Elbows LOCKED!

Dear reader

One of the most commonly taught things (to do) while exercising is also one of the WORST things you can do for yourself – and that is what today’s email deals with.

If I were you, I’d read this tip very carefully indeed. May offend some folks who think otherwise, but so be it …

What most of us are commonly taught to do (and what most people do) when exercising – lets consider pushing movements here – is to “stop short of full extension”.

Apparently when doing pushups or other pushing motions this “stopping short” leads to “more stress being placed on the triceps” and “stimulates more growth”. Not only that, it supposedly leads to more reps.

Well – if you’re amongst the many who does pushups, and stops short of a elbow LOCKOUT i.e. full extension – – I’m here to tell you you’re doing them WRONG my friend.

I tell you how to do pushups the RIGHT way in the 0 Excuses Fitness System book and videos, and one of the main things I tell you is to do FULL EXTENSION pushups.

None of that “stopping short” mamsy pamsy rubbish – – and why not?

Well, first, stopping short  of a full extension ensures that you do not extend the triceps – – or the arm fully. And while this may “feel” like more pressure is being applies on the triceps, in  reality, does it help the muscle go stronger?

Not a chance – – and if you don’t believe me, do a set of SLOW, STRICT military style pushups – – with FULL extension — elbows held close to your sides.

Do about 20 of these.

Once you’re done – – do a set of 20 while “stopping” just short of full extension and tell me which set was easier.

I’ll bet the second gave you more “pump” – – but does it make it EASIER? Not a chance, my friend. Not a chance.

Other than this, stopping short of full extension ensures that you end up taking the stress off some of the most important parts of the body – – those being the tendons, ligaments, and other supporting musculature — ALL of which need to be strengthened just as much as the actual muscle, if not MORE.

‘Tis NO use having a “pumped” up abnormally large muscle with weak tendons and ligaments surrounding it – – an invitation to injury if there ever was one, my friend.

And this doesn’t just go for pushups. If you’re lifting weights – – for example, doing the military press – – then you do the SAME darn thing. You do NOT stop short of full extension as doing so robs you of the benefits of the movement, and also promotes poor “bouncy” form (in lieu of higher rep counts) as opposed to PROPER form.

Strict, slow and ALL THE WAY up and ALL the way DOWN, my friend. That is how it’s supposed to be done.

The U.S. Marines don’t consider a pushup to be a real pushup  unless it’s full extension, my friend. And if some of the most elite soldiers – – and TOUGH guys on the planet say so- – I’d say there must be something to it, eh?

And lest you think this applies just to pushing movements, well – – think AGAIN. It applies equally to pull-ups as it does pushups – – and I mention this repeatedly in “Pull-ups – – from DUD to STUD within a few WEEKS!” as well.

You do NOT stop short of full extension. True, this may be hard for some of you with shoulder injuries and such – -but you don’t ignore weak areas – – you STRENGTHEN them!

And the most important thing I’m going to tell you today is THIS – it applies even more so to handstand pushups and anything done from a handstand position.

ANYTHING in that position done short of a full lockout is a recipe for not only disaster- – but stunting your future progress in the exercise.

Not only that – – it’s dangerous.

How do I know?

Well, first because I’ve got a wealth of experience doing ’em. I’ve been in the trenches a long, long time when it comes to all this my friend – – but even I make mistakes occasionally – – and I did the other day.

I forgot to focus on keeping the elbows locked while descending to terra firma from the handstand position – – and that, combined with a bratty kid that decided to run in front of me at the exact same minute I was “descending” made me land on the floor without my usual control – – and land SQUARE on my chin at that.

OUCH! Ouch times 10 actually but it could have been a lot worse.

I’ve got the control in my fingers and supporting musculature so though I hit my chin on the ground it wasn’t with full force. Though it hurt, and left a nasty bruise, it’s certainly nothing permanent.

But if I hadn’t built up my supporting musculature – – I’d have come tumbling down FULL FORCE – – and risked a broken chin or flattened nose – – or both, and let me tell you – – THAT combo ain’t pretty, my friend.

So that’s today’s tip — keep the arms LOCKED out fully when engaged in any serious pushing or pulling movement (during the “pushup” part of the exercise while doing push-ups and after lowering when doing pull-ups).

You may progress slower this way – – but you’ll build a solid base, and when you do progress WATCH OUT. You’ll be blazing past the rest in no time at all.

Best,

Rahul

P.S. – Stay tuned for another important tip coming your way tomorrow – – yet another one of those “fallacies” put to bed as it were.

P.S. #2 – These, and other tips are mentioned in the 0 Excuses Fitness System. Pay special attention to the videos though as I give you plenty MORE tips in these – – stuff you do NOT want to miss if you’re serious about your workout. Grab the System right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/

Where there is a will – there is ALWAYS a way!

