . well, let me just say it’s history.
I wrote about Shantaram in the last email.
And his book was actually written (mostly) while he was in a jail in Germany (after his Indian escapades). And the jailers tore that mammoth manuscript up for some vague reason not once, but twice, and I think AFTER he was halfway into the book both times!
Quite different from a certain Adolf hitler who got the royal treatment at a Bavarian prison, complete with beer and sundry while he penning “Mein Kampf”.
Makes you think does it? (and also the fact that Germany is the one European nation that won’t come out and say anything against the modern day Chinazis) . . .
Anyway, he wrote it – again.
For the third time.
And as far as the book on isometrics goes, I’m gonna have to dig deep down inside and do the same thing myself! ?
Anyway, the wall chair.
Was getting the daughter to do it this afternoon, and amidst all the other sage advice this lovely almost-7 year old fitness guru gives me, there was this.
“Dad! Do you know something?”
(said as my legs were quivering!).
“Eat more mangoes! It’ll build your legs!”
Hmm! Hadn’t quite heard that one, but my daughter’s just too adorable at times!
Anyway, the wall chair is an excellent exercise my friend and a highly underrated one at that.
I mention it in Fast and Furious Fitness, but for some reason, did NOT put it in 0 Excuses Fitness. The latter book doesn’t have rope jumping either. And the former doesn’t have the plethora of pushups and pull-ups the latter does . . .
Get both, would be my advice! Hehe.
Anyway, as I leaned against the wall for support, an outline formed.
My back, waist and hips.
I was sweating up a storm, so the “why” is easy to understanding given a white background (the cemented wall).
And when the outline “came about”, it looked like the below.
A broad upper back, with plenty of “meat” towards the center and traps area.
Progressively tapering down to a narrow waist, barely even visible, and then expanding out again somewhat into hips.
And I just had to notice that my friend. I’ve written about it many a times, but I had to notice it and bring it up here again.
And while this one exercise alone won’t get you the shape I refer to here, the exercises laid out in the 0 Excuses Fitness System certainly will my friend.
Oh yes, they will, and a quick look though the other blog (for proof on what I said) will be more than plenty, hehe.
OK, that’s it for now.
HERE is where you can grab the System – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
If you’re working on a goal, and your “here and now” bothers you to the point where you can’t look forward to, visualize or take action on your future, then guess what.
You’re either not cut out for success, or you’re not going to make it.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true.
And you’re not alone either.
And you certainly are in EXALTED company as well in that nigh on everyone feels this way at a certain point or the other when working towards success at anything!
Believe me, I’m sure there were times Napoleon Hill just wanted to throw in the towel and give it all up (and he actually DID give up for a while too before being reminded of his true calling, and how!).
I’m sure Henry Ford would be the first to tell you, as Steve Jobs and Jack Ma have, that the dark days are really what teach you far more than success ever does or could.
If you don’t have the dark, there will never ever be a true dawn.
And the darker the night, the brighter the dawn my friend.
But still, despite the words, many people get frustrated.
If you’re sitting in a studio apartment with a laptop (that you bought on credit or borrowed) and that damn thing is on a table so flimsy that it’s almost crashing through, then “success” might look like a long, long way away.
But it isn’t, my friend.
The above example is from a millionaire writer and fitness guru’s life, but there are plenty such examples.
Sylvester Stallone, for instance, slept on the streets of New York for two weeks at a time where he had NOTHING, or less than it.
Ford was bankrupt twice (and no, no angel investors bailed him out either in that day and age).
And so forth.
Yet, despite all the tough times, they found it in themselves to keep going.
To keep being persistence, or should I say KEEP THE FIRES OF DESIRE AND PERSISTENCE burning within!
And we all know what the above people and many others I have not named here accomplished, don’t we?
Successful people are rarely, if ever, born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
And if they are, they HAVE been through the grinder several times and then some (Donald Trump being one prime example).
Despite Trumps family fortune, the fact is that his Dad bailed him out ONCE.
And if you were take a look at the very lengthy list of failures Trump has had before finally succeeding . . . .well, you’ll know what I mean by that!
Fitness wise you ask?
I was NOT born genetically gifited. If anything, and I’ve stated this publicly, it’s the opposite (until this day).
I am NOT naturally strong.
I do NOT have a “naturally strong” grip. I do have a strong grip yes, but boy did I work for it and then some!
Same thing with my fitness.
