I don’t know if I’ve written on this before but keeping up with the Jones (or as the Brits from what I understand said it) – the “Joneses”, hehe, is a habit that the vast majority of sheeple out there have and is best AVOIDED.
I HAVE written about it before, I think.
Anyway, for whatever reason, as I watched my wife boil eggs this afternoon, something came to mind.
Wayyyyy back in the day in 2009 I believe yours truly bought a flat screen T.V. (those were apparently the rage back then).
45 inch IIRC or I think 58. I really can’t remember, even though it’s sitting right in front of me right now!
Now, you on this list know the sort of relationship yours truly has with his parents (and as for my wife, apparently ZERO relationship after we got married against her family’s wishes – boy I Could write tomes – and an entire “Bollywood” movie probably on that, hehe) . . .
But at that point, the relationship wasn’t -5 on a 1 to 10 level as it is now. It was at 1, perhaps . . . for a reason you will understand soon.
So when talking to my Dad I tell him we bought a T.V.!
“Great”, he says.
And nothing else, and then the conversation ended shortly thereafter.
A few days later, he calls me up out of the blue.
“We bought a new T.V too!” he triumphantly said as if it were a competition.
And as if it was a GOOD thing. I can tell you one damned thing the TV in my apartment right NOW is NOT working, and I have NO plans to get it repaired. Ugh, if there is something I hate more than anything it’s the inane nonsense that goes on all day long on the boob tube!
Sure, it does on mobile phones as well, but at least those have headphones (when my beloved wife actually uses them, hehe).
“Ours is 2 inches bigger than yours!” I still remember him saying
My first instinct was to tell him – Dad – who CARES?
Way back in the day when I was a kid, I was afflicted with this syndrome as well. Growing up, we had like one air conditioning unit at home, while friends had three.
Those old window A/C’s . . . hehe.
And I told my Dad once “Their house has three A/C’s! Ours only has one”.
Being I was seven years old at the time he got back with a sage response saying “It doesn’t matter how many A/C’s they have! What matters is how well you do in your studies!”
OK, fair enough. And yet, years later . . .
Back to 2011 (or 2010?? Can’t remember?), when yours truly bought a dishwasher for his wife, it was something UNHEARD of in India at the time. Literally.
It had just come out on the market at a reasonable price, and to yours truly whose been using ‘em for years (since I was 19, actually) going out and picking one up was no biggie, even with the extra expense.
My Mom showed up, of course, to tell me otherwise.
“IT’s a huge investment! Don’t buy it!” she cautioned.
“Um, why?” I asked.
And there was no reason given than the above, and a few years, later, guess who bought a new dishwasher.
And the most mind boggling part of all this?
Is not the keeping up with the Rahul’s part (I still remember the “you have more money in your bank account than I did at my age!” comment my Dad made at the age of 23 as if I didn’t deserve it, hehe).
It’s the part about when I needed help financially, they were never ever there.
And yet, when we DO NOT need help financially, they’re throwing things at us left right and center despite being politely requested not to do so, and if we say anything?
Crickets, or angry, meaningless baritone yells of “This is how it’s gonna be!”
If there is anything more weird than this, let me know! Or if you guys have family situations like this . . . truly mind boggling.
And fitness wise, same damned thing.
When you GET fit, you’ll have the all those that previously laughed at you jump over to your side and shake your hand, and ask you to participate in their workouts.
Which I never did when it happened to me . . .
When you LOSE that weight, you’ll have the nutzos that told you about “belles hanging down ponderously beyond your nether regions (ok, my Dad didn’t say it that way, but he DID say it despite having a bigger belly on him himself!) . . . “yes, you’re the fittest you’ve ever been!”
And yet, when you needed their help back when you started where were they?
This holds true for life, fitness, or anything, and is a prime example of what Napoelon Hill once famously said about NOT telling the world about your goals.
Tell the world what you’re going to do, but show it first!
And that’s today’s tip. In terms of pushups, if you’ve got a goal to bang out a 100 without stopping – a worthy goal indeed – as many of you DO have – then go for it.
But don’t announce it just as yet - - except to yours truly if you do want to ?.
Get it done first – and watch the world follow you thereafter!
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So I was bitching about my second job wayyyyy back in the day after I was laid off from the first.
A job that offered better pay and perks than the first in many ways, and was certainly a step up in many regards, but also a job where (at least I felt) yours truly was being asked to take on a lot more than the pay warranted.
That’s of course something that is no surprise to the employers (most!) that have employed me in the past, hehe.
I’ve made no secret of my “If you want that amount of work - - then you PAY - - and do so FIRST” .
