I’ve written a lot on this one before, of course . . .
. . . but as I “saw” (or so it seems, at any rate) my daughter gorging on cornflakes of all things in the middle of the afternoon, no less, I was struck with the idea to write this.
Now I don’t know if she was actually eating them, but she did have a bowl in her hand – minus the milk of course, hehe. If there is one thing my daughter won’t drink it’s milk (unless it’s with loads of gooey, icky, chocolate syrup on it. Eww!!!).
And so since she apparently was, and then she asked me about “should I take this with me to workout Dad (as a snack)”, I am writing to you about it too!
Now, you’re well versed with my opinion on the first two options in the question, of course (or ardent readers of this newsletter probably are, at any rate).
I’ve made no secret of the FACT that it’s far, far better to work out on an empty stomach than on a FULL stomach, or semi full.
Despite what the so called experts say, my best results have come from following a “diet” entirely opposite that of what the “experts” seemingly recommend.
And NOT by eating the meal they consider the most important of the day either . . .
Now, you’ll have to dive into the Simple and Effective Diet (and especially the intro, oh, and by the way, the manual is yours FREE with a purchase of the 0 Excuses Fitness System!) to find out more about this.
But suffice it to say that as far as eating AFTER a workout goes, YES, often times I’ll eat well after a workout.
Not “stuff” myself, although I do that on occasion, but usually, I have a good meal, and that’s that.
Usually an hour or so after working out.
And usually NOT before 530 in the evening, if that makes sense!
Hey. IT works for me, it works for my students, and it works AMAZINGLY and blindingly fast does this “strange” technique of doing things if you only let it! ?
And often times, I’ll eat HOURS after my workout. Not just an hour. Hours.
Often times I’ll stay on an empty stomach the entire day, and have some of my BEST damned workouts that way!
But as for the million dollar question, fueling DURING a workout?
Well, I’d say NO to it personally, even during extreme “ironman” like workouts.
But my goals of working out are different from the average Joe’ of course!
If your goals entail (as many people’s do!) preening and posing in front of the mirrors at the gym, by all means sip latte and “snack” on some rubbish the so called experts advocate. Go for it.
If your goals are “to lose a bit of weight”, but nothing spectacular, go for it.
If your goals are “the usual workout”, and “you feel hungry during your workout”, then if you really must, go for it.
But I’d only personally do it in case the workout was really extreme, and not even probably in that case.
And as for million dollar question #2.
Will it hurt my results?
In most cases, I’d say yes.
But if you’re going through extreme 100 pull-up and 100 handstand pushup workouts, or if you’re going through workouts where you climb steep hills in the middle of the day in blazing heat - - and 5 times per workout at that followed by a 100 pushups and 50 pull-ups, then it might help.
And probably won’t hurt your results any either way.
The key is though, if you’re keeping it that extreme!
And even in that case, I’d say probably NOT.
And as for what I told my daughter, and what she apparently did? Well, you’ll have to wait a bit for that one! ?
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So I’ve written a LOT about the Bourne series, haven’t I?
The training montage, specifically, the pull-ups and the sprints (after which I actually modeled my own personal workout way back in 2018! ?).
Sprints make you feel like NO-ONE can harm you once you’re done my friend, and I don’t necessarily mean that muscle wise, I just mean the FEEL Good feeling.
And muscle wise, they build a ton of it as well!
Anyway, I believe those emails are how some of my MOST loyal customers (Charles Mitchell and Jason, you two are at the TOP of the list! ?) found me.
And with good reason, of course.
Now, I was watching a bit of the Bourne Supremacy this morning.
And I don’t know why, but the SPRINT – the ALL OUT SPRINT – and the accompanying music throughout the scenes was what was playing in my head since the morning since I woke up with that great, great feeling I wrote about on the other website.
Bourne running . . . for his life, quite literally!
Through crowded streeets, through chaotic roads (try tossing in a full out sprinter on a busy highway! ?) and the PULSATING, RESOUNDING music that accompanies it. No wonder The Bourne Supremacy is my favorite in the series! ?.
And anyway, as he runs, runs, and runs he sprints up a flight of subway stairs, much like I did back in 20016, except I did it with a heavy duty laptop slung on to me and office clothes, hehe.
And then he does what to me has ALWAYS STOOD OUT, if just for the sheer PHYSICALITY of it.
