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Random Thoughts on Rough Strength Training

Bill Pearl PosingToday I’d like to post some things that I came across in my mind. Nothing fancy. Just thoughts on training-nutrition-restoration mix. So…

Drink a lot of water.

I know, it was stated millions of times. But anyway. Drink a lot of water. And I mean A LOT. It’s the best thing you can do to boost your fat loss and productivity. Water gives you energy. But how? Water has zero calories. Remember that human consists of water to 70-80%? That’s how. When I keep myself hydrated I always feel and uplift in energy levels. Even more. When I’m hungry but can’t eat for some reasons that don’t depend on me I drink water and hunger goes away. It’s very important. Secondly, when you don’t drink enough water your body engages survival mode and begins to store liquid. It’s negative phenomenon for your appearance goals because you will actually look fatter while you actually won’t be. So by drinking enough water you will improve your look through decrease in water retention. How much to drink? Read on. Continue reading

Boost Your Fat Loss

Burpee Challenge: Boost Your Fat Loss

The summer is on and everybody takes their clothes off. It’s perfect time to show your precious guns and abz on the beach. It’s heaven for all those gym rats who were ‘pumping’ and ‘toning’ their skinny chicken muscles all winter and spring. But what about those people who were working hard in the gym but were following conventional bulking routine and became big and strong but fat? And what about people that just want to get in shape or to see finally their abz? I have simple and effective solution that will burn fat and will make you lean fast if you will be consistent enough. 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

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Heavy Squat

Quick Fixes, Cheating and Consistency: The Great Secret

Strength training always was (and will be) a place for secrets. Secret routines, secret supplements, secret exercises, you name it. It’s all about human psychology. Everybody needs secrets to believe in. You can create an ordinary routine. Nobody will even notice it. Add “secret” to the label and BAM, it will immediately become something that people desire to know. Same thing with every aspect of training, nutrition and restoration. Secret foods, secret sleep tactics. People need secrets.

There is only one secret… Continue reading