My Dad had a different take on it though.
“You have to do the work first, and do it for years BEFORE you’ll get commensurate pay”, he contended.
Oh, really. I remember thinking. Well, that ain’t happening.
And a quick look through my very storied job past (when I DID work for others) will show the veracity of what I just said.
“You have to show leadership FIRST”, my Dad continued.
Although I disagreed with him at that point, over the past few years, I’ve come to the realization that that above statement is ONE (of VERY FEW INDEED) thing I do agree with him about (we don’t talk, so . . .).
Cindy, the lady that took the 0 Excuses Fitness videos and with whom I recently had a spat about her insistence on my products “should be cheaper” (I don’t think so!) said this about me once when I asked her for help.
She was unable to offer it at that time, but then said this.
“You’ll be fine! You’re a writer, and a fighter . . . “
Vincent, a friend of mine and the U.S. Marine (ex) I have referred to so often (and the person that headlines Gorilla Grip, and rightfully so!) once told me the following.
“You’re a goddamned survivor!” (And that comment rang SO true to me that I was compelled to write a post on it, hehe).
When discussing fighting and other related topics, I made it very clear that HE Had way more knowledge on any of that than I did.
“Man, you should put some products together on your knowledge and sell ‘em”, I remember saying. “I would help you get the writing and marketing part done if you needed it, but you probably don’t!”
He said he didn’t have the confidence to do it (at least back then).
Remember this man has been through countless wars, and is a true survivor in EVERY sense of the word. He’s got physical skills that the average man or gym bro can only DREAM of. And that isn’t me saying it because he is, as I’ve often said, a brother from another mother, but because it is TRUE.
“You know more than you let on”, he once laughingly remarked.
But the RING of truth as he himself once said was there in what he said, and the rest of the above comments too.
The RING OF TRUTH, and doing (and saying) the RIGHT THING . . .
Anyway, all of these people were spot on; in fact MORE THAN they KNOW (or knew at the time of saying it). Quite literally.
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, don’t they?
Not always, my friend.
While the pen can indeed cut swathes through minds and THINKING (the most important), there comes a time when the SWORD must be wielded, and done so with CANDOR, VALOR and VIGOR.
If the pen was indeed always mightier, India, for one, would never have won its independence under Gandhi, who is often touted to be the father of the nation.
Men like Subhash Chandra Bose, Shahid Bhagat Singh and countless others are the FORGOTTEN heroes that went to BATTLE and actually laid most of the groundwork for what Gandhi did post-their work.
As the world grapples with an obvious crisis, or several in the making, I have this to say.
It isn’t about me or you necessarily (though it IS if you think about it).
It isn’t about my products for sure (hence there will be NO marketing link in this email).
It’s not about business.
IT’s about doing the right thing.
What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong, my friend. There are no two way around that!
If you were to ask ANY world leader right now (sans perhaps TWO), including Trump, Modi, Pompeo, or any other nation, they’d all tell you one thing.
“Do the right thing”.
Unfortunately we cannot say that (any longer) to a certain rogue nation that has taken advantage (stunningly so) of the world’s kindness and leeway in allowing it years and years years to do the right thing, and it’s done the precise and absolute opposite.
With impunity at that.
It stops now, but this piece is not necessary about confrontation.
It’s about asking YOU, the reader, no matter where you’re at . . . to STAND UP - - be COUNTED - - and to DO THE RIGHT THING.
I don’t need to spell out what that right thing is, I’m sure. If I do, I’m talking to the wrong people.
Back last year in December I pointed out and realized that something that had been brewing for ages was going to come to a head, and my actions leading until Jan 8, 2020 (which I ain’t gonna detail here) PROVE it.
Guess what happened two weeks later.
I wrote about the year 2020 being the year of the SURVIVOR, and was roundly laughed at and lambasted.
What does he know, most people said (not all, but most).
And yet, right now, what is happening?
I’ve said for ages that Sep 2020 is going to be a time of reckoning for the world at large in more ways than one.
People still laugh for whatever reason when they hear this . . .
Laugh all you like, my friend.
But all of this (and to a lot, it might come across as incoherent babble; so be it) wouldn’t be complete without saying something that a friend of mine Charles once told me when we were discussing how (damn near) it’s impossible to TRUST people these days on anything.
“Why can’t people just all get along?”
“Why can’t everyone just do the right thing?”
The first statement was made by him w.r.t something I cannot recall now, but the second was made when I state it was.
And as I close this one off, there is NO better note than to close it off. I know NOT where he stands on the current issues, and he probably won’t tell me either, which is fine.