People talk about the Expendables etc when they talk muscle, and rightly so, but try doing what Bourne did in the movie.
NOT LITERALLY! Let me repeat that, not literally!
But try the equivalent of two subway trains rushing towards you FULL TILT post a sprint (right after it), and then you jumping onto the tracks and jumping OUT Of harm’s way in the NICK OF TIME! . . .
. . . and then doing the same on the adjoining platform before jumping off onto a damned barge of all things!
Boy oh boy. You gotta be in shape to do that, and that’s a magnificent plyometric if any. I’ve no idea if they used stunt doubles during the movie, but from what Damon said, they didn’t. Sure, the subway trains were probably put in there cinematically, but still, to even DO that ONCE, as opposed to twice . . . damn!
And that brings me to my central topic. Damon.
Damon is one of my favorite actors, and not just in the Bourne series, but overall – but yes, the Bourne series is how I got to see the guy the first time, and my favorite by far.
Now, here is where I will say something some might not quite agree with. sOme might call me a lunatic. Some might call me “wrong”. And so forth.
But (much like my buddy from the Marines! ? and anyone that truly IS IN THE KNOW does) I make snap judgements on most things my friend, and I’ve written about this before.
Ford, for one had the habit of reaching a final decision very quickly, an dchanging it slowly.
Doesn’t mean he didn’t put thought in before the decision was reached, but when it came time to make a decision, BAM!
And that’s how I get my initial impression of folks, either in person or online.
You either got it, or you don’t! You either HAVE a good vibe, or you don’t, and so forth.
And Damon (and by the way, I have NO idea what the man’s politicial affiliations are) and myself might not see eye to eye on everything, especially (I suspect!) politics.
And no, I could care less about the supposed Ben Affleck thing (I don’t know much about it; that’s another thing about yours truly - - I try to steer far, far away from gossip in all regards, especially celeb gossip).
That don’t mean I don’t study how the celebs became who they are NOW, my friend.
And it doesn’t mean I don’t cut past the BS and see them for a PERSON, and the OVERALL DEAL.
And overall, Damon’s a solid dude, the BEST fit for the Bourne series by far, and a damned good actor.
And a damned fit guy when he has to!
They talked about how they got him in shape for the Bourne series(and especially the last one, where he was almost 40 I believe. Or 45, perhaps).
Running up hills. 11 km runs a day! I can relate, hehe.
Pull-ups galore (Damon couldn’t do a single pull-up when he started, and got up to 31 in a set!).
Heavy bag work, and a lot of it.
And a decent diet without being over cautious about it.
All in all, fitness wise, Bourne aka Damon wouldn’t be a bad person to learn from at all (and neither would his trainer most likely, hehe).
And on that note, I’m out. Those are my thoughts. Write back and let me know what yours are if you so would!
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I feel it. Oh boy, yes, I do!
And I’m sure you have too on occasion.
Have you ever woken upon one fine morning (or afternoon, as the case might be) and felt something POSITIVE?
Felt overwhelmingly POSITIVE (this goes for an “el groucho” like yours truly as well, hehe).
Felt like things were just going to WORK OUT SOMEHOW!
Felt like you were on top of the world?
You probably have. And while truth be told, this is how you should wake up EACH morning, not all of us do.
For most of us, those days are far and few in between.
Anyway, this isn’t so much about . . . ah, but let me say what I want to first.
Back in December last year, I was faced with a problem that it would take a while to detail here.
I was working willy nilly non stop on it all week, and on a Sunday at that, I was working LITERALLY NON STOP to solve it.
Like 18 hours of the day workday (which I do NOT do normally).
And it was frustrating,
I must admit I cursed all throughout the day, albeit to myself.
I was irritated. Tired. The “fuck it” all feeling.
And so forth.
And as I drank a couple of beers at the end of it all, I said the hell with it, and meant it. Literally.
The next morning, as I climbed my favorite hill out there, I just FELT GOOD all of a sudden.
Go get ‘em feeling!
Like it was just going to workout!
Work out . . . hehe. Is it a coincindence it came out that way and I have one of the best damn workouts that day – or today for that matter? ?
(Such is life when writing in the flow, but hey . . . ).
And as I finished my workout, things went swimmingly well.
