First Day of UK Lockdown

So we did it, the Great British public managed to bring the pain of lockdown on itself, best thing for us really, the stupidity of the human race as a whole has never ceased to amaze me, even faced with the prospect of an early and painful death people still believe more in their own home spun wisdom than the advice of any government or governing body, life however from the window looks no different the birds are singing and the sun is shining (sort of) but life is now so very very different.

Why ignore the advice ?

You see this feeds into a lot of what I have been saying about all these books on the subject “of not giving a f**k”, in fact I will go one stage further, you should (if you own these books) find them and carefully take them outside and burn them, every single one, listen the human race has a pack mentality it always has that is why we gravitate to other people, it is in our DNA and in the programming from the very first conscious thought right up to today, after all it is how we breed and sustain the Race, so when somebody writes a book about not giving a f**k they are ultimately lying, sure there is some element of truth in it, but the ability to live that way is a luxury that stems from a stable society, literally the society these people are advocating against, “not giving a f**k” is what drove hundreds of thousands of people to seaside towns and parks this weekend, and it has probably helped to spread the infection by some tangible number, and I am not claiming that I have never considered that way of thinking, but it is only good for selling books, it goes against the nature of Humans and in this particular instance, believe me it could be our undoing.

Opportunity in isolation

Now is the time to start reading, not popular tripe designed to be “controversial” simply to get people buying it, after all if this thing goes much further there will be no need for money, and it will become worthless, I mean pick a topic, programming, language, fitness whatever it may be and take this time to educate, the vast majority of the planet will simply sit back and binge watch shows on Netflix, or busy themselves hoarding beans, pasta and toilet roll, and emerge no better than they were before, any global event is signal and an opportunity for change, take that opportunity and run with it emerge stronger and more educated than you went in, then as life goes back to a steady pace you will enjoy the benefits of your labors even more.

Choose Wisely

But this is not without it’s pitfalls, choosing the right path now is paramount to how this comes out, and the only way to effectively make the right decision is to do what you want to do most, pick what you are passionate about not what you think will make money in the next 24hrs, because money in the next 24hrs will be worth what it is now, sod all, so pick something that you have always wanted to learn, and learn it, inside and out, but I cannot stress enough that going down the “not giving a f**k” route is partially to blame for the situation we find ourselves in now, so don’t do it because it’s bullshit.

Overall stay safe

Stay safe, follow guidelines and remember you are not missing out, if people are gathering then great for them, hopefully they will get beds together in hospital, or all club together to pay the fine (UK) for the first time in the history (for most of us) this is literally a bid to stay alive, so do everything you can, regardless of any distrust in governments and their minions, and even with all the conspiracy nuts claiming that they are testing biological weapons or preparing us for the end of the world, the only truth you need is that if you don’t get it it can’t affect you simple.

Want to make a million? follow me and lets see if we can.

So you are stuck inside and you think this could just be the best time to start an online business, after all amidst all the stock market strife that is happening right now Amazons share price is $1,846.09 and although it has dropped 34%at last market close that is still the dream, to be as wealthy as Bezos and live a life of luxury, it would appear that that tide of inspirational videos and ways to make money online just keep coming in from the well shot polished video with some royalty free music in the background to the simple video shot on a white background to keep it “real”, there is something for everyone, but bear this in mind, all the time you spend watching these videos is time you are not spending doing anything about it, I am furious, literally beside myself with anger at the way the vast majority of people on these channels seem to think I have an endless amount of time to listen to the same piece of advice over and over again to different music and of course different adverts running in the background, a lot of the claims however have been reduced to $100’s a day or week instead of thousands, but this is still bullshit, complete and utter bullshit.

I don’t want to become a person who just sits at home calling out these leeches but somebody has to because you can literally spend hours watching this tripe with absolutely no beneficial effect, the aim with the clickbait headlines is to get the ad revenue everybody wants to be pew die pie, but guess what it ain’t gonna happen.

Really unpopular point #1

You cannot cannot cannot, make any serious kind of income in a small amount of time each day with the majority if not all of these schemes. are you familiar with the old low cost high volume business model ? that worked because you could sell thousands of individual product at low cost and make money due to volume, bear in mind that every time you go down the rabbit hole with one of these schemes itis the same model, except that the product is your time, and there isn’t thousands and thousands of hours out there, so no you cannot start or run one of these in your spare time, cos you won’t have any, or have any money either.

