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!
PS – If you’re interested in building a cast iron grip, then check out the “Evergreen” best seller (along with the 0 Excuses Fitness System) at 0 Excuses Fitness – Gorilla Grip! A course that when I first put out I had NO idea if it would even sell, and now, years later . . . !!!! Amen, as they say! ?
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 . . .
PPS – BE sure to check out our products page right HERE.
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!
Back when I started 0 Excuses Fitness, (blink and you’ll miss it! ?) I wrote about an old professor of mine, who I called Dr. K.
Dr K was a Math professor at college, and Math being a subject I was always good at for whatever reason and always enjoyed, I took a lot of them in college!
I think some were electives. Some were required. But even amongst the electives, I had choices, and yours truly made the choice to take Calculus 1, 2 and 3 - - and then “Discrete Math” as well on top of that.
Now, 1 and 2 were required. The rest weren’t!
Anyway, I met Dr. K when taking Calculus 2 I believe, as he was the one teaching the class.
A tall slim guy with a sense of humor that was slightly off, and a brilliant effing brain if any, as I was soon to find out as I got to know him better and talk to him!
Along with Dr B (who I’ve probably written about as well and still stay in touch with, him of “internet 101” class), he was and is one of my favorite teachers/profs ever.
And this is coming from someone who barely ever went to class . . .
. . . Anyway, those were the days of “Netscape email”.
And Dr K had this system where you could check your HW assignments online (so did Dr B! ?) and submit them without ever having to go to class (if you know how to do it, which most didn’t).
I still remember my friends sitting there scratching their heads during Calculus exams, while yours truly would guzzle down a few beers and show up late for the exam, and still ace it.
Now, that’s not something I recommend obviously! Neither the showing up late part or the beer guzzling, but hey, I was 18 at the time. Gotta do what a 18 year old gotta do! ?
Anyway, Dr K had this long ass midterm paper we were supposed to do.
“Take home” exam as it were, open book as well (strangely enough, Dr B did much the same thing during his exams – both these guys were REAL world guys, not “airy fairy” professors that teach stuff you’ll never use!).
And I took mine home.
I think it was holidays back then . . . of some sort.
I still remember Jen, a girl I knew messging me on ICQ (remember that??) and telling me “I’m going to FAIL”.
It sounded about as ominous as the words of an undertaker.
And being the exam was nothing short of BORING for me, I did a half ass job, and turned it in.
When I did so, Dr K called me up a few hours before the submission deadline.
“You can do better than this, Rahul!”
And he sent me back home with the rejoinder of “You still have a few hours to get this done, Rahul!”
Go home, and get it done – well!
And a few weeks before that, which I really should have told you before I told you this . . .
I emailed him about the status of some HW that I submitted online.
He took a while to reply (which was strange for him, as he normally replied very quickly).
And I called him up.
He said the following.
“You’ve aced it! Come and collect it when you can”
And then . . . “Are you ever going to show up for class???”
“Uh, yes, perhaps I will”.
And I did.
After class, he spoke to me at length.
“You need to be challenged, Rahul!! You don’t need to take these Mickey Mouse classes!”
And though they were anything but Mickey Mouse for the rest of the people taking them, for me they were.
He was RIGHT.
He was SPOT ON. I had done all this in high school of my own accord since I was interested in Math, and therefore college (those classes) were a frigging BREEZE for me to be honest.
And I still ended up with a 2.7 GPA, while the “muggers” and “copiers” (two different categories, don’t ask, hehe) ended up with 4.0 GPA’s.
And this morning, as I think about Dr K, his words ring out in my mind.
“You need to be challenged!”
So true, my friend. So true. And anyone that achieves anything of note needs to be challenged, big time!
That’s how my whole life has been, and this has held true WORKOUT wise as well.
From wayyyy back in the day when Brooks Kubik asked me if I was in the military when I told him about my hill climbing routines, to people calling me an ironman, strongman, and everything in between – and a lunatic as well (and of course, the 100 or so other not-so-nice names) – one things stands out.
I need to be challenged. And I believe in challenging YOU, my customers, to become the BEST you can be, and then some!
As Charles Mitchell who should actually be at “elite” status in many regards given what he does on a daily basis workout wise once said (again, I’m parphrasing) –
“I hate workout books that don’t challenge me! I know the way you exercise, and it’s nothing but easy!”
Amen, my friend. Amen!
PS – Be challenged, my friend, and be challenged to be a BETTER You. And our products will guide you every step of the way!
This morning I was reading about “PayTm” a Chinese backed Indian payments app which had surged in popularity over the past few years.