Do the right thing, my friend. You can never go wrong that way.
P.S. – My heartfelt condolences (along with an entire nation) to the Indian soldiers recently martyred along the border. May God (of whichever hue) be with your souls.
P.S. – Carol, a long time . . . well, I better not go there ended a “relationship” because she wanted to “do the right thing”. She is Chinese. There was probably NOTHING more dear to her at that point than the relationship (in many regards). There are good people everywhere, and then there are the morons that attempt to control the already weak minded . . .
RISE UP, WORLD!
Something that most entrepreneurs struggle with when they start out (and indeed a lot of people that have ostensibly “made it”) is the feeling of “losing business”.
The feeling of (and lets face it, we’ve all been there) “what if they stop buying if I say what I really feel”.
If I say it like it IS.
Really IS, no punches pulled.
A long time ago, I was (a bit!) that way myself.
While I’ve always been called brutally honest from a very young age, I did sometimes have doubts about “if I should actually say it”.
Doubts that were removed by the REACTIONS I got from those that actually took the time to read what I was saying as opposed to making knee jerk reactions.
While not everyone agreed with me at all times (and that’s fine!) and a lot of people downright HATED MY GUTS for saying it like it is (and probably even more hate me now, and again that’s fine!) . . . there was ONE overwhelming consensus to all this.
If you really want the facts – then Rahul Mookerjee is the man to go to!
And loss of business? Followers? Social sh-media LIKES or so forth?
Ben settle I think it was who first wrote about “pandering to the mob mentality” I believe. (He likely wasn’t as he says in his post the first one to write it, period , but I read the piece on his blog, so . . . ).
Basically, the premise of the argument, and a very valid one at that was this.
(and he’s a copy writer, so he wrote from that angle).
“If you’re writing copy and getting scared about, and editing your copy to make sure it doesn’t offend, inflame, or otherwise “rile” people up – or make them madly “love you”, for that matter” then youre not writing anything that is worthy of reading.
So true my friend.
And more on losing SALES. And popularity.
Donald Trump, whom everyone “loves to hate” is currently enjoying a 96% plus approval rating in the Republican party.
This for a man who apparently “even his own party members distance themselves from at certain times!”
In short, if you want to be successful at busines, or anything in life, you have to polarize. Not ALWAYS, and I’m NOT saying you should speak or write with the intention of causing offense, but if you are stating the facts, and someone gets offended, well SO BE IT.
IF someone can’t handle facts for what they are, would you want them in your life anyway?
Either as a friend, or customer, or what not . . .
I really don’t think I would, my friend.
And as for the void not being filled worry, rest assured that the minute you cut people out of your life that DON’T matter, it gets filled with people that DO.
People that you WANT in your life.
People that respond logically to you. People that LIKE YOU. People that BUY from you. And so forth.
Trust me, if anything, saying it like it is will HELP SALES, and then some!
And so it will in terms of fitness.
If you’re currently struggling with being overweight no matter what you do, then the LAST thing you need to be told is that “what you’re doing will work eventually” (especially if you’ve been pavement pounding and the like for AGES).
If you’re currently FAT, then the LAST thing you need to be told is that “you’re a big guy” (unless you’re big and fat both, in which case BOTH need to be mentioned).
Trust me, the things we least like to hear are often times what we NEED to hear the most!
And on that note, I’m out.
Before I go, here is something else a lot of people don’t like to hear.
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P.S. – Stop trying to “please the majority”, my friend. Really. It’s cringeworthy to say the LEAST.
I just saw an interesting comment on one of my recent posts (I believe it was the one about listening to your body) on my WeChat account (which is slow as molasses for whatever reason these days, and being I rarely use social media unless I have to, I hardly check) . . .
It was in Chinese, and the lady that commented said the following
“The harder you work, the luckier you get!”
Considering this was posted in response to a picture of me doing pushups (one of the exercises in Pushup Central) and a toughie at that, you’d probably think what she said applied to working out, and youd be right, but it applies more to life – an overall perspective as it were.
And the REAL import of it was “Persistence pays off in spades”.
In Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, he mentions that we see the scores of people that are aiming at something give up after “the obstacle they just couldn’t surmount – or so they thought” – go down – never to rise again.
But he also writes of those that DON’T give up, and “keep on fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds”.
A one man army as it were against the world.
“Do we see the silent but IRRESTIBLE power which ultimately come to these men’s aids when they keep fighting on against all odds, LONG AFTER the war has been lost?”
The above is not verbatim, but is close enough though.
