Depending on which “neck of the woods” you’re currently in, you are probably still feeling the effects of lockdown – if not IN LOCKDOWN as we speak.
And a lengthy ass lockdown at that, one that has done way more damage than people thought it would be.
When this lockdown first started in Wuhan in China, I was very vocal about saying that it was a case of “closing the door after the horse done bolted” way, way back last year.
No-one believed me, of course, but now as the facts come out (and to be fair, there were certain other people that said the same thing – Donald Trump being one, but all was roundly ignored in favor of the liberal “China tom tomming” that seems to be the rage in certain parts of the world – thankfully NOT in the ole US of A though), people are having second thoughts.
How hard is to THINK?
A virus that was very deliberately ignored (for reasons which are certainly outside the scope of this piece) and allowed to spread – and then you shut down cities and countries AFTER it’s spread – ALL over the world – and a virus that can be spread and carried by those with no symptoms?
Further, a virus where the VAST MAJORITY of people that have got it have – newsflash – RECOVERED.
And a virus where the number of deaths, though substantial pales in comparison to what happens EVERY YEAR – with – gasp – the common flu!
Do we shut down countries for the common flu?
Anyway, enough of the nonsense on all sides there.
As this madness continues, and countries supposedly start to come out of lockdown (but nigh on nothing is working normally anywhere, including mainland China for a long, long, long time) – lets talk about EXERCISE.
And getting the heebies from being confined at home for a long, long time – in the case of a country like India, over THREE months at the time of writing this.
In the case of China, a lengthy lockdown that never really ended . . .
And of course, physical fitness – and WEIGHT gain – and not being able to sleep – and all the rest of it.
Last night, I walked down to a convenience store WITHOUT a mask, braving the “stares” I got, hehe. I’m used to it as a foreign devil in China.
And I saw people outdoors exercising as usual – but with a mask.
How the heck one can breathe through a mask while exercising, I wondered.
And I picked up my own jump rope, and started to workout, but then something “took over”.
The atmosphere was one of FEAR.
Overwhelmingly NEGATIVE and not towards yours truly either, who is often spoken of being “as yellow as the Chinese” (don’t ask me, hehe).
And I went home – and did my post dinner workout at home.
What did I do?
First, a workout straight out of Kiddie Fitness.
Bear Crawls. Duck waddles. And the grand daddy of them all, something I’ll write about later, something that torches the average adult’s shoulders and upper chest within a second of so of getting into said post (if they can even GET INTO IT!) – the alligator crawl.
Believe me, though I’m in shape, that gave me a workout and a half, especially since I’d been writing all day long prior to that. (More on using time productively later, hehe).
And then it was time for some patented stretches – some straight out of 0 Excuses Fitness – and some straight out of Corrugated Core.
I was buzzing for a long, long time afterwards, and I worked until 4 AM or so, and woke up in the afternoon – on my time.
And that’s how it should be, my friend.
Cast the fear and irrational thoughts aside, and GO ABOUT YOUR OWN BUSINESS as usual!
Keep moving around, and working out, and staying HEALTHY. Chances are if you’re got a strong immune system this silly virus wouldn’t affect you EVEN if you came in contact with it (which is a FACT most people have either forgotten or conveniently choose to IGNORE).
And so forth, my friend.
While the world chooses to wallow in negativity, you do what you can to create – and attract – positivity to YOU.
And it will come, my friend – both in terms of workouts – and LIFE itself. Believe me now and trust me later, it WILL Come – if you just do the thing.
Anyway that’s all for this post. I’ll be writing about boxer pushups as promised on the other site soon – stay tuned!
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P.S #2 – And start to get in SHAPE my friend if you haven’t already. If you think whats happening now is bad, wait until later on in the year. While I’m not going to tell you what will happen as you wouldn’t believe me anyway, I might just say “I told you so” later, hehe. Nah . . . . but that ain’t the point of me writing this. The point is, get in shape – and quick – you’ll need it, my friend.
