Love The Process

mindset Jul 24, 2023

Love The Process.

In a world that promotes instant gratification, pushes for short cuts and quick success, it's good to remember that hard work beats talent. 

Everyone is quick displaying skills and physiques that take years to achieve, so it's important to remember the effort it takes to accomplish certain things. 

Some may be faster than others, but real, tangible results can only be achieved with proper dedicated time. 

So don't believe the hype and the bullsh*t quick results that are being shown and sold on social media.

As an example, it took me 3+ years to get a clean muscle up, coming from the regular gym training at 10 “OK” pull ups. 

It took me 4 years to hold a front lever and a decent back lever. 

Took me 5 years to get an OK flag, more like 6 years to get it decent. 

I have been practicing handstands for 7+ years and am barely OK.

I'm still learning everyday.

Embrace the struggle, don't put a timeline on your goals, love the...

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Defy Physics: The Human Flag and its Ab-Sculpting Benefits

core human flag skills Jul 23, 2023

Defy Physics: The Human Flag and its Ab-Sculpting Benefits!

The Human Flag is a challenging calisthenics hold.

A full flag requires strong anti-rotation strength, which signals deep rooted and stable core muscles.

It also builds great physical, mental strength (patience, dedication, consistency) and mobility as we practice it.

Like handstands and other isometric poses, there are countless little things to adjust in order to hold a "clean" version of the humanflag. 

One of the most thing has to do with anti-rotation work during the hold, to prevent the hips and torso from pivoting upward. 

This bias naturally occurs since it is an "easier" way to hold the pose.

Here is a very simple and good way to train for anti-rotation to activate obliques and other useful muscle parts.

It’s called the “side way deadhang” hold from a high bar.

You would start in a normal dead hang, shrugged up (aka lats engaged) and straight legs, toes pointing down.

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Why You Need To Flex Your Ankles

lower body mobility Jul 21, 2023

Why You Need To Flex Your Ankles!

Flexing your ankles maters.

When you do a squat for example, "flexing your feet up" activates the whole posterior muscle chain in a very active and efficient way. It will help you fire your calves, hamstrings, glutes and back on each repetition.

Here is how to get started on better ankle dorsiflexion 

-Self myofascial release on the foam roller: Roll up and down your calf and Achilles’ tendon for 1 minute. Focus on tender spots for 15-20 sec when you hit some.

-Plantar muscle release: use a PVC or wood stick or ball to roll your feet. Step on it one foot at a time. Roll as needed. 

-Wall knee flexions: start in narrow lunge position with your front toes about 1 inch from the wall and aim to make contact with the wall with your knee while keeping your front heel anchored to the floor. 

If your front heel comes up then move your foot forward a bit and adjust the distance between your toes and the wall. If it feels to...

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Why You Should Flex Your Serratus Muscles

core workout tips Jul 21, 2023

Why You Should Flex Your Serratus Muscles!

Strong functional muscles play a major role in your overall progress, mobility and health.

A strong serratus muscle group is a key to thoracic mobility which turns into the ability to hold a proper hollow body position.

This will translate into good form in most calisthenics moves such as handstands, muscle ups, pull ups, push ups, dips, levers and more.

The muscle is divided into three named parts depending on their points of insertions: 

-the serratus anterior superior is inserted near the superior angle

-the serratus anterior intermediate is inserted along the medial border

-the serratus anterior inferior is inserted near the inferior angle.

All three parts described above pull the scapula forward around the thorax.  The muscle is an antagonist to the rhomboids. The inferior part can pull the lower end of the scapula laterally and forward and thus rotates the scapula to make...

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Prioritize Your Back Muscles

pull ups workout tips Jul 21, 2023

Prioritize Your Back Muscles!

The most important things are often the ones you can't see.

A common illusion was set by the over marketed fitness industry, letting most people wanting big chests, big biceps and square abs. All of these are fine, besides the fact that this needs to start with a shredded back.

Back muscles are usually underrated and underworked. However they are the most important muscle chain in the upper body.

Besides all the functional benefits from having a solid back (this would require an entire bio-mechanic blog post), this muscle chain is also in charge of keeping your spine happy, which holds your skull, which contains your brain. 

Needless to explain further why a strong back matters.

Here is how to make pull ups and pulling variations a staple component of your workout routines!

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Join the Fun: Venice Beach Calisthenics Games 2023

pull ups push ups Jul 21, 2023

The First Ever Venice Beach Calisthenics Games 2023!

Mark your calendars for the exciting Venice Beach Calisthenics Games 2023 on July 29th!

The entire beach will be transformed into a giant summer camp, filled with energy.

And here's the best part – it's a FREE event, open to everyone who wishes to participate.

Prepare for a great "sets and reps" competition, where the ultimate challenge is to perform as many repetitions of each exercise as possible without taking a break.

The competitor with the cleanest and most repetitions will be crowned the champion!

The primary focus is on executing each move with impeccable form, which means that bad form reps will not count. To guarantee fairness, our judges will be present to carefully assess each participant's performance.

Here the list of movements for the competition:

  •  Max Pull-ups
  •  Max Dips
  •  Max Push-ups
  •  Max Handstand Hold
  •  Max L-sit Hold
  •  Max Deadhang Hold

You can pick up to 3 movements you wish...

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How Calisthenics Promotes Altruism and Spirituality

mindset workout tips Jul 19, 2023

How Does Calisthenics Promote Altruism and Spirituality?

Calisthenics has changed my life.

It did in such a way that it also became spiritual journey. So I thought it would be great to explore the connection between mind, body, and spirituality and how calisthenics can play a surprising major role in that aspect.

Before we dive in, let me introduce Hatem, a Frenchman who has been living in LA for the past 20 years.

This post is a recap of a conversation we had together on that topic.

He likes to think of himself as a martial artist of life, with interests in science, philosophy, and spirituality. Growing up with a French education, he noticed a tendency to neglect the body in favor of intellectual pursuits. However, he realized that this left something missing, and he started taking care of his body alongside feeding his brain.

Studying Kabbalah, which is connected to the Torah and the Talmud, opened his eyes to the similarities between various spiritualities and religions. The...

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Explosive Push Ups Calisthenics Tutorial

Explosive Push Ups Calisthenics Tutorial.

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite calisthenics move: the explosive push-up. 

If you're already a push-up master, it's time to take it up a notch by jumping off the ground for part of the push ups.

Here are 4 progressive explosive push ups yo can train:

  •  Clap Push-Ups: Do a push up starting in a plank position, protracting your shoulders to the max, and focus on a full range of motion. Lift your hands off the ground and clap your hands at the top of the move and control the descent. Engage your scapula by shrugging them/squeezing them together after landing on the way down to protect your elbows.
  •  Chest Clap Push-Ups: These are a bit harder. It requires you to engage your core, take your hands off the ground at the top of the move and clap your hands quickly on your chest then land as soft as possible. Focus on engaging your core in a hollow body, to provide enough air time for the clap.
  •  X Push-Ups:...
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Best Calisthenics Equipment For Beginners

workout tips Jul 18, 2023

Best Calisthenics Equipment For Beginners!

Here is the best calisthenics equipment for bodyweight training.

While you can start calisthenics with nothing but your body, having some cool pieces of equipment can enhance your training and make it more efficient.

  •  Pull-Up Bar: A must-have is a pull-up bar. If you can't access a park or it's raining, consider getting a doorway pull-up bar. Get one that comes with pads to protect your doorway.
  •  Resistance Bands: These are versatile and useful for both beginners and advanced athletes. They can assist you in pull-ups or make movements like dips and push-ups more challenging.
  •  Parallettes: I recommend parallettes that elevate you off the ground, offering good range of motion. They are perfect for practicing push-ups, pike push-ups, and L-sits. They are various size and length. I recommend the small or medium size parallettes.
  •  Dip Station: Composed of two bars connected to prevent wobbling, the dip station is excellent...
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How To Target Your Lower Abs

core workout tips Jul 18, 2023

How To Target Your Lower Abs?

One of the most demanding exercise for your lower abs is the L-sit. 

The beauty of calisthenics is that you really don't need any equipment. It's great if you have rings, chairs, parallel bars, pull up bars, or parallettes.

Here is a list of the best equipment you can get to start training.

But you can also do it without anything, on the floor!

Let's dive into the details of mastering the L-sit.

  •  Knee Tuck Hold with Chairs: For an easier variation, use two chairs to support your hands and focus on lifting your knees up towards your chest while keeping your arms straight. If taking both feet off the floor is too challenging, alternate lifting one foot at a time until you build enough strength to do both together. Gradually, move your feet more in front of your body to simulate the L-sit position.

Go for 5-10 sec hold x 3-5 sets. Adjust as needed.

  •  Floor Leg hold: To work on leg extension and toe pointing, start with the...
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