And this power, my friend is the POWER OF PERSISTENCE, which Hill clearly and rightly goes on to claim is the main different between men like Edison and Ford and the average quitter.
Most people are ready to jump ship at the FIRST SIGN of trouble. Or any obstacle.
And to these people, Nature CLOSES the doors of true success. The guardian of success whose job it is to test men through one heartbreak after the other, one tough situation after the other, one seemingly UNSOLVABLE problem after the other finally flings the doors wide open when he has determined that YOU, the SEEKER of whatever goal it is you are pursuing has PROVEN that you can take enough!
And then you get rewarded in spades and then some.
I can relate.
A few years ago, and not so long ago, I was facing a tough situation at home. Financially as well due to business strife.
My own family was unsupportive (which isn’t a revelation by any means, but they were jacking up the pressure by margins daily – so they thought at least and so it seemed outwardly), and one fine night matters came to a head, and I was FORCED to agree to an ultimatum of sorts.
The specifics of the situation do not matter here, but I acted PURELY ON GUT feeling when I gave them a date.
And once I did, it was like all obstacles magically melted away, even though I had less then $0 to my name at that point.
Later on that night, out of the blue, a friend who I had NEVER expected (although he was a very good friend) to help me out offered to help out with some cash I sorely needed at that point.
That ballast wasn’t the final solution though and I went through another very tough phase until . . . BOOM.
Suddenly, I found a way to get the cash I neeed. It had been there all along, and I had not noticed it, but ONE idea caused it to flow into my account, and how!
And life dramatically changed for me after that.
Earlier on that year, I was in a similar situation business wise. I did NOT have enough money to keep the fires burning at home, let alone finance my biz – yes, this was a while back, but not so long ago!
And guess what; despite all this, I kept going.
Kept getting in workout after workout. Kept doing my thang regardless.
One fine evening during a 50 pull-up workout in the park, I felt “oddly at ease”.
It will come! An inner voice assured me (I needed money to keep the biz going).
MY INNER SELF HAD AWAKENED!
And I completed the workout at ease, feeling oddly relaxed knowing something good would happen.
Later that night, I made a sale -the first of MANY over the next few months, and things went back to normal (somewhat as this was before the other incident I mentioned).
Key takeaway from all this?
Is that persistence is what truly wins all battles, my friend.
I don’t care if your Ford trying to build the 8 cylinder engine, Edison with his lightbulb, or if it’s YOU trying to get in the best shape of your life – it is PERSISTENCE that will ultimately cause the gates of success to be thrown wide open to YOU – if you can prove that you can take the hardship before that!
And that’s how it works, my friends.
Life’s winners aren’t lucky. We MAKE our own luck.
The spoils don’t just get distributed randomly.
It takes a select few to get ‘em – and if you’re one of them – you know what I BE talking about.
And so it goes, my friend. More on this later!
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All my life there has been one outstanding bone of contention between my family and myself – and indeed my friends as well ( a ot of them).
That being, accepting “what is”.
Case in point being a shitty school system that apparently contains my daughter’s holiday HW login and that apparently doesn’t have a “reset” password link anywhere on it.
My wife asked me yesterday morning if I could open my Whatsapp to check if I had the password.
“No I don’t”, I replied. “You never sent it to me. No problem though; send it over, and we’ll see what we can do” . . .
Apparently the issue is that the homework can (for whatever reason) not be downloaded (and can just be printed).
Which is insane in this day and age, of course .. .
And truth be told, if you can print, you can download – if you know, but of course, my wife wasn’t in a mood to listen to that.
“I don’t use Whatsapp for the most part”, I replied. “I don’t want to open it. It slows down my phone, and too many idiots and morons with nothing better to do are constantly sending barrages of messages all day long on it. I’ve had it, and I almost uninstalled the damned thing a while back”.
And it’s true. Due to the lockdown where my wife and daughter are, the schools are still all shut (which is pretty much the new global normal for the sheeple now, of course!) and so they’re doing their own version of shitty online teaching (and in my daughters case, apparently cooking classes and national “patriotism” infused nonensical song classes at the age of 6 no less).
Hey, I get it. Online teaching doesn’t work, period. It’s been tried, and it’s failed, and I’ve said this long before it was tried anyway. Some things just lend themselves better to in person!
Anyway, this led to a massive argument and fight over me saying “what a crappy system, and why they don’t improve it” (apparently my wife didn’t want to check her own Whatsapp, or her Whatsapp as she said “mysteriously disappeared” – wtf again?) and my wife making a face saying “that’s just how it is!”
And this aint just my wife. There are several aspects of life in India which to me make NO sense in this day and age.
