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You CAN do a Muscle Up “You Got This!”

“It was a simple – “You can do it, you got this”

A month ago I joined a gym called Just Go Lift in San Diego, California.

I hadn’t been part of of a gym in about 2 years and I was missing the community and support from others.

I am not gonna lie, I was hesitant to join since I had been training alone for so long so the fear of being judged and seen scared me a little. (I’ve always been an introvert by nature.)

But I joined and the coaches welcomed me with open arms and my thoughts of “I will be judged” were all a lie.

I have had nothing but support here and that is what a good community does: they support each other and grow together.

I have been working on getting my muscle up again and while training here I realized how weak I was and have been working on the basics: Pull ups, dips, planks, L-Sits and any movement to get my body and hands used to hanging again.

2 weeks after joining I meet a few calisthenics guys. Seeing them do muscle ups like nothing and freestyle on the bars made me realize that I can do this.

muscle up monster

They gave me advice on how to do the muscle up and what I can improve on.

After 25 min of failing and very encouraging “You can do it” “You got this” words I was able to get 1 muscle up and that is all It took for me to make the mental switch on my mind.

I ended up doing a few muscle ups that night and my whole mindset on training changed from “I am weak & have so much training to do” to “I can do this and I am excited to keep working at it”

Instead of feeling bad for being weak now I am happy because there is so much exciting growth that will keep happening.

All it took for this mental switch was for someone else to believe in me and guide me with their support.

The point I am trying to make with this is that in order to accelerate results you need a foundation (i.e. working on the fundamental exercises)

But if you want to accelerate even faster then you need mental support and that is where joining a community comes in. They will be there to pick you up when you feel worthless and be there to make you remember that you can do anything.

Train not only the physical but also the mental and you will get there faster.

I am not sure what your specific goals are at the moment but I wold advice to get friendly help from someone that can do the skill you wanna do. Whether that be a muscle up or a handstand just ask and you will be surprised by how open others are willing to help.

Enjoy your Labor Day and reply with any questions, I am here to help.

Attack Life & Get Stronger

– Luis Carrillo

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It’s NOT OK to Conform to the idea that you are a failure.

It’s been 2 years since I’ve made videos for you guys but I am back!

In the past 2 years I’ve been lost and I got a little too comfortable with living an average life until last month when I woke up very dissatisfied.

I went from working out daily and eating healthy to living a very unhealthy lifestyle: I was staying up late, drinking, eating out too much and neglecting my training.

All the progress I had made in the gym and in my online business declined.

When I made videos, wrote articles and sent emails for you guys I had a purpose to live for: I was on my mission to help skinny men get stronger and live a badass life.

3 weeks ago I went to a business and personal development and I made a lot of great people who got me back on track on living my mission.

It was a breath of fresh air to reconnect with some of my mentors (Elliott Hulse, Craig Ballantyne, Vince Del Monte & Bredos Keuilian to name a few) and also get acceptance that we all fall down – and the only thing that matters is getting back up.

Elliott Hulse @ the High Status Summit

Craig Ballantyne @ the High Status Summit

Bedros Keuilian @ the High Status Summit

Vince Del Monte @ the High Status Summit

Over the past 2 years I’ve been anxious and afraid to keep creating content since I am not at the level I was before but after hearing my mentors talk I know that it’s OK.

It’s OK to fail. It’s OK to feel sad and depressed BUT It’s NOT OK to Conform to the idea that you are a failure.

So today I am back.

I am back to making content for you guys and help you guys get stronger.

I’ve been training on the regular again, I joined a gym and have made amazing new friends in the calisthenics community.

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Something I have learned from training and talking with these athletes is that they aren’t perfect. They have all have had tough moments when their life was in ruins but none of them settled for mediocrity.

Maybe you are in the same spot I am – feeling lost and alone but you aren’t alone.

You got me and the whole fitness community.

My goal with this site and messages is to help you grow stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually trough fitness.

And I will do that.

I’ve been thinking about how to serve you guys better and I will keep making videos but I’ve also been thinking about interviewing calisthenic athletes about their lifestyle and how they have gotten stronger.

If that is something that would be of interested to you please let me know. (reply to this email and tell me you do want interviews)

Also I do want to get to know you better and I think there is no better way than actually talking to you. So what I want to do is make myself available and get on a phone call with you.

I want to know what are the obstacles holding you back so I can serve you better and I think the best way to do that is to talk with you live.

I will have more details about that at the end of the week.

Lastly I do wanna apologize for being MIA for so long and I appreciate all the nice and supportive comments you guys have left on my videos and blog. I am grateful to have you as a subscriber and will keep pumping regular content to serve you better.

Talk soon,

Attack Life & Get Stronger

– Luis Carrillo