On that note, pick up a copy of Advanced Hill Training while you’re at it. YES, these workouts can be ported over to HOME based routines as well, which is exactly what I did last night! Grab the course now and get cracking, my friend.
Over lunch, something interesting happened.
My wife and daughter were chatting from what it seems . . . about yours truly who was truly “lost” in himself, and thinking about something else.
Over a plate of boiled egg and rice, and for that don’t know, twas delicious, hehe.
On that note, HEALTHY CAN BE delicious, my friend and usually always IS if you do it right.
And though I love Chinese food as well, my course on Dish Delicious contains NO Chinese dishes.
Mostly all Western and Indian dishes – super healthy dishes at that and then some – and delicious ones you CAN eat day in and day out without dreading, hehe.
Youll never even feel like you’re sticking to a diet if you eat these, and as I ate today, I sure didn’t feel like it.
“This is what they call a foodie”, I remarked laughingly to my wife.
Or, a Chi Huo as Cindy once called me, hehe.
Anyway, back to drums of fat.
My wife was telling my six year old, soon to be seven daughter about the ROLLS of fat that I had when she was born.
Yes, back during my lard ass days, hehe.
“Papa literally was three times the size he is now”, she said.
“Really?” exclaimed my daughter. “But I want him to be more!”
I want him to be soft and cuddly, she went.
That she does, as every little girl does!
And after that, my wife said the following.
“You could literally fill DRUMS of fat from him before” she said, giggling no less than NINETEEN to the DOZEN, hehe.
And its true my friend.
Its true, and since we think in pictures, I thought of a big blue nasty vat (the sort that the Chinese use in “slaughterhouse style” lunch rooms – ugh, that’s a memory from back in the day that ain’t nice at all! ?) . . . and a vat filled with FAT at that.
Human fat, and if you think that’s gross, well, that’s precisely what people pay big bucks for in terms of liposuctions and other (to me gross) cosmetic alterations.
And believe it or not, certain cases involve the patient “wanting to look at their fat” after it’s taken out.
Gross perhaps, but par for the course for folks these days!
It’s not so much the gross nature of this that I’m against as the unnatural nature of it, and the fact that these results NEVER EVER LAST!
Liposuction may make you look good temporarily (albeit with stretch marks due to the fat being “suddenly” taken out and previous tight skin becoming saggy).
Weight loss “belts”, all the latest rage won’t even do that. All they’ll do is a burn a hole in your POCKET – NOT your waistline and the fat deposits around it.
I once saw a machine that claimed to “jiggle your fat for you” and if there ever was an excuse to be lazy, that machine was IT. It promised the moon and probably delivered the exact opposite, and probably made sales aplenty as it is, as it said exactly what people WANT To hear, that being lose weight – the EASY way.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it don’t work that way my friend.
The good things in life are neither free nor easy.
I mean, they’re easy if you set your mind to it, but you can’t just show up and expect to get results. You have to do THE thing.
Other hand, if you want lasting results, then THOSE routines and exercises are the WAY TO GO, my friend.
And if you don’t believe me, look at the scores of people who show up for liposuction – AGAIN – after the first or second treatment.
That fat comes right back on, and so it should, as you have NOT increased either the T levels in your body – or the levels of HGH – or the levels of muscle – by doing precisely nothing other than lie under a surgeon’s scalpel.
And so, your body’s “chemical” balance was NOT altered the way it is, for instance, when you workout NATURALLY – and build a ton of strength and muscle (while releasing that all important HGH for HOURS after your workout) while at it!
Moral of the story is this – if you want lasting results – then do what LASTS.
Don’t look for the easy way out, my friend. It don’t exist.
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P.S #2 – And to ramp it up, combine all this with what I teach you in Advanced Hill Training – right here - https://0excusesfitness.com/advanced-hill-training/
As I wake up this afternoon (my usual time of 1130 AM, hehe) I got an email saying that the first ten pages of a book I’ve been getting translated are ready.
