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Pull Over Tutorial - How To Pull Over In 3 Easy Steps!

Bar Pull Over Tutorial – How To Pull Over In 3 Easy Steps! (Calisthenics & Street Workout)

My Dudes!

Hope your day is going awesome!

In the last post I shared the 3 exercises that will help you get a muscle up.

One of those exercises was the pull over & today I wanna talk more about it.

Pull overs are:

  • Easy to learn
  • They look super cool
  • And most likely you aren’t doing them. (you can see me doing them here & here)

I made a video tutorial about them and you can see that here:

Here is the Pull Over Tutorial in 3 Steps: 💪🏽

  1. Do half a pull up
  2. Get your hips on the bar
  3. Once up let gravity do its work and make your legs fall back

It is a simple move but the biggest thing that will be tough for you will be to force your hips onto the bar.

You might not get the pull over in the first try (It personally took me 2 weeks but I didn’t have any guidance) but if you try this move hard enough you should be able to get it in one day.

Last week I was teaching this move to one of my friends at the gym and after 1 hour of failed attempts & struggling with getting his hips on the bar he finally got it.

I know you can do it too!

Lastly, if you have ever wanted to do muscle ups, this exercise will help you tremendously to achieve them.

Coming down from a pull over is basically a reverse muscle up so it is a fantastic progression.

That’s it today, watch the pull over tutorial, practice it & let me know when you get this exercise down.

Can’t wait to see you monkeying around everywhere! 🐒

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Muscle Up Motivation - Don't Give Up

Wanna Muscle Up? – Do These 3 Exercises

Yo Yo!

Hope you are having a killer ⚔️ weekend & having fun with holiday festivities.

Since it’s almost Christmas I wanna give you the gift of strength & help you achieve calisthenics skills.

I’ve gotten a few questions about the muscle up so today I wanna share 3 key exercises that will help you achieve a muscle up.

These exercises are:

  • Weighted & Explosive Pull Ups
  • Bar Pull Overs
  • Straight Bar Dips

I made a video to motivate you if you are struggling with the muscle up. I’ve failed many times but if you persist you will get it too!

See the video here:

Why are these exercises so effective:

#1 – Weighted & Explosive Pull Ups:

The muscle up is an explosive move & you wanna train your nervous system to be explosive on command. By adding weight you train your nervous system to generate more force when doing pull ups.

The explosive pull ups will also train your nervous system to generate more force and teach yourself how to catch the bar once you let go of it.

Next time you are at the gym do:

  • 3 sets of weighted pull ups for 3 reps. (focus on on exploding really hard)
    3 sets of 3-6 explosive pull ups (like I showed them on the video here)

Since you are training your nervous system you wanna keep the reps low and the weight/intensity high.

#2 – Bar Pull Over:

This move will help you get used to being on top of the bar and also teach you the proper mechanics you should have at the top of the muscle up. You can see my bar pull over tutorial here but I will talk more on how to do this exercise tomorrow 🙂

Next time you are at the gym do:

  • 5-10 sets of 1 pull overs (Focus on going slow on the negative part of this exercise)
  • Once of top of the bar do 3-5 straight bar dips

#3 – Straight Bar Dips:

Straight bar dips are hard! The first time you do them you might barely be able to dip down a bit but over time you will expand your range of motion and be able to to go lower.

You can do these either at the top of bar after doing a pull over or find low parallel bars & practice there.

Next time you are at the gym do:

  • 3 Sets of 5-8 Straight Bar Dips (Focus on quality not quantity; if all you can is 2 reps with good form then do sets of 2 reps)

Practice those exercises next time you workout & you will be a lot closer to getting a muscle up.

If you have any more questions feel free to reply to this email!

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Raising the Bar by Al Kavadlo - Calisthenics Book

40% Off of of Dragon Door (Act Fast) 🐉

Raising the Bar by Al Kavadlo - Calisthenics Book

Today is Back Friday & there is sales blowing up everywhere! It’s crazy!!!

I invest a lot in my education & if I can find sales on that then that is gold to me.

Today Dragon Door is having a major sale: 40% off of everything when you use the code: BFCM2017

If you guys are not familiar with Dragon Door, they are one of the best companies go get information and equipment on kettlebells, strength & calisthenics training.

I personally have picked up 3 books from there:

#1) Raising the Bar: The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics By Al Kavadlo (Pictured at top)

#2)  Diamond-Cut Abs: How to Engineer the Ultimate Six-Pack—Minimalist Methods for Maximum Results By Danny Kavadlo

#3) The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning: How to Get Stronger in the Gym & in Life Using the Training Secrets of the Athletic Elite By Zach Even-Esh

I highly recommend all those 3 books if you are looking to advance your calisthenics training & also to learn how to train with odd objects & get stronger with weights.

