Tag Archives: weight training

How to Incorporate Static Exercises into Your Training Routine

The Only Way to Perform Static ExercisesSo you want to take your strength training to another level. You are certain that lifting weights is not your limit and you definitely need some cool statics like the Handstand or the Planche in your routine. Here comes the tricky part: how to incorporate both static and dynamic exercises into a sound training program without sacrificing too much of a progress?

Well, this article will help you to answer this question.

What Static Exercises?

You probably know and have seen the cool stuff like the Human Flag, but are bodyweight statics your only options? No. There are tons of static exercises you can perform with heavy weights. Let me somewhat classify them: Continue reading

The Most Flexible Set/Repetition Scheme Ever

Why Not Lee Haney?In one comment to my previous article I promised to write a post on the most flexible set/repetition scheme ever. So I decided not to put it away too far and to create another epic piece. Will it really be epic finally or like other Rough Strength articles? I don’t know. All I can say that it will be flexi-flexi-flexible.

What Is Flexible Set/Rep Scheme?

The most flexible set/rep scheme [FSRS] is an unconventional way to organize your workout. Instead of boring 5 sets of 5 or 3 sets of 10, or 8 sets of 3, or 4 sets of 4, or 3 sets of 3, or 4 sets of 12, or 3 sets of 6, or any other X sets of Y you count only total number or reps (number of sets doesn’t really matter as long as you meet your volume requirement (your total)). Continue reading

Progressive Resistance. Protein. Patience

Reg Park - the essense of awesomenessAre you tired of not getting results? If yes then you’re probably screwing up in one of these three fundamental principles.

Progressive Resistance

Firstly, even the most retarded gym rat should understand this. If you’re not using more weight/doing more reps/using harder exercises/doing less rest between sets/doing more sets etc. then you will not see any difference in your strength and how you look. Tattoo these words on your forehead to remind this anytime you want to change something and get weaker instead of gaining strength. Fuck, you can do 2-3 exercises all your life, keep getting stronger in them and you will be a powerhouse in 5-10 years. Keep getting progressively stronger in your training and you will be on the right track. Rethink your training today, make progressiveness your number one priority (not some stupidity, brand new gadget or fancy exercise) and you’ll get results finally. Continue reading

The Basic Exercise Movement Breakdown

Here’s a guest post on training mechanics from Logan Christopher. You probably should know him for his feats of strength. If not then you should take a closer look at this guy. He knows what he’s talking about. – AZ

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Many people have trouble figuring out how to integrate different tools into their workouts. I do not, and by the end of this article you shouldn’t either. Or they go a long ways with neglecting a major movement group in the human body.

As an example in the workout I just finished up today I worked on heavy deadlifts in a full range of motion and partials, frog stand presses up into a handstand, a progression towards the one arm chin, and finished with L-sits.

As you’ll see this one workout hit the major muscles and movements of the body. So let’s break it down. Continue reading

Calisthenics and Weight Training – Which One Is Better?

Marvin Eder combines bodyweight and weight trainingBodyweight training or weight training? A lot of people get confused in their choice. They try to find the ultimate tool for gaining strength, building muscle, getting ripped. Some of them became fans of one tool, some prefer the other. It’s ok. But people are funny creatures. Some of them just need to make their point of view as the only possible. And there’s no better place to make it than the internet. That is why we have epic battles of calisthenics disciples and weight training advocates. Life-or-death battles. And get even more confused.

As an open-minded, reasonable and smart trainee you should ask yourself: “Ok, so which one is better?” The answer may surprise you. Read on. Continue reading