And as I checked, the work was impeccable, and I “approved” the translation.
But something stood out. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out what the translated name of the book was.
And in Portugese, a language I don’t know a word of, it translates over to the following - - “Em forma com ZERO desculpas”.
And as I checked online using a translation tool I’ve got on my comptuer, it translates rougly into “Fitness with no apologies”. Or something like that.
No apologies fitness, as it were, and while that wouldn’t be the English name I’d give it, hey, if that is what it translates into in the local language, then guess what name I will give it.
It’s funny how translation works between languages, epsecially Asian and other languages (but apparently Spanish and Portugese too).
For instance, “How are you” in English translates to “Ni hao” in Chinese (which if you were to literally translate over to English, would read “You good”).
And when you think about it it makes sense in a strange sort of way.
After all, you wouldn’t want the guy or gal in front of you to be doing “bad”, would you?
So you say he’s doing good anyway, hehe. Sort of like a “dictat” which says you better be good, or else . . .
Anyway, this brings me to my central point – that being how lucky I am to have created a business that truly SPANS THE GLOBE, and is GROWING as I type this.
My subscriber base is growing. I’m getting my books translated into different languages. My coaching programs are going GANGBUSTERS.
And so forth . . .
And as I expand the base of people that I help through my produts and coaching, one thing comes to mind, or it did last night at least.
What if I knew all this before?
What could I have done if I started all this WAY back in the day – in 2004 (which I could have, if someone had told me HOW TO!) for that matter?
Or even back in 2007 when I had a site, which I (inexplicably) gave up . . . including the content on it (it wasn’t much, but still, it was a START!).
And so forth.
If I had stuck to it back then – and knew what I do NOW – I’d have saved myself a lot of headaches in the interim in terms of knowing what I was truly cut out to do.
Napoleon Hill said it best in “Outwitting the Devil” when he spoke of leaving various jobs and businesses that he started from scratch; seemingly for “no reason”.
Jobs that he was getting paid well at.
Jobs that netted him good money.
Businesss that as his friends and family told him “he was crazy to give up”.
And while the logical side of him agreed with this, the emotional side did not.
And as I’ve written about before, I have experienced the exact same thing MYSELF in this regard.
It’s a matter of finding out “what makes us truly happy and what we were cut out to do”, my friend.
Or, “our mission in life” as it were (if I were to put in a slightly more esoteric manner).
And until you find that mission and nail it, you’ll always be struggling to come “full circle” as it were.
Anyway, the English books are all sold on my own site and elsewhere, but the Spanish and Portugese (and others, as I find new markets) translations will not be – primarily due to copyright issues and also to ensure that the translators etc get paid per sale.
And I’ll let you know the link for this one as soon as I have it, hehe. I’ve already got the Spanish version out online, so if you hombres out there are reading this, holla and I’ll send over the link!
And that’s that for now. Truly a global business with NO borders and it’s the way I’ve always wanted it!
P.S. – Here is where you can pick up the English versions of our products -https://0excusesfitness.com/products/
So this morning (afternoon), actually I woke up to a message from a friend with this.
And nothing else . . .
A few days ago, I got this message on my WeChat (the above was on my WhatsApp).
“Rahul Rahul. Do you have a few minutes?”
And then . . . CRICKETS.
NOTHING at all after that.
If there is something that I ‘hate’ (actually I hardly use the term so I should say “is a pet peeve of mine”) it is THIS sort of “phishing” communication.
And most of the time, if not ALL the time, the person is looking for one of two things.
Freebies. Could be free advice. Free “try your product before I buy) (sorry, but as I’ve stated multiple times in the past, there are NO free trials for either Rahul Mookerjee or 0 Excuses Fitness products). Or free something.
Or, “unloading their negative energy on you”.
I have written about this a lot on the old site HERE and also a lengthy piece on Medium, but given THIS site’s move towards more “life oriented” topics and the other site more towards fitness (but we’ll see – I write about what I like as I like where I like, hehe and can’t nobody stop me – as ole Stone Cold once famously said!) I figured I’d write about it here too.
