Tuesday, 20 March 2012 06:55

Another good one for the books

Had a great workout this morning - one straight out of Fast and Furious Fitness. One that had me panting like a runaway steam engine and feeling like I'd been run over by a truck in 30 minutes flat - and then a shorter workout in the local park that hit the grip and back especially well. Great workout, one for the books as it were.

And thats how your training should be as well. One good workout after the other, day in and day out, leads to rapid overall improvement in health, stamina and strength - and more importantly, building up a "repository" of good workouts also ensures you have something stacked away for a "rainy day" - as in, when your too sick to exercise, or maybe recovering from an injury and so forth.

Most people think that they'll lose the progress they've made if they stop exercising due to factors out of their control - but it's important to remember that if you already have a base, you'll eventually get the building built. What's important is that you keep trying to move forward; and that you keep piling on one good workout after the other - the rest will take care of itself.

More on that later.

Anyway, I thought I'd mention that I didn't hit some of my best numbers today during my workout. Didn't quite get the times I'd like for my jump rope routine, but on the other hand, I did my pushups in lesser time - and, if you can believe it, with BETTER form than before. Yes, that sounds hard to believe as I say I do my exercises in good form anyway, but there's always that little bit of room for improvement - regardless of how experienced a trainee you are - and those of you that have been training regularly know what I'm talking about.

So remember that not being able to hit personal bests during a workout is NOT an indication of a bad workout. In fact, and I've said this before as well, it's better NOT to shoot for a personal best in every workout.

And that's it for the day - as I said earlier - another great one for the books! If you train today - make sure you do the same thing as well!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: - If your searching for routines that you can follow year after year, and still not get bored doing them, then Fast and Furious Fitness is just what the doctor ordered.

Monday, 19 March 2012 05:51

What I like the most about pushups

Those that follow my emails/posts regularly know that pushups are one of my all time favorite exercises, bar none. I love doing them - and I do them on a daily basis. I'll do a 100 one day, 500 another day, or maybe just 30-50 on some days, but rarely does a day pass by without me banging out some pushups.

And what do I like so much about this seemingly "simple" (or so most people have been conditioned to think) exercise that brings such great results? What is the #1 reason that I rarely let a day pass by without doing pushups?

It's NOT the strength it builds all throughout your upper body, particularly the core and chest - althought that in itself is great.

It's NOT the deep breathing that is a MUST if your doing pushups correctly - and that if done correctly, cleanses your lungs and energizes your ENTIRE system like you won't believe it. See Fast and Furious Fitness for more on this.

It's NOT the flexibility some of the different types of pushups I do build - again, see the book for more on this - I love the flexibility benefits, and so will YOU if you do the pushups the way I tell you to - but thats not it either. 

So, what is it then?

Well, simply put, my favorite reason for doing pushups daily is this: - They can be done virtually ANYWHERE, without investing too much time into the exercise. Yes, that's right - that is what I love the most about the exercise. You can do pushups virtually anywhere, and you need NO equipment to do them - and most of all, investing 10-15 minutes of your mornings into doing pushups will have you sweating like a fat man at a free dance - and you'll feel super-charged and ready to dive headfirst into the rest of your day.

And no, you don't HAVE to do pushups in the morning - although that is when I do them, and when I believe you'll get best results from exercising. But if you really don't have time to spare in the morning, make some time in the evening - or afternoon, if that is when you have a few minutes to spare - that works as well.

And because pushups can be done anywhere, and require very little time (and NO equipment) - there's no more excuses to not get a good workout in regardless of where your at? Stuck at a hotel and can't get to the gym? Well, I bet you have a FLOOR - drop down, and start cranking the reps out. No time to exercise except for 15 minutes before lunch? Well, do some pushups before lunch and see how good you feel for the rest of the day. And so forth. 

So, the next time your feeling "down in the dumps", or "aren't in the mood to exercise", or "can't get to a gym" (insert excuse of choice), remember that you have a powerful exercise that you can use - anytime, anyplace, anywhere. No more excuses, my friend - and you'll be better off for it.

