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Bodyweight Reverse Pyramid Training

Rough Strength Back Lever on RingsSo I have not been releasing new articles for quite some time. You may think: “Ah… He just gets drunk every night and is so hungover that cannot even type”. There is no fucking way for this to be true. I was busy with some useful things, which I will reveal at the end.

And now I would like to kick some ass with an article about the training approach that I consider the one of the most effective out there. Enter the Reverse Pyramid Training.

What Is Reverse Pyramid Training [RPT]?

It all started in my early training days. I experimented a bit with an approach  that everybody called “Reverse Pyramid Training”. There was no information on it, and I had no access to the internet at that time. It was a pure assumption that if you can ramp the weight up every set, you should be able to do it other way around. Due to the lack of expertise and  the moronic race to increase the working weight every session I was not able to get any meaningful results. As a consequence, I dropped the approach and considered it ineffective for some time.

Several years ago I was introduced to a reasonable version of Reverse Pyramid Training by this article. Martin Berkhan claimed it to be “the most successful” for him and his clients. The photos and videos proved his words. After that, I have seen lots of people all over the internet who used this approach with success.

So what is this Reverse Pyramid Training? Continue reading

How to Substitute Exercises Like a Pro

Stacked Kettlebell Clean

People often ask me different variations of the same question: “How can I substitute this exercise for something else?”. You may also be in such situation (and, additionally, I get really bored to type the same thing over and over), that is why I decided to address this problem with whole article. Besides, I have couple of interesting things to tell (or not).

Who Is This Article for?

This information is for people that fall into one of the following categories:

  • You travel and often find yourself in sub-optimal environment for strength training (gyms with 2 kg dumbbells);
  • You want to use certain training implement, but don’t want to screw your program up;
  • You want to try certain program, but don’t have all the necessary implements;
  • You are just curious.

First of all you need to understand… Continue reading

The Simplest Weight Belt

The Simplest Weight BeltEvery man seeking strength was at least once in situation when bodyweight Dips and Pull-Ups become too easy to have any impact on his strength levels. As I wrote in this article, there are several ways out of this depressing situation:

  • Add weighted vest
  • Add backpack with some weights in it
  • Move to harder exercise
  • Add weight belt

First one is quite expensive while the most convenient.

Second one is great, simple and cheap while has certain limitations. Backpack can take only limited amount of weight and probably not more than 25 kg. It should be used primary for more convenient progressing to harder bodyweight exercises. Also it doesn’t stay tight with the body as weighted vest so it can be used only for limited amount of exercises. Continue reading