Some time ago I read an article on T-Nation called “Unilateral Movements Make You Weak“. Very loud title, in my opinion. Especially for the content inside. The author examined the transfer between unilateral and bilateral exercises from position of maximal strength and using barbells/dumbbells. That article has its own flaws which I don’t want to emphasize right now. But the main take-home point is that unilateral movements DON’T make you weak. They make you stronger. Want to know how? Then read on. Continue reading
Recently I found that there are a lot of search queries in form of questions that lead to RoughStrength.com. So I decided to go further and actually answer those queries. So here they are.
Do BarStarzz lift weights?
No. You can check out my interview with Edward Checo of BarStarzz here. He stated there loud and clear that they workout strictly through calisthenics. Check out the whole interview for details. Also there’s BarStarzz DVD coming out soon. Check it out.
Does Paul Wade exist? Continue reading
This is the second part of my exclusive interview with Yahont. Click here for part 1. Enjoy!
So I should bother with dumbbell training.
Yes. If you don’t have a dumbbell, you can buy a handle (or you can find a master who will make a handle for you) where you will screw a pair of bolts into each side. Just look at my dumbbell.
It’s very comfortable. If I use less plates, then I just take shorter bolt. It’s practical. If I need thicker handle, then I just switch handles. I have such set of handles: 37.5 mm standard handle, 50 mm handle and 62 mm or 2.5 inch handle.
So you have a set of handles and just screw bolts in them, and put plates between handle and bolts? Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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?” Continue reading
As you know the goal of Rough Strength is to help people reach their health and fitness goals rough. The problem here is that people nowadays don’t believe that they need very little in their training. People are so obsessed with gym memberships, latest supplements, fancy machines and brand new clothes that they forget what training is all about. Training is about gaining primal rough strength at first place not about pumping up or toning the rear delt or outer thigh or endless crunches and curls. So I decided that people need to know who were the strongest people of the past, what were their stats and how did they train. And the first post I decided to dedicate to one of my all-time favorite old school strongmen Pyotr Kryloff. Read on and discover how was built one of the most impressive bodies of the beginning of XX century. Continue reading
There are so many debates on what implement is the ultimate training tool. Barbells? Dumbbells? Sandbags? Kettlebells? Bodyweight? You name it. People tend to oppose them to each other. One camp says: “Barbells are the best because you can always make micro adjustments in weight”. Others reply: “Sandbags or kegs are the best because they rock stabilizers big time; barbell cannot offer this”. Third dudes say: “Kettlebells are the best because they are fun and versatile and can offer unique exercises”. Fourth camp states: “Forget about weights! Old school bodyweight strength training is the king because you learn to master your own bodyweight”.
So who’s right and where’s the truth?