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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.

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Apr 6, 2017 2:46:29 PM

Learn to Human flag in 5 steps

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Apr 15, 2016 2:51:36 AM

Human Flag with Rubberbanditz Band Assistance

Our friends over at Calisthenics 101 ( have put our assisted pull-up bands to good use to showcase 10 different assisted exercises you can try to get the most from your bands. Give their article a read and let us know what you think.

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Nov 12, 2015 1:29:55 PM

I’m all about eating clean, but I always think there is no shame in splurging occasionally. While there is plenty deliciously yummy, healthy foods out there, every once in awhile you just need to have a scoop of ice cream or a few of your favorite chips. However, the problem is sticking to just a scoop or just a few. Having a small treat isn’t going to ring you up super high on the calorie meter, however the majority of us are eating way more than the recommended serving size. So while we look at the nutritional info and can live with the extra 100 or so calories of fat and sugar, we are likely getting way more as the portions we eat don’t match what the back of the box. That’s why today I’m compiling a list of all my favorite guilty foods to discuss the unhealthy reality when it comes to portion size. (Read More)

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Sep 22, 2015 5:35:30 PM

Hi Banditz,

As a first time dad, I can attest that the only thing more rewarding than watching your child grow up... is getting a workout while watching your child grow up. Family time doesn’t need to come at expense of ‘hit the pump shop and get jacked time’. [For all you non-meatheads I’m referring to gym workouts].

There are plenty of options that allow you maintain your physique and your loving-parent status. Did you know that bodyweight workouts are the number 1 fitness trend of 2015 according to the [scholarly] ACSM journal

Additionally, Mia and I would like to formally introduce the emergence of ‘babyweight training’...


Need more babyweight training ideas? All you have to do is ask.

Have some babyweight training ideas to share? Ping us an email.

In health,

Poppa Ari & Baby Mia

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