For instance, you don’t have the ability to throw your own trash outdoors. Some guy shows up *(whenhe feels like it) to collect the trash, and when he’s sick, or not there, guess what.
Trash sits there, piling up like the proverbial “mound of Jehovah” (sorry, that’s an expression I’ve been using since my college days every time I come across something utterly ridiculous) and woe betide anyone that DARES to say “dumpster”.
People angrily yell back saying “this is how it is!”
Ummmm … but why can’t we CHANGE it?
Why do we have to always accept shit for what it is?
That’s probably one reason I never could stomach living in India for lengthy periods of time. China has it’s faults for sure, and I’ve made no bones about that, but BASIC hygiene and sanitation (while NOT ideal there) are still miles ahead of India, and at least when you bring up problems there (at least ones such as this) people listen.
Unless we’re talking the COVID, of course . . . and uh, I best not go there. How dare I, eh.
“That’s how it is”, I can just hear a Chinese person tell me angrily!
Well, I’m here to tell you this my friend.
That is NOT how it is.
And that ain’t how it’s “supposed to be”.
Its about your THINKING.
If you think, then you are (as you think, then you are was the original saying).
And so it is.
If Henry Ford had accepted that “you can’t ever build a motor car”, then we wouldn’t have it today.
Neither would we have the wireless, telephone, airplane, dumbphone, and all these other things we take for granted (and the idea of a garbage dumpster too at that).
Shooting the messenger doesn’t work, my friend. You might THINK it does, but all it does is cover and excaberate underlying conditions that YOU need to fix as opposed to go on lengthy rants about the other person pointing it out.
Fitnesswise, the same doggone thing applies.
It ain’t how it is, my friend. You do NOT have to be doomed to a life of being fat and feeling unhealthy, and SCARED every time you step out of the damn house.
You do NOT have to worry about getting fat with no gyms (or hills) around.
Where there is a will, there is ALWAYS a way.
But that way can only be shown to you once you STOP accepting the “that’s how it is and will remain “ dogma that is being shoved down your throats (funnily enough those shoving it down your throats DID NOT accept things for as they were themselves!).
Last, but not least, there are SOME things yes where “that’s just how it is”. Learning a new language and it’s nuances is one for instance (for example, there is no “why” when you say “Ni Hao” which translates into “You how” in English, and yet means “Hello”).
But note I said some things.
NOT the vast majority of things.
And the sooner you learn this truism, my friend, the better off YOU will be.
P.S. – If you’re with me, and part of the very small and ever thinning minority that REFUSES to accept life for what it is – sets HIGH standards in terms of fitness, life and everything he/she does – then in terms of fitness, I’ve got just the program for you – (and indeed, this sort of thing will help you in LIFE as well if just for the sheer DISCIPLINE and FOCUS it will INFUSE you with) – right here – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
P.S #2 – They often ask (and rant) about why I don’t stay put in any one place for long. Well, long story to be honest, but here is why – in short – I don’t accept things for “as they are”. If I find a certain nation to be NOT to my liking, I DO something about it. I leave. It’s that simple. And the same thing goes for life, my friend. I’ll wax lyrical about this later, but for now, the point stands . . .
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been writing a lot about how my workout routine over the 10 days or so has left me BUSHED.
Shattered (in a good way, hehe).
SPANKED. (that was the word I was looking for at first!).
And as I sit here, typing this to you, I’m trying to debate whether or not to go in for ANOTHER ONE of them workouts.
. . . and I think I’ve decided, for ONCE, to do the SENSIBLE thing and call it quits – for today. Hehe.
Quit while I’m ahead, as it were, and get back at it tomorrow!
And this is the best thing to do, and this is a key, key area of training that a lot of people ignore, but even more EMBRACE – in the wrong way.
All too often, you’ll have morons running for the hills complaining about “being sore” after a workout, and not doing anything for days other than moan and groan about their sore muscles, and how weightlifters need FIVE days of rest a week, and the sixth is eating day, and so forth . . .
(and to these people I have two things to say -a ) I wonder what would happen I put you through a REAL WORKOUT! And b) Get real – and EMBRACE the soreness).
Being sore is part and parcel of it all, my friend.
If you quit at the first sign of soreness, you’ll never get anywhere.
But for the elite few of us that train like madmen - - or “really kill it” - - or so forth, sometimes, it DOES do some good to let your body recover a bit.
As I can barely lift my arms and shoulders a day AFTER a workout of NOT working them directly in ANY WHICH WAY, shape or form, I decided today will be the day I take a break.
I could go for a massage. I could probably do a very gentle walk up the hill. Or so forth.
