Tag Archives | renegade strength club

Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn Ya

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Recovery

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Renegade trainee, Marko Zivkovic sent me a note echoing the experiences of thousands. You’ll probably be nodding your head as you read. If you haven’t experienced this yet, pay close attention. You’ll save yourself years of pain and frustration.   “For a long time I’d been doing the classic 5×5 squat, bench and deadlift. It […]

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This Should NEVER Happen

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Recovery

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I always found it odd that training would make you worse. At least the way most people do it. You’d think it would make you faster, more athletic and able to do more real world stuff. But it usually ends up being the opposite. People use methods and exercises that continually make them less functional. […]

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Ready to fight?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Recovery

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Just out of coincidence I’ve been around a few ex-military badasses lately. SEALS, green berets, marines. Guys who are always physically prepared and ready to do whatever, whenever. That’s a quality all men should strive for. You never know when some sh*t’s gonna go down. Even though most of us live soft, coddled lives I […]

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Low Reps = No Muscle Growth?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness

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Like a lot of us Chris was struggling to gain muscle when he contacted me. He trained for years but barely looked like he’d ever touched a weight. He’d gotten stronger but was still skinny-fat. And was achy all the time. Shoulders were clicky, knees were creaky and his lower back was always tight. If […]

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Worst Way to Get a 6 Pack

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness

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This sounds insane to me now, but I used to do 500 sit-ups per day. Then I heard that sit-ups were bad for your back. That made sense since my back was starting to kill me. I was only in my early twenties so I figured I had to be doing something wrong. So I […]

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Do These to Become Bulletproof

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Mindset

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I love loaded carries and include them in every training program I design. There is nothing more functional than picking up something heavy and walking with it. It’s manly, hardcore, old school shit. Makes you feel like a badass. Especially when you’re doing them in a public gym where no one else would dream of […]

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Real talk

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Lifestyle, Motivation

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If you’re ever scrolling through Instagram and you see a fitness model hashtag #RealTalk… Immediately un-follow that person. Unless you wanna read a 7,000-word diatribe about how they don’t always have visible abs. The comments are always about how brave they are. I’m guessing veterans who lost limbs in battle might disagree. We’ve really lowered […]

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Do You Have to Train Heavy?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Motivation

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Frank K. is a 48-year-old guy who messaged me about Thursday’s email. He told me that he had some nagging injuries from his years playing football. Because of that, he couldn’t lift heavy if he wanted to. I told him I didn’t want him to. When I say you have to get stronger people often […]

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Are You Up For This Shit?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Lifestyle

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Twenty plus years ago I had one of the original hardcore, underground, warehouse-style training facilities. Renegade Gym. The music was loud and angry. The attitude was pure ruthless aggression. The floor, covered with chalk. The walls with blood. The closet doors had holes in them. Some from a headbutt before a new PR attempt. Others […]

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You’re Lost?

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Recovery

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Friday night Jen and I finally finished watching the TV show, Lost. Man, did that ending suck. I’d heard about it for years from everyone. They were even still joking about it on the Oscars a couple months back. I said to Jen, “we put in all that time for that?!” I was so disappointed. […]

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“It’s Too Hard”

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Motivation

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I always figured the harder ya work, the better your results. And that works incredibly well with strength training… for about 6-8 weeks. Then you’re fried. Overtrained. Joints are aching. Sleep goes to shit. You’re tired but wired. Anxious. Irritable. In a bad mood. Sex drive drops. Can’t get stronger anymore. Weights feel heavy as […]

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The 4 Killers of Muscle Growth

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness

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Renegade Strength Club member, Keith Schwartz asked me an interesting question. “Jay, how the hell do you do it? Before doing your workouts I used programs by a lot of the big names in fitness. My joints were always hurting, I never had much energy, and my gains were pretty shitty.  Forget about the XXX […]

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Never Do This for Shoulders

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Recovery

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As a young meathead, I did a lot of stupid stuff in the gym. I mean really f’n stupid. But I was in my twenties and thought I was invincible. Not to mention charming and handsome with the bloat of youth filling my puffy face. Oh, where have ye gone? Father time, you’re a cruel […]

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The Best Workouts in 20+ Years

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness, Motivation

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I just got a great message from a Renegade trainee: “Your workouts are my favorite form of training I’ve ever done in 20+ years. I’ve gotten in the best shape of my life and never enjoyed training more than I do right now.” – Optimized You (on IG) My inboxes are always flooded with messages […]

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