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2 Powerful Non-Fitness Books that YOU Should Read!

So over the past months I have read some very impactful books. Most are not focused primarily on fitness, if not more towards self-development & physiology of the mind but the lessons in these books can be put into action in any of your goals: business, health, relationships, being more creative & getting to know yourself better.

The 2 books that I talk about below have impacted the way I see the word and myself in a very profound way & It would be selfish of me to not tell you about these books since one simple idea or realization can help you overcome a hump that you are currently going trough or get you to be more connected to your true self.

So without much further writing, here are the 2 powerful non-fitnes books that I highly recommend you read:

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani:

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Dying to Be Me- My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita MoorjaniI can’t fully describe how powerful Anita’s story is. Everyone will get something different from it, but from her battling Cancer, having a Near Death Experience and getting a 2nd chance at living life, this story will make you analyze your whole life and how you are living.

In the book she describes how living in fear was the major part that caused her Cancer, so no matter what method she choose to alleviate it with, it wouldn’t help unless she completely let go of trying to please others and be true to herself.

It was only after her near Death Experience, where she finally experienced love and acceptance that she realized that her life had to be lived with joy and love for all of her actions. Not in fear trying to please her parents, religions or trying to fit into society when it doesn’t feel right.

It’s a fantastic story & it will inspire you to live with a passionate purpose as opposed to day by day and be closer to being content with what life throws at you. Even if things in your life don’t always come out the way you want to, the way you react to them is what will ultimately decide whether they will affect you negatively or make you a better person.

In the end this book will make you love life a lot more and make you wanna be creative and take action to build a fun and passionate life. It might even change your perception on the meaning of life, based on her experience. It certainly did for me.

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brené Brown:

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The Power of Vulnerability - Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brene BrownI got this book simply because the word vulnerability to me means to be open to receiving without judgement & to simply be in acceptance, which is something I still struggle with.

I don’t think I can accurately describe how important being able to be vulnerable means to strengthen yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s all about letting go of worries, judgement and being open to receiving, enjoying and accepting. Being vulnerable will raise your level of happiness and break the barrier that makes it hard for people to see your true self & get to know you better.

This book is not about being weak, if not it is more about having the courage to expose your true loveable and sometimes childish self to others without any judgement.

While fitness is not the main emphasis on the book, tough it’s mentioned a little, you certainly can apply the lessons into your workouts. When you are able to be vulnerable in your workouts and yourself, you will free yourself to training without barriers, to just train with acceptance, joy and emotional expression. It is tough to explain this without having experiencing it, but once you are able to let go of the barriers and defenses that keep you from feeling content with what you do and how you act, you will experience a blissful openness in your workouts.

These books might look like they are more on a spiritual way of being, and they indeed are, but the visceral lessons can be immediately put into your life, workouts, nutrition and self improvement goals. So don’t judge a book by it’s cover or category as the lessons can indirectly impact many other areas of your life.

And on a final note if you do get one of these books, be open to receiving the teaching in these books without judgement. Don’t just read them to read but experience what you are reading or listening to, this way you can also be emotionally connected to the teachings.

If you have read any of the 2 books I would love to know what was the big take away you got them or if you have any other powerful book recommendations drop them below!

Keep Attacking Life & Getting Stronger,

Luis Carrillo

P.S. I highly recommend getting audiobooks, not that they are better than print, but just the fact that you can listen to them on the go makes it so that you can listen to them anywhere – so no excuses not to read!

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

10 Things Dragon Ball Taught Me About Working Out

If you grew up in the 90’s like me, then the Dragon Ball saga was a big part of your childhood (both the original DB & DBZ). Not only did this awesome anime show made you wish that you were born with Saiyan blood but it also taught you values about strength & health without you even realizing it.