But I’m not.
Instead, I’m going to put myself in YOUR SHOES as I’ve done so many times before, and realizing that a lot of you don’t have access to the above, I’ll do the following.
A gentle walk around the ‘hood (without a mask, hehe).
A few stretches
A few PATENTED stretches STRAIGHT OUT OF 0 Excuses Fitness.
And perhaps a bit of on the spot running.
I am NOT going to gorge, or give myself a ‘cheat day’ and ruin all the hard work I’ve put in over the past few days.
It will be active rest and recovery, and I have ZERO and less doubt I’ll be CHOMPING at the bit, and raring to go again tomorrow!
And that’s that for now. See if you can find today’s lesson – or a couple, actually – most valuable ones!
P.S. – For more such training related gems, and STORIES (real life!) pick up your copy of the 0 Excuses Fitness System now, my friend. It truly is MORE than just the BEST exercise system on the planet. It’s a way OF LIFE!
As a certain Mr. Wong from wayyyy back in the day used to often say (exclaim) –
Yes, that’s rightl He said it without the “U” – don’t ask me why, hehe.
Maybe that’s how they say the fabled four letter word in a different language, but it ain’t Chinese for sure, and neither is it any of the dialects spoken in the mainland
And as I break into the sort of “breathless” giggles – laughs – the sort you have when you’re really gasping for breath and when a six (soon to be 7) year old beats the heck out of you in kiddie movements (as she should, hehe), it reminded me of Mr. Wong’s words.
It also reminded me of how back in the day, when I was lifting weights, he used to grip my forearms and and comment on their size and strength.
And that, of course was pre-Gorilla Grip days.
Yes, that “infamous” incident when I fell out of a bus and a tennis player about 6’1” almost crushed my hand later, and acted like he didn’t mean to (sure he did, hehe) STUCK in my craw - - and ever since, I’ve worked my grip (and legs) with a passion second to NONE.
But this ain’t about grip is it.
It’s about ABS.
And my abs are SCREAMING right now with the kiddie version of a jump my daughter beat me at.
Admittedly, she cheated again, hehe, but she did better than yesterday! ?
And that’s what counts. Small, incremental improvements are how you do it, my friend – and how it’s done in terms of fitness. Biting off more than you chew rarely, if ever leads to frustrations ville and NO results.
What exactly is this sort of jump you ask?
Well, I revel all in Kiddie Fitness, so I won’t get into it here. After all, that’s what the book is for no?
But yeah, I WILL tell you one damn thing.
I didn’t just graduate to climbing that hill of mine, for instance, in 1 day. Or one week. Or even a month.
I worked up to it.
First, it was once every morning and evening thrice a week (with the morning being daily).
Then I hammered out two in the morning, and then three, and kept the one in the night . . .until it became two at night over the space of three weeks.
And beyond a certain point, I just started to FLY up the hill, and now, it barely seems like anything . . .
And that’s how it should be for you too, my friend.
Start small. Build the momentum, keep it going. And build from THERE!
As an aside, it was interesting to see all the folks out there putting on masks as soon as they saw us approach.
. . . and through out workout outdoors (part of it, at least), they smiled on, and actually tried to join in.
All kudos, hehe.
And so much for this dumb ass, blasted COVID scare all over the globe.
Ah well. That’s that for now – I’ll be back soon!
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What a workout it was this afternoon!
I’ve written about being in a state of “near collapse” towards the end of some of my most recent workouts, but today was something else altogether.
Not only was it that state of “almost collapse” today but I could barely walk once done.
And despite the A/C on full blast – I was sweating buckets a full half an hour AFTER my workout – after a shower at that!
Yes, ‘twas that intense, and what did I do different today?
Well, basically two out of the three exercises I have included in 0 Excuses Fitness – three exercises that are (I believe) at the end of the section of pushups, and three exercises that are ROUNDLY and routinely ignored.
Big mistake, my friend.
And probably a big mistake on my end too to NOT devote an entire book simply to these incredible movements.
(NB – Advanced Hill Training is a book on these movements, but again, that’s a different course, and NOT one devoted purely to that type of movement).
And I implemented this sort of thing into my training today for a change, and . . .
. . . more importantly, you’ll have to read what I said about not wearing masks etc on the other site, and how my daughter (all of 6 years of age) is starting to develop the tiniest hint of a “pot belly”.
And how kids her age are getting downright FAT these days as is, and these inane lockdowns everywhere ain’t helping either.
I mean, you KNOW it’s bad – terrible – pathetic – and so forth that folks are starting to say “it’s OK, no problem” to what I described above but talk about stepping out of the house for a quick walk and they act like one is committing hara kiri.