It’s apparently now (given the events of the past few months) being slowly but steadily pushed out by competitors with wallets that are equally, if not deeper as well as by the behemoth Amazon (for whatever reason, all these articles fail to mention the REAL gorilla in the room that does anything to grab customers and GETS Them – and hey – they have my vote for sure in ALL the countries I’ve used them).
Kudos Jeff Bezos – YOUR customer service is why you are where you’re at today, and that’s just the bottom line and an indisputable FACT OF LIFE!
And here is the point in me saying all this.
For years, PayTm in India was literally ROCKING.
Growing by leaps and bounds.
Company valuation increasing year by year, and money kept pouring in from Alibaba that apparently backs the app (not sure about now though).
And it wasn’t all bad. Chinese online payments have their downsides, most notably so in a country where the government scrutinizes and records everything, and its probably the only country in the world where today, you have very little, if at all, chance at DIGITAL security.
And especially when shopping. Cash is a rarity in mainland China. Big time.
And everything is done via Chinese apps like WeChat and Alipay which allow online payment and allow Xitler’s thugs to track your minutest purchases down.
Yes, they know what you ate for dinner last night and the cases of beer you ordered! ? NO, that is NOT an exaggeration my friend. Not in the least.
Anyway, online payments obviously have their upside, and PayTm was one of the first into the fray and it grew.
But these days, much like many other bloated businesses we see all over the place collapsing left right and center, PayTm is struggling big time.
Other apps have overtaken it.
And it doesn’t look to be getting back on it’s feet anytime soon. Shaky foundations anyone?
Pretty much what will happen to China as a whole, and what HAS been happening silently (and the reason for Xitler’s expansionist policies etc which even his own band of thugs are getting tired of).
And again, point of me saying this?
Well first, same thing applies to fitness. You need a solid BASE to build upon.
If you can’t pound out 100 pushups per workout, much like I teach you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, hold a bridge for a while (or even get into position) or do squats, then you’re in NO position to do more advanced exercises like pull-ups.
Or handstand pushups.
And even if you manage to do ‘em, eventually you’ll collapse if the foundation ain’t strong enough.
Second, and more importantly.
It’s what you do when the chips are DOWN that counts my friend.
Very few people have it in in them to get up – keep getting up- and keep going.
You, me, nobody is going to hit has hard as LIFE. Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. The world is a very mean and nasty place out there, and it will BEAT you to your KNEES and KEEP you there if you let it. It ain’t about how hard you can hit, my friend.
It’s about how much you can take.
It’s about how hard you can GET HIT and keep moving AHEAD – without blaming others for your failures or what not!
That’s how WINNING IS DONE, and yes, I borrowed that from Sly Stallone in Rocky, a man who should know a thing or two about what is being talked about.
And again, back to fitness.
Like I said yesterday, if your only exercise is climbing hills, GREAT.
Great workout! Hey, I know that better than most people.
But what when there is no hill.
What when you have inclement weather and cannot climb?
What when your favorite gym – or swimming pool is not available?
When you’re being SQUEEZED on all possible fronts, when your back is against the wall, and then some, how do you react?
Do you come out fighting all guns blazing - - or do you lie down and let life have it’s way.
The answers to these questions could well determine where youre headed in life – and your fitness journey as well – and I should know. Oh YES, I should know!
PS – My friend from the Marines, the “ruggedly strong” individual I refer to so often recently told me “you’re in rare form!”. Reminded me of what Marc the African Silverback Gorilla once told me “You’re in fine, fine fettle Rahul!’ one fine morning in bonny China . . . and while I may or may not be, fact is this – the WORKOUT routines I advocate will keep YOU in much the same condition physically and then some.
Get on the train NOW – right HERE.
This is an interesting subject, and one I’ve not spoken about at length . . . a lot, at least.
And while I’ve often said that its better to have dreams that sound outrageous (if that’s what you REALLY want to accomplish) and visualize the same repetitively, there is a CATCH.
First, you see yourself where you are NOW in relation to your end goal, my friend.
So if your dream is doing a 100 pushups daily for an entire year, for instance, then you do a reality check and visualize (consciously) where you’re at NOW.
And contrary to popular thinking, visualizing isn’t just done consciously in pictorial terms.
YES, I advocate doing so. YES, it can really amp your results . . . and YES, everyone should be doing it regardless of their current status or goal or whatever it is, because the minute you stop aiming is the minute you stagnate.
As Claude Bristol put it, Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you stop to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away.
99% verbatim that quote!
But the point I’m trying to make is this, that often times, and for many people (perhaps not all) the goal itself needs to be a manageable one.