Below I have written 10 lessons that were taught & reinforced from watching this show, so I want you to sit back & enjoy the lessons! (And if you have never seen DB, then no worries, you will still learn from these powerful lessons)

#1 – You only grow stronger after you recover:

This was always highlighted by the Sayains since they became stronger after recovering from every battle. In one episode Vegeta asks Krillin to attack him just enough so he is borderline dead, so that he can then go with Dende in order to be healed since after his full recovery he would be stronger.

Now while you might not recover fast or fully at all from a near dead experience, this principle is true in the real world.

When you train your muscles get micro tears from the stress you inflicted on it. After you let your body recover with proper rest & nutrition your muscles get stronger in order to withstand this stress the next time you train. So you too like Vegeta grow strong after recovering from your training session, since growth occurs during your recovery process. So make sure that if your training hard, that you also rest enough to recover!

#2 – When you learn to connect your body & mind your ultimate power unleashes:

This is touched on several times in the saga is when Goku is learning new attacks. He is told by his masters that he must learn to connect mind & body as one in order to unleash his new powers. (although those might not the the exacts words they use, they imply do imply this to some degree)

While we may not have the ability to get Goku’s powers, when we do learn to use our mind when working out we become a lot more powerful. It’s kinda like a hidden power that we have since training is a lot more mental than physical.

You can clearly see this when you are doing something new or pushing your limits to new heights. For example I had to tap into more than just my physical strength the first time I lifted atlas stones, not only was it a new exercise for me so my body was not used to it but I struggled to even get one rep since my height was a disadvantage. I was tired and bruised after 5 or so reps, but I was determined to get at last get one rep…and at this point it was more of a mental battle than anything else.

It is hard to describe exactly what happened but my refusal to give up along my will to make it happen, made the tiredness disappear and let me get one rep after failing several times before.

Many times when you push yourself to the point where you don’t know if you can get one more rep, or push yourself to finish a conditioning workout, you kinda enter a zone where you can clearly divide your mind from your body and are able to talk to yourself from an outside perspective…You start to have self conversations and see what you are really made off.

This is not something that you can just think and realize, but if you have pushed yourself to the limits before then you know what I am talking about…It is a zone where you not only strengthen your body by pushing it harder, but strengthen the mind by overcoming the resistance and thus making you mentally stronger.

#3 – Training will make you HUNGRY so fuel up with good nutrition to grow stronger

In the episode below Goku throws away a can of beer in exchange for a sports drink after training under 100xGravity, and then makes a funny comment about it.

Although the importance of a good nutrition is not always verbally highlighted in the show, you can clearly see that healthy food was emphasized as being good fuel for the body since is mostly shown trough the show (meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, noodles, rice, etc)

The characters never had an exact eating plan, you kinda just see them eating A LOT of healthy & delicious look food after hard training & battles. This is certainly one way of eating that you can use if you train hard & don’t wanna worry too much about specific times when you gotta eat (although if you trying to reach a specific goal such as getting down to 10% BF then being more specific with your meals might be better)

So the big take away is that if you are training hard you will need to eat a lot of strong & healthy food in order to get stronger & healthier.

And very importantly don’t deprive your body of food if you are hungry, if you are training hard you will use a lot of energy so supply your body with some good fuel.

#4 – Use your environment to train – rocks, trees, hills, water, etc

When Goku was young he didn’t train at a gym or anything like that instead he trained outdoors using his environments: Pushing & throwing rocks, swimming along sharks, climbing trees to get fruits, fighting dinosaurs, etc.

Even when Goku & Krillin started training with Master Roshi he made them, sprint, deliver milk all around the city, running up mountains, swim with sharks & work in the field in order for them to gain endurance, strength & discipline.

While the conditions they trained under were extremist, we too can use our environment to train: throwing, lifting and carrying heavy rocks or logs, swimming & sprinting at the beach, hiking mountains, farmer walking buckets of sand, sprinting at the park, pushing your car, climbing and doing pull ups on trees, etc…

We can always use our environment to train, as all we need is our bodyweight & something heavy to supply resistance. So if you think you need a gym in order to train, then think again.