Dear reader,

Oh boy. My last email on training during the holidays (or, more specifically the folks who choose to avoid doing so) seemed to have caused quite a flutter — more so than some of my regular stuff does, hehe.

One person in particular was FURIOUS – – he replied to me with something along the lines of “How dare you classify people who choose to REST during holidays as opposed to train hard in the bracket that you did?”

And he finished a rather lengthy email off with comments written in a tone that would make a sailor blush to say the least.

Yet another person responded by telling me “not to tick off people by sending emails out like this. You’ll lose customers”.

My response?

I could care less, to be quite frank. I’ve always been known first and foremost for saying things are they are – – whether or not they “tick off” certain folks and their over-sensitive ears is not a matter of concern for me.

The ONE thing that I DO care about is giving it to you straight –  – and saying it like it is, and if that approach “wards off” negativity and negative folks who choose to ignore reality – – well — then so be it, and I consider myself better off for it.

And so forth.

Of course – not all responses were negative. Some folks wrote back saying that yes – I was right – but somehow finding the motivation – and time to train was a factor not just during the holidays but during the “regular season as well”.

And that is what prompts today’s post – – and a flashback from “days yonder” that I believe you might find useful if you’re in the “can’t find motivation” category.

Many moons ago, I was introduced to the hill I climb fairly regularly these days by a lady I was dating at the time.

Now, before this, I was doing all the typical fitness routines that you see gym goers do. Endless sets of biceps curls (one of the most useless exercises there is by the way), squats with weights (an open invitation to lower back injury) and using a variety of gadgets in my training which I thought were helping me, but they were NOT.

Externally I was in decent shape – or so I THOUGHT. Despite a belly that was starting to bulge at the seams every week, I still kept telling myself what most folks say i.e. “it’s just a little bit of extra weight”.

Well, when my girl at the time invited me to climb that hill one fine Saturday evening, I accepted.

No problem, right? Just a quick walk up some hill? Bah! How can that compare to the gym?

Well – guess what, my dear reader – I was in for the shock of my lives. Not only did that hill climb tax my entire body in ways it never ever has before – – I was sore for DAYS on end after that – – just from this one climb.

My legs felt like they had turned to PULP when climbing (at a slow pace). My entire back was sore for three days after that – – and believe it or not, even my forearms felt worked to the bone.

And my upper abs were screaming for mercy by the time I got to the top. I still recall the “giggles” being directed at the “pang ren” (fat people in Chinese) as I labored on up that hill.

THAT was what prompted me to change my training around – – and though I had no inkling of any of the exercises that I teach in the 0 Excuses Fitness System NOW – – what I did know was I had to get in better shape.

And so I started to climb that hill daily. Now remember I used to work a long hard day back in the day – – had a full time job that kept me pretty much in the office from 9-6 (sometimes 8) – – not to mention an hour’s worth of travel daily.

Not only that, I worked at a factory where they did provide meals  – – but the quality of the meals was so poor I rarely, if ever ate there – – which made for pretty much no food the entire day.

Not the most healthy of things to do, but such was life back then.

So you’d think if ANYONE would be “pardoned” for making excuses for “not finding time to workout”, it would be me, eh?

Not so, my friend.

I’d make it a point to climb that hill DAILY – – come rain, shine, hail, or sleet. I didn’t care if I was hungry and tired. I didn’t care if all I had was a few sips of tea during the day.

I could care less how late I got back from work – – all I had in my mind was a) I needed to get in better shape and b) what I needed to do to get there.

And gradually that tough climb became easier. The flab flew off — and – – fast forward to NOW where due to my 0 Excuses routines, I can literally “fly” up that hill and not just once – – multiple times at that.

(The 0 Excuses Fitness System routines are available right here – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/)

Was it tough? YES. Did I feel like quitting along the way? Sure.

DID I quit though – – even when the tides were AGAINST me?

NOPE.

And that my friend, is the key right there to getting fit – – and warding off useless excuses to the tune of “I don’t have time after work”, or “my family responsibilities leave me with no time”.

Bollocks – – if I could find time – – anyone can – – and at the end of the day, where there is a will, there is a way.

So that’s today’s tip – – inspiration – – or “fuel to the fire” for some folks, hehe. Take it whichever way you choose to, my friend.

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – I almost forgot to include the fact that I didn’t just “think” about what I wanted to accomplish in terms of an ideal body shape/fitness ideal. I IMAGINED it in my mind EVERY DAY. And THAT is yet another key which is usually ignored by 99.999% of people – – big mistake right there.

It’s the FIRST commandment in the 10 commandments of physical success – – and it might as well be the last and the rest of the 9 combined as well – – so important is it to remember.

Anyway, more such inspirational stories as well as the 10 Commandments can be found right here, my friend – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/. Make sure you grab your copy TODAY!