Don’t get me wrong.
If your goal is to do 100 pull-ups per workout, by all means have that goal and visualize it, but an “achievable” goal – one that you CAN do, or see yourself doing very very soon is key as well in addition to this.
What do I mean and why am I saying this?
Well, I’ll give you a few examples!
When I was on my way to doing 500 rope jumps per set, for instance (not per workout, per SET) and doing so in decent time, I often thought about getting to that number when I could barely do 100 straight QUICK.
Invariably, and most of the time, I’d fail, often before 100 as well.
But I really started to get results when I thought of getting to 120 per set.
Doing that for a while.
Then getting to 150 per set. And so forth.
These goals didn’t “scare” me as opposed to the “oh my god” involuntary feeling that I got when I thought “500” (although that WAS the ultimate goal and I DID get there).
It’s not just about eating a bear a bite at a time. It’s about eating a slightly bigger bear a somewhat bigger bite at a time.
Milo and the calf.
Progressive overload - - the mental aspect of this while you do what you can NOW.
And so forth. Your beliefs will naturally start to upgrade to the point that your end goal, for instance, stops scaring you and at that point you’ll likely have achieved it or probably will very soon!
And the entire process will be painless as compared to if you do it the other way.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both ways can work depending upon your psyche, but I’ve found way #2 to be far better most of the time.
Now, bear in mind this applies to anything in life.
Business? If you want to make a $1000 bucks a day, and are making barely that in two months now, for instance, then think of making $100 per day first, and work towards THAT. Or $50 per day.
Once you get there, you work UP.
Writing, you ask?
Believe me, I didn’t start out hammering out (for my other venture) 20000 plus words in one day and cranking out books that sell that quickly from the get-go.
Initially when I really got into writing it was an average of 3000 words per day which is still way more than most people can bear to do (or think of).
But for me, its always been something I ENJOY, so . . .
As Cindy so adroitly put it.
You’re a writer, and a fighter!
And this fighter has this to say: upgrade your beliefs NATURALLY my friend.
Don’t force it.
Don’t be itching to jump WAY out of your comfort zone from the get go.
Instead focus on small goals, and ticking them off as you go along.
This advice is contrary to that which most self help gurrrrrruuuuuuuuuussss give you, but it’s TRUE my friend.
Apply it, and see how far you go!
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Often times, I discuss the world with people (well, I USED to I should say, but whatever).
And countries in general.
Comparing countries and how they stack up. Politics. What is going on. And so forth.
And of course, the actual nitty gritties of LIFE in the countries.
And I don’t mean life as you see in those places in the movies. Or everyday life.
Or, the “touristy” stuff.
It’s amazing, but people still go on tours of Europe and other such vastly diverse places in a tour bus and expect to cover everything in the itenary in a trifling 10 days or so (or whatever the length of the tour is).
And of course, if we’re talking Asians (and specifically Indians and Chinese), for whatever reason they start to “miss home” as soon as they set foot abroad on foreign shores, even if that’s through the window of a tour bus.
Oh boy. IF there is anything more stupid than wanting (for example) Chinese food when you go to visit various parts of the USA to the point you’re not willing to try real American food, I’m yet to hear it.
Or, the Indians that jump up and down about “where is my curry” when they travel abroad.
Or, those that travel to the Himalayas in India, one of my FAVORITE Places to travel and visit in this world (there may be others, hehe) and never set foot outside the car.
Gorging on food all the time and getting FATTER and more miserable all the time, and then complaining about “I didn’t lose any weight on them hills”.
Yeah. Sure you didn’t!
Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes . . .
Personally, for me, if I travel someplace, I like to visit ONE place. And do so in detail.
Not for me the running around from one place to the other as we once did in China a few years back, a trip that was great fun, but a trip that with all the driving involved (and there is more to this story! Which I won’t share here, hehe?) was anything BUT fun sometimes. Often times, I’d just want to go back to the hotel, get a beer, and CRASH!
Anyway . . .
Point being this.
When you VISIT a country, you see what is “outside”. Or what the tour guides show you.
But when you actually LIVE in that country, and actually get to know the customs, the languages, and the nitty gritties of the country, then that is quite another experience.
For instance, the Chinese often mark my packages as delivered when they’re not. Apparently that’s “become the thing to do” for most delivery companies to avoid being penalized for late deliveries, at least in mainland China.
And to me, this is utterly unacceptable.
Not so to the cHinese, and to people in general who stare at me incredulously and gape like a fish out of water when I rant on about just how UNPROFESSIONAL it is.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you something that might sound a bit surprising given my recent posts.