#5 – There will always be someone stronger than you out there, so keep training!

This was part of the reason why Goku always wanted to get stronger, so he could fight & against stronger enemies. In your own training this might also be part of the reason why you seek more strength. And although you won’t be fighting against monsters you will face sport challenges where you gotta be stronger than your competition in order to win.

Your life is not just physical battles but emotional & spiritual ones as well, so training to be physically strong is not only helpful in athletics but also dealing with challenges in your life, whether it be: a race or competition, financial trouble, breaking a bone, bad relationship, etc.. you gotta learn to fight trough the hardship and conquer it (you don’t just train to get stronger physically but mentally as well)

#6 – Aesthetics show up when you train hard, sleep right & eat god food

Throughout the whole DB show training & fighting always occurred, so the characters always naturally developed a strong, muscular and powerful look. But while it is a fictional show this is true in real life: If you traing hard, eat right & get proper rest you will develop a strong & aesthetically pleasing body – it’s just the look you get from being an athlete

So if you wanna sport a badass look then train hard & take care of yourself, it is bound to happen overtime if you stay committed…I mean just look at the physiques of ancient warrior (Vikings, Spartans, Knights, etc) all they did was train, eat & kill & they had these rugged & strong physiques that not only looked strong but were damn strong.

So don’t just pump out a few sets of dumbbell curls at the gym, get under the bar & do heavy squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, bench, farmer walks, rows, etc. Use heavy movements that will require your whole body to work as a unit as well as lots of calisthenics in order to get stronger & build a body that doesn’t just look strong but is also strong.

#7 – Always be a student & learn from your mentors

Goku was alway eager & humble to learn from his stronger & wiser masters & mentors. Sometimes he didn’t fully understand what they were teaching him but he remained humble and open minded so he could receive their teachings.

You gotta be the same in your life & training. You gotta put your ego aside & know that there is always so much more to learn from others, always keep investing in your education & seek personal growth + it’s always good to see somebody else’s perspective on training & life.

Even if you think you know enough about strength & health, always remain student & be open to learn from others so you can become even wiser & stronger like Master Roshi

#8 – Train with weighted calisthenics

Whether it be from heavy clothes or training under 150 x gravity, training with weighted calisthenics is bound to make you stronger.


Its unlike training with dumbbells and barbels as you are moving an outside force…with BW the extra weight becomes part of you and every part of your body needs to work in order to move it, so you strengthen your whole body as a unit: static strength, endurance, tension, explosiveness, etc all is being worked in 1 motion so add some weight to your calisthenics (you will be glad with the results + makes everything a lot harder so you can’t say that training with bodyweight exercises is easy, ha!)

#9 – Do as much bodyweight as possible: handstands, pull ups, push ups, etc

This is always demonstrated throughout all the characters training besides polishing their fighting skills. But its not just because BW is effective but because practicing calisthenics will make you move better & more efficiently which transfer to everything from having better form when lifting heavy weights to having more energy in your body since you have better range of motion and less muscle imbalances.

In the end movement is life, and if you can’t move properly then this is taking away your energy & life force. So doing bodyweight training is not just to remain athletic but to increase your vitality as well. Not too mention that you can do these exercises anywhere so you have no excuses to not do them!

And lastly:

#10 – Keep a positive attitude, have fun & stay optimistic


This was always Goku’s way of looking at things: he never saw anything as impossible & neither should you.

In your training you always gotta know that you can do whatever you set yourself out to do, it might require weeks or months of practice but it will happen if you stay committed. At the same time you must keep the mindset of a child who sees everything as an adventure & no limits onto what is possible. You gotta learn to enjoy the pain you will endure and the obstacles you will face, because if you are dedicating that much time to training, then what’s the point of doing it if you won’t enjoy it?