“Hao li Hai” Holiday training

Dear reader,

I was training in full force today at the local park, and being it’s the Chinese New Year holidays here – the park was jampacked with folks, hehe.

And of course – that drew the usual chants of “Hao li hai” (good, good, excellent) as a crowd gathered to watch me train.

The adults made the comments. A few kids tried to follow along. And a friendly dog gave me a lick on the nose as well. All fun and games in China – – and a great, great training routine – – done during a holiday (or the holidays) and that brings me to my main point.

Holidays as of late for most people seem to have become a time to become even more lazy and “slothful” than they usually are.

What do I  mean?

Well,  let us take the case of the average couch potato or disgruntled office worker who claims they “don’t have time” to train and that’s why they don’t.

Well, what about during the holidays?

Funnily enough its these same people (and believe me, they are sadly but unfortunately in the vast majority here) complain that “holidays are time to relax” and so “training is for after the holidays” – and end up being even more of a blob on the face of the planet (or beached whale – whatever term floats your boat, hehe) than they are usually.

And of course, I’m not even going to get into the food etc – – it seems those that are gorge on junk food do so even more during the holidays.

Now, none of this to say that holidays aren’t down time. Sure they are – but why not use that time to do something FUN – and enjoyable – something GOOD for your body – and something that makes you feel like a billion bucks after you’re done with it?

That something being EXERCISE – done the right way – and that something being something that will BENEFIT you after the holidays as well.

No more sighs of “I’ve gained 5 kgs over the break” and so forth. If anything, if you use your holiday time sensibly – – and mix in “indulgence” with a healthy dose of self control, then you should be in far better shape AFTER the holidays than before it.

Of course, that isn’t the case for the vast majority of folks who spend their entire holidays vegetating on the couch or driving around in cars from one place to the other posting selfies on Facebook etc.

Believe me, while what you do during your holiday is certainly up to YOU – – the sheer BUZZ you get from doing something BENEFICIAL to your body can NOT be compared to the other nonsense that usually goes on during the holidays.

Selfies may look good for the moment, but the moment passes pretty quickly once you get off that seat and look into the mirror to see the “same old you” again.

Gorging yourself on junk food and claiming “I’m doing so because it’s the holiday”? Well, so be it – but it aint gonna move you along the path to superior health/fitness – or even just plain ole GOOD feelings, my friend. It sure won’t.

Bodyweight exercises done correctly will – – and what’s more they’re fun to do – – and the icing on the cake?

They can be done ANYWHERE.

Holidaying on the beach? No problem – – there’s plenty of room to pump out Hindu squats by the ocean.

Going for a “resort” in the mountains? Well, ditch the cable cars (and cars in general) and WALK up the hill instead. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen folks travel the Himalayas and never step foot out of their cars during the entire vacation unless it’s entering and exiting from hotels etc. Utterly pathetic in my opinion – – there’s a workout right there STARING you in the face, and yet …

And the sheer buzz, my friend. Oh BOY the sheer buzz you get from pounding out a set of high rep Hindu Squats.

Or a tough set of 10 pull-ups done in perfect form.

Or pushups – – and plenty of them – – specifically the reverse pushup that I so often talk about.

All of these, and others are mentioned in the path breaking 0 Excuses Fitness System – – if you haven’t already grabbed your copy – – do so NOW – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/

And the king of all these, of course – – the mighty HANDSTAND PUSHUP.

NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING compares to the buzz you get when doing these correctly – – especially a tough set — and the good news is you can do them ANYWHERE!

Anyway, I ended up bumping my chin against the floor while doing these today. Had a bit of a bleed there for a while but even that did NOT dampen my spirits a wee bit, so GOOD was I feeling.

Bruised – but NOT battered – and better off for it – and so will you, my friend – if you train the way I do.

So that’s today’s tip – – use the holidays (or any spare time you get) to BETTER yourself rather than sink further into the “couch” of going nowhere life/fitness wise.

It’ll hold you in good stead, my friend. THAT is for SURE!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – It’s the year of the DOG here in China, my friend – – and in this dog eat dog world – – the only way to go is to BE the BIG dog. And if there’s one exercise that’ll get you there faster than anything else? Well – – here it is – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/

The CRUCIBLE – of LIFE!

Dear reader,

One of the greatest and best things about ANY and all of the courses in the 0 Excuses Fitness System is that the mental benefits you’ll get from this type of training is – quite literally – UNPARALLELED.

Crossfit is great – but it doesn’t quite hit all the sweet spots. Going to the gym and lifting weights – well – that is NOT what I’d recommend, and if you’re lifting weights the way they were SUPPOSED to be lifted – the way the oldtimers did?

Well, that’s good too – but the sheer FEELING and buzz? You cannot get it from lifting weights, my friend – or I should say that whatever little buzz one may or may not get from lifting weights PALES in comparison to the sheer INVIGORATING effect – – and MAMMOTH, super buzz you get from handling your own bodyweight from all angles and directions.

