I've been getting some very unique and interesting responses as of late.
One person, the same one whining about "I'm not interested" also complained about the emojis that I sometimes use (emoticons, you know, the little smileys and such showing up in your email reader or browser or dumbphone screen or what not).
Those same emojis you use without thinking about 'em. Like :( for instance, even without the visual impact.
EVERYONE uses them, friend, much like everyone watches videos, whether they're dumb or not (most aren't just dumb, they make YOU dumber x 100 - unless its the ones I've put out).
(no that last bit ain't marketing either, it's the flat out, very unvarnished solid TRUTH).
Just check out what people are saying for one!
But anyway ... I didnt reply to him - maybe he's the overly serious sort, or perhaps a Martian - for whom these things make no impact, maybe he is, that sort does exist, but it's rare.
Maybe he is, so whatever - plus rare or not, I dont particularly CARE . . .
Nothing if not a budding poet I BE.
But anyway again ...
Back in the day, in 2004, I once purchased a brand of SUPER STRONG beer - something you could not, I repeat, COULD NOT - never - PAY me to do.
I'm a light beer fan, my friend, I dont know why.
OK, Guiness ain't light, neither is Stella, but thats different.
For me, I'd rather sip on light beer all day - Budlight, maybe, but I'd prefer Corona as I've said many times before.
You COULD pay me to do that, and I'd do it - even if you didnt pay me to do it!
And lose weight while doing it ... remember THAT?
But anyway, Thunderbolt in India was, and probably is one of the nastier strong beers - much like the awful Colt 45 and MAGNUM's in the US.
Yet, incredibly, I drank bottles of the last, bottles and bottles, Ricky used to keep sending them to me, I kept drinking them!
"Black dudes drink it up all day!" Ricky would tell me
NONE of those beers tasted good.
They ALL had the kick of a mule, and they all hit you like a thunderbolt WHILE drinking, and the day after.
Or, the butt of a Colt 45 smashed up against the back of your noggin the next day it felt like!
Point being, though ...
Kingfisher is a far better known brand.
Great light beer, but equally terrible strong beer, and In India for some reason, at least back then, I suspect even now - India is a more a nation of hard liqor drinkers, not so much beer, so perhaps that explains it, and why I hardly live there, hehe - people drink a lot of that too.
I still remember the HORSE on the bottle of Thunderbolt, Mom saying "Akta Ghoda Laygayiye Dieche!"
Pardon my shitty Bengali, Mom.
I know, you tried your best. Hehe.
It translates to "look, that thunderbolt, even the picture of a HORSE!"
Said satirically, mockingly - I wonder where I got 'em skills from, hehe - but she said it.
Colt 45 and Magnum to me, my skinny ass at the time would often remember what Jay, my friend told me.
"Youre starting to look like them black guys now!"
(he was referring to my swimming , pushups, rapidly bulking up CHEST) ...
You kno wwhat I mean.
Arms like gorillas, traps till the sky, and of course that big glass bottle or tin. Hehe.
Just conjured up real manliness to my 19 year old self...
I wouldn't drink any of them today if you paid me to.
But, the point is this - and what the guy above told me.
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Ever see how the pic apps are the most popular ones?
It might seem dumb.
For the most part it is.
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Madam Carol, yes, HER - she made that statement about me once.
I believe it was talking about drunk driving or something in china, where it's a very serious offence (it SHOULD BE!) - and no amount of peddlng, cajoling, or under the table can get you off the hook regardless of your societal status, or financial status, or whatever, which isn't always the case in some other Asian nations. (China for the past 10 or so years has managed to eradicate most of the corruption people deal with on a day to day level, which believe me, given how it was in 80's and 90's is mammoth and real progress for any Asian nation)).
"in your country, maybe"... she went .
She was saying MAYBE you could "sort of" get away with it in your country i.e. my country "whichever that might be".
Then the conversation shifted to being a foreign 😈 in the PRC.
Thats nothing ,I laughed.
I have the same thing when I go to India, or Spain, or any other place!
And it's true.
Think its different back Stateside?
Im most at home there, but the "ephermeal" feeling upon seeing me, and me seeing others (most commonly happens when I see men with mustaches and big pot bellies, hehe or not) .. it happens.
Picture this, me walking down the road, without a care int he world, literally, happiness RADIATING OFF me, then THAT sort of nod, and look - and .. .smile "that insane smile, looks like God knows why he's so happy, what he's thinking!" ... often to people you dont even know!
I dont know if you understand, but it happens!
And its THAT which causes people to classify me as what Carol said above. Hehe.
And it's happened to me with bosses I've liked that that hired me on the spot, friends, and everything ..
First impressions, I dont know ...
And the men with mustaches thing?
I dont know, certainly not because of what Mom said once about a certain Indian movie star in the 90's when I was little, Jackie Shroff.
HE's so manly!
I remember that comment till this date.
He did not seem particularly that - or not - to me!
But then again, as Dad said.
"One of those comments she will never live down".