Have at!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: For those that'll rail against this and say pushups aren't a workout unto themselves - well, sorry, but they can be - and ARE. And if you still don't believe me, well, just do some of the different types of pushups I mention in my book and THEN come back and tell me!



 

Saturday, 17 March 2012 07:04

Should I give it my all in every workout

I know folks that stick to their training routines, work their exercises HARD and with passion; and follow a decent diet most of the time. These folks are giving it their very best in every workout - shooting for those 5 extra reps no matter what - or shaving a second or two off their sprint timings - or just doing an exercise better than they did it the last time they worked it.

Well, all good, you might say - so where does the question I posed come up?

Good question. 

A few weeks back, I was doing wonderfully well on my pushup workouts. Was banging out 200 odd pushups daily at a point - and when I say I was doing real well on them, I mean I was improving on every workout. I was either doing them at a faster pace, or doing more reps in one set, or doing more reps of a harder pushup than an easier one. And my progress led me to push myself harder and harder during each training session - which is normally a good thing.

But then, all of a sudden, one fine day, that seemed to change a little. I think it was Monday - I couldn't get past my previous "best" numbers on any of the pushups and I took a bit more time to do them than normal. Note that I still DID them - still felt GREAT after doing them - but I didn't "progress" in that particular workout.

No problem, it might just be an off day of sorts of me, I thought - and I didn't worry about it after that.

Come Tuesday, the same problem persisted. Come Wednesday, and I actually was able to do LESSER number of reps than I had been doing previously - and THAT got me thinking.

How could this happen? I was doing what worked for before (great tip right there), following the same diet as before, and doing everything the same way as before - but how was this causing me to go down on the pushup numbers?

Well, I then thought I'd take a bit of a break from the pushups and concentrate on some other exercises - this means I still did pushups daily, but I did more of some other exercises for the next three or so days. And when I finally did go back to my "set a personal record" pushup routine - voila - no more sticking points!

So, was it the different exercises that made the difference? Well - maybe - but the real thing is that I cut back on pushups a while, and didn't try to achieve a personal best in EVERY workout during those three days. And thats what I do these days as well. For instance, I did 100 pushups today - 120 yesterday - neither of those are a "best"; but sometime next week I'll shoot for 250, which is a decent number. And I bet I'll crack off without a problem.

So, my advice to you would be NOT to shoot for a personal best daily - and in THAT PARTICULAR regard not to give it your "all". Note I capitalized "THAT PARTICULAR" - this is important! I don't mean to tell you not to try hard in each workout - not at all. I'm just saying don't kill yourself in each and every workout - reserve that for some "special" day of the week. Follow that bit of advice, and you'll likely not hit many sticking points as well during YOUR workouts!

And that, my friend, is today's tip. Off to the shower now. 

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: As far as pushup workouts go, you'll find all that you need right HERE.

Friday, 16 March 2012 06:29

The joy of training outdoors

I've told you many a time that I require very little to get my workouts accomplished. Minimal equipment (or none at all sometimes), and some space in which to train in - and thats really all I require. In my case, that "space" usually translates into my living room, where I train regularly - that, and in another "spare" room from time to time. And this is great - it ensures I have NO excuses not to train, and if you do the same thing, and follow the same routines as I advocate in Fast and Furious Fitness - YOU too will have no excuses, and will be doing a great service to yourself and your health. 

But, while training in one's living room is great - it can never beat training outdoors in fresh air. Never, ever - and I'll sign my name to that one.

My workout this morning was accomplished mostly outdoors. Sprints, "ape" training (I know, I know), pushups and bodyweight dips - and all this in the neighborhood park. This particular park I go to is quiet at certain times of the day, and has a lot of trees and greenery all around - so I absolutely enjoy training there. And training outdoors makes me enjoy doing the ONE thing that is probably the most important thing to take care of in your workout, and yet, also the most ignored. That one thing is DEEP BREATHING.

Ah, the scent of fresh air in one's lungs when one's recovering from a hard set - can't explain the exhilaration of inhaling pure, fresh air when I'm gasping for breath. Deep breathing works well if your indoors as well, but it gives you a special "buzz" if you do it outdoors in good weather - can't really explain it in words - you'll have to experience it for YOURSELF to find out!