And of course – – then you have the physical benefits galore that you already know about – – but again – – the mental part of all this, to me, is what is MOST important.

The DRIVE – the FOCUS – the GUMPTION – and the sheer  WILLPOWER these exercises build is second to NONE!!

And why is this so important?

Well – primarily because we ALL need to face life and it’s ups and downs, my friend – some of us more so than the rest of us.

And while there may be plenty of reasons behind this, there is NO denying that the crucible of LIFE is sometimes way, way harder than the actual “physical” toughness that the Crucible (or tests of a similar nature) builds in the U.S. Marines and elite forces throughout the world.

But again – – the physical benefits are great – – but what any serious Marine or elite forces member will really tell you is that this sort of thing (after a hellatious few weeks of training, mind you) builds CHARACTER – and GUMPTION (not to mention camaraderie and BROTHERHOOD) more than anything else – – and THAT, at the end of the day is what gets you through battle unscathed.

Or – bloodied, bruised, but a VICTOR regardless!

The Crucible is by far the toughest test a Marine has to pass before earning the coveted tag, but it’s what leads up to it is what really makes it almost impossible to complete (for the average person, at any rate).

And again – we’re NOT all soldiers – but the battle of life is something we face on a daily basis, my friend – and I don’t know about you, but I for one GLADLY welcome any and all “weapons” to fight through – PUSH through – the crucible of LIFE and emerge VICTORIOUS at the end.

And while the exercises in the 0 Excuses Fitness System ARE – and have always been one of my weapons of choice, guess what the PRIMARY weapon of choice is?

ONE exercise (combined with a few others) – – but that ONE exercise reigns supreme, my friend.

And that one exercise is the handstand pushup – – NOT done as most people teach it.

Believe you me, this ONE exercise alone makes me feel on top of the world after a few reps. Makes me feel like I can blast through barriers – akin to an Abrams tank remorselessly MOWING down any and ALL opposition on the battlefield!

Believe you me – – a tough, tough set of handstand pushups gives you a buzz – – and an upper body workout that is quite literally OUT OF THIS WORLD – and one that bears NO PARALLEL to any other “modern day” training techniques around (and certainly NOT the pumping and toning we see going on at the gyms these days).

Handstand pushups – – to me – – quite frankly – – are what allow me to get through life’s crucibles when I need to.

They are the ONE exercise that build character, gumption and PERSEVERANCE – and a GUNG HO, never ever say die attitude in the face of adversity. And THEY are the one exercise that not only builds BATTLETANK SHOULDERS – – but also gives you a super workout – – and when you combine it with a few other exercises?

Well – watch OUT, my friend. King Kong (or a human version, at any rate) himself would have some serious competition in terms of the massive upper body you’ll develop – – and that, my friends, may sound like an exaggeration – – but it’s really not.

So get the one tool you need to battle through the BARRIERS of life, and emerge VICTORIOUS at the end of the CRUCIBLE, my friend – and get it right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/battletank-shoulders/

You’ll never regret it for a MOMENT.

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – The course I mentioned is actually an advanced course, so if you’re just starting out and don’t have an inkling of what I’m talking about in terms of handstand pushups – – then THIS is the course to get – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/

P.S. #2 – Our sale is going FULL BLAST – – 25 % off, and if there was an opportunity to JUMP on, THIS is it, my friend. I don’t know the next time I’ll be doing something like this to be honest. Enter in “YEAROFTHEDOG” as the “code” on the checkout page to avail of this mindblowing discount on ALL 0 Excuses Fitness products until Feb 16, 2018!

 

Unprecedented sale!

Dear reader,

It’s gonna be another New Year here in mainland China soon. The clock be a ticking already, and the festivities are already on in full force apparently.

‘Tis gonna be the year of the DOG, my friend – – and given the dog eat dog world we live in, anything and everything that will give you a leg up on your competition is definitely MUCH welcomed, my friend.

And your own health and fitness levels are paramount to achieving success in any area of life or endavor you participate in. I don’t care if your goal is to do 100 pull-ups daily  – – or to make billions of dollars – – but the fact remains that the old axiom “Health is Wealth” DOES indeed hold true.

And the big dogs in this world are almost always the people that take care of themselves first – – and make health and fitness a priority.

And so should YOU, my friend. So should you – and here’s an added incentive.

I’ll be having a sale – – 25% off on ALL 0 Excuses Fitness products – – and it will start TOMORROW, my friend.

It will start on the 14th (Feb 14, 2018) – – and it will end on the 16th SHARP (Feb 16, 2018) – – which is when the Chinese Lunar New Year officially begins here in mainland China.

So get in while you can NOW, my friend. This is indeed unprecedented – – and a “on the spurt of the moment” thing for me – – so take advantage of it while you can!