China, all in all, isn’t really that bad of a place to live in overall – IF you toe their line, of course.
But take away the Commie part, and even then, for a third world country (and lets face it, that’s what China is for the most part even now beneath the gloss and glitter), it’s a pretty decent place to live actually.
It doesn’t have many of the issues associated with most third world countries (not any more at least) . . .
Of course, the reasons for that are the land grabs and the resources and other things they steal and so forth. Everything comes at a price.
But still . . .
Is China PERFECT?
But a lot of people think it’s like a slightly nicer version of Sudan or Ethiopia for instance on the grand scale of things.
Not so my friend.
And I KNOW, because . . . well, I didn’t just visit. I put down roots there, hehe.
Anyway . . . how does this apply to fitness you might ask?
Just READING about fitness ain’t gonna get it one.
You can TALK about doing pull-ups like Bourne all you want, but until you actually get down to doing them, you’ll get nowhere (and indeed, just talk might HURT your chances of actually getting better at them more than you think!).
And so forth.
Climbing hills is great, but you have to literally FEEL how it feels on your fourth climb out there in the blazing sun to be considered a true IRONMAN, for one.
And so on and so forth.
Get past the gloss and glitter my friend.
Start DOING – today.
Not only will you make a better YOU by doing this – but you’ll make the WORLD a far better place too!
And that’s that for now. Back soon!
PS – I just received the following email from a potential translator for one of my books (Fitness PIONEER) –
“Hi, Rahul! I'd like to translate your book, I find it really interesting and different from others related to fitness, it's not only about the body but our attitude. I'm overweighed and I know how it feels, haha. Hope to hear from you. Thanks. P.S: I speak latin american Spanish.”
Did he have it right? Me thinks so, amigo! Hehe.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the “Bourne series” – the book more than the movie(s) - - a lot, lot more!
I’m a huge Robert Ludlum fan, but while most movie adaptations of books fall woefully short of (my) standards (Jurassic Park being one prime example), the Bourne series didn’t.
At least, not in my own opinion . . .
Especially not the first three installments.
The Bourne Identity.
The Bourne Supremacy.
The Bourne Ultimatum.
They messed up a bit with the Legacy (#4) in my opinion, but despite it’s somewhat lukewarm box office response, Jason Bourne (2016) was a great, great movie, and Damon kicked ass.
And HE is the reason (the main reason) I love those movies.
I don’t know why, but Matt Damon makes the perfect “spy”, especially considering the functionally fit physique he has in the movie.
You see him hanging off ledges and doing fingertip crawl downs (spiderman!) down walls of embassies in the first movie.
You see him ALL out sprinting in the second (and doing pull-ups in the first).
And more . . .
And my personal favorite movie in the series is #2.
I watched it again last night, and much as I wrote about in 2018, I cannot get enough of the sprint sequence right at the start, which most people “miss”.
Bourne is showing running in Goa India. A fast run to begin with which (along with the right visuals and music) quickly builds up to a semi-sprint, then a sprint, and then the CRESECNDO – an all out sprint, arms pumping furiously, legs flying . . . with the music to boot.
And it brought back memories
Of me in 2018! When I did exactly those workouts in the park after my climb . . .
. . . ‘twas afternoon (or early evening) workouts then.
And you’d see me climbing the hill ONCE (after I did my pushups and pull-ups I believe) and AFTER the animal like movements.
I’d start off with a run, and finish off with several sprints, and I still remember the FEELING, the sheer feeling of exhilaration I got while doing ‘em, a feeling even HILL sprints (these were land sprints) cannot and will not give you (NOTHING compares to an all out land sprint in terms of duration, for one!).
Don’t get me wrong.
Hill sprints are fabulous, and that’s why I’ve got Advanced Hill Training out there, but flat land sprints allow you to really amp things up and really build up them hamstrings as well (so do hill sprints though).
Anyway . . .
This afternoon, I went out for a pull-up workout.
50 pull-ups, 50 pushups, and 50 dips.
And it was Damon inspired.
That physique he’s got in the movie came from THREE Things (and remember, this dude LOVES to eat, so he sure did make sacrficies for the movie!).
Pullups. At one point “Bourne” was doing them in sets of 30!
Heavy bag work (a lot of it. And it shows in the shoulders!).
And probably other stuff too, but most of all, that CHISELED, ripped physique you see?
LOTS and LOTS Of . . . running . . .
. . . on mountains! For hours a day.
Bourne hated it (by his own admission). But he did it, with his trainer, and the results are there for all to see.
