Your breath is – QUITE LITERALLY – your POWER!

Dear Reader,

Yes, you read that correctly! And it is NOT me that said it – well, I should say its not “just” me that says it – this saying has been around for ages. I believe fitness pioneer Paul Bragg was the one that said it, but it’s been oft repeated throughout the ages … and believe me, it holds WATER.

Let me repeat that as fact – your breath is quite literally your POWER!

Those of you that have bought into the modern day “gyms” and “muscle media” nonsense, along with the associated “blitz and pump till you “drop” (out of boredom than anything else)” routines will vociferously disagree, and thats fine.

If that’s you – please feel free to click away as this post is NOT for you.

On the other hand, if you’re part of the minority that DOES agree, read on, my friend. Read on.

Your breath is quite literally what skyrockets you to levels of accomplishment in any endeavor, and fitness is no exception.

My workout today was 500 squats and 250 pushups done in 45 minutes FLAT. Most people would be hard pressed to get past even 25-30 of the squats, let alone the rest of it (in that timeframe, at that).

There are those that argue “but we need cardio”, and for those people – well – believe me – when you can do this type of a workout STRAIGHT without too many breaks in the time frame I mentioned, you ain’t gonna need no cardio, my friend!

And not just that – your breath is really what keeps you going when the going gets tough.

Pound out a tough set of “wrestler” (or Hindu, as they are commonly called) squats with the breathing done correctly, and you’ll quickly find out that the legs, while being worked to the bone while doing these, are NOT the only body part helping you “rise” – or “explode” from the bottom portion of the workout.

It’s your whole body – specifically the ARMS – and most specifically, your BREATH! You literally “breathe up”, for lack of a better descriptor!

Might sound hard to believe, but it’s true, my friend, and those that have been doing squats the way I advocate, and the way they have been done for AGES know what I’m talking about.

And squats done this way are actually different from other exercises in that they get EASIER as you go along. I’ve often “croaked” my way through the first 50 -70 , done a few “jumping squats” and was at 500 after that before I knew it.

Your breathing just becomes more natural once you really “get into it”. Again, those that have DONE know what I’m talking about!

Boy oh boy – do I feel GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, and this “breathing stuff” is NOT some airy fairy yoga concept by the way.

You do not simply get results by sitting on “your posterior” and breathing in and out. Might be good to calm you down, but simply that alone by itself will accomplish little in the way of actual results or fitness.

No – you breathe correctly – and take SOLID ACTION – and being thats been the theme of the day thus far in terms of posts, I’ll close this one out here.

On a parting note though, that breathing effect was MAGNIFIED to the EXTREME during the last 50 reps of my workout, and for those of you that have been regular readers, you know the exercise I’m referring to here.

Those of you that have bought the videos know it as well. And for the rest of you – well – the time is NOW, my friend.

Time waits for no-one. Hurry up and grab your VIDEOS NOW, and watch your levels of fitness literally SOAR by the day!

All for now!

Best,

Rahul

P.S. : – 0 Excuses Fitness contains an entire CHAPTER DEDICATED to breathing. YES, it IS that darn important, my friend – https://0excusesfitness.com/the-book/ 

100 pull-ups a day

Dear Reader,

Just got done with reading my own book “Zero to Hero” and while I’m an avid and very voracious reader by nature, reading THIS particular book (written by yours truly) never ONCE FAILS to get me PUMPED up and READY TO GO!

Want inspiration? It’ll give it to you by the bucket load.

Tired of “trying to do things the hard way” (and truth be told, it does seem hard a lot of times) – and getting nowhere? Well, THIS book will show you how to achieve what you want with SEEMINGLY less effort – and believe me, while that is a self-help piece, ALL of what has been mentioned in there is applicable to FITNESS as well, my friend.

I’ll have the book up on this site on November 25th or thereabouts, but for now, if you’re interested, give me a shout via e-mail and I’ll direct you to the right place to make a purchase.

Back to fitness – and the 100 pull-ups – why do I mention this?

Well, first off because of the bit I wrote this morning about DOING as opposed to dreaming.

Second, because it was a goal I set for myself in 2016 after achieving the “previous” goal, which, and as I mention in the “Pull-ups – from DUD to STUD” book was more an “overall body” goal as opposed to simply pull-ups.

And guess what – YES – it took work. YES – it took determination. YES – it took HOURS of SLOG – but NONE OF THIS was as hard, or felt as hard as it sounds!

I used thick bars in the neighborhood park along with monkey bars to work these, and amazing as that might sound, this, combined with the ONE secret I mention in the pull-ups book got me to where I currently am in terms of pull-ups.

I still remember my skin literally “burning” as the hot metal literally “WORKED” into my palms (remember, this was in broad daylight during the hottest parts of the day as I was working nights at that stage).

