Is my strength concentrated in one finger? Hehe.
- Now this is an interesting one!

My buddy from the Marines, him of “I’ve never met anyone with an unnatural, kungfu like grip”- more on the Gorilla Grip and Gorilla Grip (Advanced!) pages on this … had an interesting insight on my grip which he often made, but I never shared here until today, not because I did not want to, but because, well, it just struck me now.

He made the comment about “your strength is in this finger” – and then pointed out the area under the ring finger on my palm.

Now, I’ve no idea if this is true, but it IS true that that area and the area under my middle finger is often the most heavily calloused, so that would make sense.

But really speaking, when you do thick bar grip work, I’d say ALL areas of the wrist, palm and forearms get strengthened – if there one area I was slacking off on somewhat when I first met him, and I’ve mentioned this before?


Yes, my friend, even yours truly stud who could do 100 pull-ups per workout easy peasy lemon squeezy no problemo – one fine afternoon I dealt with a Bozo who claimed “I should work my mind more than the body” – and then took off for the hills suddenly after I turned my back to him and pumped out 7 more pull-ups as an answer.

“Why do you do this” he kept pestering me, like dude, it’s none of your damned business, and training the mind and body – well, they go together.

As Marc the African Silverback Gorilla later commented, and he was right “he’s pestering someone whose actually DOING something, not just sitting around talking”.

He was right.

But anyway, after that day – or I think two days later, I dont know, one fine afternoon I tested myself on pushups.

Man, I was shocked I could barely pop off 15!

I did them, sure.

But the soreness I felt in the middle of my back, lower lats – all of that told me something very important, some very important learning I’ve been trying to pass on to everyone ever since.

A customer once submitted to me that no amount of pushups would rectify an inability to do pull-ups if the person unable to do them was a phat phocker, or someone with strength to weight ratio not quite right.

He was spot on, I’ve said many times that if you’re phat – if you’ve got more flabbage around the waist then you should – if you’re phat and call yourself “big” – well, there is no exercise that exposes this as RUTHLESSLY as the ole pull-up, my friend.

Thats why everyone wants to do ’em, most can’t.

The pull-up is RUTHLESS when it comes to exposing this sort of thing.

Ouch, I know that hurt from some reading this, but it’s true.

That said – if you’re in shape otherwise, then pushups and the ones I detail specifically in “Pull-ups – from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!” – and especially those in Shoulder like BOULDERS! will help you get better at pull-ups – no questions asked there pally.

So will some of the animal movements detailed in that first book up there and in Animal Kingdom Workouts.

But …


I’ve often said pull-ups are great, you should do ’em, but pushups BE the BIG DOG of fitness, bro.

And being a stud at pull-ups doesnt necessarily, even in my case when I was super fit with a resting pulse of I think less than 50, 65 kgs weight at a height of 5’9″ (which is what I am now, so I keep getting classified as underweight) … translated into pushup ability.

You simply MUST do pushups.

And thats the secret I mention in Gorilla Grip at the START of the book which some idiots got pissed off with.

One review said this.

“The author claims to have gotten a better grip by doing NO pull-ups for several months, but he doesnt mention how”.

No, you idiot, I do mention it, you just didnt read it, or chose to ignore it because it did not suit your agenda.

(he was some bozo “deciding if books on Amazon, not just mine by the way were worth the price”. One of those “do gooder ” moron sorts who have nothing better to do in their own lives basically).

And that was the missing part.

Pushups, my friend, especially fingertip pushups – target the grip in an unique way nothing else can, no, they alone will not build a corsucating grip, but they’re an integral part of doing so, and they should be a part of every damn workout you do.

I dont care if you do clubs, pull-ups, swimming, whatever it is – all good, but figure out a way to include at least 100 pushups per workout in your routine, my friend, its just that simple.

And that, my friend, is the moral of the story.

Back soon.


Rahul Mookerjee

PS – My buddy also told me this “You’ve got the grip! Once you get him to the floor, it’s OVER” .

Sure, if you do it black Mamba style… hehe. More on that later.

But anyway – Pushup Central is a course that even the haters, even a certain Glyn Bozo included have had no option but to give rave reviews to – and in Bozo Schofield’s case he whined about it being boring, but not any of the other inane comments he’s made on the other books – just goes to show you how brutal this book is.

Testimonial –

Since you’re in the mood for asking,  I’m asking when you’re going to put out a book on static holds like what you talk about in your recent pushups book.  The pushups book is awesome!  Why?  Because the F…ing exercises and workouts are hard as HELL!  That’s why!  I hate workout books that don’t challenge you.  I think I also asked you once before to put out a plyometric calisthenics book as well.  DO IT!  Your stuff is the best.  You are the real deal, which is why I don’t mind paying the higher than normal prices for your books.  I’m also glad that you now put them on Kindle because I have no more room for paper books in my small apartment .


Keep up the good work

(Charles Mitchell – after the initial testimonial beneath)

Got your new push up book off Amazon.  Very impressed!  Was a little hesitant due to the price, but once I got it I was not disappointed!  Just like all the other books I’ve bought from you in the past It’s great!  If I’m ever able to master the fingertip versions of all these push ups I will have hands like sledge hammers and fingers like steel!  Keep up the good work, and start working on a book of training unilaterally, one arm, one leg, etc.  I look forward to this in the future.  Using various progressions, you will truly build incredibly powerful indestructible human beings.

And that, pally , is truly THAT.

Get the book NOW – Pushup Central (available in HARDCOVER too now I believe…)

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