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The One Workout That Changed My Life ForeverBy: 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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