How to Start Calisthenics Alone

mindset workout tips Aug 17, 2023

How to Start Calisthenics Alone?

Well first of all, you might not be as alone as you think!

There are LOTS of people doing calisthenics all year round.

All you need is to get a good beginner calisthenics workout program and go to the park near you regularly. You can also just do it at home! 

Or maybe there is a free-form workout area at the gym you go to, if you live somewhere that gets cold and rainy, or too hot to workout outside. You can also bring on any relative you’d like to initiate to your practice as well.

With all those options, you will start meeting and being surrounded by people that do calisthenics too!

When it comes to training, start with a focus on the main calisthenics foundation movements: pull ups, push ups, dips, squats and hinges.

Build all your workouts around these foundations and get good at it.

Make sure you workout your full body at least 3 times a week. Ideally up to 5-6 times a week when you become intermediate!

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Is Calisthenics the Best Form of Fitness?

mindset workout tips Aug 16, 2023

Is Calisthenics the Best Form of Fitness?

Absolutely, without a doubt.

And I can explain.

The origin of the word calisthenics traces back to ancient greek and literally means “Beautiful Strength”. 

During that era, mastering bodyweight movements was synonymous with achieving true physical power, and even gladiators honed their prowess through these techniques.

I view calisthenics as a central discipline encompassing all movements that solely rely on the body's intrinsic abilities.

Sprinting, running, dancing, swimming, boxing, martial arts, animal movement, and so much more are part of “Beautiful Strength”.

It’s the most complete and free form of training: you train resistance and cardio during 70-80% of your training sessions. 

The exception occurs when you train skills. 

Calisthenics can be defined as bodyweight training and street gymnastics system with it’s own practice code, form and tricks. 

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My Updated Calisthenics Full Blog Posts List

online calisthenics Aug 15, 2023

Here is my updated Calisthenics blog posts list!

Wether you are a beginner or more advanced, you will find practical information for you to thrive with calisthenics.

The posts are sorted out by topic:

  • Full body workouts
  • Upper body
  • Lower body
  • Push ups
  • Pull ups
  • Core
  • Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Stretching and mobility
  • Cardio
  • Mindset
  • Workout tips

Here is the full list, including links to each post.

Let's go!

Full body
21 Calisthenics Exercises You Can Do Anywhere!
How To Warm Up For a Calisthenics Workout
6 Beginner Movements To Start Calisthenics
6 Most Important Movements in Calisthenics
Calisthenics Training With Online Clients In Real Life!
10 Calisthenics Movement Variations To Diversify Your Workouts
How To Train Calisthenics "On The Go": 3 Day Workout Program
The Most Important Technique In Calisthenics
3 Calisthenics Movements For A Full Body Workout
21 Calisthenics Workout Moves To Train Outdoors
The 6 Calisthenics Movements Everyone Should Master
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The Real Secret to Happiness

mindset Aug 14, 2023

The Real Secret to Happiness?

You might have heard of dopamine, a hormone that plays a vital role to “feel happy”.

Dopamine neurons, the brain cells responsible for producing the neurotransmitter dopamine, have long been associated with reward, motivation, and motor control. However, recent research has uncovered surprising functional diversity within these neurons, challenging previously held assumptions. A groundbreaking study utilized cutting-edge techniques to delve deeper into this diversity and shed light on the distinct roles of different dopamine neuron subtypes.

Unraveling the Complexity

In this study, researchers investigated dopamine neurons through a molecular lens, focusing on subtypes defined by specific gene expression patterns. One previously known subtype, characterized by the expression of Aldh1a1, was found to exhibit functional diversity within itself. This prompted researchers to employ single-nucleus transcriptomics, a technique that...

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Fix Rounded Shoulders: Ultimate Guide to Correcting Poor Posture

mobility Aug 14, 2023

Fix Rounded Shoulders: Ultimate Guide to Correcting Poor Posture!

Don't buy into the quick-fix posture solutions you see marketed every day.

Braces, ergonomic chairs, chiropractors; while they might provide temporary relief, they're simply bandaids for deeper issues.

In this guide, I'll show you how to truly fix your rounded shoulders and achieve a stronger, healthier posture through natural primal movement and daily stretching.

1. How Do Rounded Shoulders Develop?

Rounded shoulders are typically the result of prolonged poor posture, often related to sitting at a computer or desk job or extensively using a smartphone or tablet. Essentially, your chest muscles become tight and your back muscles weaken, causing your shoulders to hunch forward.

