Do you remember school lessons? Good. This article is not about them. It is rather about life lessons you learn the hard way. Throughout the time I spent training, I’ve acquired a couple of them, and I believe it will be beneficial if I share them with you.
Be prepared for reiteration though. “There is nothing new under the sun”, right?
Lesson 1: Experience beats studies and opinions of other people (anytime)
A lot of coaches and trainees agree on obvious subjects like progressive overload or compound exercises. I’m yet to find an intelligent individual with solid experience in strength training who doesn’t think that progressive resistance matters. However, when it comes to debatable themes like low-carb diets, protein, high reps vs low reps, etc., there are wars. In reality, people just can’t perceive a simple fact: Continue reading
As you can see, it is another article with completely illogical combination of subjects. What can I say? I’m just good at this stuff. In all seriousness, these two topics are the result of my recent experimentation. And while the first one is somewhat predictable, the second one may surprise you.
With no further ado, let us get to the first part.
Time Under Tension
I was introduced to the principle of time under tension [TUT] by the works of Charles Poliquin. As I understand, he is the biggest proponent of using this variable in strength training.
The idea behind the TUT principle is simple yet reasonable. Continue reading
Today I would like to share my thoughts on the ultimate upper body strength training implement. What do you think it is? Barbell? It is cool and effective, but it requires lots of additional equipment like plates, squat stands, and possibly a power rack and a bench, as well as it is not quite mobile. What’s else? Sandbag? While it definitely does the trick, you are limited to the size of your bag and the amount of filler you need. Kettlebell? Not really. Again, it is mobile only if you have a car, and it is definitely limited to the heaviest one you have (unless you know this).
So what is it? Is it your bodyweight? Close enough. In my opinion, gymnastic rings are the ultimate upper body strength developer. How come? Let’s find out. Continue reading
We live in a truly amazing time. You might have noticed it. If not, then take a look around. Consider for a moment the fact that you are reading now thoughts of a guy living in a completely different country that is probably far away. Could this be possible 20 years ago? Not a chance.
This theme bothers my mind a lot and I would love to share my insights. I know that it is probably not what you expected as it is not clearly connected to strength training. Nevertheless, isn’t everything tied in one way or another?
What Is So Amazing?
Despite all the hysteria about oversimplification, informational noise, and robots taking over human’s future, I think exactly the opposite is true. Right now is the age of inexhaustible knowledge, opportunities you never thought of, and freedom you crave so much.
It all could not happen without the internet. A lot of people swear at it. They say that it eats our brains, makes us more stupid, takes away our lives. And they are true to some extent. However, it is a close-minded approach. I believe that the web made much more good impact on our civilization than adverse.
Let me give you several examples. Continue reading
AZ: Hey, Max! Tell Rough Strength readers about yourself.
MS: Hi Alex! I own a gym called Ambition Athletics, and I travel around the world as a Master RKC instructor. I enjoy Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu as well as highland games and Ping-Pong.
AZ: How did you get started with strength training? How long have you been doing it?
MS: I got my start when I finished playing soccer around 19 years old. At the time, I couldn’t touch my toes or do even one pull-up. I have been training now for around 6 years.
AZ: Describe your training style. Continue reading
It is the 100th post here on Rough Strength, so I decided to make it special. Not long time ago I managed to set up a pulley system at home destroying neither the walls, nor the ceiling (more on this later), and I am truly amazed with the results of my experimentation with it. I will go further and state that the pulley system invention is possibly the best thing that happened to heavy calisthenics. If you strive to learn advanced skills like Planche or One-Arm Chin-Up, then this can be your lucky ticket.
Why Is the Pulley System So Awesome?
First of all, why should you bother? Continue reading
“88% of all resolutions end in failure, according to a 2007 survey of over 3,000 people conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman” (C) The Wall Street Journal
With the rise of the internet and social networks, it seems that almost everybody has one or a couple of New Year’s resolutions nowadays. While it is definitely a right thing to do, a lot of those resolutions result in failures. People that promised themselves to lose weight/stop smoking/quit drinking break their vows in fucking January! Of course, they do not even try to get back on track in further months because they “tried everything” (in reality trying nothing). Obviously, it is not the way New Year’s resolutions meant to work. Therefore, here are my thoughts on how to make everything right.
Why Do We Fail?
First of all, we should look at the roots of the problem. Basically, there are five possible reasons for a resolution to fail: Continue reading