Random Thoughts on Rough Strength Training

Bill Pearl PosingToday I’d like to post some things that I came across in my mind. Nothing fancy. Just thoughts on training-nutrition-restoration mix. So…

Drink a lot of water.

I know, it was stated millions of times. But anyway. Drink a lot of water. And I mean A LOT. It’s the best thing you can do to boost your fat loss and productivity. Water gives you energy. But how? Water has zero calories. Remember that human consists of water to 70-80%? That’s how. When I keep myself hydrated I always feel and uplift in energy levels. Even more. When I’m hungry but can’t eat for some reasons that don’t depend on me I drink water and hunger goes away. It’s very important. Secondly, when you don’t drink enough water your body engages survival mode and begins to store liquid. It’s negative phenomenon for your appearance goals because you will actually look fatter while you actually won’t be. So by drinking enough water you will improve your look through decrease in water retention. How much to drink? Read on. I think the more – the better. I like what Chad Waterbury prescribes on this one. He says that you need to drink water until your urine is clear. Good measurable goal everyone should strive for. I personally drink at least 3 liters per day (not including tea, milk and other beverages). Drink water and get ripped.

To build muscle you need to rest.

It’s critical point. If your goal is to gain mass and build more muscular size then you need to rest. It’s especially true when you get to intermediate-advanced levels of strength. While some people can go all out every day and still grow and get stronger they are happy minority. On the other hand, the majority of trainees need adequate periods of rest to grow and get stronger. In my experience, after all the “newbie gains” stop you can hit PRs in heavy exercises once a week. And when you move to advanced strength levels then even less than once a week. That is true for weights. With bodyweight training situation can be a bit different through improved neural adaptation. You can hit more reps daily if you are not close to your one-rep max. But if we are talking about 5-rep max range then the rules are the same. So to build muscle you need to rest. While I’m a big fan of high-frequency training I think that the best results you can achieve cycling high frequency and low frequency protocols. The main dilemma you need to solve in your training is a proper mix of volume, intensity and frequency.

Don’t look for excuses.

Strong people don’t look for excuses. They make things happen. They make their dreams happen. Forget your excuses. I’m really sick of them. ‘I don’t have time to train’, ‘I’m too old’, ‘I have bad genetics’, ‘I missed my pre-workout meal’, ‘I won’t reach my goal without supplements’, ‘You need steroids to get big/strong/ripped’, ‘Insert your own excuse’. Seriously? I heard great quote some time ago. It said “Albert Einstein also had 24 hours in a day”. Stop making excuses and start making your dreams come true. Rough Strength is all about this. Get strong. You don’t need fancy stuff. No gym memberships, no latest brand new clothes, no supplements, nothing. Just a burning will to get stronger, to get in best shape of your life. If you have it you WILL succeed. Guaranteed. I can help you. But the only person responsible for your results is you.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more.

Play rough!

Alex Zinchenko

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5 thoughts on “Random Thoughts on Rough Strength Training

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  3. m6k3

    Another dose of pure motivation, siriencly you hel us a lot witch you knowleage and thanks for share it ! greetings from Poland !

  4. jakut

    I thought, I was the only one from Poland who read this great stuff. It seems you are popular in here Alex :D

    Good point with excuses. It suprises me often how stupid excuses I can make to skip workout / eat some crappy food etc.

    This blog is such a great place because you don’t write about bullsh*t, like a lot of authors does.

    Keep on trucking!

    1. Alex Zinchenko Post author

      Thanks for kind words, bro. It’s always great news that my stuff is read and appreciated. As you noticed I have zero tolerance for bullshit and will keep on spreading the word on what works and what doesn’t. I’m writing this for you.

      – Alex

      P.S. By the way, my grandmother was from Poland. Just saying.


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