MOST of the time it’s people that want to suck up your energy on long, meaningless phone calls with rants that make no sense.
In other words, they want to find a “complaint box” and given the polarized world that this is turning into, the fact is most people have nobody to really talk to about THEIR own things.
And when they see someone that is writing on the Internet, an outwardly friendly person that HELPS others, guess what happens.
The energy leeches show up. The energy DRAINS show up. As do the freebie seekers, and energy suckers, and if you don’t watch out my friend YOU TOO will become one of this herd and lose the positive vibes that KEEP these people coming to you.
I’ve written about a person before that wanted free training from me, and who said my exercise poses looked “gay”.
And it is precisely this sort of person I try and avoid. In the beginning I’d dignify their comments by responding (at least initially) before I realized playing the nice guy wasn’t going to get me anywhere.
This also ties more into what I keep saying about NOT offering free products.
These people that take the free products and advice will NEVER EVER value it enough to actually use it, and down the road, they will turn around and bash you for being a “so called fitness guru” or whatever it is they want to say when the FACT is that they never actually got down to brass tacks and DID the thing.
And I wrote about that on the other blog the other day . . . so for those interested, head over to the 0 Excuses Fitness site and check it out.
And while there ain’t nothing with a good rant every once in a while and being the shoulder that others can cry upon, what happens when YOU NEED the SAME?
I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve tried to talk about my OWN stuff, and the person in front of me could care less about what I’m saying - - but is MORE than happy to rant on about (if we’re talking expats in China which to be honest are the category that keep contacting me the most for obvious reasons) their own life, and how everything sucks for them, and how they’re doing precisely jack squat to change it all.
Like the person that was jumping up and down about his thoughts on “red China”. Sent me a bazillion damned messages daily. And so forth.
All the while while LIVING in China.
Like dude, get a life. CHANGE your country of residence (and believe me, he had the cash to do it) if hate your current one that much.
Stop being a hypocrite – and feeding off others energy and dragging them down (or trying to) to YOUR level.
I’ll write more about this later, but for now, the point is this – if you feel “negative energy” come on as soon as you see a certain conversation – or communication or feel that it’s “useless to try and talk to this person because he just flat out ignores what you say” (or gets away with, or tries to, as a person recently told me “I read everything, but I don’t reply!” rubbish) then just don’t TAKE that conversation any further.
Yeah. Right. Reads everything but doesn’t respond, because a lot of it paint him out to be a a hypocrite . . .
Anyway, enough of this. Point is, cut negative energy and energy drains out of your life as soon as possible my friend. You’ll be all the better off for it!
And that’s that for now. Back soon.
P.S. – and yes, these naysayers are just as active when it comes to FITNESS as well. Remember the case of the guy who showed up at the park one day demanding to know why I was doing pull-ups, and not “working my mind”. Uggggghhhhh.
P.S #2 – By the way, our courses on pull-up have been going GANGBUSTERS. From the initial “Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS” (by itself immensely popular) to an ADVANCED course on pull-ups – and more . . . be sure and check it out!
P.P.S – Be sure also to check out the 0 Excuses Fitness System right here - - truly the nigh on MOST comprehensive HOME fitness system you’ll EVER need!
P.P.S #2 – If someone’s actually looking to do business, chances are they’ll SAY what it is they want and not just “Hi Rahul”. Bear that in mind as you go about your dealings with others, my friend. And it’s true – nigh on EVERY time someone’s actually wanted to do actual biz, they’ve SAID it. It’s the “Hi . . . “ and then crickets sort you want to AVOID like the bubonic plague. Trust me. Ain’t worth it by a long shot!
As I was talking to my wife today over lunch, she spoke about something that a current employer (of sorts) of hers is doing.
For what it’s worth, my wife is in the recruitment biz (which is how we met, hehe, long story there tho!) and is what she does currently on a part time basis.