Am I talking rubbish ?

I hate hypocrisy so I am going to test my theory, below is a linked video that claims I can make $100 in 5 minutes, by yet another millennial success story that went from serving burgers and fries to people through a hatch to being worth nearly half a million dollars, I am going to follow this video to the letter, and see if we can get $100 a day, if we do all well and good, if not then it will be added to the rogues gallery.

Let’s see

Please Please Please

If you try and get better or worse results with this or any program on my site then let me know, leave a comment and explain what you did different and we can compare notes, learning is the most important thing. my point is that you have to choose very carefully what you learn.

I really want to be wrong honestly I do, but the only way to find out is to start so that is what I will do, dissect the advice on each chosen video and follow it to the letter, wish me luck.

Want to see how this turned out ?

Should we be trying to make money during this situation?

It is now obvious that this is going to be a long drawn out process, businesses are closing their doors and funded with government money are putting employees on furlough, given the complete inability of the Great British public to stay indoors it looks like even more restrictive measures will be put in place to slow the spread of this virus, for some however this presents an opportunity, a way of leveraging the falling markets for their own gain, as millions is stripped off of stocks seemingly every hour they are buying up cheap stock as if it is going out of fashion.

I, as a capitalist cannot with a straight face say that this is a bad thing and you, like me may well be tempted to speculate with what money you have based on the now numerous YouTube videos from these millionaires telling you how they are going to make so much money in the future.

It is a great idea, but stop to think for a minute, this (in the UK at least) is only just beginning to take hold, there are a lot of companies that will not be able to sustain the downturn and their stock will dwindle to nothing, remember the markets and a lot of business was not doing so well before Corona came along. there is actually now reason to think that it will suddenly all go back to normal after the pandemic is over, in fact it is my opinion and one that is growing steadily among others that life will literally never be the same after this, too many firm held beliefs and control structures have been challenged and show to be incorrect.

Traditional business models

Already on the ropes, traditional business models may well see this as the final curtain call, long commutes congested over crowded city centres, huge budget air conditioned offices and constant flights among business users may well be a thing of the past, seen currently as a necessary evil in the name of business progress, new ways of working are being utilised now more than ever, just as some of the biggest medical breakthroughs came from war and famine, so to will come the implementation of a better way, a cleaner way, and one that costs a lot less money, business is being conducted over the internet and work is being done remotely, all with relative seamless adoption, this adoption is based on need, substantial change never comes from patient lobbying, or protest even if the protest or the point is valid, change is only tolerated when it is required to meet an adversary head on, to fight back against great odds and win at all costs because we are fighting for our way of life, how easy will it be to justify the recommencement of wholesale business trips or large office space when we have already proved that business will not stop because we can’t travel, or that people can just as easily work from home because the infrastructure was put in place when they couldn’t get into the office, with all this in mind it would be beneficial to look at any company that looks like a good investment and consider how their business model will change post covid-19.

Human habit will change

One of my pet peeves has always been the pursuit of money for money’s sake, as in literally the desire to have more money just so you have more money, and not to do anything with it, the fact is that money has always bought opportunity, it has always bought time from the rat race and the “paypacket enslavement”, as we move forward through this situation and notice the huge sums of money that governments can now access to help with the worries of business and of the person on the street, we work from home and see more of out families than at any point in recent history, we cannot escape the feeling that society as we know it is a tissue of lies and mi-representation, additionally when forced to go back to more traditional ways of living, cooking on a regular basis, spending time with children and significant others, the vast majority of people will inevitably question the way we lived before, chasing from one place to another, living life through a phone screen and children who know what Instagram is before they know their times tables, it is not too much of a stretch to say that life has become so cynical (on the whole) that there may be some good to the human condition that comes from this, of course we may just go back to our previous ways once the danger has passed but if enough people think clearly, we should be able to see the benefits of using modern technology as a vehicle for something more than trying to be a millionaire for nothing more than pouring ice over yourself, we can enjoy holidays with loved ones and still cut the planes in the sky by a significant amount, and no matter what you may or may not think about pollution the fact is that they do pollute and the less of them in the air the better, and possibly if more people can work from home we could make the air in our cities breathable again, rather than just trying to make more money by charging people to be able to pollute the atmosphere.

