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The One Workout That Changed My Life Forever

By: Matt Furey
Best Selling Author of "Combat Conditioning"


Five years ago I knocked on the door of a 76-year old "Zen Master."

His name was Karl Gotch, and all throughout Japan, he was revered as "The god of pro wrestling" - not only for his knowledge of legitimate REAL pro wrestling - but because he was a fitness legend as well.

Despite the fact that he only weighed 250 pounds, he was the first and only person to hoist the humongous Andre the Giant - who weighed well over 450 pounds, and toss him through the air like a kitten.

Although Karl didn't lift weights he was strong as a bear - and unlike most "strongmen" - he had no shortage of fuel in his tank. The guy's strength just would not quit.

For many years I wanted to meet Karl ... and when I finally got my chance I truly had no idea how much my life was about to change.

Prior to our meeting I was a national collegiate wrestling champion a nd a world kung fu champion. So I THOUGHT I knew a "little something" about exercise.

In fact, I thought I knew A LOT about exercise. Afterall, I worked as a personal trainer in California for 13 years, where I owned my own gym ... and I had written numerous articles on the subject of weight training.

But Karl just laughed at everything I thought I already knew.

"Let me see you do a set of Hindu squats. I'll count for you," he said.

I got started doing them and was quickly aware that these squats, although appearing simple, were quite profound in how they trained the body.

"Let's see how many you can do," said Karl. "I used to do 2000 of them in a row in 56 minutes. Used to set an alarm to make sure I finished in time."

Two THOUSAND!!! I thought, as my thighs began to ache around the fortieth rep.

"Once you can do 500 of these in a row, you're on to something," Karl chimed.

Despite having powerful legs that allowed me to easily squat well over 500 pounds, the Hindu squats Karl taught me knocked me on my can in about a minute.

"What's a matter, college boy?" said Karl with a sarcastic grin."I thought you were strong. This can't be hard. All you're using is your own bodyweight."



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"These are unreal," I said. "Never thought anything could hurt so good."

"Now let's see how many Hindu pushups you can do," said Karl.

After being instructed on how to do them, I got into position and started cranking them out. The first 10 were fairly easy. Then around number 18 my arms, shoulders, chest and legs started to cramp. This was strange because I could easily do 100 regular pushups, practically in my sleep ... and could clean a full keg of beer to my chest and press it overhead.

At rep number 21 I was shaking like a Maple leaf in Toronto.

"What's a matter college boy?" said Karl again. "You mean to tell me that all that education you have on fitness and you can't even do 50 of these exercises that they've been doing in India for thousands of years?"

Before I could comment Karl had me doing a bridge ... something I figured as no big deal being I wrestled since I was 8 years old and had the best coaches in the world, including Olympic gold medalists Dan Gable and Bruce Baumgartner.

But the bridge Karl asked me to do was not the same as the one I'd been doing for years. I literally felt every muscle in my body working like never before.

"What do you think of that?" said Karl. "Now you know why I say you can get super strong using nothing but your own bodyweight. What you're going for is not just strength, but strength-endurance."

From that day in April of 1999, I have practiced the bodyweight exercises Karl taught me, as well as many others that I learned throughout my athletic and martial arts career - and I have never looked back.

As of today, I have passed my knowledge of these exercises onto "students" in more than 100 countries. Many people started out only being able to do a few pushups and squats ... and a half-baked bridge. But in each case, no matter how little the person could do in the beginning, if he or she sticks with the program - results come, and quickly, too.

In short order, Combat Conditioning beats the crap out of other programs, and does so six ways from Sunday.

Today, Combat Conditioning is a program followed by men and women of all ages and professions. It is used by the U.S. military, it is used by many in law enforcement, by men and women in almost all sports as well as the martial arts and combat sports fanatics.

Combat Conditioning works for weight loss and for increased stength, endurance, flexibility and muscle. It is used to help eliminate back pain, shoulder pain and knee pain ... as well as an assortment of aches and pains all over the body. Plain and simple, the program works!

Copyright, Gold Medal Publications, Inc 2004



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