What is Being Fit?

 

What is Being Fit?

Forget the misconception that "fit" just means bulked-up muscles.

While crucial, muscle mass is just one piece of the puzzle.

True fitness is a holistic balance, incorporating:

  • Natural-optimal muscle mass (achieved through balanced calisthenics training and proper nutrition)
  • Mobility & flexibility (enhanced through consistent stretching and mobility routines)
  • Agility & endurance (developed through diverse activities like running, calisthenics, and other movements)
  • Fast recovery speed (supported by good sleep, nutrition, and dedicated calisthenics training)
  • Pain-free movement (a crucial indicator of overall well-being, which calisthenics training can help maintain)
  • Quality sleep (essential for all aspects of health, achievable through healthy habits and potentially aided by calming routines like the one mentioned)

Want specific goals? Here's the calisthenics twist:

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How to Start Calisthenics: Push Ups

 

How to Start Calisthenics!

5 Steps to Push Ups.

The humble push up is one of the foundation of calisthenics.

It is the most universal training movement around the world.

However, a LOT of people do them wrong or can't do them at all!

Just like for any other calisthenics training movements, there is a good progression to work towards good technique and full range of motion.

Follow these 5 steps to achieve your first push up:

  1. Standing Push ups (use a wall if you don't have a low bar)
  2. Elevated Knee Push ups
  3. Elevated Push ups
  4. Knee Push ups
  5. Full Push ups

Training Tips:

  • You can add planks and shrug push ups to the mix as well!
  • Use the variation you can do.
  • Do 5-10 repetitions x 3-5 sets.
  • Once you master a variation, move on to the next one.
  • The key is CONSISTENCY.
  • To insure constant progress, focus on incorporating the calisthenics "Big 5" in your overall calisthenics training routine: pull, push, dips, squats, hinges

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How to Start Calisthenics: 7 Steps To Pull Ups

 

How to Start Calisthenics: Pull ups

7 Steps To Pull Ups

Pull ups are part of the Calisthenics "Big 5": Pull ups, push ups, dips, squats, hinges.

Pull ups are the king of upper body movements, a challenge for everyone, even when you are good at it.

If you are getting started on your calisthenics training journey, here are 7 steps to achieve your first pull up:

  1. Standing pull ups
  2. Australian pull ups
  3. Deadhang
  4. Hanging shrugs
  5. Negative jump pull ups
  6. Band assisted pull ups
  7. Full Pull ups

Key pointers:

  • Start with the movement you can currently do and implement it in your workouts.
  • Do 5-10+ reps x 3-5 sets until you get good at that movement.
  • Then continue your way up with the next harder variation and do the same.
  • Follow that process until you reach the full pull up.
  • Make sure to also work on your push ups and legs during your sessions!
  • The key is: CONSISTENCY.

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What To Do After Christmas Eve!

 

What To Do After Christmas Eve!

If you are like me and like to eat good during the holidays, then this training tip is for you.

My wife cooked a great "Fench bistro" Christmas dinner: steak with mushroom sauce, sauteed potatoes, and garlic green beans, followed by a decadent chocolate tart and blueberry coulis.

We had some great red wine from Paso Robles to along with the meal.

The meal was a amazing.

All that being said, an easy trick I use right after a successful Christmas dinner is to speed up my metabolism!

I don't forget the essential life hacks.

And this includes: do not be inactive on Christmas day!

So, I go for a 2 mile, run, on an empty stomach (I do drink a bit of water before running) first thing in the morning, on Christmas day!

It feels great!

You sweat a lot of toxins out, and you can even breathe heavy towards the end if you try to finish fast (I sometimes try to sprint the last 30 seconds of my 2 mile run).

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Can Calisthenics Burn Fat ?

Can Calisthenics Burn Fat?

This is a common beginner calisthenics question!

First the short answer is: YES, ABSOLUTELY.

Here is how to get started and make your own beginner calisthenics workout!

Second, the long answer:
Beyond burning fat and building muscle, calisthenics will speed up your overall metabolism, allowing to burn fat 24/7.

It is also about muscle quality and composition. And you get prime muscle quality with calisthenics.

Calisthenics isn't just about packing on muscle and burning fat; it's about cultivating muscle quality and a toned physique reminiscent of athletes in gymnastics and martial arts.

And achieving this goes beyond just the exercises – it's about how much and how well you eat.

