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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
http://BeastLifestyle.com/

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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.

(2012-2015)

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.

(2015-2016)

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
http://BeastLifestyle.com/

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Hotel Luggage Cart Pull Up

Find Opportunistic Workouts Anywhere [You] Can

Last week I was working 12 hour shifts back to back and I am sure many of you are familiar with those schedules.

The little sleep, the constant to do and not having much of a break.

In those moments you need to either be prepared with meal prepping or make healthy choices when it’s time to eat.

I was working at hotel and was fortunate to get breakfast and lunch for the most part by the hotel so I was eating eggs & potatoes for breakfast and salad, beans and chicken or turkey.

For dinner I usually just went to Chipotle since it was convenient. I just made simple choices and didn’t overthink my eating schedule.

When we are busy is better to keep things as simple as possible and if that means having the same meal over and over then let it be. As longs as it is not something greasy or fried for the most part you should feel fine.

Opportunistic Workouts

Last week I also didn’t get much time to workout or train but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t moving. My job was very active so I was constantly moving and pushing carts with heavy items on them.<

On the times I had a break I got my coworkers involved into doing a few reps of dips, push ups, pull ups and L-sits on chairs, the carts we were pushing or anywhere there was a corner.

Hotel Luggage Cart Pull Up Chair Elevated push ups  Clapping elevated push ups

L- Sit on Chair

It’s fun how many people will follow you into working out when you show them that it is easy and that things don’t have to be perfect. Specially with bodyweight exercises since they don’t require any equipment and can be done anywhere, most people will see it as a challenge and will join you to see if they can do the skill.

Yesterday I had a call with a new friend of mine and we talked all about opportunistic workouts and how he didn’t have access to a bar where he can practice muscle ups so this is what i told him:

Find any bar outside and do pull ups there to practice your muscle up:

  • Use the bars on shopping carts to do pull ups or dips
Shopping cart Pull Ups

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  • Any store will have rails that you can use as a bar (check out the guy below)
Home Depot Pull Ups

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  • Use any wall to practice a pull up
  • Use any bar at the playground and if there is no good pull up bar then buy gymnastic rings and practice ring dips and the muscle up there. Hang them on the swings, a thick tree branch or somewhere safe and sturdy.
  • Use gymnastic rings at home and hang them on your door frame pull up bar to practice the muscle up there.

There was a lot more examples I shared but the point was to open his eyes to the fact that there are opportunities in every day life. It’s just up to you to keep your mind open and attack when you see an opportunity.

Lots of pictures today but I hope they motivate you and get the point across:

Keep nutrition simple and find opportunistic workouts anywhere you can.

Attack Life & Get Stronger

-Luis Carrillo

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Brush Your Teeth & Workout At The Same Time

Happy singles awareness day everybody!!!

Whether you are single or taken, I hope you keep your teeth clean.

Because you do brush your teeth regularly right? :/

I hope so…

Anyway, here is a short video of how I usually brush my teeth and get a quick pump at the same time 😀

Be creative & have fun in your training.

Attack Life & Get Stronger

– Luis Carrillo

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Grow Stronger MethodGet Stronger & Lift Heavier Weights Without Adding Bulk!

Warrior Upper Body – Learn how to Do Advanced Exercises Like Handstands, One Arm Pushups And Sets Of 20 Pull Ups

15 BackUp Workouts – Short on time? No Equipment? Or Are Bored & Need a Challenge? – I Got You Bro!

Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning Book Chapter

Underground Strength Book – Why I train the way I train.

I still remember the first time I decided to do a dumbbell clean & jerk with a 45 pound DB at LA Fitness – feels like it just happened yesterday.

I was doing my typical bodybuilding workout – 4 sets of 12 reps & body part splits – today was shoulder day & I had been consuming training advice from from this bald guy named Zach Even-Esh.Zach Even-Esh rock training

His style of training was unconventional – using tires, rocks, ropes and playgrounds as workout material. It was a little crazy for me back then since I was used to just going to the commercial gym and training there like everyone else. But one of the exercises that Zach kept repeating over and over was overhead presses with rock and dumbbell clean and jerks.

So while at the gym I decided to do a DB clean & jerk & since then I haven’t trained the same. The explosiveness of that movement hooked me & I needed more aggressive training.

Slowly I learned more & more from Zach until my training evolved into being part underground – training with an aggressive attitude & not making excuses.

If you have ever wondered why I train at playgrounds, use sandbags, rocks, playgrounds & love to simply train with anything – it is all because Zach injected me with his Underground Strength DNA ever since I started incorporating his training style.

This week he released his first published book & I am stocked! I just ordered & can’t wait to attack it.

