My Favorite Calisthenics Move

front lever skills Nov 17, 2023

My Favorite Calisthenics Move

I remember seeing "Hannibal For King" around 2008, on YouTube.

He went from doing a dip to levitating, between two benches.

That was a Front Lever.

The man was floating.

It was beast mode and smooth at the same time.

I had never seen anything like that.

And it became my all time favorite calisthenics move.

For several reasons.

Yes there are other very cool moves in calisthenics.

But this one is unique.

Because it is:

  • The simplest of all "hard" moves
  • Deceivingly easy looking
  • Extremely hard to hold
  • Very minimalistic
  • Joints and shoulders friendly
  • Gives you bulletproof abs
  • Carries on to other movements
  • A mindset challenge

Here are a few tips when you train your front lever:

  • Always start practicing the hardest version that you can hold.
  • Then add easier variations to your sets to extend your time under tension.
  • If you are advanced you can use the variation I use in the video.
  • If you are starting your front lever journey, use the simple tuck hold to "advanced tuck hold" sequence:
    • A full tuck is when your knees are tucked to your chest
    • An advanced tuck is when you bring your knees a bit away from your chest as you hold your back straight. Every time you try to extend your knees a bit further without "falling".
    • You can also use bands and go from a "one-foot hold" to a "two-feet hold" for example.

For more, get all step by step calisthenics programs and personal coaching here.


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