If you’re interested in a job in India, she’s probably the one you need to hit up, but given the COVID lockdown in India (one of the worlds by far harshest and strictest lockdowns), the country has all but ground to a screeching, crying HALT.
A very ineptly done lockdown indeed, and I fear one that really accomplished squat all other than being a STOP GAP measure.
I said this before, of course. A long time ago, and I was called a moron – or worse – for saying it.
I said that the horse done bolted when the Chinese wifully ignored the virus and let it spread willy nilly, and only reported it when they HAD to, and by then the damage was done, and it will take the world a long damned time to recover from this, if ever.
And whether or not the virus was created in China is another topic altogether, and not one for this here email.
Anyway, her employer is running from pillar to post to find sources of income.
Unfortunately not everyone is open to the sort of ideas I am, and so she’s pretty much dependent upon the economy in this regard.
And while she’s getting into the online education hussle, as my wife said over lunch, what was my reaction when I heard about this?
Online education just don’t’ work, my friend. Period.
It’s been tried in China, and has already FLOPPED.
And I’ve said this from the very beginning, back when the China tom tommers (you know who you are!) were claiming that online education would be the next big thing.
No it won’t
There are some things that lend themselves better to IN PERSON, my friend, and that’s just a fact.
And what I told my wife was basically what I said here, and then
“If you truly want to succeed, real success, then do the OPPOSITE of what everyone is doing”.
And if you think about it that’s one of the best pieces of advice I can give anyone.
Sure, it may come with being ridiculed, put down, called names, and WORSE, but end of the day, this approach delivers lasting results and gets you to the pinnacles of success in whatever it is you truly want.
What you REALLY want out of life, not what your parents, co-workers,friends, or family want you to do.
What YOU want to do, and that at the end of the day is what REALLY MATTERS and you know it, my friend.
That nagging discontent ain’t gonna go away, my friend.
And rather than be the one that has regrets - - why not simply accept the fact you have ONE LIFE – to do what you TRULY WANT?
I’ll write more on this later. Back to doing the precise opposite of what others are doing and having ideas that may sound wild is something all of the people below had in common –
Ralph Waldo Emerson
. . . and scores of other than really made it in their lives.
Study their stories, and you’ll understand what your truly BE talking about, hehe.
And fitness is the same.
No, long drawn out workouts with your heart rate in the “zone” doesn’t cut it, and the results that most people get after going to the gym for years show.
NO, pavement pounding ain’t near as good as intense sprints. Proof is in the pudding!
YES, short and intense workouts benefit you in all regards far more than the commonly touted (by the so called experts) alternative.
YES, doing your own thing is truly where it is AT!
And so forth.
Think about everything I’ve just told you my friend, and apply it in YOUR life.
If you do so - You’ll start to go places – that I do promise you!
P.S. – Check out our products right here – https://0excusesfitness.com/products/
P.S #2 – Apply for life coaching right HERE – https://0excusesfitness.com/coaching/
P.P.S – I’m going to be updating my products section on this site very soon indeed. Stay tuned!
As you read this, and indeed as I write this a MASS PURGE is going on - on this particular site.
The email list has grown to be huge and bulky, and has over 30 K subscribers at the time of writing this.
Some of you guys on the list are genuine - some NOT.
And some of the email address (indeed quite a few of them) seem to have been inputted by people OTHER than the owners of the email addresses themselves. Absolutely NOT acceptable to me, my friend.
And not only that - over the past few days, I've been chatting about reviving the rahulmookerjee.com site.
I've already got my 0 Excuses Fitness site going STRONG - so it ain't about business.
It's about the heart.
THIS IS WHERE it all started (to grow and be FULL time doing this) for me, and this site has a very special place in my heart, as does the orignal Fast and Furious book.
(NB - although all my products are DIGITAL now, Fast and Furious Fitness is the ONLY product I currently offer in hardcopy format. Collector's items as it were, and again, good reason behind this!).