Two of the issues I was working on got solved. And an idea that I got during my workout helped me solve the third, and off it was to Hong kOng that day, I believe . . .
Yesterday was yet one of these days for me, and I was FRUSTRATED to the extreme.
And yet, today when I woke up, right about at the “bright early hour” of 1130 AM or so, or perhaps 12 noon after NOT having slept until 4 AM last night (or so) . . . I am LOVING it!
That exuberant feeling is going full blast, and I have no doubt something good will happen today.
Something that will propel me forward towards my goals.
And what is common between now and the other day I mentioned?
Well, it is this.
Work on a problem intensely, my friend. I mean REAL INTENSELY. I m ean REALLY!
IT has to be ALL you think about – literally – for the ENTIRE DAY!
And the “how’s” of that aren’t as important as the why.
I don’t care how you do it, but DO IT – and convince the subconscious that THIS is a problem that HAS TO BE SOLVED NO MATTER WHAT!
And the way you do that is REPETITION my friend.
Claude Bristol when writing about the amazing powers of the subconscious wrote about the “tap tap” technique where he compared “drilling the idea into the deepest depths” of the subconscious to machine gun’s relentless “firing” that eventually achieves the desired result.
Or perhaps the way locomotives move, or perhaps the “Drip drip drip” Chinese torture techniques they used in ancient days.
Say a lie enough times, and you’ll start to think it’s true. And so forth.
Repetition truly is the cadence of the Universe my friend. And if you TRULY CARE about something and convince the subconscious of it, then that problem WILL BE SOLVED.
One way or the other, and I don’t care how it happens. It’ll happen!
And it’s happened on NUMEROUS occasions throughout my entire life my friend.
Now, does this apply to fitness you ask?
You bet it does.
And it applies to ANY exercise, no matter how tough.
REALLY, REALLY want to get good at pull-ups? Then do what I did and what I mention in “Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within weeks” – and NOT just the physical part. There is a reason I revamped and repriced the original (yes, it’s MORE expensive now) to include the mental side of this and that’s why I’m writing to you about this now!
REALLY want to get to 500 Hindu squats in a row? Well, goodie. The trick that is mentioned as the FIRST commandment of Physical Training in the 0 Excuses Fitness System is a must do, and if it worked for Tracy - - it will work for YOU TOO.
Give it a try. Let me know how you do!
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I had an idea recently in the shower, and just had to write to you about it.
Not the idea itself, but the “concept” behind it.
And my idea was getting my daughter to do supported handstands while I hold her ankles, and have her walk around in that position.
That’s a FANTASTIC exercise by the way, and the only reason it ain’t included in either Battletank Shoulders or Shoulders like Boulders is because you pretty much need someone to hold on to your legs for that, unless you’re at elite status and can do it on your own.
(And you can, if you work up to it, but most of YOU reading the books wouldn’t be able to at the start, and therefore . . . ?).
Now, that reminded me of a dinner (lunch, actually) I was having with a couple of students of mine once a few years ago.
I gobbled up my food, while they kept picking at it for a while.
And Carol (remember her??) told me a couple of days later about this once.
“You’re Mr. Fast”, she giggled. “You do everything fast!”
“Talk fast, type fast, read fast, EAT fast” (for background, she was an English student first, and fitness student later, so . . . )
(Talk about killing two “birds” with one stone, pun NOT intended) . . .
Anyway, we gave her a nickname as well.
And I’ve been called worse things of course! ?
And there are worse things TO BE than be this way, and as I recently told my daughter.
“Honey, you should be a speed demon at most things!”
Anyway, my wife a couple of years ago saw me doing handstand pushups.
And that night in bed with my daughter they were discussing a name for me.
And while my daughter came up with several hilarious names, my wife hit the nail on the head when she said “nah”.
“He’s Mr. Handstand pushup!”
And so I am my friend.
So I am, and there are WORSE things to be! ?
Has there ever been a name YOU were called and that just “stuck”?
Write back – and let me know!
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I was recently on an international flight (pre COVID, of course).
Which seems like forever, of course.
And my passenger right next to me squeezed into one of them economy seats (I ALWAYS make sure to grab an aisle seat, NOT the window or the middle seat! ?) was an obese, corpulent and FLATULENT burping SOB from India (who didn’t even have the most basic manners apparently).