And today's workout brought back some special memories, in particular, memories of a trek through the jungle in the Kumon hills of the Indian Himalayas. Now, this was REAL jungle - not a city park - with plenty of wildlife as well (leopards, monkeys, the occasional tiger - you name it). A real, wild jungle in the hills - and one of the first things I remember there is the intoxicating smell of PINE trees all over the place. Absolutely wonderful; it made one feel as if one had stepped right into a gigantic, natural, air freshener - and believe me on this one -you'll be wanting to breathe that air deeply even if you've never exercised in your life!

Anyway, I did a short trek into one of the jungles, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Isolated, natural surroundings - surrounded just by Mother Nature, and the intoxicating and uplifting smell of PINE in the air. And I remember thinking how nice it would be to actually TRAIN in an area like this.

Just think about it - FRESH, mountain air to breathe - the pine is a bonus. Absolute solitude, so you focus on your workout and your workout alone. Sure, you may have to avoid the curious monkey or two - and you may have a hungry feline (a.k.a. Jim Corbett or Rudyard Kipling) observing you at close distance without you being aware of it, but hey, thats the fun of it all, isn't it?

Jokes aside - my point in telling you all this is that NOTHING beats outdoor training. This obviously doesn't apply to places where there's extreme weather - but if there's not, take every opportunity you have to train outdoors. Preferably somewhere with a lot of greenery and trees around you; someplace where the wind blows gently and the air is fresher than a daisy's scent.   .   .

OK, I don't mean to wax lyrical on this, but you get my point! I'll end here for now - more again tomorrow!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: Don't forget to carry your copy of Fast and Furious Fitness with you into the jungle!

PS#2: If you enjoy trekking in jungles, and that sort of thing - then "Man Eaters of Kumaon" by Jim Corbett, the great hunter and outdoors enthusiast is a MUST read for you!

PS #3: And no, I don't endorse hunting of any sort - be it commercial, or for "fun" - except in cases where it's required to "control" the numbers (such as crocodiles in Australia), and neither did Corbett, except when he HAD to. The only shooting I do personally is through a camera, and Corbett was of the same bent of mind. You'll see what I mean when you read the book!

 

Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:47

Former bodybuilder tells it like it is

Those that know me well know that swimming is one of my favorite pastimes. In addition to it being a a great, great overall body exercise, swimming is also fun and enjoyable to do. It's good for overweight people, it's good for toddlers, and it's great for the average person looking to get in some exercise. Cannot say enough good things about swimming.

Anyway, swimming reminds me of something I thought I should share with you. There was a guy at the pool I swim at who used to participate in bodybuilding competitions. And when I say bodybuilding, I mean it - he looked every bit the part. Gigantic muscles popping out in all directions, an unnaturally slim waist, the flared lats; you get the photo. Now to his credit, this guy was learning how to swim - one of the best things you can do - and being that I used to hare up and down the pool at a pretty decent clip completing my laps, he'd come up to me at times and ask me for pointers on how to improve his technique, breathing style, etc etc.

Now, while I'm certainly no expert on swimming, I helped him out the best I could with what I knew and some tips that I thought would improve his swimming. And while doing so, we started to chat, and got around to talking about exercise routines.

And this brought up the topic of bodybuilding, and what this guy did full time for many years before taking to the pool. And it aint pretty - think 8 hours of pumping iron (not kidding you - 8 full hours pumping iron daily), making sure he got enough food in him, and of course, the anabolic steriods which is pretty much a must - do if your anyone of any repute in the bodybuilding field.

"Well, at least you must have built up a considerable amount of strength with all that weight training", I told him.

And his response was this: "Yes, to a degree - but whats the point? My muscles hurt when I swim with any regularity, and I've already had TWO heart attacks. My wife fears the third one could be the last, so I quit professional bodybuilding at that point".

So, how old was this guy? The answer may shock you - he was 30.

That's right - THIRTY years of age, bloated muscles and all - and TWO heart attacks already!

