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
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
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
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.
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 … Continue reading Bored of the Gym? Calisthenics is the Alternative!
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 … Continue reading What is Calisthenics?