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
Jun 24, 2017 6:58:00 PM
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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
Nov 10, 2016 8:59:35 PM
Calisthenics – Bodyweight Training – Street Workout. Regardless of the term, many of us have a general understanding of what it is. We can thank Instagram and YouTube for the rapid dissemination of this “seemingly new” modality of strength training. Some of the most recognizable first movers in this sport are Hannibal for King and Frank Medrano. Their viral videos spread across the globe and spawned a movement akin to what Bob Marley did for reggae music. Their natural bodyweight extraterrestrial strength, without the intervention of iron weights, intrigued the masses and helped spawn a movement.Read More
Aug 30, 2016 6:40:44 PM
Getting in a workout during a busy day can be challenging, but for those who work in office jobs or sit for most of the day, it’s imperative to get up and get moving at least once an hour. Sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of heart disease and other illnesses, so finding a few minutes to get active can be hugely beneficial.
The problem is usually finding the spare time to do it. However, there are several calisthenic workouts you can do to get your heart rate up and raise your energy level. Here are some of the best.Read More
Aug 24, 2016 6:22:42 PM
Growing populations of fitness enthusiasts have found street workout inspiration on Instagram or YouTube but often the videos they discover only display the difficult dynamic movements such as muscle ups, or static movements such as front levers and planches. These exercises require a tremendous amount of strength and stability, making them near impossible to perform for novices.
Exercise resistance bands offer a significant advantage compared to training with only your bodyweight; you are able to remove “x” amount of pounds [or kg] from your own body weight, while still performing the same core movements. This in turn means, that you will teach your neuromuscular system the correct body mechanics and which muscles to activate during the movement progressions.Read More