Now, I bring this up not to point fingers at this guy and give him a lecture on how bodybuilding is BAD for him - he's done that better than I ever could by changing what he does, and hats off to him for that. But, his routine is about par for most modern day bodybuilder, and that sort of routine is best AVOIDED. The trouble is though, that all those fake muscles get folks thinking that they're the "real deal" - and they start to ape the bodybuilder routines - and thats when the problems start.

Think about it - doing all sorts of exercises for 8 hours a day daily - and eating next to nothing except protein shakes and eggs - and bloated muscles that don't work worth a darn in the real world. Is it worth it? I can just begin to imagine how that guy would do if I asked him to rep out 5 pull-ups in good form.  .  .

Two heart attacks before the age of 30 and virtually no stamina/endurance left. Is it worth it?

Only you can answer those questions for yourself, but I know what my answer is.

And lest you think this type of thing is limited to bodybuilders, think again."Professional" wrestling (not the real deal) is rife with cases of folks dying of drug overdoses, and movie stars routinely use drugs to maintain their "perfect" bodies.

Now, if you've made it to this point, and still believe that bodybuilding is the best thing you can do for yourself, well, no further arguments from me. It's your choice - and not really my business - so have at.

But, for those of you that choose to do things differently - and naturally - grab a copy of Fast and Furious Fitness today. 15-30 minute workouts that get you in the best shape of your life, and looking great as well - as compared to hours of slaving away at the gym - you can't beat that. Most of all, you'll be using your body NATURALLY - the way Mother Nature meant you to use it; and your body will thank you in heaps for it as well. 

So, my friend, there's the wisdom for the day. Give it a serious though, and let me know what you think.

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: Though my book doesn't talk about swimming, swimming is one of the best things you can do for your health; so if you have access to a clean pool, and know how to swim - incorporate it into your routine at the earliest!

PS#2: No pool, no problem - all the tough workouts you need are mentioned right HERE.

 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 06:46

Going back to the BASICS

Amidst all the new fangled machines, latest treadmills (equipped with a space to rest your coffee mug, no less), heart monitors, fancy sweatshirts, and what not, we have all but forgotten that there was a time when people trained WITHOUT all these gadgets - and still made fantastic gains. 

I mean, look at folks like Jack Lalanne (someone I greatly admire) and what they've achieved. Lalanne emphasized sticking to the basics, eating a proper diet, and regular, hard training - and that was pretty much the secret to his amazing success. Sure, he may have lifted weights at some point, but thats fine as well; nowhere does it say that lifting weights won't help you in your fitness pursuits. 

Yes, that might sound strange coming from me - the bodyweight exercise maniac - but remember that everyone has their own way of doing things. Lalanne was BIG on bodyweight exercises - but if doing something else also helped him, hey, thats perfectly fine by me.

Anyway, back on topic - all the fancy equipment we see floating around the gyms these days is practically worthless in terms of getting real gains. I mean, think about it - a treadmill with a place to put one's COFFEE mug of all things? Someone's actually gong to be sipping coffee while training and call that real training?? More to the point, if that someone has enough time to drink coffee during training, is he really training?? I don't think so.

What most people need (and what most gym owners need to do, but never will) is to drop all this airy-fairy stuff, and get back to the BASICS. First off, you don't even need anything other than your bodyweight to get in a fantastic workout, and believe me, that type of workout is way more than the average Joe in the gym can handle.

And equipment? Well, believe it or not - a rusty swing set out in the park, an old set of parallel bars that folks mostly use to hang their jackets on, a jump rope, and some rusty, creaking monkey bars are really all the equipment I need, and will need for the forseeable future. And you don't even need to purchase a gym membership for any of that. Go to your local park, and you'll likely find all these pieces of equipment lying about virtually untouched.

Now, I realize that some of you gym goers may think I'm talking through my hat here. I mean how does a thick rusty iron bar compare to the shiny, heavy weights in the gym? Parallel bars? What possible good could they do?

Well, my friend, the answer is that these types of things will do way more for you than the fancy machines or weights ever will.

Take for instance the parallel bars - a training tool that I VERY HIGHLY regard - but which is barely used by most folks (other than gymnasts). The average person is unable to do ONE bodyweight dip on these; so he ends up using the
"chest press" machine or whatever it's called.  Do a set of 25 pushups, and a set of 10 dips on a parallel bar set up - and then tell me if that gets you sweating more than running for 10 minutes on the treadmill.

