Publishing deal!

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have some great news today, and that is that I have gotten a publishing deal with an awesome company who specialise in strength, fitness, and anatomy related books. The guys are really good to work with, and it’s been a great experience so far, so I’m really looking forward to be able to get Complete Calisthenics into as many hands as possible, and to keep spreading the calisthenics word!

Ash

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Positive reviews!

Posted: April 28, 2014 in General, Motivation, Strength, Training

So my new book has been out nearly a couple of weeks now, and already people are reporting some good reviews. Here’s one below from Dawud Shabazz via YouTube! Thanks to everyone who has gone out and got their copy, and to those that haven’t, what are you waiting for!

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The last rule of Arnie’s is to give something back. Schwarzenegger himself has said that he has gotten more back from giving away his time and effort for good causes than he ever has had by going to movie premiers and so forth. In my own life, I readily admit that I don’t do enough for charity, but I think that other small things do give me a sense of contributing something. Very recently, my book went on sale and I have received lots of emails and messages asking where it can be bought, if it is suitable for them, and other questions. For me, it is extremely important that I reply to these messages, as seeing someone genuinely excited to start training, or making progress with their training, is much more satisfying than sales figures, popularity, or anything else. I got into writing because I enjoy it, and the fact that I get to communicate with people around the world is an unforeseen benefit that I could now not do without. So, whatever you do with your life, make sure that you give something back.

Ash

Todays post is looking at number 5 of Arnie’s rules, which is work hard. It is worth mentioning that none of the other rules will mean anything if you don’t work hard. Now it’s obvious that if you want to achieve anything in life you have to work hard for it. Some people of course do fall on their feet and either win the lottery, are genetically gifted when it comes to sports, or simply have a privileged upbringing that allows them to gain an upper hand when it comes to progressing through life. But for the vast majority of us, we have to work hard to get anywhere or to achieve anything.

Ash

The fourth rule of Arnie’s is don’t listen to the naysayers. In all walks of life you are going to bump into people who tell you that it can’t be done, that it shouldn’t be done, that it will offend someone, that what you’re doing is dangerous, that what you’re doing will give you no benefit, etc, etc. If there is one thing you should take away from life it is that these people should never be listened to! If you do, then you are effectively living your life for them, and for their ideals and their ideas, which is something that you will regret, I guarantee it. This rule really links back to the first that we looked at, which is trust yourself, as the two go hand in hand. If you trust in yourself and you are confident what you are doing is right, then you will not listen to the naysayers anyway.

In my own experience I ran into many opponents, who said that self publishing can never work, that it can never be viable, that no one will be interested in what I have say, etc. Thankfully, I didn’t listen to them, and went ahead with it anyway. I didn’t care if I only sold a handful of books, the achievement on its own was enough for me, and the pleasure of writing is something now that I cannot do without.

The best method to combat the naysayers in your life is to ask them why they don’t strive to do more. Why don’t they aim higher, why don’t they attempt things that they might fail, and what is the real reason that they put others down and dismiss their ideas? You will be surprised at the answer.

Check back tomorrow for rule #5!

Ash

The third rule that we will look at today is “don’t be afraid to fail”. For me this is a very important rule, as many people have great ideas, but are too paralysed by the idea of failing that they never give them a shot. I have always done things to 100%, for better or worse. Anything that I have done, from playing rugby, to entering the military, to writing books, to working out, I have always put my all into it, as if there was no other option for me. Some of the things I failed at, and some of the things I gave up on of my own accord, but never at any time was I concerned about failing.

When I started writing I only aimed to get one book published, which became The Pull-up Bible. At the time I didn’t care whether it sold one copy a day or hundreds. The challenge for me was to make it work and to complete it to the best of my ability. Little did I know that I would soon get hooked and start writing thousands of words a day sometimes, but the whole time I have been doing it I was never afraid that it wouldn’t work. For every awesome book that people love there are some that people will hate, but that doesn’t matter to me. The important thing is that I wrote them in the first place, and was not too scared to even attempt to write.

To finish, if you have a dream, an idea, or other plan, then follow it through 100%! Do not be worried about whether it will fail or not. Remember, as Wayne Gretzky once said, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

Check back tomorrow for rule number 4!

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Ash

The second rule that we are going to look at is number 2 on the list, which is “break the rules”. Schwarzenegger says that there are so many rules to life, that you must do things a certain way and not stray from the path. He rightly explains that nothing anyone ever did that was groundbreaking was achieved by following the rules. The same can be said for strength training and exercise in general. Sure, there are specific ways of doing things, but if no one ever questions those methods, how on earth can you possibly hope to find out anything new?

Recently I have started working with a wheelchair tennis player, who has already been training for most of his life. The challenge for me was to find new ways to train him and get him stronger. So, we started to work with advanced calisthenics movements, and the progress has been awesome. If you want to be a champion and a true original, it is no use just following everyone else. You need to find a way of doing it differently, of not conforming, and of breaking the rules. So what if no other tennis players are using front levers to increase their core strength! We are, and that’s why my clients core strength and pulling strength will be greater than anyone else he comes up against. Make sure that you break the rules in your own life, and try and go against the grain every once in a while.

Check back tomorrow for rule number 3!

Ash