In the end, your muscle mass attributes and qualities are shaped by your nutrition and the type of training you undertake, guided by your unique fitness goals, be it strength, power, function, endurance, skills, or speed.

Third, the longer answer:

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Muscle Growth with Push-Ups

Muscle Growth with Push-Ups

Today, let's dive into one of the most underrated exercises.

Many mistakenly see push-ups as beginner's exercises, since anyone can do a push up.

Or sort of!

But I'm here to challenge that!

Push-ups are not just for beginners; they are, in fact, one of the most frequently butchered exercises out there (with pull ups).

It's time to rethink your approach and discover the muscle-building magic hidden within this seemingly simple movement.

Here the 3 most important types of push ups!

Mindset Shift:
First things first – let's reshape our mindset around push-ups.

Instead of fixating on rep counts, shift your focus to extracting the most from each repetition. Think of it as a full body workout, where your body tenses from head to toe.

Push-ups, when executed with precision, are far from easy. They are an amazing tool for enhancing overall fitness and sculpting the upper body. It's not only about how many you can do; it's about how much you can get from each...

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Calisthenics When Overweight?

Calisthenics when overweight?

I have sometimes heard: “I think I need to lose weight before I can start calisthenics”.

This is because people think they need to be able to do pull ups and hard push ups right away.

And this isn’t the case at all!

In fact, it’s the opposite!

Starting and doing calisthenics will make you lose weight.

You will also then become stronger and able to achieve the harder moves that you once thought was impossible!

Watch my client Antal’s transformation, from calisthenics beginner to achieving the muscle up in 2 years!

If you are a beginner and/or need to lose weight here are some useful substitutions for the movements you can’t do yet:

Push ups: 

  • Start in a plank, do the negative repetition all the way to do get your chest to the floor, then use your knees to come back up. 
  • If you can’t do that yet, start with standing push ups against a wall or elevated push ups with hands on a bench or chairs.

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Beginner Calisthenics Workout For Women

Beginner Calisthenics Workout For Women!

You can do it at home or your favorite park if you have access.

This is a great workout for beginners. You don't need any equipment besides a resistance band if you have one. This routine include essential compound movements that will workout your entire body.

1. Warm Up: perform proper warm up drills to make your workout safe and more efficient. Try your best to apply proper form on each movement. If don't have a resistance band, do the band pull apart just pretending you are hold a band and creative resistance yourself.

2. Pulling and Pushing exercises: the pull and push combination will provide great training balance and work both your "front and back". If you don't have access to a low bar you can substitute the low bar pulls with doorway pull ups (scroll down the channel to check the doorway pull ups video).

3. Leg Work: we are using basic squats as it is one of the most important movement to master. It connects both upper and lower...

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How To Warm Up For a Calisthenics Workout

How To Warm Up For a Calisthenics Workout!

Today, I want to talk to you about the importance of warming up before your calisthenics workout. 

The warm-up phase is a crucial part of your exercise routine as it prepares your body for the workout and aids in better recovery afterward. It's an essential component for avoiding injuries and making progress, so let's dive into it.

We'll be focusing on the hips/ankles, neck/shoulders, and wrists. 

By breaking it down like that, we can ensure that the warm-up is efficient and effective. So let's get started!

First, let's talk about the standing split, which is a static drill to open up your hips and engage your core. 

Start by standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointing outward at a 45-degree angle. Keep your rib cage tucked in and your pelvis tilted back. Engage your core and hold this position for about one to three minutes, or as long as possible. 

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6 Beginner Movements To Start Calisthenics

6 Beginner Movements To Start Calisthenics!

Today, we're going to discuss the six main calisthenics movements for beginners. 

If you can't do a pull-up yet we have alternatives that you can work on and practice until you become strong enough to do them! 

Let's start with the Australian rows or inverted rows.

To perform this exercise, you'll need a low bar like a parallel bar or a pair of gymnastic rings if you don't have access to a low bar. You can also use a tree branch or any pole in the park. Ensure the bar or rings are low enough to mimic a lower bar. First and foremost, focus on your grip and grab the bar properly while keeping your wrists up. This is crucial for a proper pull-up form.

Next, you'll want to work on your body alignment. Create a hollow body position by tilting your pelvis, tucking your rib cage in, flexing your toes up, and staying on your heels. If you're unable to do this initially, you can keep your feet flat on the ground and bend your knees...

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