You always remember that first love. The first book you wrote. The very first fitness venture you embarked on, hehe (and for me it wasn't even this rahulmookerjee.com website. It was another domain and I'll have to check and see if that is still available!).
Ah, if only I had known what I do NOW - I could have made things so much "bigger" and helped SO MANY MORE people . . . but thats OK.
It all happens at the right place and right time, and for a reason.
I've had a very storied life indeed - continue to do so - no complaints, and in that vein, I'm back to deleting people.
KEY TAKEAWAY from all this, you ask?
If you're truly interested in receiving updates from yours truly (note - these updates will NOT in MOST cases be the same as you get from on a daily basis from 0 Excuses Fitness) then please resign up again using the newsletter sign up function on the main page (at the bottom).
Welcome aboard again as I "resucitate" this website (funnily enough, it still ranks very highly in Google) - and while I'm not sure what plans I have for it down the road, for now, it's going to be something DIFFERENT - that is ALL I can promise!
P.S. - And yes, I write about topics other than fitness. If that pisses off some people, so be it - please do NOT sign up. Other hand, the 0 Excuses Fitness site will probably become more fitness related down the road, and THIS one more life - but we'll see how that goes, hehe.
P.S #2 - Last, but not least, don't forget to check out 0 Excuses Fitness products right HERE - https://0excusesfitness.com/products/
A while I ago was chatting with my friend Dwayne about . . . well, I can’t remember. Life in general I believe it was, and we were talking about work and success, and how things don’t often go according to plan.
And how we should always be prepared for not necessarily the best – but the WORST to happen.
Hey, don’t get me wrong.
It’s all well and good to EXPECT the best, but what if that happens in a manner and (perhaps more importantly) TIME not of your choosing?
What if the “worst” were to be something that “was slated to happen” in order for the best to happen?
And curiously enough, that is how it usually DOES work.
When you’re at the bottom of a tall, tall mountain with nowhere to go – guess what.
It’s GREAT NEWS – because you have got only one way to go.
Henry Ford famously once made the comment along the lines of “when everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplace flies AGAINST the wind, not with it”.
So true, my friend.
It is only after experiencing the nadirs of FAILURE that one can rise to the heights of success, and after studying scores of successful men and women, I cannot think of a SINGLE case to which this didn’t apply (and usually not just one failure either – several massive failures).
If you’ve never failed at anything, chances are you’re never truly succeeded at that thing either.
Point here though isn’t that failure is required in order to achieve true and lasting success.
That it is, but what Im saying is here is what WHEN the mishaps occur.
Do you sink – or find it in you to SWIM – often times against a mighty tide doing all it can to keep you DOWN – and OUT?
Simply answering yes to the above question isn’t enough.
You must DO the thing.
And the key to this, my friend lies not only in what Dwayne very correctly said – – but also what Claude Bristol said in The Magic of Believing.
Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you pause to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and FLIES away.
Paraphrased, but the gist is what I just wrote.
And if there ever was a comment that rang true with yours truly THIS IS IT!
(and that’s what Dwayne was talking about with regard to “I’m the chump that keeps working”. And if you want to listen to someone that’s BEEN there and DONE the thing, and then some, well, that’s the man.)
I cannot think of how many times in the past Ive done something successfully.
Built up the momentum. Felt great. Built up several small victories.
And then inexplicably I slacked off. For no good reason, I’d let things “slide”, thinking that the momentum I created would be enough to keep things humming.
It wasn’t, of course, and I found that out the hard way.
Right now, every time I embark on a new biz venture or even something fitness related, I think long term and do NOT let the small successes or failures alter my overall emotional state either way.
You gotta be in it for the long term, and this holds true for fitness too.
Here today, gone tomorrow holds true if you stop to “admire yourself in the mirror” and forget that WORK, solid WORK is still required – and that, my friend, is the topic for today.
Chew on it some, and let me know what you think!