Goku happySo try to see fun & pleasure in training

To some is just the excitement to see how much more weight they can lift this tie, or how much better they have gotten at an advanced bodyweight skill… to others it is the high and feeling of accomplishment after every workout that makes it enjoyable or maybe the fact that you are in control of what happens – sure you might have a workout plan, but in the end you are the one doing the exercises, you are in full control of the outcome… whatever it is, you gotta know this is and be able to use it during your training.

Working out can be a burden and a serious thing, but at the same time if you let it, it can be an adventure full of obstacles that you are exited to face. Heck even to some just the feeling of being sore the next day makes them feel happy and accomplished because they overcame a grueling workout.

To me training just takes me back to being a kid, it’s a big game where I gotta win, and if I don’t win this time I will for sure will the next!

Whatever your reason for training is, find the joy in it & keep a positive attitude when training – if you stay commuted to your plan you will reach your goals even if some days things don’t go so well, just keep moving forward.

So those are 10 big lessons that I learned from watching Dragon Ball, you might have not taught that watching a simple anime show had so many lessons in working out, but it does. And if you have never seen the original DB or DBZ, then you are missing out BIG TIME!

If you have any more lessons that I can add to the list, let me know in the comments below! Can’t wait to hear them!

Luis Carrillo

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No Excuse Backyard Workout in Culiacan, Sinaloa!

2 months ago I wrote a post on how to workout during vacation

I went to Mazatlan during that time & knew that I had to rely on minimalistic workouts & Bodyweight training

While I was there I recorded this little ghetto workout that I cranked out at my grandparent’s back yard!

– Pull ups on the metal pipe & roof
– Overhead pressing & squatting rocks
– And more bodyweight training

Simple, effective & just make it in happen even tough I have no “gym equipment”

There are way too many ways to workout, you just gotta be open minded, creative & stop making excuses

So give a workout like this a try next time your on vacation or next time you wanna break the rules!

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

How to Deal with Post Hernia Surgery & NOT being able to Workout

So how do u deal with post hernia surgery & not being able to workout intensely for 6 months (assuming that’s what the doc said)

Yeah it sucks to have a cut down there & not be able to train hard right now BUT this is a test

It’s a test for you to realize how you handle difficult situations

Are u able to adapt fast or just whine around like most people?

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Hernias can happen for many reasons (they told me that I was born with a weak abdominal wall, so it could happen with anything)

But after this injury messing up my “perfect schedule” of working out, eating right, sleeping & doing it all over again…I got depressed & frustrated

I got worried because I couldn’t train for a couple of months comfortably…

I was too used to being not sedentary that being told to just rest & not move, pretty much fucked up my whole flow of activities & goals

I had been working hard to build muscle and to get a hernia felt like somebody bitch slapped me to tell me that I should stop training

What I didn’t realize back then, Is that this was a test to see how I handle difficult situations, change of “planned” plans and too see if I can keep my mental edge

To have this silly injury pretty much crated havoc on what was most important to me at the time:

Weight training

That was all my life and to have it be taken away for a bit felt like somebody stabbed me on the heart

Am being a little dramatic here, but the point I wanna make is that being this guy that worked out was my identity

And once I couldn’t be this guy I collapsed into depression (even tough I wasn’t aware of it at the time )

You probably are going to a similar situation where training might be all you do and this hernia pretty much told you: STOP!

So what can you do?