And this abomination was finding it hard to fit in the airplane seat for obvious reasons and kept dislodging yours truly’s arms from the arm rest until I firmly put it there, looked him in the eye once and refused to budge.
The guy near the window seat was apparently having a hard time with him too.
Anyway, dude didn’t speak much English or any at all.
(So much for the “general good English level” in India; believe me, it ain’t what the causal reader might think! ?).
And as far as manners go . . .
. . . he was apparently a bit of a drunk, and every time the waitress (a Chinese lady from Hong Kong) got near to him he burped and said the following loudly.
And the way he said it made me think he was talking to a minion as opposed to a stewardess. . .
Funny part was this though.
She asked him what meal he’d prefer and he didn’t understand what she was saying in terms of language, but understood what she was asking.
And when he replied, she couldn’t understand him - - in either regard.
She looked at the passenger next to him.
I don’t know where he was from, but she couldn’t understand his accent either.
And of course, guess who ended up translating everything for the rest of the flight.
“He wants a chicken meal”.
“He wants more water. Thanks! (since the guy apparently didn’t want to say it to her)”
“He wants another shot of whiskey”
And the last one didn’t need to be repeated too often. Dude picked up on it, and he kept going “One more!”
A slob if there ever was one, and if you’ve ever heard air hostesses complain about their passengers, believe me, there is something damn good reason.
Anyway it works both ways, of course.
Air India, which I’ve often flown in the past (and STOPPED flying a few years back completely) is (along with Royal Jordanian) in my UNBIASED and very NOT humble opinion one of the, if not THE shittiest international airline out there.
The stewards and stewardesses don’t even look like they belong on a flight.
I still remember the TV screen not working once on one of these flights.
Told the steward.
He shrugged. “Oh, so what. Nothing we can do! Just make do!”
Or “Oh, just try that seat over there” (when my seat arm rest wouldn’t work right).
Or, and this was the apex of all this . . . I wanted a couple of beers.
And lady came up to me, and dumped not two, but FOUR beers in my lap.
She grinned at me.
“You’ll want it anyway, and I don’t want to be bothered again!”
And off she went, waddling her lard ass down the aisle . . .
Anyway, I didn’t write this to you to warn you about what airlines not to take, hehe.
I did a version of the “one more workout” out there with my daughter today.
“One more!” I went.
(She knows the story, and she LAUGHS a lot every time she hears it)
And as her little hands did another bar hang, I kept saying it.
One minute more!
One rep more!
And the same thing will work for you too my friend.
You don’t have to be a former U.S. Marine drinking with yours truly to say it either! ?
If you can currently bang out 50 pushups before you collapse, try saying “Just one more!” to yourself as you NEAR 50.
Not before the workout.
But as you get to maybe rep #45, or 46, but ideally, right on around 49.
Chances are you’ll hit not ONE more rep, but FIVE more if you do this right! ?
And that my friend is a tip for the ages. Have at!
PS – This works great for getting your numbers up there in the much vaunted, almighty Hindu squat as well!
And pull-ups alone!
I’ll never forget the time when my little girl asked me for help a couple of years back.
I think it was in 2017, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, her pencil box had gotten stuck to the table.
“Dad! Someone glued my pencil box to the table, and I can’t get it off, and neither can Mommy!”
(Mommy tried, but couldn’t apparently)
“Well, who glued it”, I asked.
“Not me!!!” she replied, with that look in her eye which said clearly that she HAD, of course! ?
Young kids, hehe.
Anyway, it’s no secret that my daughter has been exercising with me since she was born pretty much. I still remember her when she was a baby, all of six months of age with her little feet on my chest doing monkey bars swings out in the park, or trying to!
And as I looked at the pencil box, yes. It was stuck solid.
“That’s OK, honey”, I told my daughter. “Remember, us gorillas can do it! Pull harder!”
(She did and does pull-ups with me only so she can become a gorilla, for those of you that did not know, hehe).
She pulled, but it didn’t come off. It was solidly stuck.
Couldn’t budge it on first try.
Moved the desk around to a different angle, pulled again, and presto.
The thing came off, far easier than I expected.
“Second problem, Dad”, my little girl said. “Now we can’t open the pencil box”.
Apparently she had glued that too.
OK, no problem.
I prised it open with two fingers, positioning my fingers much like I would in a fingertip pushup . . .
