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The first few of these articles are a fascinating look into the philosophy and practice of how to train for advanced calisthenics. Figuring right up front are the examples of one arm handstand push up and the seldom done right (in Alex's opinion) one arm pushup. Alex wants the one arm pushup done with the feet together and the body level, making it much more difficult than what he claims is the common practice of having the feet spread and not holding the body level.
Then Alex moves into a series of articles and interviews on strength training in general. These are realistic oriented. He states he has no preference between bodyweight, dumb bells, kettle bells, sand bags and stone. He feel the goals of the individual does make some difference. Logan Christopher and Paul Wade, Edward of Barstarrz, Supersaiyan, Yahont) along with others are featured. There is lots of discussion of volume vs intensity vs frequency which ends up with checking the goals of the individual (strength, mass, body building, general fitness) and the status of the individual (age, health, history in regard to strength training) and recommending mixing up the practice and emphasis of volume, intensity and frequency to fit the individual.
Then Alex moves into diet discussions. Again, he is realistic and states that the end practice of the better diets is more protein, more vegetables, fewer carbs and no sugar or highly prepared foods. He does recommend a 30 day no sugar push to break the sugar addiction most of us have.
Alex closes with thoughts on carries (farmers, overhead, suitcase) and explosiveness, how to avoid wasting time, and smarter food choices.
The book is well written, very readable and written with a little humor. The center of the road realism on many topics is a breath of fresh air in the face of many other authors writing with certainty as to the benefits of one or the other side. There are over 20 references to specific YouTube videos which help explain his points. I would recommend this book to those moderately advanced in the various aspects of strength and body building and to coaches in these fields for a look at the related sports through Alex's eyes. At times his frankness and openness and bluntness are eye opening.
Alex is a self confessed strength addict and coach in the Ukraine.
Alex cuts right to the chase from page one and lays out why strength is important and how anyone can obtain it that's not afraid of a little work and commitment to consistency. The ideas and tips were unique and the results can be outstanding when consistently applied.
Alex covers pretty much everything one needs to know to obtain great strength and his methods of progressions are to be admired. There's not much that gets past my radar when it comes to exercises/movements but Alex has several exercises in his book that add a unique twist to some old school movements.
There's no BS in this book! All the material is spelled out in an easy to follow format. No matter if you're a beginner or an advanced athlete you will gain some considerable insights and ideas with Alex Zinchenko's Rough Strength Files! Hands down the best money spent this year on any e-book I have purchased. Don't hesitate to purchase this book! Thanks for your time!
The concepts are great and Alex sticks to the exercises that will build your strength, the book mentions one of the most important aspects of calisthenics which is progression
Alex doesn't promise quick 12 weeks solution, instead he tells you the truth and makes clear that to be strong you need to be disciplined, deal with pain and get used to navigate out of your comfort zone.
To those who want to escape from the gym and and want to have a system that will help you to be strong and functional this is a must read.
Important note: This system won't help you if you are searching for a way to have a beach body, this book will help you to be strong only, real RAW strength