Beware the Preening Bodybuilder
Just returned from a few days in Pennsylvania, where
I was meeting with a friend and client.
One of the great things about Pennsylvania, when compared
to Florida – is the hills.
For one, they’re wonderful to view. But of utmost importance
to me, the true beauty of hills is mining their gold – and the
best way to mine the gold from a hill is to walk it, run it and
sprint up it.
Walking, running and sprinting on hills is akin to taking a pan,
pick and shovel in search of gold – and discovering it within
minutes. Training on a hill is one of the fastest ways to get
your body into top physical condition – tis why I wrote about
as well as my very first book, The Martial Art of Wrestling.
While in Florida I have various ways of making up for lack of hills – and I
cover them from time to time in my Inner Circle newsletter and CD’s.
Yet, nothing beats the smell of fresh air, pine and grass on a mountain.
My friend, believe it or don’t, lives one block away from a three-block
stretch of progressively steeper hill country. Yet, he wasn’t running or
walking it – until the Fure-cat arrived.
Within two hours of my plane landing, I had him on the hills. And the next
day we did some more.
15 minutes was all it took – and his legs and lungs were spanked. So were
At the completion of the last trip upward, he turned to me and said, “I live
right next to a gold mine and didn’t even realize it.”
I nodded – then told him 3x a week on the hills will whoop him into great
Speaking of Hindu Squats, the other day I received an email from a reader
who showed her chiropractor my book, then asked his opinion of Hindu
squats. He told her that this exercise would tear the ligaments in her knees.
She asked my opinion.
My opinion: Your chiropractor is an idiot. Get a new one.
Another reader mentioned that he just got my book and DVDs and sometimes
he feels knee pain when doing Hindu Squats. What to do, he asked.
Answer: First, read the book. I cover the answer to this question quite thoroughly.
Second, in the rare situation that Hindu Squats are not appropriate for you, then
do the wall chair. Almost all knee pain when doing Hindu Squats is due to the tendons
and ligaments of the legs being weak – and until they catch up to the strength of the
muscles – which normally takes 4-6 weeks, there can be some knee pain. After
the 4-6 weeks, it is quite possible that you’ll be like so many of the Furey Faithful
who discovered – voila – no more knee pain. And this was after suffering with bad
kness for ages.
Yet another reader wrote to tell me of a bodybuilder who was demonstrating Hindu
squats on video – and telling viewers that he uses them as a warmup because that’s
all they are – a warmup exercise.
He sent me the video to look at. All I can say is, based on the way the bodybuilder
is doing what HE calls Hindu Squats – he’s probably right. Thing is, if he did Hindu
squats correctly, he might change his mind. The guy does his Hindu Squats like
he’s lifting weights. The best part is when he said, ‘Now let me show you how to
do them fast.” I wanted to fall out of my chair laughing, but that would have been
too much trouble.
On the Combat Conditioning DVDs you will see me crank out 100-straight Hindu
squats. I do them at the speed I normally do them when I train – which is some
what fast. It is normal for me to do 500 in less than 13 minutes.
The bodybuilder – well, if he did 500 in 40 minutes, it would be a miracle. No
wonder he thinks they’re a warmup.
As Harvey MacKay would say, “Beware the naked man who offers you his
shirt.” Or in this case, “Beware the preening, self-absorbed bodybuilder who
offers you his vanity.”
Kick butt – take names,
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