A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend of mine Charles about this, that – and everything in between, and generally “shooting the bull” as it were.
I told him how I used to be big – really big -or should I say FAT – back in the day.
“No, I’m not kidding. I used to be around 120 kgs or so back in the day – and YES, a lot of it was FAT”.
And I sent him a couple of pictures of me back in the day with the addendum – YES – I DID continue to train – and YES – “bigger” folks (he often, as many people do, tends to equate “fat” with “big”) CAN do pull-ups, handstand pushups etc.
That above question is something I’ve covered before (specifically here amongst other places), but for now, another question folks often have of me is this – why do you put your “bigger” look on the cover of some of your better selling products?
For instance, Pull-ups – from Dud to STUD within a matter of WEEKS has a Rahul in a “bigger” avatar (if I might say so) pounding out pull-ups galore, and the advanced course has a far more sleeker, cat like version of me on the cover.
Ditto for the the book on handstand pushups – – and the advanced version – – Battletank Shoulders (that one is an absolute MUST if you’re look to build them cannonball delts my friend).
And why don’t I have the slimmer version on all the covers?
Well, first – because I don’t do any of this for vanity. The cover pictures are what they are for a reason – the main being to show my readers that being “big” (or even fat) is NOT an excuse not to work out – and is NOT a reason why they cannot do advanced bodyweight stuff.
And no, that ain’t an excuse to be fat – far from it – but it IS a wake up call to all of those who think it’s ok to be a sloth bear and complain that “bodyweight stuff is impossible to do for those of us that are bigger” – and continue to delude themselves that hoisting a barbell overhead in a set range of motion is a better way to build strength and muscle.
And now, where we we??
Ah yes – the topic of today’s email – how did I get so “thick” (and yes, some of that was fat – but a lot was muscle) back in the day with just bodyweight stuff?
No, I did not lift weights – although many thought I did.
No, I did NOT use dumbells, sandbags or kettlebells, and no, I did not entirely stop cardio.
The key was this – and it was very simple, actually.
I didn’t do near as much cardio back then as I did now – and I ATE a lot more – and continued workouts in a vein similar to what I do NOW sans a lot of the hiking etc – and thats all there is to it.
Thats right. You heard me. That is ALL there is to it!
Folks, it isn’t rocket science, and YES, you can get BIG – and THICK on bodyweight routines and my own experience proves this.
Other hand, you can get RIPPED, lean and mean – and CUT – – and my experience proves this as well.
I have to admit the thick look didn’t appeal to me as much as it does a lot of people, so I quickly reverted back to the lean and mean look – and right now, that is where I am – and that is what I recommend – but since a lot of people want to be thick and strong – I’m here to tell you – that YES – that can be done too with bodyweight stuff!
Take your pick -the sky is the limit!
In the meantime, remember that external looks are just that – external. Whether you look like an all in wrestler (my daughter claimed I did a few days ago) – or whether you look like a movie star – or whether you just looked ripped and strong – it matters NOT at the end of the day.
Your HEALTH – from the inside out – is what really matters and that, my friend, is as simple as it gets.
So that’s it for today! If you’re reading this from mainland China and are still stuck at home due to the C-virus – well – special mention to y’all – make sure and pick up a copy of the 0 Excuses Fitness System – and get in great, immunity boosting, strength building and stamina boosting workouts right in the privacy of your living room.
As for the rest of you – no excuses either – get on the stick NOW!
P.S. – I referred to Battletank Shoulders earlier on in this email – and if you’re one that aspires to elite, world class levels of shoulders and upper back BRUTE STRENGTH that most can only DREAM of – then pick up the course right here – – https://0excusesfitness.com/battletank-shoulders/