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Franco Columbu Pull-Ups

Iron Addict’s Simple Power Based Routine + Convict Conditioning + Kettlebells

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

Master Kettlebells and Dumbbells – Interview with Yahont (Part 2)

This is the second part of my exclusive interview with Yahont. Click here for part 1. Enjoy!

So I should bother with dumbbell training.

Yes. If you don’t have a dumbbell, you can buy a handle (or you can find a master who will make a handle for you) where you will screw a pair of bolts into each side. Just look at my dumbbell.

It’s very comfortable. If I use less plates, then I just take shorter bolt. It’s practical. If I need thicker handle, then I just switch handles. I have such set of handles: 37.5 mm standard handle, 50 mm handle and 62 mm or 2.5 inch handle.

So you have a set of handles and just screw bolts in them, and put plates between handle and bolts? Continue reading

Boost Your Fat Loss

Burpee Challenge: Boost Your Fat Loss

The summer is on and everybody takes their clothes off. It’s perfect time to show your precious guns and abz on the beach. It’s heaven for all those gym rats who were ‘pumping’ and ‘toning’ their skinny chicken muscles all winter and spring. But what about those people who were working hard in the gym but were following conventional bulking routine and became big and strong but fat? And what about people that just want to get in shape or to see finally their abz? I have simple and effective solution that will burn fat and will make you lean fast if you will be consistent enough. Read on. Continue reading

Full-Body Routines, Auto-Regulation, Squats and Deadlifts Q&A

John GrimekRecently I received some e-mails from readers of RoughStrength.com with questions and I thought it might be useful to share the answers with all the audience. So here it is.

Rough Strength Questions and Answers:

“Hi, Alex!

So you believe in whole body programs over split routines yourself correct? I do not believe you can split bodyparts up period and I do not know who came up with them but in the old days that is all the old timers did and they were stronger, more powerful, better conditioned, and much more healthier back in those days then today?” Continue reading

Pyotr Kryloff - The King of Kettlebells

Pyotr Kryloff – The King of Kettlebells

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

Deadlifting at Home

Franco Columbu Deadlifting OutdoorsThe Deadlift. Exercise that involves pretty much all the muscles in your body into action while none of them go through full range of motion. One of the most productive exercises on earth while one of the hardest. One of the simplest exercises in setup. Benefits of the deadlift are endless. Besides, it’s one of my favorite exercises (:

You will always notice a good deadlifter in the crowd. Good deadlifter is a lucky possessor of massive traps, shoulders, lats, forearms and legs. And these are just visible bonuses. Good deadlifter (not stupid deadlifter) is a possessor of strong and healthy posterior chain. And posterior chain is one of the main muscles in your body if your goal is strength and performance. Strongmen use to say: “If you want strength then train your back”. Forget about curls and crunches. Leave them for sissies. Build your back and get big and strong!

Wondering how? Read on. Continue reading

Mixing Training Implements for Ultimate Results

Franco Columbu Mixing ToolsThere 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?

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