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Things I’ve Learned in 2012

New Year PresentSo the 2012 year is over and gone forever. It was pretty tough. But a lot of good things happened either. The first thing I’ve learned (or just been reminded) is that there is no limit to human stupidity and naivety. There are apocalypses and different ends of the world almost every year. Sometimes several times per year. Why do all those sheepeople still believe that crap? I think, it’s because people are too lazy to think. Do you really believe that end of the world will come in one day or one hour? If you analyze that “prophecy” you’ll find out that the end of the world should have come due to displacement of the Earth’s axis (well, according to the “prophecy” I know). Think about it a bit. Do you really believe that such HUGE process is possible in one day? The Earth evolved during 4.54 billions of years. So that all is crap. And you shouldn’t believe it. I digress. Let’s get back to my theme for today. Continue reading

Importance of Individual Approach to Training and Nutrition

Arnold Says: "Stop Copying My Programs!"It seems pretty obvious that everybody on this planet is unique. Even when comparing them to their parents or other relatives. Everybody is different. Some people are right hand dominant, others – left hand. Some people are tall, some are short. Some people have fast metabolisms, some have slow. I can go on and on. Why am I writing this? Because all the people know they are different but still try to copy others (usually more successful ones) without even thinking. I see this all the time. I talk about this all the time. You can’t expect results from thoughtless copying of programs and training approaches. Or diet methods. Or anything. “Hey, that dude got pretty big from doing this program. I will definitely get big from doing it exactly”. Sorry to disappoint you but more chances that you won’t. Why? Again, because everybody is different. Or because that guy might have years of experience and tons of knowledge under his belt and he designed a program that takes into account his physiology, biomechanics, stress levels, spare time etc (in other words, that is individual for him). Or he may be lucky bastard with genetics that allow him to use all the crappy programs in the world and grow. Or something in between. Your program might not be unique but it definitely must be personalized for you. Continue reading

Why Low-Calorie Low-Protein Diet Sucks

Low-Calorie? Low-Protein?I thought that it was pretty obvious that low-calorie low-protein diet sucks (well, at least for me and majority of people, not exceptional freaks that can eat like that and still build pretty good strength and decent amounts of muscle). But it turns out that I was wrong. Literally, tons of people follow this stupid approach nowadays. Well, I’ll go even further and say that majority of people that are too lazy or think that they are too smart and sophisticated (or insert any excuse here like too busy or wrong lunar phase) to count calories are probably following this shitty nutritional approach. Reality is that they could be consistent enough to waste their time and energy on decent workouts but get no results because their diet sucks big time. Continue reading

The Power of Simplicity

Reg Park Kept It Simple“The simpler – the better”. It is one of my mottos. The simpler – the more chances that you won’t screw up in something. This principle has never failed me in whatever area of life, and especially in training and nutrition. Many people have that OCD thing. They are too obsessed with perfect amount of training intensity, frequency and volume, perfect exercise selection, perfect amount of calories, perfect macronutrients, perfect amount of sleep (of course, in perfect sleep waves) etc. Funny thing that there are no things in life that are perfect. You can be very close to perfect but never perfect. And that’s the beauty of life. You will always have room for improvement. No matter how strong you are you will always have things to do to become stronger. No matter how good your Handstand, for example, or Planche you will always find little adjustments to make them better. You got the idea. But what about simplicity? Continue reading

6 Biggest Diet Flaws

Vince GirondaThere are more than ever “diet-conscious” people nowadays. Funny thing that there are also more than ever fat people nowadays. There are several reasons for that, which I don’t want to discuss right now. The thing I’d like to address is that people concentrate on small picture ignoring the big one. What if I tell you that all those “diet” or “low-fat” foods and drinks are not the answer to your fat loss? In many cases they just slow down your progress. I often get questions like these:

“Is rye bread better than wheat?”

“What if I add freshly-squeezed lemon juice to my meal?”

“How many pieces of grapefruit should I eat per day for optimal fat loss?”

Stop it. You’re just wasting your and my time. None of this stuff matters. It just pisses me off. Minor tweaks work only if the big picture is in check. So in this article I’d like to share with you my version of what are the biggest diet flaws. Continue reading

Warrior Attitude to Training and Nutrition

Warrior Attitude to Training and NutritionI’m sick and tired of what I see. Take a look around. I don’t know what situation is in your country/city, but chances are that you see the same picture. I’ll tell you what I see here in Ukraine. Almost everyone drinks alcohol in excessive amounts and daily. I won’t be far from truth if I say that every 2 out of 3 people here are alcoholics. I have nothing against drinking in moderation, but when people crap in their pants because they are so drunk, it is not right. Almost everyone smokes cigarettes daily. Almost everyone smokes weed. Almost everyone drinks energy-drinks daily. And it’s considered normal here. I see weak fat people everywhere. Everyone who tells you otherwise about this country is fucking hypocrite.

However, I used word ‘almost’ with purpose. When people get reality check and realize that they are weak fat maggots, they decide to start ‘healthy’ eating. Continue reading

Are Calisthenics Optimal for Building Muscle?

Arnold Using Calisthenics to Build MuscleBodyweight strength training was a revelation for me. I was quite ignorant for some time and thought that weight training is a must if your goal is to gain strength and build muscle. When I was introduced to progressive calisthenics, my world turned upside down. It was a golden gem. Now I have solid experience with this kind of training and here’s the question I want to discuss today: is bodyweight strength training optimal for building muscle? Continue reading