Most people focus on mid-chest when starting their fitness journey, and often end up lacking upper chest, back and grip strength.
This specific muscle groups will be a limiting factor for progress in the long run.
Here are some simple calisthenics training tips to grow your lats and improve grip strength.
1/ Use a "fat grip" to make the pull up bar thicker and activate more forearm contraction. You can also use a towel or t-shirt to thicken the bar if you don't have "Fat Gripz".
2/ Use a wide grip when doing pull ups.
3/ Include wide-grip chin ups in your routine (the external rotation of the shoulder pulls more on the lats muscles and make them more engaged).
4/ Include overhead press exercises in your routine.
5/ Here is an intermediate-advanced calisthenics training routine you can use on your pull and push days:
Training calisthenics is great to work on compound movements, maximize gains and save time when needed.
Note that every set will also highly engage your abs so your core gets covered as well!
I love using that protocol when training solo and try to keep a solid pace though the workout.
Here are the calisthenics exercises that I do:
Combining explosive pulling movements and...
If the answer is yes to some or all of the above, this video will show you the step by step actions to take in order to get what you want:
I wanted to try a quick calisthenics challenge: do 50 pull ups and 100 push ups, as fast as possible.
It's way more challenging than it sounds.
The hard variable is time. Trying to complete all the repetitions in a short time is where it gets tricky.
Your rest time is minimum and each repetition gets harder as you go.
1- For the pull ups, I split the sets as follow: 10-10-10-5-5-5-5
My time for the pull ups was: 6min 40 sec.
I started pretty good on the first 3 sets of 10, with about 20-30 sec rest in between. Things started getting tough around the last 2 sets of pull ups where I had to struggle my way up.
I took about a minute to reset the tripod between pull ups and push ups.
2- For the push ups, I did: 30-25-20-15-10
My total time after the push ups was: 9 min 50 sec.
While the goal was to rest as little as possible, my form started to suffer after my...
The Venice Beach Calisthenics Games took place last Saturday and the results are in!
The Sets and Reps Competition had about 50 participants (men and women) competing for the most reps possible in pull ups, push ups and dips.
Form had to be clean for the repetitions to be counted as valid.
Each movement had to be performed with full range of motion (elbow lock out) and in one go (no pause or stopping allowed).
Some really strong athletes took part in the event! The rules were strict with everyone.
And the results are here!
These numbers are solid given that no breaks were allowed at all! Any repetition that wasn't clean was NOT counted.
Overall the energy was really high the whole day.
The afternoon was the amateur freestyle session!
It was a great time, seeing...
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.
Strong shoulders are crucial for overall upper body strength and contribute significantly to your overall body strength. So, let's take some time to discuss the key factors that will help you develop robust and powerful shoulders.
To kick things off, we'll start with a mobility drill called the Shoulder Dislocates with a stick. This drill is designed to improve shoulder mobility and ensure that you can achieve full range of motion. Lack of mobility often restricts people's ability to fully express their shoulder strength, leading to less than satisfactory results.
For this exercise, all you need is a stick or a broom. Stand straight and hold the stick it front of you with a grip wider than shoulder-width. The goal is to move the stick behind you and as low as possible, while rolling your shoulder blades and engaging your...
Building a strong back through calisthenics is not only versatile but also highly efficient. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced, there are exercises suitable for everyone. Let's dive into some of these exercises starting from the beginner level and gradually progressing to more advanced variations.
We'll begin with the Scorpio and Superman superset, which requires zero equipment. This exercise is fantastic for enhancing scapular strength, crucial for your upper back and lower back sections. Start by lying on your belly and lift your arms and chest off the ground. To engage your lower back, raise your feet as well. Superset the Superman with the Scorpio variation by pulling your scapula together and bringing your arms from straight to a 90 degree angle, pointing your feet up...
By incorporating these tips into your calisthenics routine, you can maximize your potential and achieve better outcomes.
Let's begin with wrists warm up stretches.
Whether you're performing pulling exercises, pushing movements, or lifting dumbbells, your wrist and grip strength play a significant role in your overall strength. It enables you to achieve a maximum range of motion and maintain proper form during exercises. To enhance your wrist strength, here are four essential wrist stretches that you can perform before any workout.
The first stretch involves placing your hands in a straightforward position, similar to the position you would assume during a push-up. Stay on your knees, keep your fingers and thumbs spread apart, roll around your wrists, maintain forward-facing elbows, and keep your...
Today, we're going to discuss four of the best movements to build strength and mass through calisthenics and bodyweight training.
With just a few adjustments to your foundational movements, you can take your training to the next level and achieve incredible strength gains.
Consistency is key when performing these movements, so let's dive right in.
Let's start with wide pull-ups.
The pull-up is already a highly effective exercise for building strength, but by making a simple adjustment and widening your grip, you open up new possibilities for enhancing your strength, technique, and overall abilities. This adjustment places greater emphasis on your lat muscles, allowing them to grow and become stronger. By incorporating wide pull-ups into your routine, you'll notice improvements not only in your pull-up game but also in other exercises like muscle-ups, the human flag, handstands, and overhead presses. I highly...