And thats but one example - the list goes on and on. I could give you many more, and Fast and Furious Fitness contains many routines that require little or no equipment, and will have the average gym goes collapse in a puddle of sweat within minutes. But for now, lets just say that going back to the basics will give YOUR health and fitness a much needed shot in the arm.

Give this a thought, and let me know what you think.

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: There ain't much point spending $40 and upwards a month on gym memberships when you can get better for LESS. In addition, the "true" cost of a gym membership ends up being far more than the monthly fee you pay - google this if you don't believe me. Don't fall into this trap! Instead, pull that credit card out right NOW, and grab your copy of Fast and Furious Fitness for just $24.99 (with NO hidden costs whatsoever). It's the best decision you can make your health and fitness - so hurry!





 

There are going to be times when even the most dedicated amongst us will find their day to be just too hectic to get a workout in. Or at least, it’s going to feel that way. Sure, I know I talk about (and actively do) 10 minute, or 15 minute workouts to get the job done - but still, there's going to be times when you feel that things are just too hectic to fit a workout in. (Note: I’m excluding professional sportspeople or others who do physical activity as part of their daily jobs – such as laborers, dock loaders etc. This is meant for the rest of us that don’t necessarily do hard physical labor as part of the “job”)

For instance, today's been a particularly busy day for me thus far, and it's just about lunchtime now. Had a business meeting early in the morning, then got home on time to head out to get some paperwork done for the wife. Then emails etc, and before I know it, it's time for lunch. Oh, and in the middle of all that I've been juggling some important phone calls as well - so, hardly sounds like the perfect day to get a great workout in.

But, as it turned out, I did get a great workout in - and so can you - if you do the right thing. 

I did two short routines today - 12 minute routines each, and feel great. Simple exercises, and the workouts in themselves were simple too - so simple that I didn't even need any time to think about how I'd approach the workout. Just start, bang out the reps, pant, sweat, rest a second or two, and then go again. And you'd be amazed as to how heavily a 10-12 minute workout can make you work.

Two key factors here: - a) my routines were SIMPLE - so you jump straight into them as you have some time to spare and b) they didn't take more than 12 minutes approximately (each routine) - this is key, as you get your workout done - and then jump right back to your other commitments. And whats more, you'll feel much, much better for having got a short workout in, and you'll likely be far more productive as well.

The only downside of this is that you'll be working up a sweat twice, so you may need to take a second shower during the day. Small price to pay for a good workout, me thinks!

Ok, back to the "grind" now - more later!

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: Fast and Furious Fitness contains many such 10-12 minute killer routines that YOU can use as well - grab your copy now!

Monday, 12 March 2012 06:02

Whooping the Monday morning blues

If your like most people, you know what I'm talking about when I'm referring to Monday morning blues. The dreaded 6AM alarm clock, hungover and tired body, the extra-hurried commute to the office before finally collapsing into a cubicle - we've all experienced it - including yours truly.

Now, working from home may alleviate these pains somewhat, but not everyone is in that position - and let's face it, if your working a successful business from home, you'll need to devote time and brainpower to that as well.

Anyway, we hear a lot being talked about on Monday morning blues, and how one can beat them. I've read some decent suggestions out there, including "making a to-do plan for Monday on Friday itself", "getting sufficient sleep", "not hitting the snooze button", and so forth. Some of the stuff being talked about is downright ludicrous as well - I saw someone say "do nothing but relax on the couch" on Sundays. And thats likely worse for you than a hectic Sunday.

But, amidst all this, I've never ONCE heard exercise being talked about. Nowhere have I read that getting a quick workout in (and I mean QUICK) before work, or breakfast, or as soon as you wake up will do more to thump the blues than any other technique will. You can hit the snooze button all you like, but you'll still feel grumpy when you make it in to the office. Other hand, work up a fantastic sweat for a bit before you leave - and you'll feel on top of the world, and ready to tackle your week with renewed vim and vigor.