And while I never hated my squats or sprints, or anything, I never did them for “hours!”. I DID climb hills for hours, but I DID want to quit on occasion, but I never did – and the results are there for all to see!
And I’m feeling great, and on top of the world, and wanted to tell you about it!
Now that I have, it’s adios. See y’all around!
PS – Here is where you can pick up a book on pull-ups that will get you cranking them out effortlessly - - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
PS #2 – I wrote about “moonlight sprints” before too, and those are great too! Anyway, to get to Bourne level at pull-ups, here are the exercises that will get ya there - https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/
Boy oh boy!
From “American dog” (which I wrote about a long time ago on Medium) to being called an
“Indian Nazi” . . . and more!
Quite a journey eh, and probably #101 on the list of the already very long and burgeoning list of names I’ve been called.
My first thought upon looking at that was “dude keep going”.
As the Chinese say “add oil”. Or “Jia you” (apparently a Wuhan version of “keeping on going” when the CCP unleashed the Chinese virus on their unfortunate souls).
And yes, while I don’t call it Kung Flu, Prez Trump is right for using the term, and I can understand why.
Anyway . . . why was I called this beautiful term?
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess, given my posts about China and their Nazi like behavior in general.
And being I’m NOT the sort of people to shy away from calling a spade a spade, and for those of you that still buy into the liberal koolaid of “China didn’t spread the virus”, well, here are some facts.
They didn’t just know and spread the virus. They DEVELOPED it. The initial strain came from Saudi Arabia, and was modified by none other than the mainland Chinese. It’s not a coincidence that there are bio war fare labs a short distance away from the market at Wuhan, for one.
Second, their illegal claims in the East Sea (I’d rather use that term than the south China sea) . . .
Secretary Pompeo and a host of international rulings and disputes have done a great job of pointing those out, but if there ever a parallel to Nazi like behavior before WWII, THIS is it.
Not to mention their constant land grabs in India. India trusts them (naively) and they laugh at India and simply move their armies in and refuse to budge despite the so called “negotiations”.
India is probably finally beginning to really start to amp the pressure on them though, and it’s long overdue. That’s the LAST missing piece in the puzzle – a resurgent India despite all its problems (a lot self created to be honest) and America and the ROW together, and we’ll finally see the end of the CCP.
As should be. Enough truly is enough!
Oh, and did I mention what they’re doing to the Ughur Muslims of China, practices such as forced sterilization, forced labor (since their own Han Chinese are too lazy to do any real work other than copy and paste), mass indoctrination, a refusal to allow them to follow their own religion, and worse?
Need I continue?
IF Hitler is to be called the worst pestilence of the modern era (and he WAS, most likely!), then it would be a folly not to put the CCP in the same bracket, perhaps even MORE SO.
The above are just three glaring examples, by the way. I could and have ranted before about their virulent racism to anyone non Han Chinese and their own people. Their shockingly entitled attitude. And their idiotic manner of making centuries old claims and then bullying whoever they can to GET those claims “vilified”.
Did I use the right word?
Nah, and I’m sure the grammar Nazis will have me for it.
But really. Hong Kong for one while it’s a Chinee issue was handed over by the Republic Of China, NOT the CCP, and therefore should have gone back to them if one were to really look at “historical claims”, and yet, do we see it going back to Taiwan anytime soon?
I think not!
Anyway, why do I bring this up.
Because anytime you say it like it is, my friend, people are going to get PISSED off.
And part of the reason Donald Trump for one is so successful is because he simply doesn’t CARE what people think or say of him (much like the CCP, except they’ve been secretly caring for a while now!).
And yours truly has always been the same way.
I don’t care if I get called a buffoon (someone called me just that) for claiming pushups were far more useful and better than bench presses with the bros.
My last email on CONTINUITY (the sheer power of it) got a lot of likes, and positive comments.
And MORE than a few unsubscribes.
“Who do you think you are to call us out”, ranted one person. “Not everyone has a nice life like you where they can do what they like!”
It’s amazing perhaps, but yes, that was a response to the above email, meaningless as it is. I really did hit a chord eh.
As I apparently did with my recent comments on China.
More to come in both regards.
P.S. – Here is the BEST damned fitness system ever – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
PS #2 – Here is what a long term customer had to say about the email on continuity, and this is a man that KNOWS what he BE Talking about. Read, and digest!
Amen. No truer words were ever spoken! Why do you think the military special forces train PT every day. Love your emails. Very motivational. You are the man!
PPS – The read part holds doubly true for the nutjobs on LinkedIn who do the precise opposite while copying AND pasting what the CCP told them to . . .