Well first realize that yeah you will lose muscle & Strength…am sorry it will just happen…so accept it and be cool with this

But If your gains were from real muscle and strength that you had fought so hard trough hard work then don’t worry as you will be able to get it back later…it will take some time but you will for sure get your hard work back

The big part in this dilemma is staying cool with this hardship and just finding a way to make the best out of it

  • Keep waking up and stay moving to not lose the habit of being active
  • Do basic Bodyweight moves in order to maintain your muscles active
  • And take care of yourself: listen to your body & slowly progress onto more advanced moves & using weights again slowly (you have an internal cut, so give it time to heal)

What’s most important here is to not lose your ambitious mindset with training

Since you can’t train like you did before, you gotta optimize and find little creative ways of working out

This is a life test to see how you deal with trauma in your life

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It’s something that I can keep talking about, but chances are that if you currently have a hernia right now, are recovering from one, or are battling trough any injury that is messing up your ability to train normally, then you comprehend what I am saying:

You should not stop training and moving…yes you can’t do what you did before, but you can always find creative ways to get work done

And if you already feel sad, frustrated, depressed and anxious…calm down & don’t lose your head!

  • Learn to adapt and optimize: find little ways to make things happen
  • Slowly as you recover you will be back to how you were

For now accept that your injured so take care of the most important person in the world: YOURSELF

So you can later come back with a vengeance, optimize your training to prevent injuries and imbalances…and be ready to kill it whit you train so you can get stronger again!

Physical Strength can be easily gained again

But mental strength, that’s something that you must cultivate, nourish and constantly work to strengthen

Gaining mental strength is not as black as white as training for physical strength, but the more obstacles you overcome the stronger mindset you will have

Injuries and hardships are part of life, without them we would be weak…so battle trough these fights and win on the face of adversity!

If your dealing with a hernia, listen to your doctor, he is a pro, so if he says to train after months lightly then listen to him, BUT also listen to yourself:

If you wanna train, do it slowly and keep progressing from there till you feel more and more confident with your ability to train intensely again

Your external cut will heal faster than your internal one so be aware of this and proceed with caution & as you feel ready

For me I was up and walking daily after 1 month from recovery, but it took me another 3 months to feel comfortable in the weight room again…for you it might be the same or take longer, whatever the case go by feel and only progress onto doing more strenuous activities once you feel comfortable

For me this hernia was a big lesson on life & how to make the best out of difficult situations…and I am grateful I went trough this injury as it made me realize how unprepared to handle adversity I was

It did suck to have to wait that long of a time to recover, but in the end I came out with a stronger mindset…and You Will Too!

It is not what happened that matters (that’s a done deal)…but how you handle this situation, that is your choice… so choose to whine about having a hernia and not being able to train or find a way to make the best out of it so you come out stronger!

If you have any questions, comments, have or want more advice on dealing with a hernia…then drop them below & I’ll do my best to help you!

Hopefully my experience helps you cope with this injury a lot better 🙂

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

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Is this really “The Worst Gym Ever”?

Am kinda fired up to train and also ready to smack some people in the face so they understand a little life lesson

Yesterday I stumbled onto this video:

My eyes lighted up with excitement & pleasure to see such an awesome outdoor gym & have it be actually used by the few warriors out there who get the work done

But along with my excitement I was also disappointed & awed at the title of the video + some of the comments on the video

The title of this video is “The worst gym ever” and to me I don’t see anything that signifies that at all

Some may complain about the rust & that it looks old & ghetto

A rusty gym is not a piece of shit

To me that is beautiful but to others the superficial shit is what matters

A lot of people live in this paradigm that if it looks good on the outside then it must be good in the inside, but not the other way around

It’s the same as judging a book by it’s cover which ultimately leaves you with an incomplete judgement of the person, place or situation

In this case weight is weight regardless of it’s shape & state….yet so many people are blinded to see past what is important:

When you go to a gym, yo go there to train & nothing else

Whether the equipment is new or not it doesn’t matter…because when you truly are training, a gym is simply a place where you just go get work done

You go there to put effort & become stronger…to see what you really are made of & battle trough the obstacles to fortify your mind, body & spirit

The equipment and location is secondary, what is primary and the most important is your attitude and work ethic

The guys on the video might not have state of the art equipment & that is great because that is only superficial stuff…what we don’t see but can definitely perceive is their work ethic, courage & hunger to just crush the weights and get stronger