Check out the trailer – it will make you wanna go tear it up!

Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and ConditioningPurchase the book at:

==> Dragon Door

==> Amazon

==> Kindle

There are some bonuses you can get if you purchase by tonight, but knowing Zach’s quality of products the bonuses are just extra icing on the cake – the book alone is worth it & I highly recommend you get it.

Matt WichlinskiEverything you need to know about getting stronger and mentally tough is covered in detail in this book. If you are looking for a shortcut, or don’t have a true desire to work as hard as possible, this book is not for you. This book is all about embracing the effort, doing your best, inspiring everyone around you, and being the consummate leader of your social circle, all while becoming the strongest version of yourself.

This book is loaded with inspirational stories and informational programs that work. Zach’s training methods are intense and his passion is unparalleled; if you want to succeed, this book is for you.”—MATT WICHLINSKI, Strength Coach, WWE Performance Center

Attack Life & Get Stronger

— Luis Carrillo

P.S. If you get the book at anytime, forward me your receipt to beastlifestyle [at] gmail.com & I’ll give you my book: 15 No Excuses Workouts as a bonus.

No Mirrors, No Towels, No Rules

Yo guys what’s up!

It is Monday, another start of the week to kick ass!

A few months ago I put up a video, sharing how to do pull ups with just a door

You can see it here:

Got some fun comments about it on Facebook, but my goal with this video was to make you see how lack of equipment is not a valid excuse for you to not get results.

How when you have nothing, all you can do is rely in your creativity to find a way to make things happen!

military deadlifts - no rules training

One of the things that always fires me up is seeing beasts training outside their houses with just a simple bench, a barbell and some rusty plates – No Mirrors, No Towels, No Rules

Just moving heavy iron, sweating buckets & playing loud music!

Why can’t there be more people with this attitude?

But at least You Get It!

You don’t make lame excuses as to why you can’t do something

You just put in the work & constantly seek improvement, never conforming to the idea that you are strong enough. You might reach your current goal, but there is always another bigger & scarier goal waiting right after that one.

This is a never ending journey of growth & the sooner you comprehend that, the more you can enjoy the pain, sweat & blood that comes from training.

That’s it for today: Never conform & always seek to be better than yesterday!

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

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Recommended Workout Programs
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Lean Hybrid MuscleBuild Muscle While Losing Fat + Learn How to Create Your Own Hybrid Workouts

Bodyweight BodybuildingGain Muscle, Reduce Pain & Revive your Energy with Just Bodyweight Training Alone

Grow Stronger MethodGet Stronger & Lift Heavier Weights Without Adding Bulk!

Warrior Upper Body – Learn how to Do Advanced Exercises Like Handstands, One Arm Pushups And Sets Of 20 Pull Ups

15 Backup Workouts Sale!

What is up guys!

Hope you are having a kick ass day

Since we started May (a brand new month to break records) and I have been a little MIA for the past months I decided to have a sale on one of my workout products!

Not only that but I know that once you get a hold of these workouts, your mind will be open to trying new workouts & making less excuses.

I currently sell my “15 Backup Workouts” for $5 which is already a steal….BUT to make it a No-Brainer I dropped the price to $1 Dollar!

Yup! Just One Buck!

1 dollar saleThat way you don’t have an excuse to not get them.

If you sometimes are:

  • Busy on time
  • Without workout equipment
  • Or bored with your current workout & need a challenge

Then open up the guide, pick one of the workouts & get to work! – No Excuses!

The sale will be going until Wednesday May 7…After that the price will rise.

So if you want an extra 15 workouts to add to your arsenal, then take advantage of this offer & get results!

15 Backup Workouts

-> Click Here to Take Advantage of this Offer <-

That’s it,

Take Action & Get Stronger!

Luis Carrillo

P.S. If you are one of those people that like to try things before they buy, then here you go: Here is a free sample so you can taste one of these workouts & then make up your mind.

Bodyweight Training Healed My Dislocated Shoulder & Uncomfortable Back Tightness

2 years ago I dislocated my shoulder while doing a Kettlebell Press. It was my first time using a KB, it had just arrived in the mail & I was excited to use it ASAP, so I did. I didn’t know proper technique, nor had I warmed up, but I didn’t care.

I get the bell & as soon as I press it up I realized how different the weight distribution on KB’s are from standard dumbbells. As I pressed the bell down I extended my shoulder to wide(as opposed to keeping it close to your body) & felt a pop on my shoulder. I didn’t think much of this but I stopped using the bell for that day.