I dont know, another guy - I liked both, actually "Anil Kapoor", always had a mustache, so I asked my father curiously if he looked tough or manly or what not.
"He's always seemed rather stupid" was his response (he meant the look).
I dont know.
Didnt seem that to me, I loved them both, but the epitome of manliness to me growing up, well, we've been over that plenty of times!
Till this date.
Pity the 90's are done gone, real times, but they'll return...
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I still remember an email from I think 2004, another one of those emails that stuck in mind, sort of like the famous email Brooks Kubik once wrote about me around that time as well.
(That one's mentioned in part on Advanced Hill Training; I wish I had a dumbphone back then, oh wait, they didnt have them then! Hehe. Several computer crashes later, I lost the orignal email, but it's sum and substance is so INDELIBLY printed on my mind, it will last long after I pass!).
(in the ETHER!).
It till date is one of the emails that has meant the MOST to me in all my online or ANY communication.
Truly, Brooks - he's a great - one of the best!
He, along with a certain Vince Palko "The Godfather of Internet Marketing" as he was fondly called, hehe - is on my FB list - which I never logged into, of course, since Nov 2020.
The hell with FB and social media in general, and I've explained this many times before haven't I ...
What they did to Trump was the last straw, not so much because its Trump (though dont get me wrong, I love Trump) ... but if they can do that to a sitting US President, they're literally Hitler, or the modern version thereof.
Hopefully Congress finally passes that bill, I dont know, but as my friend Dwayne once said.
"I hope these damn social media companies go OUT OF BUSINESS".
I think he said broke too. Hehe.
but FB, writing's been on the wall for ages, LinkedIn with their China pandering too. Hey, I did manage to get all my Linkedin Articles etc back from them though, so I'll be posting them again elsewhere, stay tuned on that one!
Medium most likely.
Stay tuned for that, I had some great stuff, great SEO value etc, all disappeared one fine day when big tech banned me.
I was prepared for it, I've often said dont rely on social media, build your own platforms, but most arent...
I love Vince Palko, great guy!
I've no idea if hes still into fitness or marketing. Last I know, he started a company doing internet doodlng - or his famous cartoons, hehe - and he's doing damn well!
Thats a skill and a half.
I remember him offering me a free doodle for my fitness "blog" back then in 2008 (back then, yes, it was just a blog).
I declined respectfully but the gesture sticks forever. GOOD MAN, old timer, one of the best!
We spoke a couple of times on FB too, I believe.
But that email was about sprints, or was it?
I dont know, Brooks Kubik had sent out a similar email a while back about sprints, I responded, talked to Brooks about it, but this email ... I dont know, maybe it was sprints.
But my nick on his list was Velocity.
"Velocity, cool nick!" I still remember Vinnie saying. Hehe.
That it is!
Cool dudes have cool nicks.
And to me, it signifies one thing.
Lightning fast, demon like SPEED
SPEED IS WHAT WE NEED! (remember Mickey? Hehe).
I've always been Mr Fast.
Climbing hills fast, romancing the lovely carol fast (not really, hehe, I wasn't even romancing her to being with), eating fast, writing fast - getting her done - QUICK!
And to me, thats just a cool nick I've used so often I might as well have invented.
When I use the terms "idiot box" and "dumbphone" my daughter claims I (might as well have) invented them the amount I go on about 'em.
I might - nah. I didnt!
But, Velocity is definitely me!
Another favorite nick of mine on another site is Mystery. I love that nick too, sounds great!
Always Jason Bourne am I ...
"Mystery Man", as a certain lady Rohini once called me "Dont worry, I wont tell my husband I'm talking to strange men in the middle of the night!".
We met in person once at China immigration .. Poor husband. Hehe.
But he's a nice guy!
And I was NEVER worried. LOL.
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Carrying on from the last email I sent on this, I just looked out the window, saw a family - two, in fact, trying to figure out how to fit their cars past each other on a narrow road or something.
Neither one of them would back up, of course.
And their whole families showed up, with the "hot and bothered" expression on their faces, you know, the "how dare you do this to us" expression - but when you probe deeper beyond that superficial expression, it doesnt come because they dont like the entire world so much as it does their unhappiness with their own lives and dissatisfaction secretly thinking about "what might have been" (and of course, if I bring up, they'll find a perfect reason and excuse to badge me about "being an idiot") Hehe.
"I can't see myself like that", I caught myself saying.
I dont know why I was saying that - actually I do. I was thinking about life, and my life, and my results.
I could NEVER see myself like that.
And my phat phocker days, my friend - trust me - all cam after I got married.
No, I ain't blaming my wife for it either.
She's an excellent cook, and I'm a glutton par excellence. Hehe.
But the fact is this, it wasn't the food that made me fat.
The beer, yes, but remember, this is from the Eat More - Weigh Less guy!
But yes, liqor and too much rich food will do it, but it was mainly LESS of the RIGHT form of exercise (though believe it or not, I still did pull-ups and handstand pushups at that weight, my 500 pushup workout scame then! No wonder although I was and call myselfl a phat phocker those days, people call me "thick" and "not fat" when they see those pictures!).
For my daughter, of course, Papas size or lack thereof has always been a standing, running joke. Hehe.
But mainly, it's something most people dont notice.
Carol did in 2015, after that trip we took where she literally gained like 5 kgs - without eating anything more than she normally does, and running around a lot.
Doesnt just happen to women, friend, happens to men too.
I dont know why, but every time I've been in any sort of committed relationship, usually live in, I tend to bloat - and pack on the pounds.
That LEAN AND MEAN LOOK - I mean, a lot of actors, most notably Akshay Kumar from India in the 90's - just HAD IT!
Natural, lean, MEAN - like a jungle fighter!
He had the LOOK in his eyes!
Then he did what he had to make money, greased body, bodybuilding pecs and so forth - which is fine. I get it!
Then he got married.
And now, despite being admirably fit at his age - fifty plus - he aint got the look.
Dont get me wrong.
Dude's a top class martial artist that could likely kick my ass from here to Thailand.
He can still do the kicks etc.
But he's not the guy who this 13 year old once (or, once upon a time 13 year old, though it seems I'll always been 13, and like Helen said, make them feel like a teenager and young again!) .. took a picture of him to the barber, wanting that sort of hairstyle.
My daughter wants it too - my style NOW. Hehe.
True carbon copy - truly a chip off the old block, which will stay no matter how much the Bozos around her try to get her to change.
Can't change the person!
but anyway ...
Its a look that I've seen actors, martial artists - yo uname it - get - then lose.
Except Sylvester Stallone, but even then, him in the Cobra movie - my favorite Sly look - I dont know, but given Sly, I'm sure he'd get into that sort of look again if he had to, but his look now, is different.
Still top class, the ONLY ACTOR out there whose managed to not let the relationships, or lack thereof get to him.
THE LOOK IN THE EYE!
LEAN, MEAN, TIGER!
COME GET IT!
more than that, the STUDLY LOOK.
The long hair, the natural abs, all of it, there is just something to all of that that I dont know, married life takes away, or even a happy relationship.
No, I ain't saying nothing against the latter for those who want it.
Trust me, nothing wrong with that.
But secretly, most guys - and you reading this know - crave that LOOK.
That virile, handsome, studly look that makes girls think "bad boy".
They may not want to be in a relationship with you, like a feminist once told me, but even she told me "I'd likely be the life and soul of the party".
She said she wouldn't recommend me for marriage to anyone.
She waited for the tears.
They never came.
Honey, I never wanted it. Hehe.
But anyway .............
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As for me, given the choice?
It wouldn't even BE a choice.
"Dad, would you rather choose drinking beer or climbing hills".
"Honey, some choices in life cannot be made, thats like asking me if I'd choose breathing or drinking water!"
But yeah, if I HAD to choose...
Above the beer, above the girls, above all, physical training is where it's at pally.
You know it, I know, we all do.
Come GET some.
And I've written tomes about why before!
Bozo Schofield once labeled himself a "fun cuckold" - which of course, you on this list are well familiar with the Bozo and his antics, surely the greatest clown of all time as many of my customers have called him - but he tried to pad it away with the "I'm fun!" moniker (which he isn't - he's a sorry troll basically "living out his fantasies vicariously through yours truly").
Right from the "Rahul, how many girls added your wechat today" (I mean geez dude, I dont even take the dumbphone along with me when I workout - and unless she's super hot, I wont interrupt my workout, PERIOD!) - to the numerous rants and flip flops about Charles, and stealing money from all and sundry - all the Schofield Scams he pulled, and such ... none of it was fun to anyone except in the Bozo's mind.
Now yours truly, that is different.
If other than down to earth and realistic - other than these two, you'd have to descibe my lifestyle, it would be - in one word - FUN.
As Charles Mitchell, a great customer of mine once told me. "I wish I could have a nomadic lifestyle like yours!"
He chose the right word too i.e. nomadic.
And he didnt fall into the trap of "no stability = no money".
Often times, thinkers are way ahead of their times.
I've made no bones about the fact I am, therefore, those sort of customers are what I attract.
And back to adventures...
(I mean, look, nothing against stability and setting roots down and all that, but imagine a lifestyle where you could truly do what you wanted, travel as your heart desires, get paid anyway - its not the pipe dream most people claim it is - it's very workable provided you work up to it. As I keep telling my daughter "life is meant to be EASY". You grind - to get to the point it's easy! Then you aim for more...
Ain't no shame in living a high life the easy way, friend.
Despite what the Tom Tom's tell you about "he never sits in the office!"
Reminds me of what my Mom once said about one of my Uncles.
Tenured professor in Texas, obviously not a very high workload beyond a certain point.
"What does he do all day if he doesnt work", she asked my Dad.
"He must be helping around the house etc" responded Dad.
My Mom's tone was censorious, as if it was "wrong" to have to "not slave away".
For a person whose entire thinking of course is based upon "we have sooooooooooooo many problems", and a person that never herself worked a day in her life, well, what can I say. to each his - or her - own). )
When I returned from china for a brief break. Same thing.
"That was an adventure. Get back to real life now!"
Was the gist. (Mom again).
High life, the money pouring in - lots of gals - EASY life without too much hassle etc - and "its an adventure"?
Thats how life SHOULD be, mom.
I dont know if China found me or I found it.
Jim Thirkill was merely the medium and my experiences over the years with people have proved that beyond a sliver of doubt - which there never was in the first place. Hell, I didnt even accept the first offer they made me!
I went to China for something NEW.
And the money I was getting paid.
I had NO inkling of the adventures, girls etc that awaited!
PErhaps my Mom and Dad did, so they dissuaded me. Hehe.
Same thing for my life.
I asked my "then girlfriend" to live together before getting married - if we did.
I got the staid, typical, "its not my culture to do that" excuse.
OK, whatever I figured.
Lets do this, see if it works out, how it works out.
The results, or lack thereof, or combo - are well, out there for all to see ...
Do I regret a minute of anything I've ever done in my life?
Not in the least, my friend.
Follow my gut has always been the way for me!
Life SHOULD be fun, interesting, an adventure, when I look at the drudgery of most married couples, and what the women in those relationships tell me - usually in bed - I shudder.
Not for me.
Never in a million years!
Trust me, yours truly would be perfectly happy - and is - being a lone wolf like a lot of my customers are. I've been called that since the age of 17, when I finally got a chance to strike out on my own.
I'd be perfectly happy to never even be in a relationship with a woman.
(Note, I'm not saying "not get laid". Thats different!).
but end of the day, I'm happiest left to my own devices and living with someone no matter how good or bad, how considerate or not - end of the day, just gets old.
Not to mention I ain't exactly the easiest of persons to live with either ... Hehe.
Anyway, where I am going with all this.
Certainly not to tell you about all the women I've bedded.
But to tell you - this same spirit is what my fitness books are based upon.
I didnt ask anyone how to do it.
I ignored all the so called crap advice I got, from so called docs and stuff.
I did it my way.
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I remember my buddy from the Marines once saying the night after a solid beer drinking session, the same night I wrote about to you earlier today about the mock fighting session "monkey style" long levers throwing opponents nigh off base...
"You can fight like a monkey", Rahul!" he went, and believe me, monkeys can fight - BIG TIME!
And HIT too.
One thwack from a tiny monkey's paw, most grown men would go down instantly.
Anyway, he got emotional that night.
And started crying.
To me, that was alright.
IT happens, it's happened to me many a times, but "men dont cry", eh.
"Men dont have emotions":.
Of course we do.
Just this societal BS of men should be this, women should be that.
Admittedly yours truly has steeled himself to a point unconscously that I never get drunk or lose control - even if I'm physically out of it - but that was not always the case.
And I told my buddy the next day, nothing to be worried about!
I rememeber Dr Lamar for one getting pissed off when I got so drunk I started bawling and crying on a trip to Memphis which started off just fine with me popping beers at the back of the car, and the good Doc handing them to me too!
No-one, myself included knew the emotions would all come out, they did at the most inappropriate times when he was visiting his Mom.
Dr Lamar and his daughter never got along.
And his wife - her mom - truly a Nazi feminist of the worst nature that took her to ASHES in a fireplace once when she was 8, big eyed, waiting for her X mas present, and that is what Mom gave her for being a bad girl.
Thats just cruel, some things just are, as my friend TEMB remarked (as well) when he heard about it.
Hes right, they just are.
That night, I remember my girlfriend telling me "honey, my dad is not always an asshole!"
Coming from a girl who spent the entire time together telling me he was, and the stories, well, I remember the feeling I had when I was 19, standing out there half or totally "out of it" - like WTF.
"I aint' gonna leave you here!" said Dr LAmar, I remember, as I was aimlessly "hiding behind some bushes" or something, just because I was embarassed at that point.
He's a great guy - was - but the spirit lives on (his wife, can't say the same tho!).
He was unfortunately also another one of those men for whom "wife is always right", hence Emily's upbringing ...
And hence the massive fights where she kicked him square in the nuts occasionalyl, where - on that trip to MEmphis, two days later, the two of them yelled at each other like nothing I'd ever seen before, and we were sent packign back home - which I didnt mind. My own apartment, home sweet home! Hehe. And plenty of "beast ice" too.
(Plus, that was the house in which it was old fashioned in that, kinda like my own upbringing "sex is horrible, and not meant to be done anywhere near openly", so even sleeping together in the same bedroom was not on.
The ex gabbled about "its so romantic, like we're dating all over again baby" - your truly Lothario was thinking something quite the opposite. Hehe).
Happens to the best of us.
Happened to me in a company get together once of all things if you can believe it, and my wife, some of the people there etc were pissed.
It's happened to the BEST OF US!
The best of us are the ones that let it all hang out, wear our hearts on our sleeves, but this whole nonsense of men not having emotions etc, it's all utter baloney to me at any rate.