And that, my friend, is the sort of strength that PULL-UPS done right on THICK BARS that I keep carping about can give you.
Sure, it’s good to do ‘em on pull-up bars at home.
Sure, it’s GREAT to do ‘em on the regular pull-up stands, but nothing, I repeat, nothing beats the STRENGTH, the sheer, crushing APE like strength you get from pull-ups . . .
. . . and add in fingertip pushups to the mix, and OH MY!
The above TWO are TWO tips I’ve often given people that want to improve their grip strength beyond belief, and sadly, these tips are oft IGNORED.
Can lead a horse to water, but can’t make it drink!
On a side note, years ago, I think in 2004 or something (or maybe later, I don’t know), a massive silverback gorilla was caged in an Orlando Zoo.
The guys that made the enclosure had made the enclosure gorilla proof in that the gorilla had NOTHING to grab onto to hoist himself up and escape.
But they accidentally left one small, TINY crack in the wall of his enclosure.
He found it.
Put one knuckle in it - - and used THAT to hoist his ENTIRE massive body up and over the enclosure!
THAT is real strength my friend. Not sitting down and curling weights, or lying flat on your back and pushing a moronic weight until “you can’t strain no more”.
THAT IS A REAL STORY TOO! Hehe. I said in caps because it deserves to be said in caps.
That’s real strength – animal strength, and if you saw King kong and wondered if it was all make believe – well – the strength part wasn’t!
And that’s why I put out the book on Animal Kingdom Conditioning my friend.
Lots of you can’t do pull-ups in high numbers.
But you CAN do floor exercise to begin with!
And a lot of what I teach you in Animal Kingdom Conditioning is done on the floor and WILL Build that primal, ape like strength – or set a damn good foundation – or both!!
And once you’re done with that, get cranking on pull-ups my friend. Truly one of the best damned exercises you can do!
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I just did up a post on CRUSHING grip strength and was going to post it here. But, as I was going to do so I saw an email from Charles Mitchell, a long term customer that I just HAD to reply to! Hehe.
Here is what he asked –
(for reference, this was in response to an email I sent you a day or so ago about giving the impression of being much bigger than you normally ARE!).
And here is what my response was :
Thanks for the email! Yes, if you can do ‘em right and in high reps (I once got to a point where I was pumping out a 100 handstand pushups in proper FORM per workout, but that ain’t easy I’ll tell you! ?) then YES, they are one of the best exercises out there to develop the traps.
Ideally, I’d do them with pull-ups if you can do pull-ups (one exercise helps the other as you know) but to answer your question definitively – YES – they are – but pull-ups are a close, close “trailer” in that regard as well!
Both exercises are super for building the grip and forearms as well (which naturally leads to better performance on exercises, and obviously bigger/stronger trapezius/upper back muscles).
And it’s true, my friend.
Handstand pushups are not only the best exercise to build that “massive upper body” and “barndoor lats/delts” you’ve always wanted, but YES, they ARE probably the best exercise out there for traps as well - - IF, and this is a big IF, you do ‘em right!
Some of the guys I coach one on one have had the same, or similar questions, and I told them the same thing.
Handstand pushups are one of the most difficult exercises you can do my friend, and it takes a while for people to work up to them.
That’s why I have the books out there, of course, but in and as of itself, this one exercise will build a chest that looks like it’s made of granite as well (that “packed chest” look if you get my drift).
And, NO, it isn’t just about looks. Looks to me were but a by product when I worked up to doing 100 HSPU’s (and pull-ups, and hill climbs!) per workout.
The sheer feeling of being “on top of the world” and STRONG - - really STRONG - - from the inside out (yes, they’re a fantastic core movement too my friend!) is really what makes it all worth it.
And last, but not least – remember that pull-ups, as I said, are but a close outlier.
Another solid exercise, and if you do 100 pull-ups and 100 handstand pushups per workout, let me just tell you you’ll be headed to “Strongman” status very soon.
As my friend from the Marines once famously said . . .
“You’re goddamned right!” (when I told him that 100 pull-ups per workout was EASY (for me, at least!) but try doing 100 handstand pushups per workout! ?).
For background on that, check out the 0 Excuses Fitness blog, but the gist is that he was saying 100 pull-ups per workout is tough for anyone.
Not if you work up to it the right way!
I’m currently NOT doing handstand pushups as part of my routine, but I’m doing “extra thick” bar pullups.