Yes, it took FORTITUDE – but even this wasn’t the real key. The real key is what I mention in the “pre-requisites” part of the book, and it’s mentioned as the FIRST commandment (amongst the 10 commandments of successful physical training) as well.

And  believe you me, it WORKS.

Here are the two books I’ve spoken about –

And thats it for now, my friend. Back again later!

Best,

Rahul

P.S. – “Zero to Hero” will be available on THIS website very soon – November 25 to be precise – set your calendars NOW! In the interim, contact me via email if you choose to buy the book and I’ll be happy and offer you a “pre-launch” discount as well.

The difference between “dreamers” and “doers”

Dear Reader,

What I’m going to tell you here might come as a bit of a surprise, or even a “shock” of sorts, so buckle up – and STRAP in – because what I’m about to tell you applies as much to life as it does fitness in general.

Have you ever noticed there are way too many folks in this world that “want something”, but somehow never progress beyond the “want” stage?

We all “want” a six pack. We all “want” a fit and toned body. We all “want” to be doing what we love for a living, et al. The list goes on and on and on, and yet – here is the million dollar question – how many of us are actually DOING IT?

Now, a lot of folks might be nodding their heads in agreement at this point and saying “You’re right. Dreaming achieves nothing. It’s actions and willpower to carry out those actions that really count”.

And while you might be right to an extent, I would disagree.

It all starts with a dream, my friend. It ALL starts with a dream.

Those of you that have been following me for years know the story of how I was introduced to the hill (in China, which is where I was at the time) and how I literally felt like a TRUCK ran over me the first day I did it. That was way back in 2003, and the story was so inspirational that not only did it make it to my blog several times (and it’s been a regular part of ALL of my writings) – but it’s also made it to the blogs of other VERY WELL KNOWN folks in the fitness biz.

Anyway, that was way back in 2003. Fast forward to now, and while I did NOT climb that hill for long periods in the interim due to various reasons, I can easily “mosey up” that sucker four to five times without breaking a sweat – and watching the others around me “huff and puff” their way up the hill – something I did when I first started, of course, hehe.

Now, why am I telling you all this? How does it fit in?

Because it all starts with a dream, my friend. A dream fueled by PASSION – AMBITION – and THAT DREAM was then backed up by SOLID ACTION!

And the results are there for all to see.

You don’t have to be quite as extreme as climbing a steep hill multiple times – get this – between the hours of 12 noon to 3 P.M. (and when I did that, it was summer here in Southern China – believe me, the humidity levels here can be off the chart!), but you DO need to be a DOER.

And prioritize, my friend. Prioritize. A lot of folks complain (for example) about not being able to lose weight successfully, but the first place you find ’em in the bar is guzzling beer after beer and saying “I’ll get to it tomorrow” – and guess what – “tomorrow never comes”.

Again, make time for what  is important – really important. Most folks dont do this because this requires a hell of a lot of sacrifice – and courage – and this, ultimately is what separates the “practical dreamers” (a practice I highly advocate) from the “day dreamers” (which is an utter waste of time).

I once had a subscriber email me to tell me he didnt have the money to buy a product (that he wanted at the time) and that he would “do it a few months later”.

Well, guess what. When most folks say that, a “few months later” usually means NEVER. They click on away, and lose interest, and lose sight of whatever goal it was that briefly popped into their mind, but this guy didnt.

Sure enough, he emailed me a few months later and bought the product.

I didnt lose track of my goals when I woke up every morning at 5:30 A.M. to pound out pushups and squats “by the bazillions” and then put in a full day of work thereafter.

In other words – I DID. I didnt make sorry excuses of the highest order about “being too busy” or “not having the time”, or “having too many responsibilities” or any such rot (and believe me, I hear this nonsense on a daily basis).

I – JUST – DID IT!

And the results are there for all to see.

I recently set a goal to write 20,000 words a day (non fitness related) and guess what – I DID it, and my “beleaguered” (not really, hehe) publishers can attest to this as well.

I didnt moan and whine about “having to work”. I didnt complain about “not having time”.

I – JUST – DID IT!

Again – DREAM – and dream big – but then DO. I cannot emphasize this enough!

And for those of you that “dont know”?

Want to lose those extra inches around your waistline, but don’t know how? Or, perhaps you “know how”, but “it doesnt work as well as you thought” (for all you gym goers out there)?

Want to get a strong, cast iron, BLACKSMITH style grip?

Want to get better at pull-ups and bang ’em out by the rep?

Well, we’ve got you covered in ALL areas there, my friend – but you’ve got to be a DOER.

There is no such thing as SOMETHING for NOTHING. Remember this. Nothing is free in life, and funnily enough freebies come with an attached cost, which most folks never realize.

Dare to dream – and then DO.

Don’t “stay on the fence”. Start TODAY!

