Recently I received some e-mails from readers of RoughStrength.com with questions and I thought it might be useful to share the answers with all the audience. So here it is.
Rough Strength Questions and Answers:
So you believe in whole body programs over split routines yourself correct? I do not believe you can split bodyparts up period and I do not know who came up with them but in the old days that is all the old timers did and they were stronger, more powerful, better conditioned, and much more healthier back in those days then today?"
There's so many debates on what implement is the ultimate training tool ever. Barbells? Dumbbells? Sandbags? Kettlebells? Bodyweight? You name it. People tend to oppose them to each other. One say: "Barbells are the best because you can always make micro adjustments in weight". Others say: "Sandbags or kegs are the best because they rock stabilizers big time what barbell cannot offer". Third say: "Kettlebells are the best because they fun and versatile and can offer unique exercises". Fourth say: "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?
If I were on uninhabited island and I were doomed to do only one exercise it definitely would be the deadlift. Its results are proven by centuries and it has the most impact on muscle building and overall strength gains. And of course it's one of my favorite exercises (: But there is one little problem. There is no barbell and no plates on this island. There's only sand and your thick-cloth bag around. No big deal. Shoulder it!
Shouldering is as old as sandbags are. Oldtime strongmen used to shoulder great poundages in order to build tremendous strength. The strongest of them could shoulder 100 kg (225 lbs) sandbag with one arm! I doubt that there are any men today who could replicate this feat of strength. Sandbag shouldering is lost feat of strength but it is definitely worth of returning. And I'm here to make it happen (:
Sandbag shouldering is a simple exercise. Literally, you lift the sandbag off the floor and to the shoulder. No hidden context. But let me warn you, don't be fooled by its simplicity. It's hard as hell when done with decent poundages. It's a test of willpower when done for high reps. Those who say that sandbag shouldering is easy definitely haven't done it heavy and/or for high reps. Save whining for those pussies. Real men choose sandbag shouldering as one of the main tools in their arsenal for transformation in rough beasts.