To your health – strength – and overall fitness – and here is wishing you a VERY happy Lunar New Year in advance!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – All 0 Excuses products are available HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/products/. Enter in “YEAROFTHEDOG” as the “code” on the checkout page to avail of this mindblowing discount!

Swami pull-ups

Dear reader,

I was having fun the other day at the park while getting the pictures taken for my new and advanced book “Pull-ups – – STUD to SUPER STUD within weeks“.

Quite literally – – I was having a blast, and so was the person who was taking the pictures. In fact, that dude literally got an “advanced” education on how to do to pull-ups while taking the pictures, and that’s not an exaggeration by any stretch of the imagination.

This book takes off where the last book left off.

The last book was about how to improve at pull-ups – – and get yourself from 0 to 10 – or 20 – or even 100 – or whatever number you’ve got in mind QUICKLY.

And it did that for sure.

Here’s a testimonial from a customer that used the product and followed the instructions on how to do pull-ups contained therein (note – – this was BEFORE I EXPANDED the book – in other words, this was the “first” edition of that book – – not the expanded version which is up on the site NOW).

Rahul is an unusual combination of both brains and serious brawn. And his products shows. Pick a copy of his books and you will get more than your money’s worth in terms of fitness

“Gautam” from India

And THIS book takes off where that one left off, my friend. You’ll get variations on the pull-up that you’ve never imagined even remotely possible – – let alone DONE before.

For example, would you believe me if I told you that pull-ups done a certain way can give you an inner thigh workout from hell?

Or, that the way you position your LEGS – yes, your LEGS – can make a huge, huge difference to the ultimate difficulty level of the exercise?

Or – – that you can literally do them in “Swami” position a.k.a. “Swami pull-ups”?

Swami, by the way is a Hindi (or perhaps Sanskrit – I’m not entirely sure) term for “holy men” – – or, in other words, those dudes that sit in a cross legged position and meditate for hours on end on matters beyond “our” earthly comprehension, hehe.

And while you don’t really need to meditate while doing pull-ups – -the fact is that you CAN and SHOULD focus your mind while training, my friend.

In fact your level of focus should be akin to an actual “swami” meditating in the jungles – – except you focus on your goals and your training and BLOCK everything else out.

This sort of training can be very very powerful indeed, my friend – – and the great thing about my new book is that it not only tells (and shows) you how to do various types of pull-ups (including the “Swami” pull-up and “Frog” pull-ups – – yes, another interesting version) – – it also gives you plenty of TOUGH, TOUGH workouts to keep you busy for a long long time.

All these variations will not only hit your body differently – – from all angles – – and will not only make you stronger, but they’ll also keep your workouts fresh, interesting and — – yes – FOCUSED.

You may never of course turn into a “Baba” or “Swami” with long hair and flowing saffron robes, of course – – but if you follow the workouts in the book – – YOU, my friend – – WILL be catapulted to SUPER-ELITE level at pull-ups within a few weeks.

YOU will be the envy of the pumpers and toners at the local gyms as you bang out pull-ups effortlessly. Smoothly. Up and down, one rep after the other, barely breaking a sweat.

And you’ll have the upper body of your dreams to boot as well.

Can’t beat that combo, eh?

So without further ado, hurry on over HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/ – – and grab your copy of “Pull-ups – – from STUD to SUPER STUD” while stocks last. It’ll knock your SOCKS off – – that is for SURE!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – I’m off for some serious training myself – – some APE like training as I  mentioned in the last email. I’ll have more updates for you on that in a while too!

Train the way of the ape

Dear reader,

As I pulled (literally) through my workout today I did some very simple things indeed.

In fact, my entire workout today was simple – – much like my daily workouts. Simple, uncomplicated – – BRUTAL – – and oh YES – left me feeling like a zillion bucks and on TOP of the world as usual!

Now, this post is not so much about the specifics of my workout today – – that was basically Hindu Squats, pull-ups, pushups and a few other “dibs and dabs” here and there. Was an entire body workout – – and yet, especially hard on the upper body mostly because of the rapid “cycling” through the entire routine with very little rest between sets etc.

And one of the things I did to really BLAST my entire upper body (not to mention utterly and totally FRY my grip) was to train like, well, an ape.

That’s right. Exactly as an ape would train – – except they don’t call it training, of course. They call it LIFE – – and survival (of the fittest, of course).

Now, we all know how strong monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas are, right?

A chimpanzee can kill a crocodile with it’s bare hands – – and if a BABY – – yes, BABY monkey were to grab an adult man’s little finger it could squeeze that little finger with such ferocity that it would make the man scream “Uncle” within NO time at all.

And thats not even getting into the brute strength that gorillas etc possess.

Now, how exactly do these apes get so strong, you ask?

Well – simple – by doing what they do on a regular basis – – which is to swing themselves from branch to branch on trees ALL day long!