P.S. – The exercises in the 0 Excuses Fitness System are NOT “one trick ponies”. In fact it is a challenge even for the baddest mofo out there to MASTER any of these exercises in its entirety – even the humble pushups. And there is a very good reason I keep working on the basics despite my “advanced” status at all this, and why YOU should too.
Find out more about the System here, and get ROCKING now – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
Oh MY! Something huge is coming up - a new book release, to be precise, my own "Zero to Hero" book - and it will be available for sale VERY SOON indeed at the 0 Excuses Site.
Here are but SOME of the results you can expect from following the tips I lay out in this book, my friend: –
Overweight, rundown, “beat up” and unfit -> Full of stamina, STRENGTH and boundless ENERGY!
From “frustration at where you are in life” -> a LIFE IN FLOW – with BOUNDLESS optimism and REWARDS!
From “procrastination” – > a state of “getting her done” no matter WHAT!
From self doubt and self denial -> a state of ACCEPTANCE, DEEP CONTENTMENT and ZERO “self denial”!
From “stuck in the grind” to SELF EMPLOYMENT and FULFILLMENT – with minimal “apparent” effort!
Man oh man, I'm so excited I can barely TYPE!
I'll end this one here - but anyway - the reason I'm sending it out to THIS website FIRST is because this is where it really all started, my friend.
This is where I really got going first - and so it makes sense to post it here first, even though I'll be selling it on my other site soon.
Get "thee buttocks" over to 0 Excuses Fitness now, my friend - and if you haven't already - sign up for the mailing list there!
Do it NOW, my friend. Don't waste a SECOND LONGER!
P.S. - Additionally - be on the lookout for a MAJOR, MAJOR announcement coming TONIGHT on the 0 Excuses site!
Though I've been blasting this out "ad infinitum" in my Facebook messages and my daily newsletters etc, there are a lot of you that are still loyal visitors to the orignal rahulmookerjee.com website.
And that is FINE - that is where it all STARTED - and there is nothing wrong with the site at all. In fact, the blog posts on the site offer you valuable tips and advice on getting - and STAYING - fit, and truth be told, you'd be well served by taking a gander at some of it (being that the reason you arrived at the page is - well - fitness itself).
But things change, and I figured I'd give the site a new look first, but then I decided against that for whatever odd reason.
Nah. I figured I'd build a new site - and so I have - and the new site is www.0excusesfitness.com - a name that bears significance if just because it points out the MAIN reason people fail to accomplish whatever goals they are that they set for themselves - not just fitness wise - but in LIFE in general.
That's right, my friend. Excuses and smartphones are the BANE of the modern world, and I'll stand behind those words till the day I "pass on", hehe.
Anyway, this particular blog has been discontinued for the nonce in terms of fitness - so please head on over to the NEW site - and check out the BLOG there - more great stuff for y'all to take a gander at!
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All for now - see you at the NEW SITE!
0 Excuses Fitness
Well, it's been a long time since my last update - - and for that I apologize (yeah, I know, again!) - - this last month has been a virtual whirlwind of activity. Running hither, traveling thither, apparently a thousand things to get done and only 24 (sometimes less) hours to get it done - - you know how it goes at times!
Anyway, I was puffing my way my favorite hill yesterday on a HOT and BALMY (and I mean it - - it's so humid and muggy out here these days that you literally start to "drip" sweat as soon as you step outside) Tuesday morning. Step by step (or double step, for those of you that know me!) and finally I was up at the top - whew!
Now, for those that have been following my newsletters/site, you know that the climb is only part one (albeit the most important) part of my daily workout, and bodyweight exercises follow shortly thereafter. I generally do a combination of stretches and pushups at the top of the hill and then some intense grip work/pulling exercises at the bottom - - but today was to be different, as a long forgotten (for whatever odd reason) exercise suddenly slipped into mind.
And before I knew it, the hands made their way down to the cemented section at the top of the hill, and I found a wall to "lean" against - - and I turned myself upside down - - and yes, you guessed RIGHT - - for some reason, I haven't been doing handstands or handstand pushups for a couple of months now - - but jumped straight back into them yesterday morning.