My friend for one is bigger, stronger and tougher than I am and could probably take down three of me at the same time.
Yet, emotionally. ...
Sometimes, you just gotta be there for the other person. I was that night for him ...
Anyway, yet more recollections. Nov 11 seems to be that sort of day!
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PS #2 - Ive often wondered why people got pissed when all I was doing was "crying".
I wasnt'. Hehe.
I was also sayng it like it was, if it was just Glyn's sissydom coming to the fore, they'd never have gotten upset. Hehe.
So be it...
But that was back in the day, of course...
I believe that was what my mom told me, i.e."thats a very superficial existence" - back in 2003 when I told her how I did everything online, etc.
No reason given, of course.
"Because she said it".
Now, despite most of everything else I says - this one?
I think it DEPENDS - on the PERSON.
Let me start out with a quote from a girl Helen I often chat with online.
"Why is that every conversation with you starts out easy, then descends into SUPER SERIOUS stuff I dont even talk about with my husband"?
I think not... Hehe.
Or, the various ladies in various sorts of relationships I've chatted with ... been with ... and so forth ...
I know, I know.
"Lothario", as I've been called. Hehe.
Or, as Helen told me.
"you're really so bad!"
Bad boy I've always been, since birth. Hehe.
Maybe I attracted so many women to me, because I never tried!
Thats the secret right there, except no-one will believe it.
Anyway, point of this ..
These days, we're seeing people trot out the "we like to meet offline" and talk "in person" nonsenseical excuse, now if they really MEANT IT?
I would agree.
Trouble is, they dont.
If you talk to them in a way it benefits THEM?
They'll talk to you online all day, and never ever want anything offline.
Try it, and see. Hehe.
Money, business whatever it is.
It is the fact that business is down, people are panicked and scared - and many other things that people are not acting normal, and are making all sorts of silly excuses about not getting back to messages, etc.
These SAME people that are too busy are watching videos on Instagram from morning till night - THAT is what people are really doing (or the Wechat equivalent).
THAT is what it turning people - into more of a Bozo than ever before (remember, videos, dumbphones- all of this kills your imagination).
But more than that, back to superficial.
Is the phone superficial, Mom - I wanted to ask her at the time, but never did.
Is flirting online superfiicial?
Is flirting to begin with superficial?
I dont know why I used flirting as an example, but you can replace it with what you want . . .
The answer is, NO.
It depends upon the PERSON.
True, in most cases for the Bozos out there, meaningless conversation.
But if everything not in person is superficical, then why not discard the good ole fashioned phone too, where you literally twirled the "lovely" dial and "dialed up people"?
I'm dating myself, I know.
But I'm sure YOU guys remember those days!
My grandfather had one of them on his desk, I'd often call my aunt, I dont know, old fashioned, but with the "HMT" watch he gave me, it will always be a prized memory!
Old school, old fashioned I am, but UBER modern too in most regards.
Therein lies the dichotomy, or perhaps none.
I'm just too brutally honest, which is why people cannot stand me - the vast bulk.
Those that can, dont just stand me - they love me.
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And so forth ...
Apparently the easy life is "bad".
Again, two sides to that coin.
Nothing comes easy, but the goal should be to work your tail off so it DOES come easy!
Fact of life, and if you sitting there reading are saying you want a life "we have SOOOOOOOO Many problems!" - as opposed to a hassle free existence, well, I'm sorry to say, but you;re lying.
OK, out for now!
And that link again!
Does anyone even remember those days?
I'm sure a lot of us old timers here on the list do, but not sure about everyone else!
The days where you got "free internet" almost willy nilly from AOL for one ... those lovely CD's you got, hehe, damn near everywhere that you could just pop into your laptop - wait, laptops werent even there in 1998! Hehe - and voila, you were online for a free 30 day period.
No credit card required, nothing, just a phone line and you were set. It would cost you nothing but what a phone call would ... as you'd dial in locally to a local number!
I still remember lugging up my bulky desktop computer I got second hand from She Bay with a friend "Rujul" (who looked like a dud, wanted to be a stud, hehe, and ended up being a bit of both!) ... five floors up to "Bond hall".
Pre fitness days, that got me out of breath, big time!
But, many thanks to Bruce Clark and his mom that gave me their address to have it delivered to. Hehe.
"My mom gets enough spam anyway" he laughed, when I asked him about the promotional mailers etc (remember those days, when you actually, you know, checked a physical mailbox??) that would follow...
Those still come, by the way!
There's a damn good reason behind it, just as there is a very good reason I offer not just digital versions of my books on the site, but PAPERBACKS - and HARDCOVER TOO!
Something for everyone, and the latter two really hit home.
Most of my best customers prefer the latter two!
I feel you, folks.
But anyway ... digital is great too ...
I'm the guy they used to laugh, and still do, when I said "it can be done online!"
Especially my Mom who would make fun of my Southern Accent hehe - and the twang . "awwwnnnline", she'd go.
I'd laugh back.
I wonder who is having the last laugh now, hehe.