I mean REALLY thick!
And that’s what I’m going to write to you about in the next email (I was going to send it to you NOW, but this question from Charles deserves more attention), so here goes!
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PS #2 – Questions such as these from folks that truly do GET it make my day! Thanks Charles; you truly are an INSPIRATION to everyone out there!
PPS – YES, YOU TOO can send me your questions. My one on one coaching services can be applied for right here if you so choose, but if you have a training related question you’d like answered - - send it my way, and we’ll see what we can do!
As events across the globe spiral out of control and processed towards the inevitable and (to me at least) bloody obvious conclusion (and as the vast majority of people in the world, especially China seem to be preferring to go the “if we don’t talk about it it will go away on it’s own” route on this one), I gotta say one thing.
Something I’ve been saying for a while now.
Something I’ve been saying for ages, actually, and something that is nigh on crucial to success in ANY field or endavor.
That being, you gotta stop VACILLATING my friend.
No if’s, buts and maybe.
As George Bush once famously said, you’re either WITH us – or you’re against US.
He had his heart in the right place, and though his actions in Iraq for one are NOT something I support (for obvious reasons again, and even back then I didn’t support ‘em) what he said is true in times of crisis, and actually, when discussing anything important.
Way too many people right now are vacillating between offering lip service to the countries that are being directly affected by the Chinese aggression on their borders and elsewhere - - while adopting the silly and pacifist response of “we’ll continue to do business with them”.
And to me, it don’t work that way.
Thank heavens President Trump and his team don’t believe that, for one!
You simply cannot continue to support a bunch of thugs like that my friend. Every dollar spent in and on China goes back either directly or indirectly to the CCP and that’s just how it is.
Secretary Pompeo was very clear on this a few days ago too when he said the same thing, except in greater detail and was more “verbose” about it.
And in any case, I believe people will be FORCED to take a stance very soon, whether they like it or not, and the sooner they accept that reality the better it is.
Saying this, of course, has lost me more friends than gained, but that’s fine.
The few that remain are the ones I truly care about, and the ones that are worth remaining.
I was truly saddened last night by a good friends response to this entire mess last night.
He did not say one word against the CCP, the inaction by PM Modi in India, or the HIGHLY COMMENDABLE actions Trump and team have taken or anything of that nature.
All he said was the official CCP line (or something very dangerously close to it) of “we have to work together for mutual benefit”.
This floored me.
How can it work that way when one party is hell bent upon bullying the other and the entire world?
And yet, this blindingly simple concept doesn’t seem to be penetrating for a lot of people . ..
NO, you cannot separate border issues from everything else!
NO, you cannot allow Spy Way (Huawei) and other such CCP sponsored telecos to be the backbone of your infrastructure. Ditto for Chinese apps, Chinese programs etc.
We cannot discuss things in a void my friend.
And the same holds true globally.
And the sooner folks REALIZE this, the better it will be for ALL Concerned.
Thankfully, the developed world seems to be moving in exactly that direction, and I believe it is a matter of time (very soon now) before the Asia Pacific as a whole gets tired of the Chinese bullying and finally says enough is enough.
And now, fitness you ask.
OK. Let’s go there.
And let me throw a FINAL spanner into the works! ?
Fitness wise, you DO have to be on the side of the sensible, for one.
If what you’re doing right now is not working, then TOSS it regardless of what the bros tell you or regardless of what you read on the Internet.
If you’re NOT getting the results you want, well, guess what. Time to make that CHANGE!
But on that same note, do I believe that “lifting weights” (as many of you like to do) and bodyweight stuff cannot co-exist?
Done right, they can. And the old timers did it that way with great results.
What I DO believe cannot co-exist is pumping and toning, puffing and buffing, and REAL training.
That, to me simply cannot co-exisit.
And which side of that fence you’re on, only you know – and can tell me!
Let me know! ? I’m out for now, but will be back later with more! ?
PS – I’ve completely deactivated one of my WeShat accounts as of now. The only reason I had it was one of my friends, and given what he said the other day, well . . .
PS #2 – Good news – you can still follow me on other social media! Try Twitter, for one . . .
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I saw the following (and fantastic!) quote from Mark Twain this evening.
The two most important days of your life are . . .
. . . the day you’re born, and the day you figure out WHY you’re born!