Today you can get them all for 40% off

➡️ Check the Dragon Door Website Here

Search for the books on the top right & use the code BFCM2017 when you check out & the discount will be applied.

Again, this sale is not only for books but for all exercise equipment there too. If have been looking for a pull up rack or a kettlebell, now is the time to get those at a fat discount.

That’s it today, I hope you find something that will help your current training 🙂

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Buff turkey - 10 min thanksgiving workout

Kill This 10 Min Thanksgiving 🦃 Workout

“You are the most important person in your life so treat yourself like a KING 👑 so you can serve the world with your gifts!” – Luis Carrillo

First off I Am Grateful For YOU.

I am grateful to have you as an action taker and member of the beast family.

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US & this is for many an excuse to pig out as much as they can (I love food so I am guilty of it)

If that is the case for you too, here is a workout you can do to earn that Thanksgiving feast!

I understand not many have time today, so if time is precious today, set aside 10 min and give this a go, no excuses!

**10 Min Thanksgiving 🦃 Workout**

1) Clapping Push Ups x 5

2) Push Ups x 5

3) Bodyweight Squats x 5

4) Jumping Squats x 5

Repeat for as many rounds as you can in 10 min.

Note: When you get tired and can’t do anymore clapping push ups then substitute for 30 second planks (This might happen on the 3rd round)

Looks very simple on paper but this is intense since it involves plyometrics.

The main concept today is to just do something, I want you to enjoy time with your family and friends. So get on the floor, bust this workout out and enjoy your turkey!

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Goku Turning Super Saiyan vs Jiren

Dragon Ball & Working Out 🔥

Goku Turning Super Saiyan vs Jiren “Power comes in response to a need, a desire.” – Goku

Lately I’ve been OBSSESED with watching Dragon Ball Super. It always get’s me hyped up t go kill my workouts.

(If you don’t know what that is, it is an anime show focused on epic martial arts fighting, saving the world & getting stronger.)

I was looking trough my old blog posts and I remember I wrote a post on:

➡️ 10 Things Dragon Ball Taught Me About Working Out

And I just wanted you to read it again if you haven’t since I share some really good nuggets.

Its one of my favorite posts I’ve written & will keep talking more about Dragon Ball in my emails since there is so much good stuff from the show that will indirectly help you get stronger & gain muscle.

So give that a read here once you get a chance:


Also before I end the email, I’ve been doing online coaching and one of my clients has already doubled his max pull ups in 3 weeks!

He went from struggling to get 5 pull ups to now knocking out 10!

Huge progress in such a short amount of time!

If you are interested in online coaching feel free to reply to this email and let’s chat.

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Hiking Workout - Iron Mountain Trailhead Poway

Try This Workout Next time You Go Hiking!

“”Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. — Rikki Rogers

Yo yo yo! Hope you are having a fantastic Taco Tuesday!

Sadly today we wont be talking about tacos, lol

I am a big fan of nature and I know you are as well.

Yesterday I posted this picture on my Instagram and I got a lot of cool responses. Turns out I am not the only one that does this.

hiking rock workout - make hiking harder

I want to invite you to try that next time you go hiking:

  • Pick up and carry a heavy rock for distance
  • Or overhead press the rock & then squat with it it

The heavier the rock the harder this will be.

If for some reason there are no rocks when you hike you can:

  • Bring a weight vest (I’ve seen a lot of guys jog with them)
  • Bring a kettlebell & overhead press it for distance
  • Load up heavy things inside your backpack
  • Bring a sandbag & do the hike with it
  • Pick up your friend and carry them on the hike for some distance

These are different forms of loaded conditioning & if you can’t hike due to weather then you can take the same principles: pick something heavy & walk around your block for distance.

Simple, tough and effective!

Give that a try next time you hike. It will be a killer workout and a fun challenge!

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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How To Do Pull Ups With Door 👻

5 years ago I published a video called: How to do Pull Ups with a Door – No Pull Up Bar? No Excuses!

One of the biggest concerns was: Won’t the door break?

And yes it could happen but multiple people have said to put a book or something under the door so pressure is relieved from the hinges. That should help out a lot to not break the door.

How to keep your door from breaking

My main goal with the video was to show you that there is more than one way to exercise even if it doesn’t look the same.

If your goal is to get stronger at pull ups,

Using different tools and environments will get you much stronger at them since you will be prepared for the different grips & bar sizes.

So that is it today,

Place a book under the door, crank a few pull ups & let me know how it goes 😉

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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Feeling lost & confused with working out

Why You Don’t Know What To Do – [From Gary Vaynerchuk]

“You Are Not Lost In Life – You Are Just Early In The Process”

I just saw this video from Gary Vaynerchuk and it hit me straight in the gut.

