Long vs short workouts
- One man's is indeed another man's poison!

Dear Reader,

So, I’ve been getting in some great, great workouts as of late – workouts that I’ve written to you about.

Workouts that include pull-ups, pushups (of varying natures as I include in the System) – and of course, plenty of other movements that are shown in “Eat More – Weigh Less” – movements that take less than a minute or so if done correctly.

Movements that start to fry the fat off your body within a few SECONDS of starting the movement if you’re new to it – and if you don’t believe me?

Well – just crack open the book and DO the thing – and as Emerson so rightly says, you’ll not only have the power by doing the thing – but you’ll be sweating from head to toe within a few minutes and will be getting the workout of your LIVES.

I know this – it’s cold where I’m at right now – and I was sweating like a fat man at a free dance after just THREE minutes of a routine I did the other day!

Anyway, thats not a long workout, is it?

Three minute workouts – or EIGHT minute workouts – that tax the entire body – and build strength, muscle and fitness in an all in one combo package. Not a bad deal, methinks!

On the other hand, what about my other “150 pull-up – 100 handstand pushup workouts”  – – or a variant of these – – or a variant of what I mention in Battletank Shoulders, for instance?

I’d be lying to tell you that THOSE workouts took less than 10 minutes. In fact, there have been times I’ve worked out for hours on just a few of these variations, and come back at the end of it all feeling like a trillion bucks.

And I continue to do these type of workouts today, of course!

A reader who was impressed by some of the numbers I post about wrote back with an interesting question.

Rahul,

How long do your current workouts actually take? In the 0 Excuses Fitness System (a great product by the way, thanks) your workouts are short and leave you perspiring fairly quickly. I couldn’t even do some of the exercises you mention in the System, but will be working upon them for sure!

You write about doing pull-ups these days. I’m currently unable to do a single pull-up – but when I am – how long would these workouts take? Are long workouts actually better than short workouts and can I benefit MORE from these type of workouts?

I’m curious to know more about it all.

Thanks,

Rostan

Well – Rostan – thats a great question indeed, and I’ve answered part of it above already – but I’ll give you the “full scoop” now!

First off, my current workouts include both LONG and short workouts.

If I’m pressed for time and need a quick workout that burns fat off my body like crazy – – and gives me a solid upper body and core workout while I’m at it, then my eight minute workouts – -or my 0 Excuses workouts – – or even my Eat More – Weigh Less workouts are what I go for.

However, to me working out – and time spent exercising is more than just physical activity.

It is my zone out time. It is my “MY” time – it is, in other words, a time and space where I retreat into every day – when NO-ONE and nothing can disturb me – and this holds true for external thoughts as well.

Sort of like a meditative state as it were if that makes sense – and for those of you that know what I’m talking about – well – hats off – – that is exactly what working out should be about – whether long or short!

And if I’m doing pull-ups etc – and especially handstand pushups – then it becomes hard to fit in BIG numbers in small times.

Do you HAVE to crank out 100 pull-ups a day like I do?

No – but it sure is nice to be able to do ’em if you want – and to do ’em, you’ll have to TRAIN for them and that will naturally take time.

Ditto for the exercises in the 0 Excuses Fitness System. When you first start, you’ll have to train for them – and that’ll naturally take some time.

The key thing is this – don’t get too hung up on numbers or time at the get -go – and certainly do NOT focus on the “three hour long” pump’n’tone routines the trainers at the gym advise.

It isn’t so much about the time spent – it’s more about what you GET out of the time – and how you USE the time you have available to you.

And your goals, of course. If you’re looking to get into the sort of “Zen like” meditative state I sometimes get into while doing Hindu pushups, for instance, then this can be accomplished in as less as 3 minutes – and you can go on up to half an hour (I kid you NOT) in this same movement.

BOTH workouts have their benefits. BOTH fry fat off your body at record speeds. BOTH give you a tune up from the inside out …and BOTH work, my friend.

At the end of the day, ’tis all up to your goals – and that’s all it really boils down to!

Thanks again for asking – – and being this is a question others have asked, I figured I’d answer it here!

Well, my friend, that’s IT for now. Make sure to get your workout in this Monday – I care not if it’s long – or short – or in the middle. It’s about working SMART – not necessarily LONG – and that applies to those of you stuck in a cube as well!

Best,

Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. –  I posted once about certain things EVERY man (there is a REASON I’m  underling “man”!!) should be able to do (as said by old time strongman and fitness pioneer Earlie Liederman) – and chinning yourself 25 times in succession was one of these. Most people can’t even hold on to a chinning bar for any  length of time –  let alone complete ONE pull-up – or chin -up – and as for reps??

“In my dreams”, as one reader so adroitly put it!

The good news is I’ve got just the remedy right here – – and it’s a remedy that has worked for tons of folks before – – and a remedy that will work for YOU too . Here it is – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/

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