When to listen to your body

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Dear Reader,

I’ve been hitting it hard and heavy ever since I returned to India.

As mentioned I don’t have a hill near me – but that hasn’t in any way, shape or form diluted the intensity or effectiveness for that matter of my workouts and routines.

And I’ve been sooooorrree over the past few days – pretty much because I’ve taken the pullups to ANOTHER level altogether – some of which has been mentioned in my advanced course on pull-ups – and some of which has NOT (including muscle-ups etc).

Think about a 150 pull-ups per workout – including other things – and done in a slow, steady manner … for starters, hehe.

While all this might sound very interesting and you might be tempted to jump right in, the truth is that these are advanced workouts – and workouts most folks are NOT ready for – but the good news is you CAN start somewhere and in terms of pull-ups, here is where you need to make that start – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

Anyway, I slept well last night. REAL well. I can’t remember sleeping this well in ages, for that matter.

And when I woke up this morning, I was still sore.

Relaxed, but sore.

As I headed on to complete my morning routine before beginning my workout, I quickly realized it was “that kind of day”.

The kind of day where you just “know” that  your recovering – recuperating – and that you probably will NOT be able to give it your best in terms of your exercises.

And as I sat down, and analyzed this feeling to make sure it was NOT just pure laziness, my shoulder twinged.

Just a teeny weeny little twinge in the shoulder joint, but that was proof enough. I’ve been getting this twinge on and off for the past few days, and it’s time to REST, my friend – and to recuperate – at least for a few hours.

I then evaluated the rest of my body. Curiously enough although pull-ups have been forming the bulk of my routine these days – my TRICEPS are the next “sorest” part of my body – and it’s not simple soreness.

It’s exhaustion -with everything else going on, my body needs some time to recuperate. And it’s all good – I’ve given it that today.

And if I didn’t give it that rest?

Sure, I could have plouged on through my workout. But I wouldn’t get near the same results.

Even if I did, the most important part is this – I’d end up feeling even more run down than before, and that ain’t a good thing.

The entire point of a workout (other than the physical aspects) is to FEEL like a trillion bucks – – and if any workout of mine doesn’t accomplish said result, I take a step back and analyze WHY.

And in many cases, it’s as simple as knowing when to listen to your body, my friend. It’s something that’ll come naturally to you as you advanced in the routines and exercises I teach.

I slept in for another couple of hours – and woke up later feeling great. ON TOP of the world – and this is different from the “lazy” sleep in where you don’t really feel like a billion bucks after waking up.

This is more like a “well deserved” rest after days of fatigue inducing, muscle building and blubber roasting workouts – – and it’ll be a relaxed Monday for sure.

Of course, part of what adds into the relaxed Monday feeling is that I work from home – on my own timings. My business has allowed me that freedom, and I am ETERNALLY grateful to have a biz that allows me to work on my own times without any restrictions.

Anyhow, another interesting little tidbit to note is this – – I’ve recently purchased a punching bag.

Yes, a punching bag – and a heavy duty one at that. Yours truly will be getting to back to his “Oman” days where he hit the bag on a regular basis, and though nothing can quite compare to the 0 Excuses stuff I do, hitting the bag regularly (and in proper form) is something I highly recommend for everyone, regardless of current fitness levels.

Who knows – I may even put out a course on it down the road!

Anyway – that, my friend is THAT for now. My daughter seems to be about as relaxed as I am, and it’s time to get her ready for the day, hehe.


Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – That course I mentioned on pull-ups is a must grab, and here is where you can get yer paws on it – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

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