Busting Ass. No permission necessary.
In the premier Ultimate Warrior E-zine I talked about how we lose touch with our destinies because we grow up educating our brains and beliefs in ways that turn off the voice of guidance our souls provide. The same thing happens with our bodies — if we let it.
Most do. Did you?
When you were a kid did anyone ever stop and ask you if your BODY worked properly? Adequately?
When you had PE did your teacher single out you or anyone else as having a BODY not able to participate in the day’s physical education events?
Did you ever stop and get permission from your BODY when your buddies hauled ass across a field just for the hell of it? Wrestled with one another on the dirt ground?
Did your BODY ever put up any resistance when you signed up for any athletic program? Jumped into a pickup ball game of any kind?
Did your BODY ever turn you down when you dared to climb that big ass tree all the way to its top to impress your school girlfriends?
Did your BODY ever reject your desire to put it to work? use it hard? Throw it around and bang it up?
Did your BODY ever stop itself from being put to use day after day even when it was sore or worn out?
Did your BODY ever force you to stop during a whole day’s worth of physical activity and say I can’t go on because I need to refuel my BODY…it’s low on carbs, protein or fats?
The answer is no.
That answer is still no, today.
Your BODY isn’t rejecting you. It’s not putting up any resistance. It’s not stopping you from being physical. You’re attitude and mindset toward your BODY is. You gave up on your BODY. It didn’t give up on you. In fact, it’s kept right on doing all it can to hang in there, even without your help. Hell, you treat your car better than you do your BODY. A long, long time ago you quit listening to its innate guidance about what it needs. What it has always needed since day one. Exercise. Exertion. Sweating. Pushing. Pulling. Twisting. Bending. Banging. Pounding. Testing.
Not everyone coming around here for my BODY advice has the same challenges or goals. I got young kids, young adults, middle-age men, senior citizens, women of all ages and body types, fat, skinny, athletes and non-athletes — you name it.
Some of you have done some exercise and feel like — and see — you’ve gotten nowhere.
Some of you are familiar with exercise through serious athletic pursuits years ago. You were younger, and you have general memories of working your BODY hard to achieve your individual or team goals back then. But when you go looking for advice now you see that health and fitness has come along way. There’s a lot of information to work through. You want to be sure. You don’t remember things being as complicated as they seem today.
Some of you are totally dependent on the advice you are getting from trainers and others at the gyms you go to now. Yet you basically feel lost and know you’ve taken on bad habits. You know you aren’t working hard enough. You sit on the machines and pout or daydream. You use the gym more for socializing than for getting quality workouts. You can barely stand yourself and wish there were spas without mirrors.
And there others of you who are more serious about building strength and muscle. You’ve done some good, hard workouts (so you think), but you want to gain more knowledge. You want to go the next level.
In many ways, the differences don’t matter. The way to succeed is the same: stick with the basics.
Do the basic, compound exercises in the intense, hard way they must be done. Pay attention to what feedback your body and gut instincts give you. Gradually and progressively increase the weight you use in these movements. And, there, you have it. Size, strength, physique development, athletic function — all of it will come to you if will bust your ass and be patient.
I know you want me tell you that is it more than this. More of secret. I can’t. It’s not — and I don’t do BS.
To build your BODY up or take your BODY back — you do the basics. Go old-school. Like when you were a snot-nosed, rough-and-tumble kid who didn’t need to consult with anybody about how to work the BODY he was born with.
Don’t use your brain to get yourself in over your head. This is the time to think with your balls, your manhood. This is the time to rediscover the raw-er, brawnier, meatier, riskier, barbarian side of yourself — the side of yourself you neglected all these years so you could earn the key to the executive bathroom. Shelve the brilliance and intelligence you’ve used to solve obstacles in your professional life and make all the practical aspects of your life work.
Everywhere you look there’s a ton of instruction and direction about what you should do to get your BODY act together. Don’t let any of it get in the way of learning and doing the simple and basic stuff you actually need to do here. It’s easy to get confused or mislead, especially if you are just starting out.
Stay away from all the scientific modern theories about how to get fit and healthy. If you start with paying too much attention to all the modern information you’ll get overwhelmed and become paralyzed and won’t do anything. Caught up in the whole mad mess of it you’ll find all kinds of excuses willing to be your friend. They are all designed to keep you more confused and less confident about the fact that you can figure things out for yourself. The entire health and fitness industry is built up on this premise. The more people believe the idea that getting their health and fitness act together is not basic and simple, the more they will rely on concoction and complication.
