You’ve put in the hard work at this point. Your shoulders and hips are becoming more open and starting to move more freely. Or you just happen to be mobile and are able to move in all the ways I described in Part I, and you get to ‘skip’ the mobility work (which you should still be doing as a way to maintain or increase the mobility you have). Now we get to chase the weightless, floaty feeling of the handstand.Read More
Jul 15, 2017 5:02:04 PM
Jun 24, 2017 6:58:00 PM
You might be able to overhead press your body weight, you might be able to planche, you might be able to do a bend back with your legs straight, and yet, for some reason, your handstand still ends up lacking. Why is that? It is because handstands are a combination of balance, strength, mobility, control and practice. Having any less than all five of these elements will leave you wanting more from your handstands.Read More
May 26, 2017 11:08:00 AM
Everybody can plank. But what about the plank’s buff cousin, the planche? Chances are the answer is no (or yes, and I am a gymnast). It can be tough to know where to start with all theinformation floating about on places like Instagram. Gymnasts will practice something, and those practicing calisthenics will focus elsewhere. One thing that they can all agree on is that using resistance bands can open new doors in planche training, especially for beginners.Read More
Apr 6, 2017 2:46:29 PM
Here at the School of Calisthenics we like to break down complex movements, explain the principles behind them, what we need to do and then how we can progressively build up the specific strength aspects we need for things like the Human Flag.
The Human Flag is certainly one of those movements that feels impossible when you first try it. But stick with us and we’ll show you how to redefine your impossible!Read More
Mar 20, 2017 3:58:00 PM
Two questions that we keep getting asked is, 'how do I correctly do assisted pullup using bands' and 'I'm getting board of the same old pullups, how do I add variety?'
Thought we'd try and take that bull by the horns and break it down for you in plain English. Let's have a look at proper pull up technique and then we'll get into the fun part.Read More
Feb 6, 2017 5:45:00 PM
• Before jumping into a flag hold you want to make sure that you are able to stabilize your shoulder for this inverted hold so as not to injure yourself.
• Begin facing the vertical bar or pole while positioning the arms. The top hand can be in a cup grip, twisted grip, true grip or in the case of a tall set of parallel or stall bars, a T-grip.
• Once the hands are positioned push out of the bottom shoulder while engaging (or pulling down) withe the shoulder of the upper arm to rotate the body up and away from the pole. Think about trying to lengthen the distance from your ear to your shoulder on both sides to prevent sinking into or collapsing into your shoulders.Read More
Jan 26, 2017 2:27:00 PM
In the world of calisthenics most static [still] and dynamic [movement] exercises require a tremendous amount of strength. The front lever is one of the most challenging and represents a measurable milestone along your calisthenics journey. The front lever is a move that requires herculean shoulder, lat and core strength. This article covers the basics and provides a solid starting point.Read More
Dec 26, 2016 3:34:00 PM
This section covers a significant number of warm up exercises. Depending on how intense your stretching session will be and how much time your body needs to warm up you can pick and chose which exercise to work into your warm up and how much time to spend on it.Read More
Nov 30, 2016 6:29:47 PM
Every wintertime workout warrior knows just how difficult it can be to stay motivated when temperatures dip. Facing the cold just doesn’t seem appealing when you can curl up with some hot cocoa and watch Netflix. But if you’re focused on strength training, you’ll lose a lot of ground if you regularly skip workouts during the winter. To help motivate you, here are some tips for how you can get outside and maintain your strength-training progress during winter:Read More
Nov 22, 2016 8:22:17 PM
Ever noticed how people who perform those controlled, strict muscle ups, tend to grip the bar with their wrists almost on top of the pullup bar? This technique of hand placement is called a ‘false grip’, and is one of the most important teaching points in performing a strict muscle up.Read More