New outdoor calisthenics classes coming to Leeds Meanwood Park in June 2018.
In this detailed post, I share my personal journey to achieving the pike press to handstand as a 6' 2" (187cm) vegetarian weighting 90kg, with focus on the exercises that worked for me and those that didn't. Brief Summary It took me about a year of consistent training to get the pike press handstand and … Continue reading How I Learned the Pike Press Handstand
If you are a UK-based personal trainer or fitness instructor looking to train people outdoors (in a park or anywhere in the city), you need to get a license from your local council. Licenses are issued once a year and the typical requirements include: Relevant qualifications Public liability insurance up to £5m First Aid certificate … Continue reading UK PTs Need a License to Train People in the Park
Looking to do some group exercise in the park while the summer lasts? There is a bodyweight class happening in Meanwood Park on Mondays at 7pm. The class includes gymnastic-based exercises (handstands, L-sits, etc.) as well as some core and leg exercises. People of all ages and abilities can take part and easier alternatives will … Continue reading Outdoor Fitness Classes in Leeds
When I first started doing calisthenics back in 2008, I focused primarily on pull ups, push ups and dips. My focus remained the same for the next 5 or so years. I saw calisthenics as a way to build muscle, gain strength and look good. Occasionally, I would muscle up or handstand but my main … Continue reading How My Attitude to Calisthenics Has Evolved
A gym is just a place and its equipment a tool designed to help you achieve your fitness goals, but the tool itself is less important than the way you use it. You are 100% responsible for becoming a better version of yourself.
New to Leeds? Here are my favourite places for calisthenics and street workout. 1. Norma Hutchinson Park LS7 horizontal high bars parallel bars monkey bars 2. Bramley Park LS13 horizontal bars parallel bars low horizontal bars monkey bars 3. Horsforth Hall Park LS18 horizontal bars parallel bars monkey bars
If you are an experienced calisthenics practitioner who can afford a basic gym membership, I strongly recommend incorporating weighted bodyweight exercises in your training as the seasons change. Weighted calisthenics will stimulate your nervous system and help you build more strength. Weighted calisthenics will also prevent you from reaching a plateau.
How do I go about training outside when the weather is cold? You wear adequate clothing, adopt a special attitude and exercise with care! The main challenge with doing calisthenics in the winter is keeping oneself warm by wearing decent outdoor clothes. These could be proper winter sportswear, a pullover, or a few light tops … Continue reading Advice on Doing Calisthenics in the Winter
Learn push ups, dips and the crow pose prior to training for handstand.
Ever wonder why there are more people lifting weights than doing calisthenics? Let's talk about learning curves, how they impact on beginners, and why calisthenics is worth the effort.
Training during the winter is a huge opportunity to grow your calisthenics potential. Don't quit!