Remember, the most important thing is to START.
Get the basic information that assists you in learning the basic exercises, and leave it at that for now. Do these basic exercises with your own body-weight. Focus on getting the proper form down. This matters.
Do these until you have control over the basic muscular function of your BODY. Do as many repetitions as it takes to feel a great deal of discomfort. Do dozens, hundreds, even thousands of reps if you have to. (My best leg development came from doing thousands of free squats — every single day sometimes.) Muscular soreness is a good thing. No pain, no gain — this is what works. I know you won’t find people telling you this today. That’s why I told you to not pay attention.
Grasp the fact that the best program for you is the one that works for you, not the ones others do for themselves or other experts tell you to do. The only way you find out what works best for you is to hurry up and get busy at the DOING — the doing of anything, and even everything, at the start. Overtraining is only possible if you believe it in your MIND. (Overtraining, another sissy-ass modern concept.) Your BODY can take whatever you throw at it.
As you go along your BODY will talk to you. When it does you listen to what it is is telling you. Doing this will have you discover what works best for you quicker than listening to the paid or unpaid advice of any other. Use your MIND as you use your BODY. Pay attention to what is going on with “you” while you are doing things.
Once you move to a gym, as you likely will do unless you set up your own home gym (great idea, btw!), enter with a warrior’s attitude and keep it from the moment you walk through the door up until the moment you go back through the door to leave.
The gym is not a place to work on making friends. It is a place to be fierce and loyal to yourself and your goals. Be polite and mind your manners, like decent, civil adult human beings should, but when it comes to doing the business you came to do — fuck everybody else. They can’t do your pushups for you — only you can. Train your mind’s eye to not even notice others in the gym.
Don’t spend time talking in the gym to other people about what they do, or what they think you should do. Stay focused on your own DOING. Those who would allow you to talk them while they are working out ARE NOT WORKING OUT and don’t know jack about what they are doing themselves, anyway. They’re lost — and warriors don’t get lead by those who are lost. All any of the GD talking does is lead to greater and greater confusion — and less activity at being busy experimenting on yourself.
When there is no activity, only talking and fantasizing, there is nothing at all to show for your efforts because nothing at all has been done. There is nothing to show because there has been no effort put toward producing results of any kind. There are no positive results or negative results.
Understand what I am telling you, here.
If you aren’t doing any of the work to produce any results, not only are you not going to see any positive results, you also are not going to get the negative results that naturally come along with the overall learning you set out to do. Finding what works best for you is a matter of learning it all — both the positive and the negative. There is no way around this. This is how you become “wise” about anything — you learn the knowledge from all angles. It is only by experiencing both that you become sure about what you ultimately need to do — what to keep, what to throw out. This way you don’t have to spend your time and energy wondering or being in doubt or asking others. Do you realize how much time you waste in your life being curiously engaged by absolute wacky ideas others bring up and discuss? When you are wise enough to know they are wacky you don’t have to spend any of your time entertaining them. You can move on and spend your time on building greater wisdom.
The basic BODY improvement principle is that you must move you muscles and use your muscles to move things. If you are having a hard time even moving yourself – as many of you have told me — start with that! Move your own fat ass! This right here will be resistance for you!! Get up. Get moving. Do something — anything.
Once you can handle the weight of yourself you need to move heavier things. Work your way up to being able to move greater and greater weight. This is it. Once you learn this simple principle you are on your way. I put it these simple terms to make you understand that it is not any harder to understand than this. Yes, it is hard to do. Hard is good. Hard is always good. But it is not harder to understand than this. Don’t make it so.
Keep in mind, fellow warrior, in your life, challenge is a good thing. Challenge is what you pray for, never help. When you see one on the horizon, give thanks. It’s a sign you’re prayers have been answered. Once you come out on the other side of a challenge you become stronger and more confident, more set in belief in yourself.
This challenge of getting your BODY act together is a good thing — a great thing. A warrior thing.
Let’s get off to the right START, here. The START that will work now and throughout the years you continue this physical quest.
I’m sure you now have your heads screwed on straight. So I’ll leave you to do the work only a warrior can do.
Go rip some ass…some bis…some quads…some tris…some pecs…some delts…some abs — RIP IT ALL.
Your Founding Father of Kicking His Own Ass in the Gym,