Always a visionary and a pioneer, yours truly.
But anyway (she told me online wsa a very "shallow life" - for a woman that has no friends, has never really stepped out of the house...!) ...
You could always extend their free service - just call 'em up, and in most cases, their reps would offer it themselves.
Sometimes, they'd yell at you about "abuse" if the rep was in a bad mood.
But I cannot recall paying a dime for interent all through college, hehe.
came back home at the age of 23, got on ... ICQ, I believe it was? Or msn? Or Yahoo Messenger, YES! LOL - the groups, the messages - remember those guys??? with the girlfriend (still in the US) and a two hour long phone call culminated in Dad complaining about phone costs, which at the time in INdia were apparently a thing.
Shortly thereafter, I got DSL installed, and paid the bill. Hehe.
When I moved to China, they kept it...
I love recollections, friend.
They're so ... to put it in "girly terms" - romantic!
And thats why I put out the book on recollections, which really, every serious fitness enthusiast must grab NOW.
And old is indeed gold, as is evidenced by my training style - and the RESULTS, the sheer results, the CHEST THUMPING RESULTS - that follow!
I'll be back.
Get you some NOW.
It's interesting, with my own injured forearm that I wrote about yesterday - really starting to hurt like a SOB now, hehe, but then again, its not going to stop me from going about my daily work! - and us grip maniacs - well, we're used to it - the REAL grip trainees, not the idiots sitting on the bench at the gym posing with heavy weights in hand (dont get me wrong, there is a right way to train at the gym, but preening with the "third peak" of the bicep popping up "under the bros shirt" isnt the way to go about it) ...
I wrote about that HERE.
But, I wrote about something far more inspiring, a story from one of my best and greatest customers John Walker in the UK - where he quite literally did a Cliffhanger to save his nephew's (and likely his own too) life out on the cliffs (in the UK John? I dont know, I never asked him - but I'm sure it must be out in the country there in Wales somewhere? John , if you are reading this, write back and let us know!).
That was written HERE.
But if you've seen the Sly flick Cliffhanger, you know what happens at the beginning.
Three (or was it four?) people are climbing dizzying heights somewhere in the US - was it Montana??
And Sly of course is being Sly, "hanging out" under cliffs where he's not seen, and when his girl asks him where he is, thats his response.
Anyway, his friend and his girl are there too.
And while Sly, the friend, and Sly's woman are all experienced climbers, the other girl isn't.
And disaster strikes, when her harness comes aloose (they were traversing the space BETWEEN cliffs, which looking down below, hell, I wasn't comfortable myself seeing it on screen - never been one for heights, though it's gotten better as I've grown older - so I can understand why in the movie SHE was nervous - with her not being an experienced climber) - and Sly shows up, of course, on the line, and catches the girl just as she is about to DROP.
Trouble is, he catches the glove, which slips off, and then so does, unfortunately the girl.
Thats how Cliffhanger starts.
No such unfortuante occurences in John's case - he literally ... well, let me paste his story again, like I said last night, it's just too inspiring not to keep sharing.
Truly an unsung hero, a "real man" that trains hard and heavy - the right way - and well... here goeth again!
(his story was in response to something my old friend Charles was bitching about in terms of "how dare Rahul make it sound like grip strength is more important than breathing")
Oh yes, I get the picture, it’s the same stupid logic the idiots use when they tell you they’re using lifting straps because their backs are so much stronger than their grip, well done geniuses, you’re now lifting something with your “inbuilt” safety mechanism overridden (you shouldn’t be able to lift what you can’t hold on to) and you’re only making the disparity between the two even greater, now that sounds like a devastating spinal injury waiting to happen to me.
An example of why grip training is as important as breathing (to me anyway) is because it can save not only your own life but also someone else’s.
I was climbing a 100ft cliff without any safety equipment because I know the cliff well I’ve climbed it many times before and I know the safe route up the cliff, however my teenaged nephew had never climbed the cliff before so I warned him not to try and follow me as it was too dangerous, nearing the top of the cliff I’d thought he’d listened until he was suddenly beside me with a huge grin on his face but that grin did not last long because as he passed me he grabbed hold of a large chunk of rock which immediately dislodged and he was hurtling down the cliff, in the split second that it took for him fall I managed to grab his left wrist with my right hand, so I had his whole bodyweight in my right hand whilst I was holding on for dear life with my left, I managed to stabilise myself by pressing my body flat against the cliff face, with every ounce of strength I could muster I curled my nephew with my right arm which allowed him to reach for the top of the cliff with his right hand, once he’d established a firm enough grip with his right hand I was able to let go of his left wrist so he could grab a hold of the top of the cliff with both hands, now that he was holding on with both hands I was able to place my right hand under his butt and I was able to push him up to the top of the cliff where he managed to scramble to safety and I (at last) was able continue up to safety as well.
