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.
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
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 plates between handle and bolts?
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.
- 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
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?