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How To Get Ripped Muscles... Without Weights
By: Matt Furey - best selling author of "Combat Conditioning"
One of the criticisms leveled at me in regard
to Combat Conditioning and my other products
is that I use "hype" to promote them. Strange
Those who send me their testimonials don't feel
like what they are sending me is "hype.: They
know it is the truth - and they're living proof. I'll
give you some more "proof" in a moment, but first ...
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Okay, onto a couple important emails:
Just yesterday I received an email from another
satisfied customer, who had this to say:
I just read the e-mail you sent out yesterday. 71-year old
Don C.'s e-mail to you just delighted me.
I am 61. I ordered your Combat Conditioning book about a
year ago. I had been going to the gym for several months
with my son. While I was building up somewhat, I simply
wasn't interested in "bulking up," or getting "ripped."
What attracted my attention to your ad among all the
other "stuff" out there was your reference to "functional"
strength. That clicked with me because that's what I
wanted. My main interest is my health; I want to be
healthy. I look around me and see so many people my
age who are weak and sickly. It seems that their primary
topic of conversation is which ache or pain is uppermost
in their mind this week! Yech!
Long story short, I decided to simultaneously stop going
to the gym and start Combat Conditioning in the comfort,
convenience and privacy of my living room. I started with
the Royal Court. Well, I started at it. I could only do about
8 hindu pushups. I couldn't make it to 20 squats. The bridge
only lasted a few seconds with the top of my head on the mat.
This was AFTER several months of going to the gym at least
three times a week!
I slowly increased the reps until I suddenly realized that I was spending nearly an hour a day at it. Now, I understand that
an hour a day is nothing for you but my primary interest is
my health as I enter my "golden" years, not competition.
So, I modified my schedule.
Here's my schedule now:
Yesterday, I did 250 hindu squats touching my fingertips to the
mat every five. Then, after a short rest, a bridge for 12 long,
deep breaths taking two minutes or more. Then, I kick back with
my feet nearly touching the floor above my head. Then, another
bridge for 10 breaths and another kickover. It's during this second
bridge that I can either touch my nose to the mat or get very close.
This morning, I did 50 hindu pushups. After a short rest, I stood
near the wall, bent backwards to touch the wall at about waist
level and touched my nose to the wall below that. Pushing off
from the wall to straighten up, I then bent over forwards to touch
the floor with my fingertips. The second set, I touched my second
knuckles to the floor. The third time, I touched my fists to the floor.
Then, back on the mat, I did six reverse pushups.
I alternate those two routines for six days and then take a day off.
While it doesn't meet the standards needed for competition, it works
for me. I look good and feel good. I'm wearing size 34 jeans again
after having worn (and filled) 36's for a few years.
I am so grateful I found your program. I plan to continue it until the
day comes that I simply cannot anymore. I am convinced that staying strong and healthy will enable me to fight off all kinds of debilitating
illnesses for a far longer time.
Thank you for helping me be healthy!
Ed Hill, 61
M.F.: Ed, all I can say is I am proud as hell of you. You are a role model for all to follow. And I don't consider one word of what you
wrote to be "hype." Fitness truth is better than fiction.
Now, before I close this message, another email from a reader who felt that I didn't answer a question he asked of me earlier in the week.
Here is his email to me:
About the e-mail I copied and pasted below. You didn't answer
his question about why you look so ripped. I've seen this as
one complaint (of many) that you are all hype because "you
couldn't possibly get so ripped doing only bodyweight exercises".
I think it would serve you well to answer the question more
specifically (and I would appreciate an answer too).
By the way, really enjoyed the e-mail from Don, the 70 year
old who has bad knees and did 225 squats in a row. Makes me
feel bad that I can barely do 50, and I'm 27 years old. To me,
this is proof that your system works.
I just purchased "Combat Conditioning" book and videos and
I'm pretty impressed. I've finished the book and just finished
watching the videos so I'm ready to start. I've been lifting weights
for several years and am looking at your program as a viable
alternative. I do have one question so far, though. In the book
you mention that combat conditioning will not cause a person's
physique to look "ripped" like a bodybuilder, but in your picture
on the website you look about as ripped as most of the
drug-free bodybuilders I've seen. Can you explain this to me?
M.F.: David, I got the "ripped" look I had in the picture from following a dietary regime that I call the Furey Fat Loss Diet. I also got it from hill sprints and bodyweight calisthenics. Although I used to lift weights, I never got "ripped" from the practice. I always have gotten better results with bodyweight calisthenics.
And when you combine good diet with these exercises, it works even
Now, for a moment, consider the gymnasts. Take a look at
their bodies and how ripped they are.
Consider professional dancers. Consider those who compete in "diving." Consider those who box.
Almost without exception, these athletes do NOT lift weights.
So why are THEY ripped?
It is diet and exercise. Simple as that.
But again, the point of Combat Conditioning is NOT getting "ripped." It is the acquiring of "functional strength, endurance and flexiblity."
Most importantly it is for the acquiring of robust health and vitality. To me, that's what it's all about. The "look" means nothing without health.
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