This rang true the minute I read it, and here I am now, writing to YOU about it.
Napoleon Hill often spoke about having a central purpose in life, the #1 thing you want to do ABOVE all!
Something you really, really want to do. Were meant to do. Are so good at that NOT even your most ardent detractors have criticized you while you’re doing it . ..
. . . your true purpose in life, as it were!
Napoleon Hill speaks of this a lot in “Outwitting the Devil” when he details the trials and tribulations he went through in life, all because (as the “voice” told him!) “he was neglecting his major purpose in life”.
And for me that would seem to be writing.
And, working out!
As Cindy once famously told me, you’re a writer, and a FIGHTER.
And as my buddy from the Marines once told me in 2018 I believe it was . . . “That’s all you do! Working out is your LIFE!”
And being that I was writing 0 Excuses Fitness and certain other books at the time, yes, it was!
The diet was pure, and the workouts were intense and then some.
And I understood what Stallone for one meant when he got into the sort of awesome shape you saw him in 1980’s (not to say he’s not in good shape NOW! Stallone is a living legend bar NONE) when he said “after a certain point, my body started to eat away it’s own fat”.
Might sound horrible, but it’s a good thing in SOME ways (not all - - Stallone’s routine then was extremely unhealthy, but not mine).
Anyway, point of all this is to ask you, my friend, if YOU have found your true purpose in life.
I don’t mean the job you’re working at, or the two cars you own, or any other material possession.
Speaking of which, I remember a meme I once posted on Wechat, which went something like - -
I can measure a man’s true character by how he stands up when he is stripped of his house, car, college degrees . . . (and a host of other things that “don’t really count in the grand scheme of things”).
What were YOU put on this earth to do, my friend?
Only YOU can answer that question, but I’ll tell you this much – when you find the answer, you’ll be one satisfied customer at the end of the day!
And on that note, I’m out. Back soon!!
PS – Got into it again in the park today with some bozos hell bent on interrupting my workout. Ugh!
PS #2 – I’ve always loved doing pushups, and ‘twas but a matter of time before I just HAD to put out the best damn course there is on pushups (I challenge you to find a better one out there! ?) – Pushup Central.
A ways back in 2018, I believe it was, I wrote about a sprained thumb which was painful as heck.
In case you faithful on this list have forgotten, it was when I was (foolishly) attempting to do fingertip handstand pushups not before, but AFTER a mammoth workout (more pushups and pull-ups), a hill climb, and in the freezing rain at that.
The ground was slick as heck.
But I cleared that away but still.
As I did the exercise, or got into position . . . . CRACK!
I heard the thumb “pop in and out” and I screamed out loud in agony.
It was a serious, serious injury or it would have been for most people
I was advised to rest it, splint it, ice it and more. And all probably NOT bad suggestions.
And yet, other than the Corona beer I held in my hand a couple of hours after the injury (ice cold, of course!) I did NONE of the above.
Was back at it the next day, doing fingertip pushups no less!
My buddy from the Marines told me that sort of injury never really goes away, and he DOES know a thing or two about what he’s saying, and yet, a couple of years down the line it’s like the injury never happened.
Except for the memory of course!
It took a while to heal fully, sure, but I did NOT stop working out while the injury was there, and I believe that not only NOT excaberated the injury (I did things RIGHT, of course in that regard and avoided direct movements in a manner it’s hard to explain here, but still, fingertip pushups are fingertip pushups, period!) but also aided the healing.
In a way that made the thumb stronger than before, hence th e2 finger pushups you see me doing in Pushup Central!
Yesterday, I wrote about my latest injury on the other blog, and how I fully expected to bounce back the next day (a few hours post injury actually) as if it were NOTHING.
And I did.
I wrote about having a great workout (in advance).
And I did!
I actually did MORE pull-ups today if that makes any sense, and the same time for rope jumps etc.
Point being is this.
Sometimes, its better to get some blood flowing to the area, and not “gently” either as it were!
No excuses, my friend, and this is yet another reason I laugh at people who say my products are expensive.
Compared to doctor visits, or lifelong injuries? Somehow I doubt it!
Compared to a weak body or a weak LINK in the chain? Again, I doubt it!
It’s always good to be prepared, my friend, and my workouts will make – and keep you that way!
Anyway, that’s the report for now. Back soon!