Calisthenics, Handstands & Meditation

I believe there is a link between calisthenics and meditation. Some static holds in calisthenics can induce a meditative state. I’d describe that state as one of being present in the moment, having a clear yet focused mind and strong awareness of the physical body. Holding a handstand (and frog pose) has made me enter such…

Bored of the Gym? Calisthenics is the Alternative!

Are you passionate about exercise but bored of going to the gym? Are you tired of lifting weights and doing repetitive movements using gym equipment? Has the atmosphere in the gym begun to demotivate you to work out? If you are looking for a different exercise-related activity that’s going to not only bring back the…

What is Calisthenics?

The word calisthenics comes from the ancient Greek words kalos (κάλλος), which means “beauty”, and sthenos (σθένος), meaning “strength”. Longman English Dictionary defines calisthenics as “a set of physical exercises that are intended to make you strong and healthy.” Google defines it as “gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement.” Both definitions…

Fun Things To Do in Leeds This Summer

Do you want to do something fun this summer? A rewarding exercise-related activity that will benefit your health, well-being and physical fitness?  Fancy learning how to stand on your hands and other cool skills while the sun is shining over Leeds? My name is Vlad and I’m running outdoor calisthenics sessions which involve doing a…

Why Women Don’t Compete on Rings in the Olympics?

Women carry most of their weight and strength in the lower body. Performing on rings requires incredible upper body strength that only men can develop to a professional competitive level. Have you seen a woman do iron cross for instance? Further, performing on a horizontal bar also requires a lot of upper body strength. Women…

Low-Calorie Vegetarian Chicken Wraps

INGREDIENTS Lettuce Mushrooms (200g) Olive Oil Onion x1 Pepper x1 Quorn Meat-Free Chicken Pieces (350g) Rocket Soft Cheese Tomatoes x2 Wraps Chow Mein Blue Dragon Sauce COOKING INSTRUCTIONS Chop the mushrooms, onion and pepper. Add a few table spoons of olive oil to a pan and fry all together with the quorn chicken pieces, stirring…

Calisthenics Personal Trainer in Leeds, West Yorkshire 

Do you want to get stronger and learn new skills by doing bodyweight exercises outdoors in the sun? My name is Vlad (also known as Veggie Vlad) and I now offer personal training in calisthenics and street workout. I can assist you with learning how to do handstands, muscle ups, front and back levers, the…

How I Fell in Love with SUMO Deadlifts

I got my first gym membership at the age of 23 (January 2016) but I’ve been heavily into sport and exercise since my early teenage years (2006). My girlfriend, a gym maniac at the time, introduced me to conventional deadlifting. I focused on learning the correct form in the first few months, lifting no more…