While talking to my wife sometimes during the last couple of days, she made a comment that was telling not just due to “what” she said, but the hidden import behind it.
I was wearing one of my workout vests as usual – that being my preferred means of clothing here ALL day due to the extreme heat — and I was discussing fitness with her, I think.
I was talking about staying in shape despite NOT having access to the hill I used to on a daily basis in China – – and despite NOT having access to some of the other “tools” I used there.
And she turned around, looked at my back and shoulders and said this – – “Your back and shoulders look really nice! They’re filling out even more than they were before, and look really nice!”
At first I couldn’t believe this.
I mean, if anything I’d expect my gains to go down – a little, at least – right?
I’ve got no access to ‘dem tools, and yet I’m getting BETTER with each workout here?
Well, it sure feels like it, and from what my wife said, it sure looks like it as well!
Now, as most of you reading this aware, that “X” shape I’ve written about before is much coveted by most people, and for good reasons.
Even if you’re not interested in pure health and fitness, there is NOTHING that looks better than broad, strong muscular shoulders tapering down to a narrow waist — supported all the way by mountainous traps and ridges of muscle all along your spine and mid-lower back as well.
Muscle that is as DENSE and strong as it looks. Muscle that gives your entire back that “broad” look and when combined with the shoulders – – blends in perfectly for the “X” shape.
And while y’all might think pull-ups are the only key – think again.
Sure, I do pull-ups here – but I do far LESS of them to be honest.
Sure – I do dips – and handstand pushups – and everything I’ve written about before, but I do the same reps on these two exercises.
(BTW – handstand pushups are HIGHLY recommended if you want to build a solid, wide “barn door like” back. Learn how to do them CORRECTLY right HERE – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/).
So whats with the “better shape”?
Well, I’ve been going back to the basics for one – – and I’ve been blending it in with the advanced stuff I do on a regular basis.
Going back to the basics is highly recommended, my friend – highly recommended – even if you’re an advanced strength athlete. And in my case this means I’m pounding out WAY more pushups – and reverse pushups – and table pushups – and so forth than I used to normally – and the results are showing.
Along with that, of course, I’m hitting the heavy bag regularly – and if you’ve ever thought about why boxers have such a superb build, well, you’ve got part of the answer right HERE.
So that, my friend – is today’s tip – worth it’s weight in GOLD as well. NEVER ignore the basics – and always emphasize the basics every so often. You’ll find it well worth your while!
The pushups I’m mentioning are all straight out of 0 Excuses Fitness, and can all be found right here — http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
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