So as summer is upon us here in Southern China (in more ways than one, hehe, but I’ll save that for another time) – the heat and humidity just continues to shoot through the roof.
It’s becoming increasingly tougher to complete the same workouts out there – but when I DO finish each workout, I get a sense of satisfaction that is unparalleled.
That feeling of having conquered the peak – AGAIN – and having DONE IT despite ….
I’m sure you know the feeling I’m talking about, eh?
Anyway, as I said yesterday I’ve made several adjustments to my training routine – and to my sheer amazement, I’m doing LESS – and gaining a lot MORE!
I’ve basically broken my routine down now into three parts – hill sprints/walks (that being regular cardio mixed in with INTENSE short bursts – a time tried and tested method to melt fat off your body at warp speeds) – pull-ups for the upper body – and stretching at the end of it all (with emphasis on the hamstrings).
And that’s ALL I’m doing these days.
That’s right – just ONE exercise for the upper body – the PULL-UP – my trusty favorite, and as I banged out reps this morning, I was amazed to see how effortless 10 reps were – despite only knocking out 25 per workout these days!
Now, this doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with having a goal of doing a 100 pull-ups per workout. I had it for years, but these days, at this time of the year I’m scaling back – and yet – despite the sheer reduction in numbers, my performance is going through the ROOF on this one exercise.
Sylvester Stallone, a naturally small guy was once asked what the secret was to getting – and looking – huge.
Think RIPPED huge as he looks in the Expendables – and Rambo IV (and probably V too).
And his answer was simple, and one I whole heartedly agree with.What was that, you ask? What exactly did Sly say?
“Work the forearms, traps and shoulders HARD” was his simple advice.
“You’ll start to look huge – especially the smaller guys that want to look bigger!”.
And it’s true, my friend. It’s true – and the pull-up (along with the handstand pushup) is the #1 exercise out there that’ll do this.
Now note that my choice of exercises that I mentioned above might not work for you.
A beginner, for instance, might well do good concentrating on ONE main exercise per workout – for example, perhaps the Hindu Squat – and concentrate more on DIET and a steady dose of gentle walking to start to strip the fat off.
Or, you might want to focus on a 100 pushups per workout as the main workout.
Or … whatever works the best for you.
The key is this – know your body – test – experiment – and figure out what exercises give YOU the maximum bang for your buck – within the shortest period of time – and then work those into a well balanced schedule.
So that’s how I’m training these days. It’s working great – and it’ll work great for you too if you give it a honest shot!
Let me know how it goes.
P.S. – By the way, be sure to check out the book on pull-ups that has literally gravitated many of you from “zero” to “hero” status at pull-ups – – https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/