My shoulder kept bothering for the next 3 months & I didn’t know I had dislocated it until I was in Florida, in a chiropractor’s office where Elliott Hulse took us as part of his Strengthology Workshop. It was there that the chiropractor told me in a very calm & relaxed tone “Oh yeah, you dislocated your shoulder”

My Un-healing discomfort finally made sense after that day & to top it off I also had developed back pain & tightness from driving daily for 8hrs a day. So at this stage my body was what you would call “Fucked Up” & I needed to fix this somehow.

Since weightlifting was uncomfortable at this stage (from all my imbalances) I decided that I would only focus on doing bodyweight exercises for the next 3 weeks.

Back MuscleI decided to follow Zach’s Bodyweight Bodybuilding program for the next weeks in order to reconstruct my body. (You can even see my journey on this blog: http://strengthcasestudy.com/)

My goal was only to take 3 weeks off from lifting & then get back into it, but the results I got from doing only bodyweight workouts, made me workout with only bodyweight training for the next 3 months!

During this time I also:

  • Ate clean
  • Did a lot mobility work, foam rolling & stretching
  • Strengthened my shoulder big time thanks to handstands
  • Got rid of my back tightness
  • Eliminated my shoulder discomfort
  • Improved my posture
  • Improved cardiovascular health (since I did more running)
  • Gained 5 pounds of muscle
  • Increased my strength with pull ups
  • Had lots of energy which I used to work on my online biz
  • And developed my no excuses workout anywhere attitude (since you can train anywhere with your own body)

My goal was to on reset my Bodyweight foundation & take break from the stress of heavy weights

And in turn developed a passion for bodyweight training & reconstructed my whole body physically & mentally for the better.

If you currently are somebody that has always lifted weights, I would highly recommend that you take 2-3 weeks off from the weights & just focus on doing bodyweight only. You will not loose any strength (quite the opposite actually since you will improve you stabilizer muscles & use your whole as a unit in order to get stronger) & your joints & ligaments will feel awesome afterwards!

The worst thing that could happen is that your upper, lower & middle back, shoulders, legs, arms & core will get stronger, You will increase core stabilization, & become more flexible and mobile (Not that bad right?)

If you need a Done For You Bodyweight Program that will work, then click here & get ready to feel & be awesome!

And If you have any questions regarding my bodyweight journey, drop them below. I will be glad to answer them.

Attack Life & Get Stronger,

Luis Carrillo

 

Opportunistic Pull Ups at the Park

What’s up Beast!

Earlier this week I posted a video showing how you can do pull ups in many different places at the park.

Not just in the obvious monkey bars, but with swings, trees, metal pipes and anywhere I could hang in the playground area.

I’ve been getting good feedback with this video so I will do more like these showing you how you can workout and do different exercises anywhere.

“If you can bypass looking at the obvious then you’ll find opportunities everywhere!”

I would love to see more people having this “opportunistic” way of looking at exercise, so I am exited to make more videos.

If you have any specific exercise you wanna see let me know so I can make it happen…and if you have a video of you doing any type of of opportunist exercises or street workouts (with or without weights) drop the link in the comments below, I’d love to share it on my Facebook Page to get more people fired up!

That’s it for today,

Keep Attacking Life & Getting Stronger,

Luis Carrillo

Free No Gym Equipment Workout

Yo! What is up!

Hope you are having an awesome start of week so far

I just finished setting up a workout guide for you, & instead of telling you more about it I wanna give you a free sample of it

A free sample? Yup! I want you to taste it first

You can download your free workout here

Or just follow the workout below:

1A) Incline Push Ups 5x 15 (Last set max out)
1B) Jump Squats 5 x 10
1C) Tree Pull ups 5 x Sub Max Reps (Last set max out)
Rest 1 Min between each superset

2A) Dips/Recline Rows 5×15
2B) Jumping Lunges 5×10
2C) Tree or Monkey bar Chin Ups 5x Sub Max Reps (Last set max out)
Rest 1 Min between each superset

3C) Leg Raises 5x 10 (on pull up or parallel dip bars)
Rest 30 sec between each set

4)Parkour Rolls 4×3 (Make sure to do it on grass so you don’t hurt yourself)
Rest 30 sec between each set

5) 3 Sprints x 10 sec or find a long distance (Max Out)
Rest 15 sec between each set

No equipment is needed for this workout if you are at a playground or even at home (you’ll just need a door frame pull up bar)

15 Backup WorkoutsGive it a try & let me know how it goes

The full guide contains 15 workouts that you can use next time you are short on time, don’t have any or very little equipment or when you want a crazy challenge

But before you get it, give the workout above a try

It’s perfect for you if you have no equipment!

Talk soon,

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo