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
I’ve been struggling to hold a decent single bar handstand although I’m great at handstanding on parallettes and flat surface. I’ve never worked on that skill consistently because I found it awkward, doubted my form and thought I was too tall for it. Recently, I was surprised to see some progress in my ability to … Continue reading Why The Single Bar Handstand is a Different Game
There is a specific body type that's most suited to calisthenics. Having this body type almost guarantees you'll become great at calisthenics and achieve even the even most advanced skills faster than people with "unsuitable" body type.
I went to Bedquilts Recreation Ground on Good Friday afternoon to train on my rings. It was the first hot day of the Easter heatwave that lasted 4 blissful days (sorry for sounding ignorant of the negative consequences of global warming). I set the rings up on a thick branch at the north-west end of … Continue reading Gymnastic Rings Training in Bedquilts Adel
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?
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
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?
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.
I've heard bodyweight training being called many incorrect words like: Calisthetics Caliesthetics Calesthetics Calesthenics Calenetics The right word to describe bodyweight exercise known as street workout and street fitness is: Callisthenics (British English) Calisthenics (American English) /ˌkalɪsˈθɛnɪks/ or /ˌkæləsˈθenɪks/ Origin Early 19th century: from Greek kallos ‘beauty’ + sthenos ‘strength’ + "-ics". Source: Google
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.