All because some people nearby have apparently “got the COVID”. I wrote about this before. Yes, just suspicion, no confirmation, and that was nigh enough to set the cat amongst the proverbial piegons.
Anyway, ya’ll know how hard it is to get young kids to buckle down and do something, and if I said “let’s exercise”, I’d have heard crickets or perhaps worse, hehe.
So I didn’t.
I got down with my daughter, and did the thing, and half way through the routine as my daughter was “cheating” her way through a set of duck waddles and I was doing my damndest to make the damn exercise HARDER, I could literally hear myself wheeze and pant with each step.
And my heart was fixing to pop out of it’s casing, or so it felt like!
And THAT is what you can expect from the Advanced Hill Training routines my friend – the perfect accessory, along with the 0 Excuses Fitness System if you’re currently in lockdown or limited travel mode or if you’re just a “homebody”.
And back to day – the simplest things are indeed the best, and while I will detail specifics of the movements later, let me just say it’s things that most adults pooh pooh at – and most adults CANNOT even BEGIN to do.
And these exercises will get you in great, great shape my friend – both from a trim and toned perspective – as well as HEART – and internal HEALTH.
Give these sort of workouts a whirl, my friend. You truly WILL Enjoy ‘em!
P.S. – Oh, we did the bear crawl and duck waddle – straight out of the 0 Excuses Fitness System today, but there are more my friend. Oh yes, there ARE – and I’ll be putting out a course onthat as well – stay tuned !
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As I sit here hours after my workout this afternoon (yes, you read that right – afternoon! Hehe) . . . I’m still exhausted, but in a GOOD way.
My body feels worked to the bone, and for those that don’t know, and I’ve written about this on one of the sites (either this one or the other) – I’ve been on a NEW routine for the past week.
A routine so powerful and difficult that it would probably kick most advanced trainees and triathletes in the can – not just for the EXERCISES themselves, but also the conditions in which it’s done.
You 0 Excuses Faithful will recall the video I shot in the 0 Excuses Fitness System (the workout video) where you can see my sweating full tilt . . . as the air conditioning was on, FULL BLAST!
The videos and pictures show that for all to see, and while the A/C was on then mostly for Cindy who was shooting the videos (didn’t want HER to sweat buckets, hehe) - - these days, it certainly isn’t while I do my home workouts.
And I almost – literally – COLLAPSED from exhaustion towards the end of my 25 minute blast today, a routine so intense that I literally felt my heart thud, pound and hammer for probably more than 23 of those 25 minutes!
I’ve posted details on the other site as to what the exact workout was, but for now, two things.
First, why do I work out in extreme heat?
Charles, a friend of mine often wondered “how I could undertake my hill climbs – often times multiple climbs – in extreme heat and humidity with temperatures approaching 50 degrees Centigrade in China”.
And probably rightfully so, hehe.
And my wife often asks me as well. And she often tells our daughter to “work out with the A/C or fan on”.
And again, understandable to a degree, but to me, it’s about getting back to bare bones.
Often times, when climbing the mountain, I’ll see Chinese (mostly girls) with these little bitty pink mini fans they use to fan themselves (and truth be told, a lot of them that collapse on the way up probably do need it to an extenet!) and I always shake my head internally.
To me, it’s about braving the elements, and then some.
If you want extreme fitness, and to get fit quick – you must pay the price!
It’s the same as with anything else, my friend – success in any area. As Napelon Hill famously once wrote, Nature will only give up the object of your desires once you have paid the price. Nature cannot be tricked or cheated!
And so it is with fitness, and as for losing weight, though all the pundits claim the answer to that question is “no”, and it’s about calories burnt or other such nonsense . . . I beg to differ.
To me, it’s about how you feel and how hard your body is WORKING!
Running sprints all out in extreme heat on FLAT land can often be a far more exhausting workout in many regards than doing uphill sprints in cool weather (don’t get me wrong – the latter is tough, but still . . . ).
Doing pushups after extreme jumping sessions (an example I quoted on the other site today) is different from just doing 50 of them in your living room and then calling it a day (again, great thing to do the latter, but that’s not my point!).
And so forth.
If you’ve felt the sweat pour, and the HEART POUND during tropical conditions outdoors as you undertake extreme workouts (or what others call extreme or military grade workouts), well, you won’t be asking me this question any more!
Personally, I’ve always done better overall after hot, hot workouts and then coming home to a nice COLD air-conditioned environment (and perhaps even a few frosty cold ones later on during the day, hehe).
Anywya, the second thing you ask ?