Pulling movements – – and yet – – that “swinging pull”  is really what gives them that INHUMAN level of pulling strength, my friend – – and arms and shoulders that look like they’re carved out of granite and are about three times or more as strong!

The closest approximation we humans have to this are monkey bars – aptly named – and yet most adults scoff at this WONDERFUL piece of equipment which is basically “begging”  you to use it for free.

Most adults scoff at this sort of thing calling it “kiddie stuff” – but guess what. Most of these adults would be doing well to even HOLD on to the monkey bars for any  length of time – let alone actually “swing” without pulling tendons, muscles or more.

And advanced swings like I do – might as well forget about that one when it comes to the average modern day human ape, hehe.

And that’s basically what I did to make my workout ultra tough today. Try swinging across the monkey bars the way I teach you in my courses for reps/sets BETWEEN your other exercises. It’s not easy to say the least – and it’ll give you a hell of a workout as well.

I often hear (and have blogged about) the “Da Xing Xing” chants I get when training. In Mandarin Chinese “Da Xing Xing” translates into Gorilla.

’nuff said me thinks!

Now, this is one of the keys I mention to getting better – and quickly – at pull-ups in “Pull-Ups — from DUD to STUD” – – and one key which is often ignored despite it’s obvious importance.

These and other keys are available to you right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

Oh, and if you think insane pulling strength doesn’t translate over into real life, think again.

If you think “oh, that’s just for getting better at pull-ups. It ain’t gonna help me otherwise” – – well – – think several times, my friend.

It DOES translate over – and it WILL help you.

You might be able to bench press the world, but when it comes time to carry Granny – or your girl friend, for that matter, up a flight or several flights of stairs – – guess what. Those bench press numbers won’t help you there. Your pull will.

In a street fight? Well, guess what – – the amount of weight you can pull down on the lat pull down machine ain’t gonna matter then. What WILL matter is how many guys you can PULL towards you – and then take down – and STRIKE.

And so forth.

Believe me, this stuff DOES have real life benefits – – but you’ll have to experience it for yourself to see what I’m yellin about, my friend.

Last, but not least, remember that it’s always good to train the way of the animal – – the grizzly being another prime example that I’ll be covering soon.

All for now – if you train today – make it a great, great one!

Best,

Rahul

P.S. – One animal you want to avoid training – and behaving like – at all costs is a jackass, my friend. The human jackass I referred to in my last post – ah, but you remember him, don’t you? Him of the “how NOT to do pull-ups” post – – and his video is finally up for “posterity” on Twitter. Feel free to have a laugh — and SHARE!

P.S # 2 – And once you’re done laughing, watch the other video on how to DO pull-ups and then start cranking on some of the other supplementary exercises I mention in the course – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

How to DO pull-ups

Dear reader,

Well, I haven’t been able to get onto Twitter for the past hour or so (with regard to my LAST post) so your laugh will have to wait – – but fear NOT – – I’ll get it up there.

For now though, I gotta rush – – and I’ll post a brief clip on how to DO pull-ups  – – right on MY OWN site (which I CAN get onto as of now, hehe).

(For those reading this via email – – the clip is on the blog – – not the email).

THIS is perfect form, my friends.

More later!

Best,

Rahul

P.S. – Those links on pull-ups again? Well, here they are – – and they’ll explain what I showed in that brief snippet above – –

  1. http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
  2. http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/

How NOT to do pull-ups!

Dear Reader,

Today I’ll deviate a bit from the norm and show you a video – but one which details how NOT to do pull-ups.

Pull-ups are a great, great exercise  – – one of the best known to mankind, but unfortunately a lot of people denigrate this great exercise by engaging in tomfoolery and “chest thumping” when they do this exercise – – and do it incorrectly at that.

I’ll give you a bit of background on this in a minute but before I start – –  remember that a REAL MAN (or woman, for that matter) – – a REAL trainee – – does NOT need to “pump” and “show off” in front of the bros!

A real man does NOT bully – – or engage in any activities akin to it – – and a real man is most certainly NOT a keyboard warrior.

Unlike a certain “Dr. Singh” (praise be – NOT – to whichever institution bestowed him the title of “Dr” – – if at all, of course – – wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that was a figment of his imagination) who is and acts anything BUT like a real man – – or a man at all for that matter.

Doink the clown – move OVER. You’ve got serious competition here, bro, hehe.

Anyway, before I give you a bit of background on this – – the actual video itself will be posted on our Twitter account (and possibly our Facebook etc will have links to it as well) so if you have NOT yet “followed” us on social media, please do so now.

As I said in yesterday’s post, there are some things that are more convenient or otherwise appropriate to share via social media, and today’s “buffoonery” is one of them (well that, and plus user reach, bandwidth considerations on the actual 0 Excuses site itself make it more practical to post on Twitter).

