So you’ve been training for a decent amount of time. You’ve made some gains. In strength, in muscle, in fat loss. However, after few weeks you stopped progressing. No amount of bench pressing, curls and crunches can make you move forward again. You blame everyone for your fail. Bad genetics, crappy gym environment, wrong lunar phase, politics etc. But reality is quite opposite. You just suck. And suck hard. And your program sucks. And, of course, your diet sucks too. As well as your overall approach to everything in life.
As you all can read I decided to devote today’s post to excuses. It’s like a plague. Like a disease. It seems like more and more people today get infected. You can see and hear it everywhere. “I’m too old”, “I’m too tall”, “I’m too skinny”, “I’m too fat”, “I have wide bones”, “I have long limbs”, “I have bad genetics”, “It’s wrong lunar phase”, “I don’t have time for training”, “I can’t afford good diet“, “I can’t sleep 8 hours per day”, well, enough. You got my point. Sometimes it seems that people spend more time on creating excuses than on actually doing something. I’d like to repeat myself one more time.
Stop Making Excuses
Again, stop making excuses once and for all. If you want your life to change then do something, give it pretty good reason to change. Continue reading
Here’s a guest post on training mechanics from Logan Christopher. You probably should know him for his feats of strength. If not then you should take a closer look at this guy. He knows what he’s talking about. – AZ
Many people have trouble figuring out how to integrate different tools into their workouts. I do not, and by the end of this article you shouldn’t either. Or they go a long ways with neglecting a major movement group in the human body.
As an example in the workout I just finished up today I worked on heavy deadlifts in a full range of motion and partials, frog stand presses up into a handstand, a progression towards the one arm chin, and finished with L-sits.
As you’ll see this one workout hit the major muscles and movements of the body. So let’s break it down. Continue reading
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.
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
How often does this story happen? You decide to go to the gym (or “fitness club”, if you prefer to say such a gay name for the gym). You start going there for the sake of just doing something (or, if you’re lucky, because there are lots of sexy chicks). You lift weights and work with machines. You workout for 2 hours 5 days a week. You do bench, incline, decline, dumbbell flies, dips. Then barbell curls, dumbbell curls, hammers, preacher curls. Then you work your lower abs, upper abs, obliques, sit-ups, crunches, leg raises. Then one day you take a picture of yourself and get a reality check: you’re not ripped and muscular. You’re not jacked. You’re a skinny-fat dude and nobody can say that you lift weights. How did this happen? Because you’re doing it all wrong. Continue reading
Today 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. Continue reading
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius
Great saying. The same about training. I can easily rephrase this saying. Training is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. You may have noticed already that the simpler the program the more it will be effective. In fact, the most effective programs out there are the simplest ones.
Ok, so what’s the point? And why the hell is Franco doing pull-ups in picture on the left? Well, I decided to make an experiment. Read on. Continue reading