At a weight of 120 kgs, which my family sometimes still giggles about, hehe (in a good natured manner, and I mean my wife and kid) turning into the fitness monster I am now seemed and probably was to all observing an impossibility.
Much like me farting and landing on the moon is . . .
But it happened, didn’t it?
While I took the actions required, the KEY is something else my friend.
It’s being willing to look beyond the here and now and see the future in your MIND BEFORE it happens.
I did that, and we all see the result.
And that applies to you as well, in ANYTHING you’re looking to do or accomplish. And I mean that!
Do we all get frustrated occasionally? Down? Depressed? IN the “fuck it all mood”?
But the point isn’t that.
That will happen.
Its about how you RESPOND To that in the long term, my friend.
If you give in, and stop DOING, then you’ll never get there.
Other hand, if you breeze past a bad day or a couple and get back to it - - business as usual - - then I think we BOTH know which direction you’re headed.
And I should know. Oh yes.
I should know, and on that note – it’s adios for now. Back soon!
P.S. – Here is where you can grab the BEST damned fitness system there is out there: https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
It sucks, doesn’t it?
Going to bed at night . . . and . . . NOT being able to sleep, despite hours of “trying to”.
I see it all the time.
People complaining of insomnia, and “welcome to my world!” comments when another person refers to having insomnia.
As if staying up until the wee hours of the morning (when you do NOT want to) and then not being able to sleep was a badge of honor and the most normal thing in the world.
Anyway, just so you know, I’ve been there. Used to be, way back in the day I could barely get to bed (sleep) without a solid “heft” of liqor in me, and then some.
Or, without the conditions being “perfectly right” for me to sleep.
And so forth.
And often times, I STILL couldn’t sleep.
Tossing and turning until 4 AM, “wishing” that I’d finally fall asleep, and when I did, it was with the “dread” that the alarm clock “Stood ready” to toll an hour or so later anyway . . .
It’s a shitty feeling, and a most annoying one at that.
Of course, if I knew what I do now, this wouldn’t happen at all. And if it did, I’d do what I do on the VERY rare occasions that it happens NOW . .. that being to hammer out some work while I’m up and unable to sleep.
Or, and this works like a charm, a quick 100 squat workout. Isn’t a lot for me, but works like a charm anyway when it comes to insomnia . . .
Anyway, my wife was telling my daughter something about this the other day.
My daughter (when she doesn’t exercise, and being it’s “lockdown time” these days, that happens quite a lot) is anything BUT sleepy at night, and she usually hollers for a good hour or so before going to bed.
(this is unless she’s done a solid Kiddie Fitness or park workout with me earlier on in the day, of course, but that happens quite often for whatever reason)
And my wife was telling her this.
“When I was young, they used to ask me if I died when I slept, so soundly did I sleep, moving nary a limb!”
(this is me translating the Hindi version into English for y’all) . . .
And for whatever reason, my daughter found that hilarious.
But the point stands.
My wife (when she was young) used to wake up at 530 AM and go to “exercise” in a field with her Dad.
You wouldn’t believe it by looking at her now (no she is NOT fat, but she’s hardly the “six pack” owner you’d expect her to be from following the routines she did, and yet, she’s fitter than the average gym bro – and can outdo ME TOO in some of the exercises we do together, if you can believe me!).
It truly “stays with you” if you start ‘em young . . . which is another reason I make it a point to do as much Kiddie Fitness with my daughter as I can. Yours truly, as you know, had the exact opposite upbringing, and those tight hamstrings are STILL an issue for me!
Anyway. 530-730 of running around in a field, often times with mud up to your ankles.
Helping around the house.
A half an hour or so bike ride to school and back.
And then 3-4 hours of solid sports in the evening.
My my my.
Is it any wonder she slept like a a log and then some?
And lest you think you too have to follow this sort of regimen in order to fall asleep instantly, think again.
You CAN if you want to (think back to the times I hiked hills for hours daily in the sweltering HEAT).
But you don’t have to.
A quick 30-40 minute blast, TOPS (most people don’t even need that much) is literally all you need my friend.
A 100 pushups is MORE than enough for most people to be exhausted for not just that one day, but DAYS afterwards.
Ditto for some of the other exercises I teach.
Believe me my friend. There IS a way to get rid of the annoyance, and it’s easier than you think!
P.S. – Here is where you can get the BEST damn course on pushups my friend: (and YES, the workouts therein WILL banish insomnia so quickly you’ll wonder if you ever had it in the first place! ?) https://0excusesfitness.com/pushup-central/