Panic Bringing out the worst in people

Any event such as this runs a certain way, people panic and cause more chaos in the first few weeks of the situation than the underlying cause, in the UK there is no supply chain issue (at the time of writing) other than that that has been caused by the panic buying of some of the most ridiculous items, Don’t get me wrong I understand the panic that must be setting in among certain groups of people, and of course the reality is that no matter how much moral high-ground you take and refuse to join in with the hysteria eventually you have to, maintaining morals for too long in a situation like this just means that you starve, but it is important to realise that this not merely people being scared and panicking because they fear any kind of extinction event, the thin veneer of social politeness is easily scraped away and we soon see modern society for the ugly egotistical and self serving animal that it is, there are no justifications for what is going on in the country right now but we have to queue with the rest first thing in the morning to get milk and bread just the same, because if we don’t there won’t be any when we go later, this is a lesson that will be well remembered after this disaster has passed, make no mistake this is a disaster and it will get worse before getting better, but when the dust settles and the smoke clears remember that when push came to shove you only had yourself and a handful of people that you could truly rely on, so after this is all over think very carefully about all the “friends” on Facebook and the “followers” on Instagram, think about the time that is taken from your life and that of your family while pandering to these people that ultimately would stand on you to get a pack of toilet roll.

Don’t expect that you will be a millionaire after all this.

Another thing to bear in mind is that the vast majority of us do not have the kind of money to invest that the YouTube “guru’s” have so any upturn we are likely to see will not improve our lives indefinitely and is actually likely to just provide a nice little lump sum when whoever we invested in gets back on their feet, with enough time spent fighting this thing the way we use and value money itself may change, and we should be prepared for that.

All in all the best thing to do at the minute is think with a clear head, think slow and act with purpose, frivolous action could have a massive detriment on a far wider reaching mass than we can imagine, life now is the butterfly effect.

The World has Gone Crazy – but I don’t need to tell you that!

So Gym’s, pubs, clubs and all meeting places have been shut down, and it is really for our own good, after all you don’t want the corona virus do you? the issue with this is that although life is changing in an unprecedented way it appears (through the front window) to be normal, peaceful and quiet, meanwhile the TV sounds and looks like the plot of a Hollywood movie, so it is difficult to get a handle on the reality of the situation.

The gym I attend was shut this week and fortunately for me they have taken the generous step of “hiring” some equipment out so I do have a bar and some 20k plates at home to train with, but before we knew that was going to be a thing I first went out and found myself a log, yes, a log, and I intend to find more, you see we have become so ingrained with the convenience of gyms and facilities that we have forgotten the very basics of why we can build muscle, Adaptation the muscle doesn’t care if you are deadlifting with an ivanko bar or a tree trunk, it reacts to something you can’t do by growing bigger and stronger in order to allow you to do it, your body is your greatest ally.

What the hell do I do with a Log ?

Here are my suggestions and the muscle groups this will use, remember that you are now working within “functional strength” so there is very little in the way of concentration movements but as well all know by now, when you recruit the vast majority of your muscle groups in a movement the effects on the body are increased, with elevations in BMR and testosterone production as well as growth hormone release.

  1. Lift above your head – Starting from the ground grip the log and lift so it is above your head horizontally (obviously balance will be a big thing here) and then pass it from shoulder to shoulder in an arc over you head, this will involve back and leg muscle as well as front delts to get the log in position and then delts and triceps as well as forearms to pass it from side to side.
  2. Bent over row – Easier with some grips but you can use rope or chain to wrap round the log to get a grip, I used chain, place the chain around the log taking great care to place the chains at the point the log is balanced, this way when you pick it up you will get even load distribution, then simply carry out your bent over rows.
  3. Squats – While not conventional these are easily achieved by picking up the log and rolling it along your arms until it rests on your upper chest, by slightly leaning back and opening up the chest cavity you will place the load in a balanced position then squat, for the squat monsters out there you may have to up the reps in order to compensate for the lack of weight.
  4. Deadlifts – same as bent over row really just deadlift it instead !
  5. Lift / Carry – with the heaviest log that you can carry, do just that, pick it up with your arms round it and walk, this is an amazing full body exercise and will help with core strength as well.

