Look at this man. This is Edward. He is founder of the Barstarzz. I was lucky enough to interview him this morning (actually, it was deep evening in New York City). He trains exclusively with his own bodyweight. He is strong as he looks. He performs amazing feats of strength, agility, balance etc. How this man was able to build such an amazing physique exclusively with his bodyweight? Because calisthenics work. And he’s not the only one. Look at other BarStarzz’s athletes. They look AND perform totally awesome. It’s not genetics. It’s consistency and perseverance. These things build such great strength and such great bodies. I’m really sick and tired of people that say something like “Oh! I need gym membership to become strong and fit” or “Oh! I don’t have time to train”. Seriously? Forget your excuses and go train! How can you train with your own bodyweight, get superstrong and achieve such amazing body? Read on. Continue reading
It seems that nobody likes to train legs nowadays. People in commercial gyms can do several things:
– work their biceps
– work their abz
– work their biceps from different angle
– work their abz some more with the faith to see them someday and etc.
It’s a HUGE mistake to neglect legs in your training. Legs are 60% of your body. Training legs is a fast track to getting big (remember 20-rep routines?). Anyway, who wants those toothpicks? Why not to have the entire package? Legs must be trained as hard as the rest of your body. It’s a no-brainer.
Look at the picture above. This is Tom Platz. He was possessor of the most impressive legs in bodybuilding (and by ‘bodybuilding’ I mean those times when it was a sport of masculinity, beauty and grace).
How did he manage to obtain such legs? He had one secret exercise in his arsenal. Continue reading
As you know the goal of Rough Strength is to help people reach their health and fitness goals rough. The problem here is that people nowadays don’t believe that they need very little in their training. People are so obsessed with gym memberships, latest supplements, fancy machines and brand new clothes that they forget what training is all about. Training is about gaining primal rough strength at first place not about pumping up or toning the rear delt or outer thigh or endless crunches and curls. So I decided that people need to know who were the strongest people of the past, what were their stats and how did they train. And the first post I decided to dedicate to one of my all-time favorite old school strongmen Pyotr Kryloff. Read on and discover how was built one of the most impressive bodies of the beginning of XX century. Continue reading
There are so many debates on what implement is the ultimate training tool. Barbells? Dumbbells? Sandbags? Kettlebells? Bodyweight? You name it. People tend to oppose them to each other. One camp says: “Barbells are the best because you can always make micro adjustments in weight”. The second camp replies: “Sandbags or kegs are the best because they rock the stabilizers big time; barbells cannot offer this”. Yet other dudes say: “Kettlebells are the best because they are fun and versatile and can offer unique exercises”. The fourth camp states: “Forget about weights! Old school bodyweight strength training is the king because you learn to master your own bodyweight”.
So who’s right and where’s the truth?
Men’s Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training by Chad Waterbury
Who is this book for?
Actually for anyone interested in gaining strength, building muscle, and losing fat as fast as possible ranging from elite athletes to ordinary strength enthusiasts.
What will you learn from it?
Despite this book being quite mainstream, it’s an interesting read where you can find lots of useful information especially on training for different goals. You’ll also learn Chad’s approach to nutrition and different strategies on how to get lean for a contest or a special event and much more.
- This book is fully loaded with training programs, precise exercise photos and descriptions and flexible guidelines on how to make it work. It consists of 6 training plans: Get Ready, Get Big, Get Even Bigger, Get Strong, Get Even Stronger and Get Lean. Get Ready is a lead-in plan that will assure that you will be ready for the other plans. Get Big is a plan which concentrates on building as much muscle as possible. Get Even Bigger is a plan where Chad shares his High-Frequency Training technique (which is quite better than in his articles on T-Nation). Get Strong is a plan which concentrates on gaining as much strength as possible. In Get Even Stronger Chad shares advanced techniques in gaining strength. And Get Lean is a plan that emphasizes on fat-loss.
- Chad uses full-body training in his programs exclusively and explains why. I, as a big believer in full-body training, totally support his ideas on this subject.
- High-Frequency Training is explained at a very high level. And it’s one of the most valuable parts of the book. My personal results with HFT are totally awesome. But it’s a theme for another post.
- Chad is always innovative in his training methods. He uses total rep count instead of conventional sets x reps, HFT, supramaximal holds, rest-pause etc. You always learn something new from him.
- As this is a mainstream book, it’s very beginner friendly. If I were just starting, it would have been one of the best books to read first.
- Totally enjoyable reading experience.
- The part about nutrition is very conventional, which is not a weak point for a person that is just starting dieting. But for me there was actually nothing new.
This book deserves a place in the library of every trainee who is serious about his training. No matter what your training experience or goals, you will find something new in this book. Besides, the price is quite low for a 354-page full-color book. Huge in a hurry is one of the best books on the subject of training.