When you have that, your equipment doesn’t mean shit

It saddens me to see people bashing on this great gym like that but at the same time I also feel a great deal of responsibility to not talk smack and call people crazy and stupid for doing so

That won’t solve anything as what we need to do is to help this people open their minds and have them realize what a real gym is:

A gym is factory of health & strength not a place where people go to look pretty

It’s a tough concept to share with people as many are comfortable & brainwashed into thinking superficially, but the only way we can help these people open their eye is by Leading by example

Not by bashing & starting fights, but simply putting in the work & showing to others that equipment is not what matters: Your Attitude Is

Results speak by themselves & Slowly as others see you getting getting stronger they will ask for help & advice

And in this you are in a position of power, where you can pay it forward & help others out

Not by saying “I told you so” or “Oh now you wanna listen to me?”

But simply saying “Yes I will gladly help you”

It’s a tough concept to swallow & showing superiority towards others might make you feel good momentarily, but ultimately being a compassionate cool guy or gal is what will make our community stronger

A lot of people need to re-evaluate what they truly value & we are here to help them achieve that, not by forcing them to do so, but by extending our love, experience & passion for health & fitness

The gym in the video might not be fancy but it has what it needs to turn those kids into monsters and that is: A whole lot of hard work & a heavy those of attitude

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

Please spread this message with others & lets make this world stronger, not by fighting or bashing but by helping each other 1 by 1 to get stronger!

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Don’t show fear to the horse or else…

Over the weekend I went to a ranch

It was my first time riding a horse and the main thing I was told was to not show fear to the horses

Because if I did the animal will just read this and not listen to me, no matter how much I “try” to show that I am in control

It would be too late by then since the horse is well aware of my fear & that he can control me

So I got on top of the horse & swallowed my emotions… I was a little afraid as this was something new to me but I had to hide this to the point where I forgot about my initial fear

Riding a Horse

Slowly as I began riding the horse I started to get a feel for the animal, his power & ability to listen to me

The initial fear was more of an excitement for what was unexpected

As I rode the horse more, rode faster, made turns & overall got a feel for how to control the horse I started to see how fear will just crush your chances of even getting the horse to make the turn you want

You can’t force this beautiful beast to do something once they know they don’t have to

So why am I telling you this?

Well to teach you 2 things:

#1: You don’t want to fight a horse, because it’s more likely that a horse will kick your ass, so if you didn’t get initial control it can be too late so don’t fight them & try again later 😉

#2: Just like exposing your fear to a horse will cause them to take advantage of you, so will the iron & any exercise you perform

You cannot show fear to the bar, the rings or even doubt that you cant do a certain exercise or else everything will crumble

Once fear takes over you its game over, you are no longer in control & are fighting against the weight vs fighting with the weights

This fear will mess up your confidence, your chances of hitting a PR and mastering a more advanced BW moves…

Yes fear of uncertainty will always be there but don’t see it that way… see it more as an exiting game, a challenge where you see how long it takes you to win & conquer the situation

Start attacking from a mindset where you will win & bitch slap any negative emotions trying to get in the way of what you want

Be in control of the situation right from the beginning & tame your own horse

In the end, realize that you will be afraid when you hit obstacles & trying new things out, but exposing your fear is a choice, swallow it and hide it or expose it and let it cripple you down!

The decision is yours!

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis “future cowboy” Carrillo

P.S. If you have never ridden a horse, go do it!…it’s an experience with so many life lessons that you won’t forget + it’s hella fun!

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Wait, what? You are feeling Awesome?

First off I just wanna say that You, Yess YOU! are Freaking AWESOME!

Usually when you ask somebody “how you feeling today?” they say “I am fine, am good, etc”

But when somebody responds with a “I am fucking awesome!” you kinda have a “wait, what? your feelin how?” moment

Your expected response is disrupted & now you wonder why this person feels awesome? what makes him different?