And the amazing part is that you don't even need to exercise for an hour to get the "feel good" endorphins kicking in. Short, intense bursts of exercise will do more for you than spending an hour on the treadmill watching TV or chatting with the chick next to you on the leg press machine. I did a 15 minute burst this morning that got me huffing and puffin (followed by a 30 minute killer workout a bit later that had me sopping with sweat from head to toe when I was done) - and I'm ready to battle an army now.

Of course, you need to know WHAT to do - and how to put a good routine together, but thats no problem - I've already done the "spadework" for you in Fast and Furious Fitness. All that remains is for you to grab your copy NOW.

Still don't believe me? Still think that a nice heavy breakfast is what you need for that pounding hangover to go away? Well, do a set of 100 pushups the next time the blues roll around - and then tell me. I don't care if you do one pushup at a time, or 10, or whatever it is - just do the pushups, and make sure you do 100 of them - and don't dwadle while doing them. And THEN tell me how you feel.

I bet you'll feel far better than you would have if you chugged down a gallon of coffee and a ton of greasy food to boot.

And that, my friends, is today's tip. Have a fantastic week ahead, and remember to get your workouts in!

Best regards,

Rahul


PS: Start your week off right, and you'll breeze through the entire week like a hot knife cutting through butter. Yes, it DOES work that way! Fast and Furious Fitness is a must-have that will get your week started in the right direction!



Just finished watching a show on National Geographic (one of my favorite channels). Though I don't generally watch TV - I'm a HUGE fan of Discovery, National Geographic and all the other channels that discuss wildlife. This particular show was about a fishing enthusiast whose on a mission to capture some pretty large fish in the Amazon - catfish, if I recall correctly - and thus goes on an expedition to some of the most isolated parts of the Amazon river basin to do so.

Actually, terming the fish he's out to catch as "pretty large" doesnt really do it justice - he finally managed to catch one at as his expedition was about to end (after staying up for days and nights to do so - gotta commend the guy's discipline), and it weighed in at a monstrous 460 something pounds and 8 feet 8 inches in length. So "gigantic" would probably be a better description.

I must say it was an absolutely beautiful area - nothing but river and greenery all around - true rainforest. And except for a few isolated tribes living inside the jungle, there was absolutely NO signs of human civilization, which is probably the main reason why the area is still forested and beautiful.

Anyway, that brings me to the topic of this message - this guy we're talking about hooked up with some of the tribesmen along the way and went along on a hunting mission with them. Now, remember that these are tribes with scarcely any contact with what we call the "civilized" world, so they have ways of their own - one being that they hunt practically naked. Except for a small smattering of string like cloth around their "private" areas, and a ton of beads and stuff on their wrists, no clothing whatsoever. Not even shoes - they hunt and walk around  barefoot.

So, they show our fisherman going along with these tribal guys on a hunt - this particular one being a bird hunt. And the first thing you notice about these tribal guys (apart from their nudity) is their legs. Gigantic, muscular legs - massive thighs rippling with muscle, striated calves that looked like they did a gazillion rope jumps daily, and hips that looked as if they belonged to a prize bull.

These guys could give any "bodybuilder" a run for their money with their leg development - and their legs were every bit as strong as they looked, unlike most modern day "bodybuilders".

And what exactly do they do to get this strong, you might ask?

Well, the answer is - walking, and more importantly, walking all day long on HILLY terrain. That's it. The first thing most people would associate with legs such as these is squats with  heavy weights - but that certainly isn't part of the tribal routine. Heck, even bodyweight squats likely aren't. No rope jumping, squats, or ANY exercise of any sort - just walking all day long as they hunt. Trekking through jungles on hilly terrain barefoot, and that too as a matter of survival. Natural fitness - just the way I like it - and look at the results it brings.

I can understand how their legs got so muscular - as I've experienced the many benefits of climbing hills on a daily basis MYSELF. I used to climb a long, steep hill daily in China as part of my overall workout, and I've never gotten a better workout for my legs. See THIS post for more details.