The answer to “I feel overwhelmed & I don’t know what to do” from a young guy (LIKE ME) spoke directly to me.

Gary’s Answer: You gotta try stuff. The biggest reason you don’t know what you wanna do is because you haven’t tasted enough things & the biggest reason you are not tasting enough things is you are worried about finding it too fast”

We are all guilty of this and I certainly am fighting with this fear of what if I fail & what should I do?

The key is to take shots, be PATIENT, learn and move forward.

Since high school, I have always wanted to be an athlete & teach fitness to others & I have to some extent done that. That’s why I started my blog, YouTube channel & became a personal trainer.

It’s scary to put this info out there since I know I am always judged but my gut is telling me to do it.

When it comes to my own fitness goals & workouts I have so many options in front of me.

I have tried:

  • Powerlifting
  • Strongman
  • Learning Advanced Calisthenics Skills
  • Parkour
  • Going for high reps on bodyweight exercises (like 20 pull ups)

These different training styles & modalities that I have tried and have shaped the way I train but

I FEEL CAGED & TRAPPEDFeeling lost & confused with working out

I wanna get stronger, build muscle, get ripped, learn how to do a handstand on gymnastic rings & deadlift 600 pounds.

Like all of you, I wanna do it all but I have to pick a discipline & get better at it instead of trying to be a jack of all trades & a master of none.

My gut is currently telling me to be a better calisthenics athlete: master the basics & learn the muscle up, handstand, lever & pistol.

Training for these skills is not as easy as do 4 sets of 12 reps. You gotta obsess, be patient & practice the skill daily.

Most importantly you have to let go of your mental fear & overcoming the biggest obstacle in your life: YOURSELF

You are the one limiting yourself from not being able to get these skills done.

Yes we need to learn progressions to these exercises
Yes we need to get stronger in certain positions
Yes we need to learn to breathe when creating tension while on a handstand

All these attributes are necessary to build up your physical strength, balance & control.

But the ultimate battle is to free yourself from fear.

To stop worrying about being scared & failing from a handstand.
To stop thinking you can’t do a hard exercise like a muscle up or handstand when you haven’t even physically tried it.
To stop caging your mind into thinking that you are weak, skinny, fat, heavy, tired, genetically ungifted or [insert other lame excuse you’ve told yourself]

Try a new exercise without much thought & let the fear move to the side.

Don’t be afraid of failure. Be afraid of not knowing whether you can or can’t.

To end this just TRY & gather learning experiences.

Watch Gary’s video & remember that anything you wanna achieve will happen as long as you keep trying and are patient.

That “overwhelmed + lost feeling” of not knowing what to do will little by little start to get clearer & you’ll have greater direction on what you want to do vs just “thinking of what if”

Attack Life, Your Goals & Your Fears,

– Luis Carrillo

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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How I Got A Ring Muscle Up (Get Obsessed)

“If You Wanna Master Any Calisthenic Skill: You Must Get Obsessed & Practice It Daily in Every session. ”

Yesterday I shared with you a very personal message.

I haven’t shared this with anyone, not even with my close friends. (you can read it here)

It was scary to write but I am glad I shared it. I got some supportive messages from you guys. Thank you, you are awesome!

While writing that message I also made this video showing my journey to get my ring muscle up. You can see it here:

These are training clips from August to September.

In 1 month I was able to get my ring muscle up again and that was from training consistency.

  • Everyday I would train muscle up negatives
  • Practice false grip
  • Do dip pull ups
  • Ring dips
  • And skin the cat

It was tough and uncomfortable at first.

It still is tough but now I am able to do more than 2 rep in a row.

The biggest thing I’ve learned for mastering any calisthenics skill is that:

You must get obsessed & practice it daily and in every training session.

And if you can’t do the skill yet then you must break it apart & work on each specific portion of the exercise separately like I did with the muscle up.

If you are serious about mastering any bodyweight skill you must do it everywhere.

Find any bar and practice.

Currently I am practicing handstands.

I still can’t hold it for more than a second but every session my posture feels stronger and more aligned.

I’ve been doing:

  • Frog stands
  • Headstands
  • Wall walks
  • Wall Handstand holds
  • Hollow holds

All these exercises are helping me get the handstand hold and I am doing them while I am at home and before every training session.

Simply if you wanna master a calisthenics skill: Break it apart and practice it everywhere and everyday if possible.

Hope you enjoy the video, that it inspires you and if you have any ring muscle up questions feel to drop any questions.

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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before and after calisthenics skinny to fit to fat

From Skinny to Fit to Fat (Truth I’ve Never Shared)

“For the longest I didn’t want to share this. I was afraid, ashamed and horrified about myself but the only thing that will set me free is the truth.”

Those pictures up there are of me.

From 2012 -> 2015 -> 2017 (In August)

I wanna share the story of how I went from skinny to fit to fat with you.


