Category Archives: Nutrition

The Importance of Variety in Training and Nutrition

Variety in Training and NutritionVariety is the spice of life. This sentence couldn’t describe much clearer the importance of variety in life. Human is created this way. Boredom and plateaus are direct results of lack of variety. It’s something simple and everybody should understand this but sometimes you have to remind yourself even such simple things. I was ignoring variety in training and nutrition for a long time. You know, this hardcore attitude. “I don’t give a shit. I will just attack this exercise more” or “I will stick with this menu for more days”. But this doesn’t work in real life. Believe me, you’ll hit a plateau someday. And the worst thing you can do is to continue doing the same thing. It would be great to train in the same set/rep scheme or eat same foods and get infinite results but this simply isn’t true. Continue reading

High-Protein Diet on a Budget

How to Create Cheap High-Protein DietIf you’re hard training athlete or just an ordinary fitness enthusiast that is trying to gain strength, build muscle and lose fat, high-protein diet would probably be the best option for you (of course, if you have no kidney diseases). But have you ever wondered how the hell you are supposed to follow high-protein diet and don’t spend all your income on it? How to make it happen? I’ll try to answer these questions in the post and show you on my own example how I made high-protein diet more affordable for me here in Ukraine. Continue reading

Training on Vacation: How to Avoid Unwanted Fat Gain and Strength Loss

How to Avoid Uwanted Fat Gain and Strength Loss on VacationSummer is legitimate vacation time. You were working hard all year. You’ve brought tons of income. You just can’t withstand the work routine anymore. Heat is killing you. Productivity starts to drop down. Well, it’s time to take a vacation, my friend. You need to rest to attack your work with enthusiasm again. The same is true for training and nutrition. Sometimes you need to rest to achieve more. So you decide to take a trip somewhere. But here pops up another question. Continue reading

Progressive Resistance. Protein. Patience

Reg Park - the essense of awesomenessAre you tired of not getting results? If yes then you’re probably screwing up in one of these three fundamental principles.

Progressive Resistance

Firstly, even the most retarded gym rat should understand this. If you’re not using more weight/doing more reps/using harder exercises/doing less rest between sets/doing more sets etc. then you will not see any difference in your strength and how you look. Tattoo these words on your forehead to remind this anytime you want to change something and get weaker instead of gaining strength. Fuck, you can do 2-3 exercises all your life, keep getting stronger in them and you will be a powerhouse in 5-10 years. Keep getting progressively stronger in your training and you will be on the right track. Rethink your training today, make progressiveness your number one priority (not some stupidity, brand new gadget or fancy exercise) and you’ll get results finally. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned in 2011

Happy New Year everybody! 2011 is over. 2012 is here. Now is the best time to review and summarize everything that happened to me regarding training, nutrition and other stuff in 2011. And happened a lot. 2011 year was full of experiments and learning. It had it’s own highs and lows. And that’s great in my opinion. I found out so much new stuff. Something worked, something not. I started Rough Strength blog with intention to share the knowledge of what is real training about. I can’t stand bullshit and shameless marketing and will always expose it anytime I can. Also I had several publications.

My Article in My Mad Methods Magazine

I’ve met different people, made new friends and connections, moved to another city etc. Anyway, it was year full of experience. So here we go. Continue reading