Now, handstands and handstand pushups are a fantastic, fantastic exercise to build the upper body, and I've written many times about this in all my manuals, so you might ask why I stopped doing this exercise for a while.
Fair enough question...And one that I don't really have a ready made answer to, as it was one of those things that just "happened". You know how it goes, you try a new exercise, or focus on another one, and one of the old ones suddenly slips into the background - - until you remember it - - and then you're back at it with a vengeance.
In my case, "new" would certainly be true, now that I think about it. I've been focusing on many new stretches that I've experimented with - - as well as "extra wide grip" pushups (don't ask, hehe) - - as well as building my grip - - and this last one (grip) takes up a lot of my time and energy (though the results have been WELL worth it).
And I've also been focusing on my pull-ups, perfecting my form, no swinging, kipping, etc (not that I did that to start with, but one can always improve regardless).
Anyway, the first handstand left me teetering unsteadily on my hands, and I felt a "new" (yet familiar) feeling through my entire core as I turned myself upside down.
Oh yeah. THAT feeling ... THAT feeling of your insides literally being "tightened" as you struggle to mantain focus and balance.
The second one was easier, but not by a lot.
And the third was a bit easier, but again, not by a lot.
But the important thing is I was able to DO the actual handstand - - call it muscle memory, or call it what you will, but my shoulders didn't pop out of my body the moment I balanced my bodyweight on them, and this despite me not having done a single handstand, or handstand pushup for ages now.
And as I struggled my way through sets of 2, then 3, then 2 handstand pushups (will take me a few days to work back up to 5-7), I knew I was going to be sore tomorrow in my chest and tricep area - - not to mention my forearms, which I thought were getting a good ole "beating".
Anyway, I completed the rest of my workout as usual, and then had a good lunch, a nap, and then was off to get some work done in the evening. Decent enough dinner, a little sore around the lats, and then off to bed...
Did I say a "little sore"?
Well, I did - - but that's nothing compared to what I felt like THIS morning. I woke up, and tried stretching my arms over my head as I normally do upon waking up - - and - - OH BOY.
My upper back, but especially my lats (the muscle group around the armpits) seemed to be literally "pulsating" with a life of their own every time I raised my arms above shoulder level. Sort of as if I'd hammered them with endless sets of pull-ups, but in reality, the handstand pushups were what caused the soreness - - and funnily enough, my forearms feel absolutely normal (probably due to all the grip work I do).
OUCH! As I flexed and stretched, trying to get the blood flowing, I also noticed a new soreness around the shoulder area - - sort of the "front" part of the shoulder - - a "deep" sort of soreness, sort of like someone had beaten that part of the shoulder muscle to pulp - - but without the associated "bad pain", if you get my drift.
My own fault for neglecting my "upside down" exercises for days on end, hehe.
Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because all of us (myself included) tend to "forget the basics" every once in a while (or if not forget, not focus upon) and we all need that good old fashioned "kick up the backside" in order to get back to them.
That kick can come in various forms - - sore lats - - a bulging stomach (for those of you that haven't exercised in a while) - - admonitions - - or just about anyway, really - - but the fact of the matter is simple - - don't forget the basics, or they'll come back to hit ya - - HARD!
And I'm also telling you this so you know that one of the BEST, bar none, workouts for your upper body can be centered around two main exercises.
That's right - - just two - - those being handstand pushups and pull-ups (and it doens't matter which level you're at - - even TRYING these exercises will cause some serious strength to develop!).
I've mentioned this combo repeatedly in my courses, but for some reason it gets ignored a lot of times - - and so I'm putting it out there again - - this time with a personal experience to share as well, hehe.
Anyway, that's it for now. Gotta grab some lunch, and recuperate a bit more before the evening session. Be back soon with more - - if you work out today -- make it a great one - - and remember to focus on the BASICS!