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!
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!
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:
I 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:
I 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,
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!
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!
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 have Dende (a Namekian healer) use his powers on him 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!
#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?
So 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!
“Had I mentioned to someone around 1795 that I planned to write, anyone with any sense would have told me to write for two hours every day, with or without inspiration. Their advice would have enabled me to benefit from the ten years of my life I totally wasted waiting for inspiration.”
That quote right there should smack you on the face right now
Often times you will find yourself looking for inspiration, information and advice to train better which is great, but at the same time you can get lost by trying to perfect your training when in reality you should just do something first then look for how to improve it
Otherwise you will look back & which you could have been more consistent
After all CONSISTENCY is the keyword when it comes to getting results in any environment
In training the person who keeps training consistently, eating real food & getting proper rest even when they don’t feel like it will get the results
The person that is always looking get motivated will not
Reaching your goals physically is pretty straight forward – you just follow the plan and get the results
But mentally it’s a roller coaster – there is no manual that will teach you how to deal with the though times…this is something that you gotta learn how to overcome by doing
By taking action and overcoming obstacles, there is no way around it
Whenever you feel trapped, lost & lonely remember to just show up
Show up to the gym, the playground, the bar, the rings, the weight..show up to your challenge
And just START
Don’t wait for the inspiration to happen and save you, Just do something
Pick up a sandbag, do 20 pull ups, go to the park and run, grab a rock and squat it, etc
Get in the habit of just show up & get things started, even if they are not perfect or planned….slowly you’ll look back & see how much you have accomplished vs if you have waited for the magic moment to strike you
Those moments do happen, but never depend on them or anything to lead you to action
You are in control so make it happen!
Strength happens in the mind first, then the body so make it happen!
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?
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:
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
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 🙂
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
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
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!
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
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!