Well, it’s my ROUTINES these days.
If you’d say jumping rope is the main part of it, you may be right.
But it ain’t the hardest part by far.
The hardest part involve two things – one, jumps without ropes, and two jump-squats of a nature I have NOT detailed in ANY of my writings.
Combine the two with what I’ve written above, and Oh MY.
The fat will FLY off you within the space of a few workouts, and how . . .
Advanced stuff of course, and I’ll detail more later, but for now, if you’re looking for solid fat burning workouts that you can get started on – HERE IS where you can go – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
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I’ll never forget something my father once told me when I was young. About ye small, as it were . . .
“The person that has the ability is ALWAYS expected to do MORE!” , he proclaimed.
In a tone f voice that brooked no further arguments, and of course, for yours truly, that meant I just HAD to question him.
And I would have anyway.
“OK, fair enough”, I said. “But then they should get PAID more! Or compensated accordingly” . . .
To which of course, there was no answer, and an annoyed look, and finally an irritated “that’s not how things work!”
Why, I asked.
Perfectly reasonable question you’d think eh.
And of course, there was no answer, except the usual “Who does he think he is to ask all this? He thinks he know it all!”
Know it all? Hey, I asked WHY, didn’t I?
He might as well have answered “No why”, as they do in mainland China. Mei Wei Shen Mo . . . something that annoys me greatly especially if the question is a valid one.
I’ve since learnt (and I was young then of course) is the reason people don’t answer these questions is because they cut DEEP . . .
Because of certain inadequacies THEY themselves have deep down inside (and I’m not referring to my father here – I am talking “in general” as it were) that get exposed when these questions are answered, or certain things they are themselves doing WRONG.
Anyway, I found this way of thinking to be highly socialistic and STUPID with a capital S.
Akin to what a colleague of mine in China told me years later when people were trying to mooch off me for this and that for whatever reason.
“It’s like a well full of water”, he laughed “Everyone shows up to fill their jug and leave after they’ve done it, and as for the well . . . “
And he laughed again.
“It’s EMPTY after a while”.
And though he said that in jest, what he said he was true, and it’s a way of thinking and philosophy that I embed into my daily life my friend.
No freebies, no “free” anything, and certainly none of the “you can do it, so you should help me for FREE” B.S.
Certainly no “you learnt X language for free, so you should teach me for free!”
And certainly not in terms of fitness either, but as for the expectation part, I’ve found it to hold true in life in general (though it’s not ideal, of course).
The 20% in any company, for instance, are the ones that really keep the company afloat and the rest of the slacker going.
This might sound insane, but its true my friend.
Do you remember that company I worked at? Yes, THAT company!
The same thing happened there. I was expected to bring in more sales “because I could” and “had the ability” and when I asked for commensurate compensation to be given, there was … you guessed it. Crickets with a capital C.
“Oh, he doesn’t have a choice”, was the thinking of the “powers that be” at that time.
In other words, they figured I had no choice when it came to jobs and it was their way or the highway.
Anyway, this sort of socialist thinking doesn’t appeal to me my friend. Sure, you can EXPECT more from me. No problem. And you’ll get it. But by that same token, you’ll be expected to COMPENSATE me – and WELL – for my services – or time – or products – or whatever it is you’re looking to get me to do for you.
That’s just how it works my friend. I’m not much of a fan of Marxist thought processes such as what he majority of folks seem to believe in . . .
Anyway, and again, back to fitness, I hear you say.
In terms of fitness, I’ve already covered the no freebies part (and how!) . . . but what I did not say up there is that fitness ain’t an unfair employer my friend.
It truly is something where you GET what you PUT into it – and again – how!
Napoelon Hill, I believe it was, spoke of the Law of Increasing Returns which was first brought up by the great Emerson in his essays on compensation.
He goes on to say that any service you render with an open heart (preferably an open heart) comes back to you somehow – and in an INCREASED manner. With compound interest added, as it were!
If you’re working hard right now on your fitness, for instance, but not seeing any results straightaway – well fret NOT.
Keep doing the thing, and soon enough you’ll have the power and probably MORE than the results you wanted when you first started, my friend.
And that’s how it’s worked with me in terms of fitness, as you know, and how it will work for you as well.
And that’s how it works in life in general . . .
Anyway, that’s a long enough post on all this.
Bottom line – if someone expects quality in any regard from you – be damn sure you can deliver it – and once you do – do so at a PREMIUM, my friend. There truly is no other way.
And when it comes to your own fitness, apply the SAME philosophies.
You’ll be nigh astounded at the results that come on down your way!
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