I'm proud to present you the first part of my exclusive interview with a strongman and my fellow countryman Yahont in my free translation. This man is inspirational. Now you are able to read his story and to know the principles that lie behind his training. And you know what? The main principles are the same: consistency, determination, perseverance etc. Are you interested? Then read on.
Convict Conditioning. Great book, totally awesome read and golden mine of information that you can use in your training. You can agree or disagree. It doesn't matter because Convict Conditioning is a must read for everybody who is serious about their training. You will be able to find tons of useful and entertaining information there. What's so special about it? And why even bother with bodyweight training? Read on and you will find all the answers.
Recently I received some e-mails from readers of RoughStrength.com with questions and I thought it might be useful to share the answers with all the audience. So here it is.
Rough Strength Questions and Answers:
So you believe in whole body programs over split routines yourself correct? I do not believe you can split bodyparts up period and I do not know who came up with them but in the old days that is all the old timers did and they were stronger, more powerful, better conditioned, and much more healthier back in those days then today?"
Look at this man. This is Edward. He is founder of the Barstarzz. I was lucky enough to interview him this morning (actually it was deep evening in New York City :)). He trains exclusively with his own bodyweight. He is strong as he looks. He performs amazing feats of strength, agility, balance etc. How this man was able to build such an amazing physique exclusively with his bodyweight? Because calisthenics work. And he's not the only one. Look at other BarStarzz's athletes. They look totally awesome AND they perform totally awesome. It's not genetics. It's consistency and perseverance. These things build such great strength and such great bodies. I'm really sick and tired of people that say something like "Oh! I need gym membership to become strong and fit" or "Oh! I don't have time to train". Seriously? Forget your excuses and go train! How you can train with your own bodyweight, get superstrong and achieve such amazing body? Read on.
Seems nobody likes to train legs nowadays. You see people in gyms. They can do actually several things there:
- work their biceps
- work their abz
- work their biceps from different angle
- work their abz some more with the faith to see them someday and etc.
It's a HUGE mistake to neglect you legs in your training. Legs are 60% of your body. They need to be trained as well as the rest of it. Training legs is a fast track to getting big (remember 20-rep routines?). Anyway, who wants those toothpick legs? Why not to have all the package? Legs need to be trained as hard as the rest of your body. It's a no-brainer.
Look at the picture above. This is Tom Platz. He was a possessor of the most impressive legs in bodybuilding (and by 'bodybuilding' I mean those times when it was a sport of masculinity, beauty and grace not who-can-buy-and-inject-more-drugs sport).
How did he manage to obtain such legs? He had one secret exercise in his arsenal. Read on.