Category Archives: Experiments

13 Random Tips on Rough Strength Training – Part I

Some Serious Rough StrengthSometimes it takes only one tip from another person (usually the person with well-developed common sense) to turn on the switch in your head. Have you ever been in such situation? You struggle to find the best solution to your problem, you read all the available literature, you make your head aching bad (notice the intentional Breaking Bad analogy), your eyes fall out of sockets, but everything in vain. Suddenly it takes only one word from the right person and everything gets into its right place in your head.

Just like with this article. I was analyzing all possible ways to make my own weighted vest filled with sand, while simultaneously driving myself crazy with all the ideas. Then in one conversation on this subject my friend told me the simplest thing: “Hey! Why don’t you take the backpack?” I was like: “But it won’t work for this and that”. However, a bit later I came to conclusion that backpack will do the trick for almost every exercise that I need. Read the article for more details.

As you can see, any tip can give you some enlightenment. Therefore, here are my 13 random tips on rough strength training: Continue reading

4 Ways to Improve Convict Conditioning System

Convict PressesSeveral years passed, but Convict Conditioning [CC] still challenges minds of fitness enthusiasts all over the world. Despite the fact that it was written and published at perfect time to become a bestseller, CC is as evergreen now, as it was at release date. If you haven’t read this book yet, I’m really jealous. You haven’t got those sleepless nights of obsessive reading yet. You haven’t experienced that feeling of exploration and touching the history of physical training. You might not have that “A-ha!” moment regarding heavy calisthenics yet (if you are reading Rough Strength¬†regularly, then you probably had). Anyway, I think, I gave you enough reasons at least to take a look at this piece. You can find it here.

As for today’s article, what is its goal? Although CC is a full, all-sufficient training system, I just can’t leave it ‘as is’. My aim is to show you how to make it better and perhaps more suitable for your training. But first of all, let’s talk about CC system at its purest.

The Big Six? Continue reading

The Simplest Weight Belt

The Simplest Weight BeltEvery man seeking strength was at least once in situation when bodyweight Dips and Pull-Ups become too easy to have any impact on his strength levels. As I wrote in this article, there are several ways out of this depressing situation:

  • Add weighted vest
  • Add backpack with some weights in it
  • Move to harder exercise
  • Add weight belt

First one is quite expensive while the most convenient.

Second one is great, simple and cheap while has certain limitations. Backpack can take only limited amount of weight and probably not more than 25 kg. It should be used primary for more convenient¬†progressing to harder bodyweight exercises. Also it doesn’t stay tight with the body as weighted vest so it can be used only for limited amount of exercises. Continue reading

Wedding, Greece, Handstands and How to Survive All Inclusive

Me and My WifeToday’s post will be unusual (I mean, more unusual than all of my posts). I wasn’t writing for some time for a good reason. If you are following my updates on Rough Strength Facebook page you probably already know what I’m talking about but if you missed the info here are the great news: I got married. Yes, ladies, you missed your chance. I am very thankful to everyone who congratulated me, you are awesome. So I’d like to dedicate this post to the event and all the struggles and happy findings I came across during this period.

The Wedding

My wife’s name is Alina (and, by the way, she’s the author of, I guess, all my photos here on Rough Strength). We were dating since 2008 so the wedding was quite expected. Anyway, I made it all on my own terms and caught her by surprise. Continue reading

Twice-a-Day Training. Sleep

ArnoldHere are some of my recent thoughts and experiment results I’d like to share.

Twice-a-Day Training

Do you remember Arnold? I consider that he had built one of the best (if not the best) bodies of all time. When I learned that he was training twice a day, I thought: “Holy shit! How was he able to progress?” Well, man obviously knew what he was doing. Continue reading