I tell you this not to make myself look like some kind of hero (I’m not) but to illustrate why I believe grip training is so important, if my grip had not been “rock solid” that day (no pun intended) I believe the sudden jolt of my nephew’s bodyweight hitting my right hand grip, would have been too much for me to hold on to, I also believe it would have also jerked my left hand grip away from the cliff face and we both would have gone hurtling down the cliff to the rocks below.
People who neglect their grip are not only risking their own survival but also of those that they love and care for.
Buying the cart before you buy the horse would be one way of looking at the problem, another way of looking at it would be, if you’ve put the “cart before the horse” i.e. in front of the horse you’ve got things back-to-front, “horses pull not push” so neither the cart or the horse are going anywhere with that setup if you catch my drift.
Now, that my friend is a story and a half - and a true one at that!
When I read it, I couldn't believe my "eyes".
But, he did it!
John Walker keeps telling me he is not a hero, I keep telling him he is - an unsung hero - one of many!
Much like the story of Sig Klein who saved the day (mentioned in Gorilla Grip (Advanced)) and countless other UNSUNG heroes – you – ARE a hero!
Yes, as for the Bozos that claim “we’re big and not fat” and all that, well, enough said – I’ve said plenty in that regard, and so have you.
I gotta share this with the fellas NOW – this is truly, truly inspirational!
Now, unsung heros...
I've always been very effusive in my praise of cops, firefighters, first responders, and other people that DO - i.e. the day to day work we all take for granted, services we need - but never think about in terms of who is providing them ...
The very people that are always talked about, blamed (often for things that aren;t their fault) - yet when we need help, who do we call?
These very people.
Doing a fine, fine, job out there on the streets - usually UNNOTICED and UNHEARD.
Dont get me wrong, there are some bad apples everywhere, this applies to the above category too, but for the most part - outstanding and fine people!
And Charles Mitchell, another one of my great customers responded back to the email about "Cliffhanger" with this.
(he's an ex cop from NYC, as y'all are aware)
Impressive story! What's also impressive is that John was able to curl his nephew's bodyweight with one arm! You're not going to be able to do that if your grip strength is not at the top of its game. Good job John!
Here is part of what I replied with -
Yes, not easy curling that sort of "moving" weight with one arm - not to mention the situation, which even though he was an experienced climber with a head for heights and everything else, that sort of life or death situation - requires not just rock solid grip strength - but superb OVERALL body strength to "pull-jerk" the person up - and most of all, a rock solid nerve!
John keeps saying he's not a hero - to me, thats one of the most (albeit) unsung hero stories I've heard of till date, and thats saying a lot - so I keep sharing it!
As an ex cop, you probably have some stories like this too - even if it's in "the city" as it were - feel free to share, and I'll share 'em with the world!
Now, think about this for a minute, my friend.
First off all, the SITUATION.
Even if that situation didnt require grip, or any strength, and was simply a mental game (which it ultimately all boils down to mental - dont get me wrong - the tools are necessary, but the MIND is what controls all) ... think about the REFLEXES John employed.
Think about the "way" in which he did it - much like a leopard jumping on to it's prey - he did the same - in a split second - holding on to his nephew for "dear life" while trying to save his own - in that situation!
That doesnt just require rock solid NERVE - it also requires years of training - the right way - which develops your instinct - KILLER INSTINCT - and survival instinct - and GRIP AND CORE STRENGTH - real strength - and most of all, that SPEED with which he moved.
Think about it, friend.
A split second literally was the difference between life and death - and it wasn't over even then.
Think about pulling up a "live, moving" weight like that - Ive no idea how much his nephew weighed, but I'd bet it wasn't anything pithy! - with ONE arm - suspended off a cliff (while HE Is hanging on for dear life) - think about the grip - but also the CORE and trap strength required for something like that.
Or, try and do it at the gym - I dont know what they call the gym equivalent, the real equivalent - was it the "bent press"? (not the bench, hehe).
Arthur Saxon would know!
But just try and do something like that WITHOUT The duress for one, WITH safety and such, and so forth ...
John - you indeed are an unsung hero, I've said it before, I'll say it again!
And as I keep saying, grip strength, my friend is maybe not "as important as breathing", but damn near as !
And training wise, grip, core and legs - the MOST important. Train those areas right, you cannot go wrong overall.
Anyway, as an aside, I remember an instance in the Indian Himalayas once where an army man gripped my hand to shake it.
He wasn't necessarily a big guy, or even overly strong or anything, but he had that grip, the same "pull" to the grip that my buddy from the Marines says I do.
That "unnatural pull to your grip" which people pooh pooh as being "not required".
But THAT,and your mind, my friend, will save you in life and death situations, or any situation for that matter, be it a fight in real life - or a street fight ... or, I dont know, ANY situation that requires some real strength,coordination and/or RESILIENCE.
REAL MAN STRENGTH.
When the going gets tough, the tough give it the BOOT .
Anyway, to Charles ... if you have such stories, and you probably do - share 'em with the world! I, and many of our readers, most I'd say - hold the "men in blue" in very high regard - and I'm sure you have stories you can share as well!
OK, this has been a LONG one. Hehe.
