Back in the day, when I was in China I’d often go in for sports and other forms of medicinal massages.
I’d get prodded, pummelled, kicked, twisted and even spun (NO, this are NOT the “naughty” massages you’re thinking of!) – and I’d emerge from every “session” feeling like I had a workout unto itself – and feeling like a billion bucks.
The importance of massage for proper recovery as well as ADDED muscle growth and tendon repair cannot be overemphasized – provided it’s done correctly, and the massage practitioner KNOWS what he/she is doing.
I’ve also been to plenty of “blind massages” in China where they have semi-blind folks work on you – and believe me, the magic some of these guys can work on your entire body is beyond belief – especially if you’re used to the “groping” style of most Western massages.
Anyway, many a times, I’d have young, tough girls working on me – girls that were literally less than half my size – – and girls that had grips as strong as gorillas – – or damn near close to it!
And part of the massages I went to entailed getting the entire shoulder joint massaged in a “probing” manner that was EXTREMELY painful at the time – and yet, after the session, you felt like a billion bucks when it was over.
I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I had shoulder issues galore back in the day when I used to lift weights and throw in bodyweight stuff as an “afterthought”. Big time.
Oh man, I still remember the PAIN that I felt when these tiny girls literally dug their thumbs into a certain area of the shoulder socket and literally “worked out” the tension lying underneath – it was all I could do to stop myself from screaming out!
And yet – the shoulder WORKED – and was pain free – after each session.
Fast forward a few years, and the good news is this – you could damn near take a drill to my shoulders and I’d still be fine.
OK – not literally- but you get my drift!
And this amazing recovery didn’t come about through resting – or “not doing any strenuous shoulder work” – or not stretching – or “lifting weights in a certain position” – or doing any of the other rubbish the so-called-experts recommend.
It in fact came about by doing an exercise that most modern day “gurus” rail against – and an exercise that folks have been doing for CENTURIES in countries such as India and China to build overall health, strength and wellness in the upper body – as well as unrivaled and unparalleled PEACE of mind when done correctly.
What is this exercise, you ask?
Well, it’s one of the cornerstones of the 0 Excuses Fitness training regimen.
It’s one of the MOST misunderstood and therefore incorrectly performed exercises – and if done incorrectly, it has the potential to cause damage.
Other hand, if you do it correctly, the benefits are almost beyond belief. You’ll not only build inhuman strength throughout your entire upper body and back – but you’ll also build MASSIVE, and (for the modern day man ) most importantly PAIN free shoulders that are every bit as strong as they look.
Lower back issues will be a thing of the past, and if you’re looking for a six pack to boot? Well, you’ll get it once you progress to higher repetitions in this exercise without even trying!
Not to mention the increased awareness and clarity – – and peace of mind you’ll get from doing this one exercise … awareness that will literally transport you into another DIMENSION as you workout, and will build laser like focus on goals and other objectives in your life.
What is it, you ask?
Well, it’s the Hindu pushup, my friend – an exercise that has been around for ages, and if there ever WAS an exercise (along with the handstand pushup) that will make MEN out of BOYS – it is this.
Most gym gorillas do well to even get into and hold this position for any length of time – let alone pound out reps.
Most seasoned fitness fanatics, Crossfitters, bodyweight fanatics and triathletes are humbled at around 10 reps – or less – when they first try this exercise.
Believe me now and trust me later, if there is one exercise that truly gives you mammoth bang for you buck, it is THIS one!
But beware – form is paramount on this exercise, perhaps way more so than the other exercises I recommend.
And the way the Hindu pushup is taught by most so called experts and those who claim to be knowledgeable on the issue makes me want to literally puke.
Not only do these spurious and incorrect techniques not work – they achieve the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve – that being strong and pain free shoulders for LIFE.
So make sure you learn this great exercise from those that KNOW how to do it – and make damned sure you DO it on a regular basis as well.
Once you go “Hindu” in this regard, you’ll never go back, hehe.
P.S. – If shoulder strength and health is your thang, then the handstand pushup is yet another exercise you simply must master. Here is where you can get the “skinny” on dat – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/