I wish I knew a thing or two about good form when I first began doing calisthenics. Unfortunately, the concept of good form and execution never really crossed my mind as a teenager. https://www.facebook.com/veggievlad/videos/648663768987887/ In my early days (2008-2012), I focused on the bodybuilding aspect of calisthenics (i.e., sets and reps) and I wasn't exposed … Continue reading Wish I Knew About Good Form When I Started Doing Calisthenics
Are you training for a particular bodyweight skill (handstand, muscle up, levers, etc) but aren't making any significant progress with it? Read on to find out why this may be the case. I've written this post assuming that none of the more obvious reasons below apply to you: Not exercising hard enough Example: You tried … Continue reading Why You Aren’t Getting Better at Calisthenics Skills?
New outdoor calisthenics classes coming to Leeds Meanwood Park in June 2018.
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.
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.
There are probably thousands of incredible calisthenics athletes around the world. You can see them all on social media. Only a small number of them, however, differ from the rest in three ways - they are higher than 6' 2'', don't eat meat and have strong legs. I'm training to make a difference in the … Continue reading What Difference is Veggie Vlad Trying to Make in the Calisthenics World?
Thank you to all those lovely people who attended one or more of my 14 outdoor calisthenics classes in Leeds Meanwood Park this summer 2017. I hope you had a great time building strength and endurance in the sunshine and fresh air. BIG THANK YOU to those who attended my class at least once: Hopi, … Continue reading A Thank You Card to All My Calisthenics Class Members 2017
I would like to express my sincere GRATITUDE to nature and the universe for bringing sunshine over Meanwood Park and giving me, my students and class members a nice, warm and fairly dry summer weather here in Leeds, UK. In particular, I'm extremely thankful it has never rained in any of my weekly outdoor calisthenics classes. … Continue reading It’s Been a Great Summer for Calisthenics in Leeds. Thank you!
The back (rear) lever is a popular isometric hold in calisthenics and street workout. It's primarily a back and shoulder exercise which is much easier than the front lever but nevertheless requires a lot of discipline and hard work. Below are what I consider the five most important progressions for learning the back lever. BACK … Continue reading Essential Back Lever Progressions. How to Train and Tips on Good Form.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5qhOILfcI0 A skill that I can't fully control yet is the handstand pirouette on parallettes. That evening I really wanted to get one before going back home. It was getting dark and my shoulders were burning. Form deteriorated but I stubbornly persisted. Eventually, I got lucky! Never give up. Stay focused, patient and consistent.
How would you react if I tell you that there is a little inexpensive tool that can basically enable you to practice the elite sport of gymnastics in your own home or nearby park? Parallettes are a set of two small portable parallel bars designed for upper body workout. It's one of the simplest yet … Continue reading The Beauty of Parallettes
Achieve your fitness goals through bodyweight training with zero weights involved. The only weight you'll be lifting is your own body weight.