And dont forget the tips.
Last, but not least, and this is something we do EVERY year - we'll soon have an annoucement where I'll be re-directing ya'll to a link which has other fitness authors, people into bodybuilding and such on the page.
I am NOT affiliated with or make any money off any of the products mentioned there in any way - but it's a "share" (quid pro quo) thing we ALL do every year to build our lists, and to share the word about other stuff to our lists - so I'll be doing it again this year.
Starts on the 11th - Paul Becker, thank you - you're a great, great guy!
Much like the famous Boris Becker who I much admired, even when he climbed up to the referre's chair to "get in his face" about a tennis ball being called out or something, hehe. I believe that was the French Open I remember!
PS - If you're talking GRIP?
Tennis will build it!
But, those guys often have unbalanced development - especially the ones that hit the backhand and forehand one handed. I've always hit both with two hands, despite being told it was "girly" to do the backhand with two hands.
I dont get it, why not?
I mean, the more strength you put into the shot, the better it is!
Anyway ... I was once called "Michael Chang" on a tennis court. More on that later, but remember the tale of the tennis player that gripped my once injured right hand and I literally screamed with pain?
That, and many other instances growing up are what caused me to have the grip I do TODAY - and teach things the way I do TODAY.
Trust me, the courses above just work - they flat out WORK.
Just read what John for one has to say about them if you "be doubting".
And last, but not least - please leave reviews!
I am SO glad I have the picture on the cover I do now for that book! Hehe.
Although it attracts the most number of idiots, trolls, price wankers and such - it attracts real customers and real men too !
And I'd rather have ONE of the latter, along with 100 of the former, which any of us (the latter) could swipe away with one grizzly bear like paw if we wanted to ...
... SOmetimes I dont.
(as for the former, well, I've shared pleny here - the latest "belchworthy" rant, Bozo Keith James claiming "the author looks like he never trained" - just hilarious eh - and many others!) BUT!
My eyes goggle at the latest lunacy Glyn bozo posted on the book - something so blatantly hilarious and abusive both that Amazon promptly removed it - much like the hilarious, weepy rant - and abusive too if you can believe that (yes, Bozo makes it possible) on Fitness Pioneer Volume One.
This one was even more ludicrious.
I dont know if Bozo is drunk or high on , I dont know, bleach that he poured down /up his hoo haa...
But it's something my friend (also an erotica writer and hes constantly checking for his book reviews on Amazon etc) sent me via screenshot.
Before "LOL" ing (laugh out loud) out loud, it's so inane. and INSANE!
But it's Glyn Faggoty Bozo to a T.
Here is the review, if you can call it even a pseudo review.
"Horrible fellow!" was the title.
"This book was written by a faggot. He likes Chinese <bleep>. Do not buy Rahuls' book, he knows nothing about training!"
There was more - in Chinese.
Something about a toothbrush and some unprintables (yall can guess) and clear "copy and paste translation" the Bozo is using to "appear Chinese", and a host of other abusive, racist words.
None of which bothered me.
I rather hope the review comes back, hehe.
But thats OK, but that was the review.
Now, trolls and inanity aside, lets look at this.
As an outsider.
As someone that knows Rahul Mookerjee - or doesn't.
As someone who is gay, or bi, or in between, or whatever they call them these days (no disrespect, promise).
Let's even assume you're the Bozos's best pal, and looking for ANY sad excuse to "rant" against me. (I know you ain't, I'm just sayin...)
Let ME put myself in the eyes of the BEHOLDER.
(And, despite what I say in my own books about looks not being everywhere, despite me being a chameleon, despite me saying how the most outwardly "alpha" males have "different" preferences in bed often, despite all that) ...
The EYES OF THE BEHOLDER! Do it, ...
... I just did, and I'm struggling to figure out how that MAN on the cover of the book is "faggotty"?
You could call me many other things, many people do, some warranted, most not.
All believable to a T, but "faggot"?
I mean, look at the picture.
Then tell me!
I dont think so, hehe.
It's so bleeding obvious, and the Bozo is getting desperate again apparently "lack of attention in Socksford most likely".
Not to mention his latest deal is some nonsense about a Chinese guy he met somewhere and he's now salivating after him - now those, I DO have the screenshots, and i'll share 'em, maybe.
Maybe Bozo felt guilty?
But really, its insane.
Anyway, this is a great book, my friend.
And if you've bought the book - which many have - BE SURE AND LEAVE A REVIEW!
I've gone hoarse saying it, this is YET another reason we need decent - and REAL reviews
And Glyn, like your friend Chuck says (or former friend).
So sayeth the horrible fellow.
The next book in the progression, and a REAL BEAST - and MEANIE of a book is BAttletank Shoulders.
If you haven't got that book, along with Animal Kingdom Workouts, you're missing out - and you must get 'em!
And again, please leave reviews!
Alright, my friend, I'm out. Twitt erfollowers will see Bozo's latest review in all its lunacy very soon!
At least he posted under his real name (his new account) this time. Thank Bozo for small mercies.