Since I’ve been writing about clothes, and clothing sizes in the past few emails, today’s email (or the subject line, at any rate) should come as NO surprise.
We hear about the “V” shape quite often in terms of fitness, don’t we?
The broad shoulders and muscular, sinewy “bat wing” like lats spreading out to form that “fan shape” along the back – – which is basically what gives you that “V” shaped upper body and torso.
But something NOT talked about a lot – and yet (oddly enough) something that most people crave is the “X” shape.
That basically means your body forms an “X” – – with everything and more that’s included in the “V” shape – – but with a trim and toned core and muscular thoroughbred LEGS to boot as well (and yes, the calves do count!).
THAT shape is what you should be aspiring towards, rather than simply the “V” shape as it’s basically what’ll give you the “droolworthy” (or “beach body”) that most people crave.
I should know. Ever since I’ve returned to India after a long, long “hiatus”, I’ve been having people come up to me and stare at me in amazement and make comments like “Wow! You’re looking like a different man altogether!”.
“You’re looking STRONG!”
“You’ve got that sexy back taper which women love!” (N.B. – That was NOT one of the reasons behind my working for that X shape, but I suppose it’s a welcome side effect!).
And most recently, about half an hour or ago ago, my wife slapped me heartily on the shoulder blades – – a tad bit harder than usual, hehe.
“NOW you’re getting stronger!”
This deserved a riposte, given I’ve been into fitness for years, and I riposted almost immediately.
“Huh? Just NOW? What about last year when we saw each other? I was banging out 100 pull-ups per workout then and …”
But as I said this, I knew she was right.
As of late, my triceps and shoulders have grown in size, strength and solidity – – and my traps have grown enormously as well.
What HASN’T grown though is my midsection – – hence my emails over the last few days about clothing sizes.
And hence the “X” taper which YOU can get too, my friend – – and one of the secrets to getting this taper is NOT what you’d think it is.
It’s NOT doing pull-ups, though those help for sure.
Handstand pushups are great, but there’s plenty more you need to work at for that “carved” core and lat spread/shape.
(Side note – – the handstand pushup course is a must have though if you’re looking for those “shoulders like boulders” that complement the “X” shape perfectly – – and here is where you can get it – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/)
And I’ll give you a tip right here – – work on the REVERSE pushups mentioned in 0 Excuses Fitness – – as well as the best darn exercise there is – – BEFORE you start cranking out pull-ups etc.
(You can grab 0 Excuses Fitness right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/)
Believe me now and trust me later, done correctly and with the right breathing/from this ONE exercise has the potential to turn you into a fitness machine that you never dreamed you could be – – and quickly, at that.
It’s not uncommon to hear folks reporting dropping waist sizes within a few DAYS of trying out this one exercise along with a few others, my friend.
Anyway, that’s it for today from 0 Excuses HQ. It’s been a relaaxxxxxxxeeeed day, the highlight of which was watching my four year old have a mini-wrestling contest with a few of her classmates at basketball class.
Apparently they weren’t passing her the ball, and guess who got punched straight in the thigh after class, hehe.
If you guessed yours truly – you’d be right – but hey – I’m teaching her to box – so I’ve got only myself to blame!
Well my friend, that’s all for now. I’ll be back again later!
P.S. – Damn, I almost forgot to ask you what I’ve been meaning to over the past few days. I’ve been talking a lot about X shapes, pull-ups, and everything under the sun – – but over the next few emails, I’ll do something a little different. I’ll try and answer YOUR questions – – and what I want to ask you is this – – WHAT is your biggest fitness challenge right now? WHAT are you currently struggling with fitness wise – – or perhaps even “life wise”?
Write back in this regard – – with any questions or comments you might have – – and I’ll try and cover ’em in the next few emails!
P.S. #2 – Still haven’t got the handstand pushup video down. Bear with me though – it’s definitely on the “to-do” list!