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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

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.

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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

Yahont

Master Kettlebells and Dumbbells – Interview with Yahont (Part 1)

I’m proud to present you the first part of my exclusive interview with a strongman and my fellow countryman Yahont in my free translation. This man is inspirational. Now you are able to read his story and to know the principles that lie behind his training. And you know what? The main principles are the same: consistency, determination, perseverance etc. Are you interested? Then read on. Continue reading

Franco Columbu and Heavy Deadlift

What Is ‘Heavy’?

You can often hear such phrases: “To get big you need to lift heavy!” or “Lift heavy stuff to get strong!”. Many personal coaches preach this approach nowadays. Arguments are hard to beat:

  • Heavy lifting strengthens tendons and ligaments
  • Heavy lifting ends with more muscle growth response
  • Heavy lifting even brings more metabolic cost
  • Heavy lifting is badass
  • Oldtimers lifted heavy
  • Etc

They say: “Bust your ass off in the gym!” or “Train heavy as hell!” You name it. It’s all cool but average trainee can become little confused. He starts to add weight every workout, he ‘busts his ass off’ every workout, he adds as much reps or sets as he can, he feels exhausted and beaten after every workout. And his progress stalls in matter of weeks. He tries new program but after couple of weeks he becomes even weaker. And on and on.

What’s the Problem?

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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

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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