Lifestyle Dieting

So, if you are attentive enough, you may be wondering: “What’s wrong with that Rough Strength dude? Where the fuck are new articles?” I have only two words for you: “They are coming”. And the trick here is that there were three words, not two.

As you can see, I seem to be back with my good old idiosyncratic stuff (whatever this means). Anyway, the article below wasn’t born in my sick imagination. It was written by this guy who calls himself Trent McCloskey. He is straight-to-the-point and the information he provides is simple and effective.

Read, enjoy, and apply this finally.


Lifestyle Dieting by Trent McCloskey

Lifestyle DietingIf you have ever tried dieting and wound up right where you started, do you even know why? Why is it that if you follow the “right” ways, you see little to no results?

Well, that could be from a number of things, such as:

Maybe you have been following a crash diet for way too long and literally crashed and ate yourself right back to the starting point. Maybe you keep jumping to every new fad diet that makes its way onto your Facebook timeline. There are countless reasons to why you are not seeing results. But I think the main reason is that you and your body HATE dieting! So, let’s get on with the few lessons to make this whole dieting thing a breeze. You’ll see what I mean in a few minutes.

Lesson 1: Introduction

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So, Should You Do That Cardio Thing?

Bear and SkateboardYou may not understand it yet or even deny it, but traditional cardio is the most boring physical activity associated with strength training and physique enhancement (check out how I upgraded my skill in making up fancy names). Well, at least for me. Seriously, anytime I think about running, I get lethargic. Additionally, when you understand that it is way more effective to eat less than to exercise more, that little candle inside you that represented your desire to devote your precious time to such tedious activity as cardio goes out.

“So, you’re saying we don’t need that cardio shit, bro?” Not so fast. There are two points I want to discuss in this article:

1. When is it appropriate to use cardio?

2. Should cardio always be boring?

OK, enough of this silly little intro. Let’s dive into the cool stuff.

Why Does Cardio Suck?

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The Secret of East European Strength

The Secret of East-European StrengthAs far as I know, a lot of people to the West believe that we have secret training methodologies here in Eastern Europe. It is understandable. “The Iron Curtain” provoked this type of thinking and it was successfully sustained by clever marketers. Sometimes it seems that western people think that trainees here can gain strength and build muscle with the power of their sheer thought (how awesome would that be?).

Well, I don’t want to disappoint you, but most of the stuff you hear or read that is tagged “Soviet” and “Top Secret” is just a hype. All the info you need to succeed in your strength training quest is already out there. I am sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no East European training conspiracy. It may seem that people here guard all kinds of secrets, but the reality is WAY simpler. If you still do not believe me, let’s take a look at where these “secrets” can possibly be applied. Continue reading

How to Keep Yourself Motivated?

How to Stay Motivated?Oftentimes when we start any endeavor, it is really fun at first (well, unless someone makes you do it). You are all over the place with all kinds of ideas. You can’t wait to improve what you are doing. You are obsessed. But time goes, you are getting better, more mature and seasoned, and once interesting affair becomes dull and monotonous.

This is true for a lot of things including strength training and nutrition. You are not progressing that fast in strength with time. Constant hunger and cravings can break even the strongest dieter. Discipline, hard work, and consistency – these things will make difference once the journey gets into the intermediate-advanced stage. The main issue here is to know how to stay motivated to continue this endless battle? Here are several ways to do so. Continue reading

Why Do You Fail at Fat Loss

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I always struggled with losing bodyfat. There are people that are ripped from the day they were born and I am definitely not one of them. I was never obese either. I have an average metabolism. You know, the skinny-fat type. I gain fat easily and drop it slowly and painfully.

The topic of fat loss always fascinated me, but the reason I haven’t written much here on Rough Strength about it is because I was still experimenting with different approaches and numbers. Finally, I feel that I nailed it right and I want to share my experience.

NOTE: I won’t give you any pictures here because I want to save them for the big transformation article. If you read Rough Strength for a long time, then you know that I NEVER talk bullshit. If you are still in doubt, then go fuck around somewhere else.

Why Did I Fail at Fat Loss?

Well, this is complex question, but I will try to answer it simple. I failed at fat loss in the past for 2 connected reasons: Continue reading

Heavy. Light. Medium.

Franco Columbu Bench PressSo, if you think that this post is about all kinds of cigarettes, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It is not. It is about a simple and smart way to add more weekly training volume for a certain skill/exercise without compromising your limited recovery. It is called the Heavy-Light-Medium approach or simply HLM. I use it a lot and find it really effective if you want to concentrate on a limited amount of exercises instead of using variety of them.

Let’s take a closer look at it.

What is the Heavy-Light-Medium Approach?

You already know that your body’s recovery abilities are limited. Basically, I came to conclusion that you can’t train really heavy more frequently than once a week (well, maybe once in 5 days in several cases, but that’s if your recovery is ultra-awesome and your lifestyle revolves solely around sleeping, training and eating). Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Coaching

Some Thoughts on Coaching

This blog post will be different from others because instead of exploring strength training methods I will share here my experience with coaching people. I do this for a living, so I guess I have a thing or two to share with you. If you have no interest in this topic, then feel free to skip this article.

In comments section to this article, my long-time reader and good friend Gabri asked to write something on coaching. So, I thought: “Why not?” What you can read here is the result.

Coaching is a very wide theme. You can write a lot on this. Therefore, I asked Gabri for a list of questions that bothered him. As a result, this article will be some sort of improvised interview.

Let’s get to the questions.

1/ How did you start training clients online? Continue reading