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5 x 5 Strength Training Template: How to Do It Right

Reg Park 5x5 Strength RoutineRecently I got lots of e-mails on programming. All of the people wanted me to analyze their programs and say what I think about them. Some of them even wanted me to try their program. I try to answer all of my e-mails. But I get really bored to write the same thing over and over again. So I decided to write another post on basics. Specifically on 5 x 5 strength template. I really like this approach and always amazed how it gets lost and returns, then again gets lost, then returns again etc. But first of all, let’s take a look at some history of this famous training template.

5 x 5 Strength Training Template in History and Its Variations

Well, I don’t really know whether old-timers used exactly 5 sets of 5 reps. I think, that they came up with something like this at some point. Continue reading

Calisthenics and Weight Training – Which One Is Better?

Marvin Eder combines bodyweight and weight trainingBodyweight training or weight training? A lot of people get confused in their choice. They try to find the ultimate tool for gaining strength, building muscle, getting ripped. Some of them became fans of one tool, some prefer the other. It’s ok. But people are funny creatures. Some of them just need to make their point of view as the only possible. And there’s no better place to make it than the internet. That is why we have epic battles of calisthenics disciples and weight training advocates. Life-or-death battles. And get even more confused.

As an open-minded, reasonable and smart trainee you should ask yourself: “Ok, so which one is better?” The answer may surprise you. Read on. Continue reading

Rough Strength Review: Mike Mahler’s Advanced Kettlebell Course

Mike Mahler's Advanced Kettlebell CourseTime to make training fun again in 2011! You will love all of the new and exciting drills on this new DVD set! Ramp up strength and conditioning, lose fat, and build explosive power!

Who is this DVD for?

This DVD is for trainees who are already got acquainted with kettlebells, mastered basic exercises and are hungry for more. Basically, this DVD is for everyone who is intermediate or advanced level in kettlebell training. Nevertheless, beginners will learn a lot of new and useful information too.

What will you learn from it?

You will learn tons of information on technique and performance tips. Here’s a list of exercises that are demonstrated on this DVD:

Double kettlebell drill with the bells outside of the feet:  Continue reading

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

Insanely Heavy Kettlebell

Heavy Kettlebells, Sandbags for Size, Burpees and More Q&A

Where to buy sandbag for working out?

Ultimate Sandbag by far is the leader on sandbag market. It has handles that makes it comfortable for different presses, cleans, rows, deadlifts, even snatches. You can check out my article about sandbags here. You can order one through this page or here. You can make your own sandbag if you read my article here.

Pyotr Krylov russian strongman

Check out my article on his life and lifting career here.

Best way to get ripped with kettlebells

Kettlebells will definitely help you in your pursuit of getting ripped. Pick exercises that involve whole body into action. In the other words most metabolically demanding exercises. Squats, Clean & Presses, Clean & Squats, Swings, Snatches. You can try pairing different exercises. For example, perform Swing, then Clean, then Clean & Press, then Snatch. It’s one rep. Also you can try interval training. Try 15:15 or 30:30 work/rest ratio. You can alternate your kettlebell exercises with jump rope. There is no best way. All ways are acceptable and effective. If you want to get ripped then focus on your diet at first place. Drink plenty of water. Eat less carbs. Eat less overall. Implement short rest intervals in your training. Getting ripped is more a matter of discipline than using kettlebells.

Full body routine to gain muscle Continue reading

Reg Park Dumbbell Curl

Unilateral Strength: Do You Need to Bother?

Some time ago I read an article on T-Nation called “Unilateral Movements Make You Weak“. Very loud title, in my opinion. Especially for the content inside. The author examined the transfer between unilateral and bilateral exercises from position of maximal strength and using barbells/dumbbells. That article has its own flaws which I don’t want to emphasize right now. But the main take-home point is that unilateral movements DON’T make you weak. They make you stronger. Want to know how? Then read on. Continue reading

BarStarzz, Paul Wade, Supplements, Kettlebells and Sandbags Q&A

Recently I found that there are a lot of search queries in form of questions that lead to RoughStrength.com. So I decided to go further and actually answer those queries. So here they are.

Do BarStarzz lift weights?

No. You can check out my interview with Edward Checo of BarStarzz here. He stated there loud and clear that they workout strictly through calisthenics. Check out the whole interview for details. Also there’s BarStarzz DVD coming out soon. Check it out.

Does Paul Wade exist? Continue reading