Second, if you do not know how to do pull-ups the right way – – or are stuck at a certain rep count etc – – THIS is the course you need – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

And now the background – – for those that have been following me, you know I’m currently in mainland China, and living here necessitates uses of the “Wechat” app on the blasted smartphone, of course.

China  (as a whole)  for whatever reason is even more “smartphone involved” (and I’m using a kind term there, hehe) than the rest of the world, but whatever – this ain’t a debate about smartphones and my  opinion on them.

So I posted a bit about my services on WeChat (on a group there, to be specific) and asked folks to contact me if interested. Wasn’t anything to do with  my fitness biz – was actually related to something else I do here.

And being I detest the smartphone and use only when required, I posted, and let the phone “slide to the side” as it were while I continued on with my activities on the computer.

An hour or so later, the darn thing blinks, and I see I was “mentioned” in the group by a certain “Dr. Singh” who appeared to be kind of peeved and claimed I was “fake” because I didn’t respond speedily to his initial post (apparently he ignored that very post itself where I asked interested folks to contact me privately).

Given the nature of his post and the vibes coming from his “are you fake” post, I responded with a “Read the post” message, which apparently ticked the good Doctor off even more, hehe.

“Don’t be cocky!” is what he responded with – – and while I’m NOT going to dignify the rest of his responses by posting here I may well post a few screen shots on Twitter, so stay tuned on that front. ‘Tis hilarious if nothing else.

He then unleashed a barrage of invective and other juvenile stuff about “not working with me” (must admit it made me “giggle” a bit as well) and I merely responded with a comment along the lines of “Thanks! I’d rather not work with seemingly semi-literate morons as well!”.

The invective continued unabated – – but I let it go. I was NOT interested in engaging with “keyboard warrior el supremo”, hehe. Got better things to do in life – bigger fish to fry.

Apparently Dr. Singh doesn’t though, and my lack of responses irked him even more.

And this morning he posted a video which prompted THIS particular post – – a video in which he supposedly does 3 pull-ups (actually he does not even do ONE correctly – and the other two? I don’t even notice a pull there, hehe) – – and at the end of it all “glowers” into the camera looking more like a bearded Doink the clown if anything else.

Apparently that  is supposed to “intimidate” yours truly as well as others.

Now, the tomfoolery and pumping and preening is one thing. I see this sort of nonsense going on with the bros at the gym all the time – – but the REAL reason I’m posting this (and hopefully making Dr. Singh “world famous” at the same time) is because of his UTTER AND COMPLETE lack of RESPECT for the EXERCISE!

It’s bad enough he’s gotta act the way he does. It’s bad enough he’s gotta try and be a keyboard warrior (note – I used the word “try”) and not only that – be a cyber bully – but I draw that line in the sand when it comes to denigrating a great, great exercise like this and any other, and doing so with  impunity at that.

So – – screen shots and a video on how NOT to do pull-ups following shortly on Twitter. Now remember I’m in mainland China where access to social media etc can be sporadic at best, so the best option is to “follow” me so you’ll be notified of new posts, videos etc automatically.

And the other reason of course I’m posting it is because it shows you how NOT to do pull-ups. Some folks (sad, but true) genuinely believe that this sort of pull-up is a real pull-up – – hint – – it is NOT – – I repeat – – NOT!

Last, but not least – – you don’t train to “impress others”. You don’t crank out handstand pushups to “be bigger than Joe Blow” and then pump and preen in front of said person. You don’t become a master at pull-ups – or anything at all – by doing it for the WRONG reasons!

You do so by doing it for the RIGHT reasons, my friend.

And any serious trainee worth his or her salt knows what I’m referring to.

My workout today was another 150 special – – 75 handstand pushups mixed in with 75 pull-ups and a few odds and ends – – and believe you me, NO pumping and toning was NEEDED at the at the end of it.

If anything, the “oohs and aahs” from the onlookers at the park in itself told me a story, hehe.

That’s the sort of thing YOU will get as well when you train like I do. Inner confidence GALORE – – and your inner BEAST unleashed – – ready to PLOW through life and it’s battles and emerge unscathed.

A real MAN – – a warrior with FEELING and COMPASSION – – not to mention GUTS in SPADES – – and a man who does the right thing regardless.

After you watch the video, take a minute to compose yourself and stop laughing.

Once you do – – grab BOTH the courses I’ve put out on pull-ups – – which show you how to do pull-ups the RIGHT way.

The first will get you started, and once you get started – and start to get good – start to work upon some of the stuff in the SECOND course.

Here they are –

  1. http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
  2. http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/

And always remember – you are NOT alone in your training. I’m with you – – as are millions of our brothers and sisters around the globe that take PRIDE AND HONOR in training sensibly – – and doing the RIGHT THING.

THAT, at the end of the day makes it ALL worth it, my friend. Oh YES – oh yessss – it DOES!

