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Bodyweight Reverse Pyramid Training

Rough Strength Back Lever on RingsSo I have not been releasing new articles for quite some time. You may think: “Ah… He just gets drunk every night and is so hungover that cannot even type”. There is no fucking way for this to be true. I was busy with some useful things, which I will reveal at the end.

And now I would like to kick some ass with an article about the training approach that I consider the one of the most effective out there. Enter the Reverse Pyramid Training.

What Is Reverse Pyramid Training [RPT]?

It all started in my early training days. I experimented a bit with an approach  that everybody called “Reverse Pyramid Training”. There was no information on it, and I had no access to the internet at that time. It was a pure assumption that if you can ramp the weight up every set, you should be able to do it other way around. Due to the lack of expertise and  the moronic race to increase the working weight every session I was not able to get any meaningful results. As a consequence, I dropped the approach and considered it ineffective for some time.

Several years ago I was introduced to a reasonable version of Reverse Pyramid Training by this article. Martin Berkhan claimed it to be “the most successful” for him and his clients. The photos and videos proved his words. After that, I have seen lots of people all over the internet who used this approach with success.

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The Most Flexible Set/Repetition Scheme Ever

Why Not Lee Haney?In one comment to my previous article I promised to write a post on the most flexible set/repetition scheme ever. So I decided not to put it away too far and to create another epic piece. Will it really be epic finally or like other Rough Strength articles? I don’t know. All I can say that it will be flexi-flexi-flexible.

What Is Flexible Set/Rep Scheme?

The most flexible set/rep scheme [FSRS] is an unconventional way to organize your workout. Instead of boring 5 sets of 5 or 3 sets of 10, or 8 sets of 3, or 4 sets of 4, or 3 sets of 3, or 4 sets of 12, or 3 sets of 6, or any other X sets of Y you count only total number or reps (number of sets doesn’t really matter as long as you meet your volume requirement (your total)). Continue reading

“One Skill a Day” Training Program

Sergio Oliva PosingHave you ever had this feeling that your training is going nowhere? Are you still torturing your body with the same old program you were using for last 5 years of training? Are you sincerely amazed with the lack of results? Ok, enough questions. We’ve both definitely been in such situation. You are doing 3 full-body workouts per week for a really long time. Then they just stop working. You get an enlightenment and try some sort of Upper/Lower Split.  Your gains skyrocket to stratosphere and your reason to live seems to be restored. You think that you’ve found The Program. However, after decent amount of time the story repeats itself. You get frustrated (and maybe depressed) one more time. What to do? There are lots of ways out. I’d like to discuss one of them today. What if you could train every day (or almost every day), and get outstanding results? Seems too good to be true, but my solution fits the previous sentence perfectly. Enter “One Skill a Day” Training Program.

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10 Tips for Mastering the Perfect One-Arm Push-Up

Perfect One-Arm Push-Up by Alex ZinchenkoThe Perfect One-Arm Push-Up – many claim to be able to perform it, still there’s almost no video proof to back up those claims. Why so? Firstly, everybody has ego. And claiming that you can do such complex skill like the Perfect One-Arm Push-Up [POAPU] boosts that ego like nothing else. There’s no harm in bragging, unless you cannot back up your words. Secondly, it’s surprisingly easy to get trapped in improper technique with this skill. You can see lots of videos of One-Arm Push-Up but 99% of them are half-assed-twisted-body-feet-wide-pseudo-push-ups. That’s not what we’re discussing here. That exercise has almost nothing in common with real One-Arm Push-Up and is walk in the park comparing to our beast. Many people push this shitty technique as POAPU, but don’t be fooled. They just don’t have the patience to gain strength required for this move. Thus, they can forget about achieving anything great. Also lots of people don’t believe POAPU can be done the proper way, but that’s not true. It definitely can be achieved, but the process will require lots of time, hard work and patience. So let’s get closer look to what the hell that Perfect One-Arm Push-Up is? Continue reading

How to Achieve the One-Arm Handstand Push-Up

Convict One-Arm Handstand Push-UpNOTICE: To avoid any misunderstanding (and possible penis reduction in some individuals) by OAHSPU I mean wall-assisted One-Arm Handstand Push-Up (or as many people prefer to call it One-Arm Headstand Push-Up). You kick up into handstand with feet resting on the wall. Take away one arm and lower down until your head touches the floor. Then push back up.

So today’s theme is the mighty One-Arm Handstand Push-Up – the move that many people consider impossible. And only few individuals around the world take all their determination into a fist and are training for it day in day out. Are they out of their mind? Probably. Is it worth it? In my opinion, yes. And that’s not because I’m one of them. It’s worth the time and effort because OAHSPU is like holy grail for me. It matches all my requirements for ultra-heavy minimalistic no-tech upper-body pushing exercise, it resonates with my inner self and its “impossibility” adds some more spice to it. This move undoubtedly requires your full concentration, lots of time, effort and hard work. That’s what lures me to it. Are there better and safer ways to develop shoulder and triceps strength and size? Most definitely. But with all the safety you miss the romance of exploration.

Recently I was lucky enough to contact several people to provide some insights on the move. These people are Paul Wade, Jonathan Ferland-Valois and Logan Christopher. It’s always educating to hear [read] different people’s ideas especially if they are experts in the field (like these guys), so I figured out that it would be interesting to bring them all together and make some kind of a round table. I hope you’ll learn something new from this multi-interview and, of course, I won’t let you go without my own comments.

So let’s get to the questions: Continue reading