These are just a few examples and I have set myself a little challenge, rather than come out of this situation having to start again, I want to go back to the gym in better shape than when I left, remember the gym is the best place to build muscle it is just not the only place, and when this is all over these businesses will need us to go back as soon as possible, because while all this is going on they still have to pay the bills.

Recognise and break the cycle of destructive self prophecy.

Regardless of how bizarre a theory sounds (and these are all theories at best psuedo science at worst) the classification of a theory changes with the amount of people that believe it to be correct, a theory becomes and idea, and idea becomes an inspiration, inspiration becomes research and research leads to documentation which then becomes widely regarded as fact, and one such theory is self-fulfilling prophecy, or our ability to somehow place a barrier to a goal or state of being based on our constant denial of our ability to achieve.

Discussion

I love bodybuilding, I really do, it has been part of my life now for 31 years, but I have always had my own personal doubts as to my ability to compete so I never did, I simply carried on training but never even tried to compete or diet down for that matter, why? because I had already decided that I would not be able to, now at the risk of sounding like I am trying to brag (which I assure you I am not) a quick idea of what I did achieve is, I had 38 inch thighs, a 32 inch waist and was rapidly growing out of 56 inch chest jackets, so at the tender age of 19 I was actually doing quite well, so why didn’t I compete ? well it is a lot of extra work and pain, lifting big weights when you have lots of calories and the right amount of protein and supplements going in is easy but the same tasks dieted down not so much, and after all I was not good enough so why bother?

Progress in any form of life is normally facilitated by the perseverance or person through the application of pain or discomfort, for every goal there is a sacrifice and we weigh up the benefits of an action against the potential cost every day in a mostly sub conscious state.

Method

Realisation of the reasons for failure is the key, you can take a person who feels they cannot do something and put them in a position where they have either no choice or to not do it would cost more than to participate and they can find that extra something deep inside and complete the task, moreover you generally find that they then go on to repeat the task in the future without concern and can become quite good at it or very comfortable with the feeling, that is what we are trying to achieve in our daily lives, and the initial key is to understand why the “self-fulfilling prophecy” is so detrimental and what we must do to get around it.

I it simply because in that moment we made a decision, a decision based on the pain level we were feeling and the possibility of relieving it by carrying out an action that was unpleasant or counter intuitive to our beliefs or fears but nevertheless it was the better option, what we lack in our daily lives is the impetus to make the decision, just as people live with failing eyesight through the ageing process until it gets so bad that they have to go to the opticians we adapt to the pain and stress of our lives as it is applied gradually from birth, what we need to do is recognise that the limits we set are indeed set by us and the same delivery of dialogue that oppresses and controls us , if altered to a positive message will free us from not only the bonds of society but from the boundaries we set ourselves through lack of belief in our own ability.

Begin by taking each situation you find yourself in that is painful or stressful and reinforce to yourself that you do not deserve it, you deserve a better life, and it is within your power to attain the solution and to live that better life, conversely when enjoying yourself actively remind yourself that you do deserve this and that you have worked for that moment of calm or day in the sun, by doing this we change any negative self fulfilling prophecy and turn it into a positive and through practice and action derived from personal reinforcement of a positive message and a belief that you deserve a better life you will change your actions to suit your goals.

Conclusion

I believe, truly believe that while we are a product of upbringing and environment we also have the ability to change our lives for whatever we decide we deserve or we should be doing, modern life has a need to keep people within boxes and limitations in order to prop up the financial culture of debt and the insecurity in social circles that feeds that debt culture, life is far to short to remain in a planetary gear in the corporate debt machine, it isn’t fair and the fact is that although a level Utopian playing field would be nice, we passed the time to make that change at the beginning of civilisation, now is the time to fight for the happiness and success of yourself and your loved ones by living your best life.

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Somebody hurt you? don’t feel down use it as a springboard to success

Most of us have been there, stuck at the back end of a failed relationship or social situations that don’t go right, employers that don’t value you, and it starts to feel like there is no way out, things will never change and you get depressed.