Amen!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – Instagram and Twitter are both great ways to stay in touch.

Twitter – – @0xcusesfitness

Instagram – – @0excusesfitness.

P.S. #2 – By the way, if you think you’ve seen it all in terms of pull-ups – – well – – think AGAIN. The advanced course on pull-us will give you variations of pull-ups you’ve likely never DREAMT of, let alone thought of (not to mention catapult you from your current pull-up level to SUPER STUD level). Check it out right HERE – –  http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/

Corrugated core

Dear reader,

I just got done with  my workout – and my abs are on FIRE. Quite literally – – or so it feels like, at any rate, especially the LEFT side of my body which I worked a little harder today apparently.

My front abdominals don’t feel like muscles or ridges of muscle. They feel like small rectangular blocks of CONCRETE embedded into my midsection – – running all the way up from my stomach to my groin.

In between, there are thin strands of muscle that feel as tough and yet as flexible as a steel band.

And my sides feel TORCHED to the extreme, not to mention my lower back. I don’t feel like I’ve got “muscles” running up my sides a.k.a. obliques although it may seem and “look” like I certainly do, but I feel like I’ve got BANDS of IRON running up and down my sides.

Tensile iron at that, willing to bend if needed. Ever ready to STRETCH and COIL – – and POUNCE if need be.

And you know what the great thing about all this is??

I’m not even tensing my abdominals to get this effect. This is a NATURAL effect – – yes – you read that right – – these are my “relaxed” abdominals!

Yes, you may think that ab muscles are only really supposed to be “hard” when they’re tensed, and YES, when you tense ’em – – they SHOULD BE rock solid – – but the point is that abs when trained well enough, and trained the way I train ’em are ALWAYS rock solid my friend.

Yes, if I tense my own abs – that degree of rock solid rises more than a few notches, but truth be told, I hardly ever need to do that.

And why?

Not just because I don’t primp and preen and have mirrors ready for “flexing and toning” like the pumpers and toners do. It’s because I don’t need to.

What do I  mean by this?

Well, a few weeks ago I made a trip to Hong Kong, and it was crowded on the way back to mainland China.

I  mean jampacked – – crowds jostling hither and thither as it were.

And as so often happens in these crowds, people are in a hurry, and before I knew it, I felt someone try to rush past me, and he ended up unwittingly elbowing me right in the midsection (left side if I recall correctly).

And he did so with some fair amount of force as well – – think swinging arms at full time as if he was “power walking”.

That pointy end of the elbow hit pretty hard – – but it just bounced off, and I didn’t even feel it.

More to the point though, HE felt it.

He looked back as if to say “what did I hit my elbow against!” and briefly rubbed it a couple of times before moving on.

You know what I mean now, don’t you?

He thought he had quite literally smashed his elbow into a wall of sorts, so rock solid was that upper ab that  he unknowingly hit – – and as for me? Might as well have been a rabbit or rubber ball bouncing off my midsection for all it felt like.

And THAT, my dear reader is the best part about all this.

So, how DID I get these abs from hell you ask?

Well – there are many ways to do ’em. Some advanced, some not – – and some, as I detail in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, fairly easy and stuff that anyone can probably begin to do.

But there is ONE exercise which works the best, my friend. ONE exercise – and it requires nothing other than your own body.

No, not even a chinning bar or a place to “hang” from – -just YOU, and the FLOOR (and maybe a handy pillow if you’ve got on).

This ONE exercise if done right and practiced religiously WILL give you the CARVED ABS look you so desperately want, my friend. And what’s more, it’ll do it within 15-20 minutes tops.

In fact, when most people start ONE minute or less is all they can do, and they can start to feel the difference within seconds (and I’m NOT kidding ya on that one).

This one exercise is the reverse pushup – something most people hardly ever do, and don’t have a clue on how to do.

And once you combine that with the BEST darn exercise I teach you – – well – – watch out, my friend – – You TOO will be on the sure shod path to obtaining ABS from hell – – and a CORRUGATED CORE as it were!

Most, if not all the information on how to do this on the Internet is flat out wrong – – but not to worry – – I’ve put out a course that not only tells you how to do this exercise, but gives you so many different variations on it that you could spend your entire lifttime working on them and still not be “sated”.

You can find it right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/products/pushups-reverse-pushups-the-best-darn-exercise/

And again – – you will not be able to find THIS info anywhere else on the Internet, my friend. There truly is NOT a product out there of this nature and caliber.

Order now – and watch dem abs start to materialize before your very eyes!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – I use the term “core” in this email, and rightfully so. It’s not “just about the abs”. It’s about building a rock solid and freakishly strong midsection – – carved abs are but ONE of the side effects – – the other being a strong, flexible and permanently pain free lower back. Hurry on over now and start exploring this amazing exercise right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/products/pushups-reverse-pushups-the-best-darn-exercise/