You quickly start asking yourself:

Did he win something, get laid, break a PR, fixed a problem? etc..

You just wanna know why are you feeling better than you?

This is what happened during the morning today at the gym:

I asked the guy why are you feeling so awesome? and he simply said, “well why not?” (with a big ass smile)

And you know, he’s damn right!… WHY NOT!

How you feel is all up to you!

be fucking awesome

Whether you are feeling sad, tired, happy, exited or strong is all your fault, you are making a decision (whether it be conscious or unconscious) to feel this way

Nobody is forcing you to feel like this, it’s just you

Sure certain events can influence how you currently feel, but once you become aware of this you got the power to change your state & feel a lot better

So if you got a rough start to your day, hit your leg by accident, couldn’t break a PR today, fell off the pull up bar, burned yourself while making breakfast or whatever “bad” thing happened

Laugh it out, there is no reason to feel like crap over something that is now in the past

It’s gone, so move on & keep being awesome!

DON’T LET ANYTHING STAND IN YOUR WAY TO GETTING STRONGER!

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

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Recommended Resources
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Lean Hybrid Muscle  – Build Muscle While Losing Fat + Learn How to Create Your Own Hybrid Workouts

Bodyweight Bodybuilding – Gain Muscle, Reduce Pain & Revive your Energy with Just Bodyweight Training Alone (see my full experience with it here)

Grow Stronger Method – Get 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

 

Too Busy to Workout? Chunk it Up & Go Minimal

What is up! hope you having a kick ass Friday

Am about to go to a frat party later on but wanted to touch up on a point that is responsible for making lots of people “not taking action”

And it is this perception that if you can’t do a long 1hr workout for the day due to being busy, that you feel its best to just skip it as you won’t get enough work done, so why bother right?

Bad, Bad, Bad…

Sometimes life does gets in the way & finding an hour chunk of time is difficult, but you can always do something about this

You can chunk up your workout & go very minimal with your training

For example, instead of ding your typical leg workout today, what you can do is practice various leg exercises at different times of the day

  • Do 2 sets of 10 squats in the morning
  • 2 x10 lunges in the afternoon
  • & do 3×3 pistols at night

This is very minimal & everyone has time for this

It might be less volume & intensity but that is something you yourself can manipulate by adding resistance, doing more sets or doing super slow reps

The important thing here is getting some work done instead of skipping your whole training for the day in order to not loose your mental edge

Knowing that you just have to do a little bit of reps & sets helps a lot to not feel overwhelmed & be more inclined to take action

But most likely if your like me, once you get started & get into the flow of training you end up doing more work than originally planned & that’s fine

There is no set rules when training this way – you make them!

Listen to your mind & body & give it what is craving: if you feel like doing an extra set of heavy squats, then do so!…don’t neglect your natural urges to train

So if you feel like you can’t get a full blow training session today due to limited time, then don’t worry

Rock Pull Ups Sunset Cliffs

If you feel like cranking out some pull ups even tough your wearing jeans, a somewhat decent shirt & don’t wanna get dirty, fuck it! just go with your primal urge of training & get it done – don’t fight your urges!

Chunk up some exercises & do them throughout the day, keep it minimal & simply get the work done

You’ll feel a ton better, so just move!

Attack Life & Get Stronger

Luis Carrillo

P.S. If you want a sample minimal workout, this is the one I did earlier today:

1A) Squats 3×10
1B) Barbell Rows 3×10
2A) Handstand Holds 4 x Sub Max Holds
2B) Pistol (Practice) 4×3 (each leg)

Simple, minimal & effective!

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Recommended Resources
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Lean Hybrid Muscle  – Build Muscle While Losing Fat + Learn How to Create Your Own Hybrid Workouts

Bodyweight Bodybuilding – Gain Muscle, Reduce Pain & Revive your Energy with Just Bodyweight Training Alone (see my full experience with it here)

Grow Stronger Method – Get 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