It is easy at these times to start self deprecating behaviours, in desperation from a break from the pain or pressure we turn to drink, drugs, eat more or less, anything to give us control of a situation or remove the feeling even if for a brief moment.

Discussion

During a fight or an argument I have never seen somebody begin punching themselves or start to shout down their own opinions, this is became we are fighting for something, the imposition of our will over another, or control of a situation from somebody who was out to harm us, this is because it would be counter intuitive to do so as harming yourself will not win the situation over,

So why do we allow ourselves to act that way when faced with stress and pressure of life or say the end of a relationship ?

There is no better revenge than being in shape and successful, this was said to me quite some time ago now, and there has been many anecdotal evidence of it in my life and I am sure that there has been in yours if you think it through.

Conclusion

Any kind of detrimental action is only going to exacerbate things more and lead you to feeling worse, you should look to improve your life and focus on the positives no matter how difficult they are to find, build on them and create a different reality than the one you are not happy with, people will act in a way they think is acceptable both in interpersonal matters and official, nearly all situations can be controlled if we take ownership of it and act in our own best interest, sometimes it is time to be selfish.

Boost Testosterone and build muscle naturally – at any age.

Ok so any age may be an exaggeration, we are looking mainly at men in the 30 to 55-60 range, which is typically when we all the majority of us start to have our second wind at the gym following the jibes about the ‘Dad Bod’ we are now sporting, unfortunately many of us go back to the gym and do not realise that (as sad as it is) the original flushes of youth have left us and our bodies do not react to training as they used to, infact from age 30 it has already started CHECK THIS LINK, but it definitely does not have to be this way.

Discussion

After 30 testosterone starts to decline, this means that where once in our teens or mid twenties we only had to look at a weight in the gym and grow, we now have to think things through and adapt to our the way our bodies need to be trained, more stimulus is required for the same effect and more nutrients are required due to less efficient metabolisms, and this is just taking into consideration natural decline, it is not factoring in any lapse in physical activity that may have crept in due to work commitments and families and so on, The task is to find a way of training, a method that can be applied that would maximise returns, actively boost growth hormone, testosterone production and sensitivity to nutrition, I give you Strongman Training, or large compound movements that require co-ordination from all muscles in the body.

Studies

Studies have been conducted on the subject and the results are nothing less than staggering as far as I am concerned, one study found that after a prescribed set of traditional strongman event exercises there was a 54% increase in salivary testosterone in a group of sixteen men between 24 and 44, even allowing for the small sample size of the study that is an astounding result, and it is backed up by many studies both scientific and anecdotal, as with most of these things the budget for study is limited so they are are never huge, but if you think about the occupations that mimic these types of movements, you see solid fit men well into their 50’s and 60’s, I am thinking about in the construction trade, farmers and road workers, I know that these occupations generally bring their own issues but these are more of a result of the extended period of exertion as opposed to the type of exertion.

Types of Exercise Suggested

As previously stated these are all big gesture compound movements and taken to failure, which is also easier to do with these exercises as opposed to say, Bench Pressing where failure can mean you are trapped under a bar waiting for somebody to let you out !

  • Farmers Walk
  • Chain Drag
  • Atlas Stones
  • Keg Carry
  • Tire Flip
  • Over head Press

These are just a few and I completely understand if you do not have the facility to do these at your gym, but there are ways to simulate the movements, you could use dumbells for the Farmers walk, and a squat bar for the frame carry, also concentrating on squatting and deadlifiting as opposed to leg press or bent over row, basically you are looking to engage the largest amount of muscle participation you can in a movement, it may feel odd after doing a lot of concentration exercise, but you can always put those in at the end, and benefit from the added hormone boost as well.

Conclusion

I have switched to this way of training now (being a man of a certain age) and I have to say that initially it has been brilliant, after a workout I am actually more energised, my sex drive is through the roof and I am normally jumping around like tigger, it doesn’t always make me popular with the wife but all in all it has been a success for me and something I am going to continue, I have added some links below and I am going to do some articles on the different movements in the future, so happy training and remember as cliche as it is age is just a number, there is no reason why we should grow old before our time and start to slow down before we are ready to, with adaptation (a human quality we are all born with) we can continue living how we want to for almost as long as we decide.

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