Best,

Rahul

P.S. – In terms of fitness, here is where you can start right NOW – https://0excusesfitness.com/products/. Again, the results in life come to DOERS – not merely DREAMERS. Get on the stick, stop “pondering” and start NOW!

P.S. #2 – Our social media URL’s are on the website and for those of you in mainland China, the links are in the footer section of the website. Feel free to share if you like!

P.S #3 – If you workout today, make it a super one!

New products – and a new LOOK!

Dear Reader,

Well, well, well. If you’ve been on this list/following the blog for any length of time, you’ll have noticed that we have been going through some major changes on this site (and also some “minor” tweaks to the old site – which, by the way, still “sits” at www.rahulmookerjee.com).

That site still has some GREAT stuff – not to mention the BLOG – so feel free to check it out for ADDITIONAL inspiration, my friends!

Now, despite the fact that my own workouts include NOTHING other than pushups, squats and bridging (well, these days, at any rate) a lot of you have been literally hankering for more books on various topics, and the most common question has been “Why don’t you put something out on pull-ups and the grip”?

Or “How can I build a grip like yours?” (I’m paraphrasing, but the post about my buddy and his comment about my grip prompted more than a few questions along that line!).

Now, I had put out products on these in the past, of course, and the old site still has ’em – but I figured I’d “get off my duff”, and RE-VAMP those new products with NEW information and my OWN personal experiences, and launch ’em again.

So I did – and on that note, and in terms of new products – well – we have not ONE, but TWO – BRAND NEW – and UPDATED products out on the site! 

And those, without further ado are

– Gorilla Grip

– Getting better at pull-ups; from DUD to STUD within the matter of a few weeks!

 

The first will help you develop the cast iron grip that I currently have, and truth be told, you could develop a cast iron grip even WITHOUT this particular manual – but for those of you (and you know who you are!) that are ALWAYS looking for something extra to add to the mix (kudos, by the way!) – well, here you go.

The second is for those trying to improve their pull-ups, and so valuable is the NEW information that I’ve added to this “pre existing” course that I’d recommend you to go ahead and order anyway even if you’ve got the old course.

Bear in mind, of course, that BOTH of these need to be followed along with a sensible, WELL BALANCED and overall body workout that will work the entire body as a whole as opposed to “working parts”.  I’ve mentioned this in both the courses, but it is so important that it bears mentioning again.

In other words – there is nothing wrong with focusing on your grip and pull-ups (heck, I did it myself a couple of years ago and got great results), but you need to do it the RIGHT way – and the manuals will show you exactly HOW.

And that, my dear reader is that for now.

Back again with more!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – MORE products available here – https://0excusesfitness.com/products/ 

That BULLET proof feeling!

Dear reader,

Do you know what I’m referring to?

That feeling of being INVINCIBLE – that feeling of being ALL CONQUERING (in terms of your own self, obviously).

That feeling of “being able to run through brick walls at a moment’s notice”.

And so forth. In short – that BULLET proof feeling you get – when you get done with a good, good, GOOD workout!

Man oh man, it feels so good! And the key thing is that it doesnt even take forever. You can literally workout from anywhere in between 10 to 50 minutes, and still get the same “energizing” effect from the workouts.

Of course, you get what you put into it – and if you go for longer, you will naturally GET more. ‘Tis but fact.

In any case, it was a 413 squat and 200 pushup day, the pushups done with a twist.

Quite literally – as some of them were “twisting” pushups where you literally “pivot” and rotate on one leg during the pushups – and for those that may scoff at this – I have this to say – TRY IT!

The other thing that I changed today was that I did supersets – except I did “double supersets” if that makes sense.

Supersets are normally when you do a max rep set of any exercise followed by another exercise immediately thereafter (usually one that hits the “opposing” muscles of the body if that makes sense).

Well – I did it in a slightly different manner. I did a set of pushups, then another set (different style  of pushups) – and then simply repeated the same thing.

Doesnt sound like much, but when you get to 200 reps and above, believe me, you start to feel it.

And feel it you will, my friend. Feel it you will – if you work out the 0 EXCUSES WAY!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – Here is where you can DIG INTO the 0 EXCUSES way – Products

I thought I’d stop at 250!

Dear reader,

Yes, you read that right. Should have said “squats” after that, of course, but then again, those of you that are regular readers of this BRUTALLY honest blog know that I did about 50 squats yesterday before calling it a day.

I predicted too, if you recall, that I’d have a SUPER squatting session today, and so it was, my friend – and if there is ANY further proof required in terms of why it’s good to change things up constantly, well, this (as well as plenty of other examples I’ve mentioned in the past) is a PRIME example.

But even I couldn’t predict just HOW super that workout would be.

Got to 250. Figured I’d pound out 50 more.

300. Keep going, soldier!

350. The breathing got EVEN DEEPER and EVEN MORE REGULAR, AND A HELL OF A LOT MORE RHYTHMIC – and yes – there is a SOLID darn reason for the capitalization(s)!