2 years ago (in 2015) I was fit. I had gained muscle from training hard and went from a skinny 140 pound kid to a strong 150 pounds in 2 years.

I was making regular youtube videos, sharing my workouts and all the things I was learning with you guys and that is how you found me.

Life was great back then. I had lots of time to train, create and learn but I wasn’t making a lot of money so I had to find a job.

I quickly got a job and that led into having 2 jobs. This was great and now I had a lot more cash that I could invest into my food, my education and gym memberships.

I joined a powerlifting gym at this point and my strength gains were increasing too fast.

I went from deadlifting 225 to hitting a one rep max of 405 in less than 3 months.

I felt on top of the world. I was making a lot of money and also getting stronger.


During this time some of my friends were really big into craft beer. I had never been into beer before but little by little after hanging out with them I started to really enjoy beer (specially stout and sour beers)

After a few months of hanging out with them I became obsessed with beer. Not because I liked to get drunk or feel buzzed but because there was so many styles of beer out there and I simply wanted to try them all. It was a new art form that I was excited to discover.

Eventually I got to the point where I was going out 3-4 times a week to drink and have fun at festivals and breweries. I had a lot of fun but this new passion destroyed my body.

I was working a lot and after work it was either go to the gym and train or go out with friends and drink. At first it was an easy choice:

I’ll just do it all – Work, go workout and then go out. And that worked out great for the first year.

But eventually the more I went out the less I started to train simply because I felt like S#!t. I was eating junk food all the time, sleeping super late (2:30AM-3AM) and was constantly in a state of drunkness.

Fast forwarding to 2016 I had put on over 10 pounds of fat and had lost a lot of my muscle. I was depressed and felt ashamed.

I once was known for being an energetic guy that all I wanted to do was workout and hang from trees. And now I was a skinny fat guy that was overworked and his definition of fun was going to get a few cold ones with the boys.

I had hit rock bottom.

(Early 2017)

At the beginning of the year I had made the resolution of training again to get stronger.

During January I moved out with my best friend. We had a cool apartment and I started meal prepping again. I brought my gymnastic rings and kettlebell to train with me.

“I didn’t have a place to hand the rings in the house so I wrapped them around the stairs next to the elevator”

Since I had to pay rent I stopped going out regularly. I was cooking, going to work and when I came back home I was either working out or doing some computer work.

My life was slowly getting back some structure.

Our lease ended in April and I moved back with my parents.

During this time I got lazy again; since I didn’t have to pay rent anymore I could go out and spend money again so I started going to eat a lot of restaurants and trying out crazy fat food like bacon wrapped burritos and ice cream chicken sandwiches.

It was fun discovering fun new foods but again this was wrecking my health and energy levels.

After eating all kinds of Instagram worthy foods I started to feel dissatisfied. The fun that I once had trying new foods got boring and everything tasted the same: Just cool looking grease balls.

After the summer I found some pictures of my old self when I was fit and also some older ones when I was skin and bones. I saw that I had made a huge transformation and started to self reflect on my life.

What was I doing with my life?

I was just consuming and not really contributing much to this world. I taught back when I was making YouTube videos on the regular and that is when I felt the most ALIVE. That is when I was motivating people to take action and change their bodies.

Here I was a once strong guy that had everything going for him and now I am looking in the mirror and my abs are covered by an abundance of constant beer, bacon and donuts.

I felt disgusted into what I had transformed into.

Finally on August 8 I woke up dissatisfied and joined a gym. It had just opened a month ago and the place had all kinds of monkey bars to hang from.

I nervously go there to sign up and start going there almost everyday.

Whitin the first week of training there I meet some guys doing crazy calisthenics movements: 360 Muscle Ups, Levers and Handstands on rings.

I was able to do a muscle up before but these guys were frestyling on the bars and basically flying.

After that training session I felt alive. I wanted to get stronger and I knew that if I wanted to do crazy skills like these guys then I needed to start training with them.

For the past 2 months I’ve been training to get my muscle up and I am able to do them again. But after gaining weight and getting weaker this movement is a lot harder.

I’ve decided to re-start my calisthenics journey and here we are now. I am writing emails to help you guys and making regular YouTube content again.

I feel excited to train and share. I am still not at the level I want to be but I am excited to train everyday.

I will be sending regular emails to help you get stronger based on everything I know and learn.

It’s been a long email and I just wanna say thank you for being subscriber. Thank you for being here for me and reading my story. It was tough to share all this personal information but the truth is what will set us both free.

If you are in a similar situation or needed a kick in the ass to go train then I hope that my story inspires you into action.

I am here for you so feel free to drop a comment and ask m anything.

Can’t wait to see how much progress we make together.

Attack Life and Get Stronger!

– Luis Carrillo

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