I'll get into more details on the show at a later point, but for now, know that walking hills on a regular basis is one of the VERY BEST things you can do for your overall health and fitness. If your overweight - add hill walking into your routine, and watch the fat disappear within DAYS - and this without making any major change in your diet. If your looking to pack some muscle on to your legs, and keep it there - hill walking will do the trick. Looking for a lower resting pulse rate - the hill's your best friend. 

And it doesn't stop there - once you get good at climbing and walking hills on a regular basis, incorporate running, and then SPRINTING hills into your routine - and THEN watch the results you get. Oh boy!

I cover hill climbing and also talk more about how it has personally helped me in Fast and Furious Fitness. I also include some sample routines that you can do on the hills. These have you huffing and puffing within 10 minutes flat - and most people will find that even FIVE minutes is enough to start with.

So, if your lucky enough to have hills near you - make sure your climbing them on a regular basis as well - there are few better things you can do for your overall health and strength!

Best regards,

Rahul

 

Saturday, 10 March 2012 05:27

Train like an ape

This morning, I was reading up on ape strength. It's incredible just how strong our simian friends are - a 165 lb chimp, for instance, has been known to register a pull of a mind-boggling 847 lbs - and that only with his right hand!

That's right - 847 lbs! A 90lb chimp can wrestle THREE full grown men to the ground within minutes - and toss them up into the air while doing so. Now if that isn't some real strength, I don't know what is.

And in addition to being STRONG, our simian friends are also fantastic acrobats. I've been to the Himalayas in India, and have seen monkeys perform acrboatic feats on ropes (or electric wires) hung up at precarious heights - and do so without an apparent care in the world. You know a monkey's strong, but you know it's flexible when it does somersaults on a thin electric wire hanging about a 100 plus feet in the air - and that with a baby gripping on to it's underside!

Well, so what this has to do with you?

Well, nothing really - nothing unless YOU too would like to develop the kind of strength these primates posess. If this doesn't interest you, you can stop reading right here - but if this is your thing, then read right on.

Apes and monkeys get as strong as they are by working with their own bodyweight in the wild. Most of their lives are spent swinging and hanging from trees, and they do this for survival - not "fun", or not "to train". A baby monkey starts life off by grabbing on to Mom's underbelly and staying that way for hours on end - and a baby monkey likely has a grip stronger than two or three adult men combined. 

And while we humans can't ever get AS strong as our simian friends, we can certainly work up to levels of grip and pulling strength that most folks would find impossible to achieve. And the way to do that is to, quite literally, train like an ape.

This doesn't necessarily means tons of pull-ups and chin-ups, though those DO help, and ARE a fantastic starting point. But training like a monkey goes way, way beyond that. Truly training like a monkey makes pull-ups and chin-ups look EASY, and I'm not kidding you on that one.

I did a lot of this type of training this morning - and had a fantastic workout. One of the things I did was to "walk" the monkey bars - only I didn't do it the normal way - I held on to the side of the apparatus and "walked" my hands up and down the entire supporting bar. Try that one on for strength, and let me know how your forearms feel after that!

And that's just ONE of the exercises I did. There are so many of them that I don't even list them all in Fast and Furious Fitness - mostly because most of them are too advanced.

I may put out a course on advanced pulling exercises in the future, but for now, know that training like a monkey is one of the best things you can do for your overall strength. You'll develop a ferocious grip without even thinking about it - and you'll build massive amounts of upper body power within a very short period of time. And you'll develop a core that feels as if it's made of steel - and has the strength and flexibility to match.

"Walking" the monkey bars will likely be too tough for most folks, but know that pull-ups and chin-ups are a great place to start. The pull-up alone with work your entire upper body in the ground - some folks do NOTHING but pull-ups in their workouts, and get great, great results.

Once you get better at doing them you can try some new things - but that will likely take a while. I talk about pull-ups and assorted variations in Fast and Furious Fitness - believe me now and listen to me later, these exercises alone are more than what most folk manage to master during an entire life of working out.

Grab your copy NOW, and get started on the way to ape-like levels of power.

Best regards,

Rahul

PS: If you have kids, these exercises are some of the BEST things they can do for their overall health and development. More importantly, they're fun - so doing them ain't gonna be a chore for them. Get them started as early as you can!

 

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