The Workout You Need To Start 2023!

online calisthenics Jan 14, 2023

This 400 reps workout is the perfect way to start the year:

I completed it in less than 60 min.

Use a wide grip for chin ups if you are advanced otherwise, substitute with classic chin ups grip width.

You can break down and mix (pull ups/chin ups) the pull ups amount per set as you go. Same goes with the knee raises and shoulder extensions. Start with the longer sets you can and reduce as you get fatigued. Make sure to keep a good pace.

You can take as long as you want, but try to make it 60 minutes. Use any variation needed (example: using a resistance band for pull ups or substituting with Australian rows).

Make sure to warm up properly, as usual! And put a special focus on your shoulders and wrists!

Let's go!

Nicolas

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Do This To Get Your Back in Great Shape!

online calisthenics Dec 29, 2022

Static pull up holds are a great way to stretch and strengthen your back. They are a game changer to get better at pull ups!

This exercise consists of holding at 3 levels of the pull up for an extended amount of time:

  • The top of a pull-up (bar to chest, or bar behind the neck)
  • The mid-hold (bar above the head)
  • The dead hang (straight arms)

The mid hold is probably the hardest part of the combo. It requires good shoulder strength and mobility. You can practice assisted lat flies and use a resistance band to build up to it.

This is an overall great combo for building core strength, as well as increasing flexibility. It can also help to improve posture and reduce back pain. 

If you can’t hold behind your neck yet, substitute for a classic chest to bar at the top of the pull up hold.

Aim for 5-10 seconds at each level. Go for 3-5 sets after your pull up workout.

Check out one of my sets here!

Give them a try and see how much your back can benefit!

Nicolas

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What I Asked To Calisthenics Santa For Christmas!

online calisthenics Dec 27, 2022

...is for you to stay consistent with your routine and get "gainz" during the holidays!

That's really the secret!

There is no resolution to have on January 1st.

Whatever happens, the secret is to never stop.

That doesn't mean you have to train beast mode every single day.

That means you need to keep up with the bare minimum of movement your body needs to stay alive.

There are MANY reasons and ways to make that a very cool part of life.

1/ You have 100% freedom of choice. 

You can do it whenever you want, anywhere, anytime. 

2/ It's extremely easy to remember.

It's just like you remember to brush your teeth everyday.

3/ The 100 rule. 

Do 100 repetitions of a compound movement, as a bare minimum to do everyday, on any day where/if you don't fully workout (Sunday can be mobility!). Convert that to seconds if it's a static movement or a mobility routine. If you can't perform some movements, you can use any assisted variations.

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My Favorite Push ups!

online calisthenics Dec 26, 2022

Push ups are one of my favorite movements. 

You can do them anywhere. They can become infinitely hard.

My favorite ones are the superman push ups!

They are really fun, and give you a good bang for your buck.

I like to end some sessions with a few sets to finish strong.

Here are some of my favorite explosive push ups!

While I have fun performing those sets, I also put a lot of focus on practicing foundation push ups such as the classic version, the pike push up and decline push ups (various angles), and more!

Foundation work is key!

Nicolas

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Calisthenics Training With Online Clients In Real Life!

online calisthenics Dec 22, 2022

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to meet my online client Antal from Toronto, in real life! 

He was a beginner and signed up for the Online Personal Coaching Program back in 2020-2021.

He made tremendous progress during that time.

He went from complete beginner to training for the muscle up in one year!

So training with him in person last week was a really great time. It was an opportunity to exchange more tips and tricks, answers questions, and workout together. 

We did about 300 reps total in 1 hour, and completed a full body workout as follow:

  Hanging shrugs and Chin ups

  Incline push ups and box dips

  Squats and long lunges

  T-pose holds

  Hanging knee raises

  Hollow body holds

We then got a great sushi lunch by the Marina.

Really cool times.

It’s always great to train in person, it's what I love, and hope to workout with you when you are in Los Angeles!

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How To Nail You Dream Move With Calisthenics!

online calisthenics Nov 13, 2022

I’m excited to be part of the Invert, Bend and Balance symposium with Andrea Plancarte!

There are more than 20 experts involved in this great online event.

It's for all for aerialists, hand-balancers and pole dancers.

I can’t wait to share with you How Calisthenics Will Boost Your Upper Body Strength and Your Aerial / Pole Skills.

During the interview, we’ll talk about:

* What’s calisthenics, the importance of push ups and pull ups movements

* Their massive benefits to pole dancers and aerialists

* What’s proper technique for both pushing and pulling

* How to implement calisthenics in your workout and scale it to your level, to get the best results

The interview goes live tomorrow Monday November 14th.

Get your FREE spot at the link below!

https://symposium.invertbendbalance.com/nicolas

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My 30 Second Calisthenics Challenge To You!

online calisthenics Nov 09, 2022

Practicing a skill requires setting clear goals that you can visualize.

This is what the goal was for me when I started practicing handstands: holding a simple straight line for 30 seconds.

So here is my challenge to you: hold whatever handstand variation you want for 30 seconds!

It can be assisted on the wall or even a simple elevated pike hold (hint: this is how you start building shoulder strength and muscle endurance).

Make sure to keep your scapula retracted, "squeezed" together enough, so that your shoulders don't round and "fall forward".

Click to watch the 30 second handstand video!

Nicolas

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The Best Dips To Hit Your Chest

Uncategorized Nov 02, 2022

Today I just want to share the absolute best way to hit your chest with calisthenics dips.

This dips variation hits EVERY PART of your upper body and MAXIMUM tension on the negative phase.

It's a classic gymnast move variation that looks easy but is actually advanced.

You must control the descent and keep your core in a hollow body position during the movement.

Don't compensate the descent with poor form.

Go for sets of 3's if you are getting started with that variation.

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Nicolas

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My Latest Favorite Calisthenics Stretches

online calisthenics Oct 26, 2022

Everybody that has worked with me knows that training calisthenics hard and often is the only secret to getting results (along with a proper diet, this goes without saying). 

On the other hand this has to be balanced with daily recovery and prehab exercises.

I do them everyday to prepare and recover from my workouts and avoid injuries overall.

So today I'm going to share some my latest favorite stretches with you.

These moves will mainly address your back and shoulders. I recommend spending a few minutes on each in the morning and/or before going to sleep.

Click on the links below to watch each video.

1. Mid back and spine stretch

The stick forces your spine to get straight. Put your arms under the stick and press it against your back gently as you tilt your pelvis up.
Keep your spine alignment clean and rotate sideways a few time.
Then hinge forward keeping the stick firmly stacked against your back. 

2. Lat stretch

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Back To Back Calisthenics Muscle Up Success

online calisthenics Oct 19, 2022

Last week I shared Olivier's first muscle up.

This is the movement that changes everything once you are able to do it.

This week Nick also achieved his first muscle up, but also got a second one in a row, then attempted a third one!

That makes it his first muscle up set ever.

The major keys of that success are method and consistency.

I'm really proud to see everyone I coach being consistent with their workout journey and making progress.

Click here to watch Nick's first muscle up set ever!

Nicolas

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