2. What Are the Health Risks of Rounded Shoulders?

Besides causing a hunched, unhealthy appearance, rounded shoulders can lead to inability to walk or run properly, chronic back and neck pain, headaches, and potentially even thoracic outlet...

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The Missing Link: Easy Calisthenics To Burn Your Abs

core Aug 10, 2023

The Missing Link: Easy Calisthenics To Burn Your Abs!

Twisting is often the missing link when it comes to core training.

This very simple move is a great weapon to address that. It will fire your entire core and overall upper body.

The overhead portion is crucial part of the movement and helps to address most of the range of motion of the shoulder.

It fires the core, the back and the arms intensively.

I really like to to these with a resistance band but first let’s start with bodyweight variation.

And it’s very simple!

Stand strong in a semi-wide stance, brace your core, squeeze your glutes and tilt your pelvis back.

Keep both arms in the hanging position, along side you, but maintain a strong contraction with fists closed.

Then start driving your right hand to the upper left corner.

Drive the movement through your core and lats first, then your arm.

Finish the move with a full lat upward extension.

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I Haven't Trained in 6 Months

workout tips Aug 08, 2023

I Haven't Trained in 6 Months.

Ok, let's address the clickbait title – yes, I have been training, but my focus has shifted to what I call the "small work" for the last 6 months. 

This involves paying attention to the small details, joint mobility, movement patterns, and precision in my workouts.

One of the key elements of my routine has been mixing 3 days of bodyweight and light band specific work sessions, with 3 days of hard weighted calisthenics sessions where I strictly focus on compound movements.

I put a lot of emphasize on leg work during the weighted sessions (2 leg sessions + 1 full body session).

The bands, on the other hand, have been great in addressing the health of my shoulder blades and the transversal plane of my back.

They have allowed for fuller and more controlled scapular movements/shrugs, and I've varied the set-ups to target different angles. 

I've also mixed in exercises like scapula movements, planks and shrugs variations. 

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Don't Let Anything Stop You

mindset workout tips Aug 07, 2023

Don't let anything stop you.

You have to build your own mindset, and you can not wait for it to just happen.

Calisthenics training is a great metaphor for life. Use it or loose it. 

When I had to deal with an injury on my right hand for close to 3 months, I wasn’t able to train any real calisthenics pulling or hanging during that time.

So i focused on everything else (pushing, core, legs). 

I was seeking feedback from my body when pain lowered down. Working out promotes overall healing.

I was focusing on how my movements were affected by my limitation and how I could work around it. 

Whatever movement you can not perform because of an injury, here are some tips to keep going:

  • Work what's around the injury
  • Work on the side or part that is not injured
  • Focus on overall compound movement training
  • Substitute full body movements with light band exercises alternative

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Explosive Calisthenics to Break Plateaus

workout tips Aug 03, 2023

Use Explosive Calisthenics to Break Plateaus!

Explosive training is one of the calisthenics secrets.

It will take your skills and strength to the next level.

The regular "workouts" that most people follow, often lacks fast and athletic training.

You can apply speed training to all calisthenics movements.

But push ups are the best way to start working on explosive strength. 

Incorporating fast and controlled movements to your workouts is great to build overall athleticism. Speed and explosive power are important components of success in many sports. The ability to move at multiple levels of speed, at just the right time is critical to success within any game.

Speed and precision are essential features to develop functional strength and muscle endurance. This allows our bodies to learn how to repeat an intense and quick effort over a longer period of time than what we are used to. It is also a great tool to increase and fine tune mental calibration.

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Venice Beach Calisthenics Knock Out Competition

pull ups Aug 01, 2023

Venice Beach Calisthenics Knock Out Competition!

Check out some highlights of this Calisthenics Knock Out style competition!

This was a lot of fun!

Each participant got a 3 min round to get the most points out of there run (tricks, statics, style). 

Each apparatus had to be dismounted, meaning you had to make an “exit” out of it. For example, do a flip, or any sort of cool tricks to exit the apparatus and move to another one.

Each participant was stopped whenever they failed at a dismount or had to redo a trick. 

The round was ended and moved on to the next participant, and so on.

Watch some great Live replays here!

Use these timestamps:

1- Dan: 0:00

2 - Participant 2: 3:40

3 - Mark: 2:42

4 - Emy 1:12

It was a great day in Venice Beach with amazing calisthenics performances.

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