If you read this post, then you should be aware that I simplified my training as much as I could lately. I lift conventional weights. You know, barbells, dumbbells, etc. I still do calisthenics, but way less than before. This is the path of endurable resistance for me at the moment of writing this article.
So, what have I been able to learn (or relearn) during this time. Well, lots of things. Let me share some of them with you.
Conclusion #1: Simple Exercises Are Better for Building Muscle
It may be hard to accept, but the simplest exercises are the best for muscle-building. Barbell bench presses are superior to one-arm or planche push-ups. Barbell squats are superior to pistols.
Let me be an example. Continue reading
So, if you are attentive enough, you may be wondering: “What’s wrong with that Rough Strength dude? Where the fuck are new articles?” I have only two words for you: “They are coming”. And the trick here is that there were three words, not two.
As you can see, I seem to be back with my good old idiosyncratic stuff (whatever this means). Anyway, the article below wasn’t born in my sick imagination. It was written by this guy who calls himself Trent McCloskey. He is straight-to-the-point and the information he provides is simple and effective.
Read, enjoy, and apply this finally.
Lifestyle Dieting by Trent McCloskey
If you have ever tried dieting and wound up right where you started, do you even know why? Why is it that if you follow the “right” ways, you see little to no results?
Well, that could be from a number of things, such as:
Maybe you have been following a crash diet for way too long and literally crashed and ate yourself right back to the starting point. Maybe you keep jumping to every new fad diet that makes its way onto your Facebook timeline. There are countless reasons to why you are not seeing results. But I think the main reason is that you and your body HATE dieting! So, let’s get on with the few lessons to make this whole dieting thing a breeze. You’ll see what I mean in a few minutes.
Lesson 1: Introduction
Oftentimes when we start any endeavor, it is really fun at first (well, unless someone makes you do it). You are all over the place with all kinds of ideas. You can’t wait to improve what you are doing. You are obsessed. But time goes, you are getting better, more mature and seasoned, and once interesting affair becomes dull and monotonous.
This is true for a lot of things including strength training and nutrition. You are not progressing that fast in strength with time. Constant hunger and cravings can break even the strongest dieter. Discipline, hard work, and consistency – these things will make difference once the journey gets into the intermediate-advanced stage. The main issue here is to know how to stay motivated to continue this endless battle? Here are several ways to do so. Continue reading
I always struggled with losing bodyfat. There are people that are ripped from the day they were born and I am definitely not one of them. I was never obese either. I have an average metabolism. You know, the skinny-fat type. I gain fat easily and drop it slowly and painfully.
The topic of fat loss always fascinated me, but the reason I haven’t written much here on Rough Strength about it is because I was still experimenting with different approaches and numbers. Finally, I feel that I nailed it right and I want to share my experience.
NOTE: I won’t give you any pictures here because I want to save them for the big transformation article. If you read Rough Strength for a long time, then you know that I NEVER talk bullshit. If you are still in doubt, then go fuck around somewhere else.
Why Did I Fail at Fat Loss?
Well, this is complex question, but I will try to answer it simple. I failed at fat loss in the past for 2 connected reasons: Continue reading
Lots of people requested an article on Rough Strength mindset for a long time. It is quite interesting fact, because I don’t consider myself the most confident man out there. Far from that. I may appear tough, but inside it is not that simple. I still have that nervousness when I approach complete strangers, even after a job, where I met LOTS of new people daily (it made its impact though, I’m WAY less nervous). I know that haters are going to hate, but I still get somewhat frustrated and pissed off when my work is misunderstood for some reason. Reject still leaves bitter taste. It is still hard to cope with bad days. I still have doubts every day about literally everything. I think these feelings are essential for every person. Only ignorant and stupid people never felt this way. On the other hand, the feeling of success and creation kicks ass of any doubt and frustration easily and really hard. It is that unstoppable energy that fuels you to move forward.
All in all, confidence is always work in progress and the wall of mental toughness improves brick by brick. In this article I will try to help you with what I know works for me.
Today I’d like to share my thoughts about serious disease that is taking over the world. This plague is hard to defeat and the person who gets infected stays ill for the rest of his life (well, in most cases). Call it whatever you want: “being strong”, “being lean”, “being muscular” etc. But for the sake of simplicity let’s call it “being fit”. If you are getting one or several, or all of these symptoms then you are definitely infected and there’s no turning back…
Just look how miserable he is.
50 Reasons Being Fit Sucks
1. Workers and owners of McDonalds despise you because you come there only for free toilet and never buy anything. Continue reading
Not much time ago I wrote a post called “Your Worst Enemy”. You can find it here. So this article is sequel. Or better to say work on mistakes. I was talking with one of my clients recently and he pointed out that it would be cool if I write more articles on psychological aspects of training and dieting. So aforementioned article came up to my mind right away. But after chatting for a little bit longer I realized the biggest flaw of that post. I touched the problem and defined it well but forgot the most obvious thing: ways to solve it. And today my goal is to fix my mistake and concentrate on possible solutions. Time to defeat your worst enemy.
So Who’s Your Worst Enemy Again?
You. Your worst enemy is nobody else but you. You may disagree. You may deny. You may get angry and pissed off. But this won’t change the fact that your worst enemy is you. Not me, not that guy in the gym, not lunar phase, not government, not genetics, not anything else. It’s all you. I can go on and on but you can check out the previous article for that. Why you? Well, if you think long enough on subject you will inevitably find out that your poor strength/performance/look/insert your weak area is the consequence of your bad decisions. They are poor habits, poor diet choices, lack of sleep etc.
So what’s now? Let’s try to solve the problem. First of all we’ll need to explore why do we make bad decisions? Continue reading