400. Keep going.

450. Jumping squats to finish things off, and what a finisher it was – 500 all in all. Oh BOY!

And lest you think that was all, NO, I did my pushups as well – 200 of them to be exact, and while I’m not going to detail the pushup workout here, regular readers will know fully well what it entailed.

Those that have read the book will CERTAINLY know what it entailed …

I did however change the breathing up and made it “slower” on some of the exercises, and believe me, that one variation hit my entire body in a completely different manner than even I expected.

And thats how it goes when you train. These are NOT, I repeat NOT “just bodyweight exercises”.  In fact I changed things up slightly in terms of the squats as well today, and even THAT variation hit my  legs in a far, far more intense manner than usual.

That variation is NOT mentioned in the book, and neither is it mentioned in the VIDEOS – although the videos are a MUST GRAB, there is no way I can cover everything in either the books or the videos, and one of the reasons being this – and this is something I delight in repeating over and over again – YOU KEEP LEARNING!

That’s right – YOU NEVER, EVER STOP LEARNING!

These are exercises you can do for your whole life, my friend, and NOT MASTER in their entirety.

Mastery, by the way is something you should shoot for and I’ve explained the reasons “ad infinitum” in my book. Far better to be a master at a “few trades” rather than the proverbial “jack of all trades”, and again, those that have actually “done the thing” know what I’m talking about.

And so it goes, my friend. So it goes.  Back to work now – and see you tomorrow!!

Best,

Rahul

Coming full circle

Dear Reader,

Oh, boy. There are so MANY titles I could choose for this post, and truth be told, I almost chose “a workout in reverse” and for good reason – although not the reason you might think.

I’ve written about workouts in reverse before, of course, which have consisted of nothing but the VERY BEST exercise you can do bar NONE – the reverse pushup, and this alone is enough to give most people the workout of their lives after a FEW (and I ain’t kidding) reps.

Believe me, ask the average “seasoned” gym goer to pump out even ONE of these – and chances are he won’t be able to do it.

If you are one of those people, not to worry – a WILL is all that is required, and if you’ve got that – well – here is how you implement that will – Reverse pushups – the BOOK!

Anyway, I could have also titled this point “change things up”, as that is precisely what I did today. I changed up the order and rep counts, and curiously enough, came “full circle” to when I first put the 0 Excuses Fitness videos out there, and at that point I was doing 50 squats and 250 pushups as part of my routine and those that have bought the videos know what I am talking about.

(Smart choice, by the way!)

Of course, those videos feature easier forms of pushups, but from the feedback I’m getting even those are enough to give a lot of you a killer workout, and truth be told, you are RIGHT. Even the simplest exercises, TWEAKED correctly can GIVE YOU a HELLATIOUS workout, and I ain’t kidding ya on that one.

Changing things up is something I highly recommend both in my book and my blog posts, not to mention  my other writings, and this is key to achieving in LIFE as well – not just your workout reps, my friend.

Those of you that have been following this blog know I’ve been pounding between 300-450 squats daily, but today was a 50 rep day – and I’ve NO doubt in my mind that tomorrow is going to be a 400-500 day.

Stay tuned for that!

Anyway, coming full circle it is indeed, and in more ways than one, my friend. In more ways than one including my rep counts on the exercises, and on that very esoteric note (and yes, esoteric is indeed what is!) I’ll “leave you be for now”.

Very best!

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – Conceive; Believe; ACHIEVE!

 

Spread the legs!

Dear reader,

And no, it’s NOT the way you think, and NO, right off the bat, this is NOT about what most folks think of when the above statements made – although strangely enough, and you’ll see what I mean once you read through this, the “what you are most likely thinking” DOES fit into it.

One of the hidden keys, and again, bar none (and again, amongst so many I keep giving you on a regular darn basis) is to spread the legs while exercising – or more accurately, the INNER thighs.

When you do your squats, adopt a position that makes you get the MOST out of your inner thighs, GROIN muscles, and hips. The same holds true for many different varieties of pushups that I advocate on, and again, a damn near DAILY basis.

And the same thing holds true for bridging, or just about any stretch you do.

When you do this, you don’t just improve your performance in said exercises.

You also –

  • Open up the hips and thighs (yes, yes, but it is so important it bears repeating).
  • You loosen and stretch the hamstrings, and when you do BOTH this and the above, you LITERALLY open your body up to more life force.
  • And #3 – how do you think life is birthed anyway? Yeah, I know. Sounds strange, but it ties in, does it not??

Think about – and DO the above the next time you workout. You might or might not make it to 325 squats and 250 pushups in 45 minutes flat, but you may get pretty near.

Or, even beyond. Who knows?

Give it a SOLID shot, and let me know!

Best,

Rahul