Ultimate Calisthenics

  • Es Ist Bar Zeit At FIBO 2016 Cologne, Germany!?

    YES, it’s time for FIBO – an international health and fitness trade show held annually (and for the past 30 years) in Cologne (yes, like the aftershave) in Germany. Over 730 exhibitors from around 38 countries pack themselves into an area over the size of two football fields to present products, trends and synergies...
  • Just a handful of some of the MANY women getting into street workout/freestyle calisthenics. Image via Youtube

    VIDEO: Fittest Women On Earth – Calisthenics Superheros

    Uploaded by BarStarzz, this video is an expose on just a few of the MANY powerful women in the street workout/freestyle calisthenics/(fit as fuck) arena. The grace and agility these calisthenics women bring to the game is unreal. We’re assuming this was filmed somewhere in New York (where BarStarzz resides) but...
  • "I want to be a part of the revolution that helps humanity learn to use their own bodies and to master them." - Stephen Hughes Landers. Image via iCreateLife by Kristina Kashtanova

    UK’s Own: Stephen Hughes-Landers aka iambarstarzz

    Around mid 2013, Stephen Hughes-Landers, who worked at a tattoo parlour in Brighton (a coastal town in southern England), quit his job to pursue a passion in freestyle calisthenics/street workout. Landers was no stranger to physical sports. He was an avid fitness enthusiast and had spent most of his life staying active...
  • Run by BarStarzz in collaboration with WSWCF. Image via BarStarzz

    VIDEO: Street Workout New York World Cup 2015

    “The New York Street Workout World Cup Stage is an event we put on every year in collaboration with WSWCF. It’s a freestyle tournament with the best athletes of the country compete for a chance to go to the Super Finals in Moscow at the end of year. –...
  • The pull up, the transition, the dip. Simple, yeah?

    Learn How To Do a Muscle Up

    The muscle up is the mutant love child of the pull up and the dip. With it’s roots as a basic gymnastics move, the popular exercise is a staple of the crossfit world and a cornerstone of freestyle calisthenics. There are essentially three parts to the muscle up: the pull...
  • "Strength without balance, agility, coordination and explosiveness is strength that's athletically unusable" - BarStarzz - Image via YouTube

    Lead. Inspire. Change: BarStarzz in focus

    BarStarzz was founded in 2009 by Ed Checo and his buddies John Hendericks (J-Starzz) and Tony (Tony-2-Strong) in Washington Heights, New York. The group of friends first got into doing creative calisthenics workouts after they grew tired of the traditional style training at the gym. They had seen people...
  • Every movement has it's heroes and every story worth telling has a story teller. "Raise Up - The World is Our Gym" - A film by Rain Bennett

    Trailer: “Raise Up – The World is Our Gym” by Rain Bennett

    Back in the mid to late 2000’s, those that gathered around the pull up bars in the playgrounds and street-side parks of New York City wouldn’t have known the wheels they were setting in motion. A new fitness phenomenon was being born. Soon people began to take notice of...
  • Rain Bennett's calisthenics documentary is a first of it's kind. In a way, it's as fresh as the sport itself. Image source RaiseUp Facebook Page

    Documentary: Raise Up – The World is Our Gym

    Back in the mid to late 2000’s, those that gathered around the pull up bars in the playgrounds and street-side parks of New York City wouldn’t have known the wheels they were setting in motion. A new fitness phenomenon was being born. Soon people began to take notice of...
  • "Calisthenics is an important and sometimes forgotten component of fitness. It is one of the best fitness component because it requires resistance of a person’s natural body weight." - HIT Richards. Photo via Youtube

    Beyond the bar: Calisthenics Kingz

    From what started as an innovative street workout in a Bronx calisthenics bar park in 2007, ‘Calisthenics Kingz’ has grown into a solid brand in the body weight workout industry. Referring to themselves as “professional performance-based fitness training gurus”, the organisation was started by George ‘HIT’ Richards who, since it’s inception, has become...
  • Burn baby burn! Is a low intensity workout better than a high intensity workout for burning fat? Image by Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Fact or Fiction: The Fat Burning Zone

    MYTHBUSTER: Low intensity workouts burn more fat. True or False.  Everyone who ever visited a gym and mounted a cardio machine in an attempt to fulfil that new years resolution of a new healthy life has seen it: The fat burning zone. You start peddling and the machine wants...
  • "I usually spread about 15g of peanut butter on a small banana and it gives me the perfect snack between lunch and dinner." - Annah Franzen

    Stay full for longer with Organic Peanut Butter

    Organic peanut butter is the perfect ingredient to have in your pantry. The majority of the fat in this butter is monounsaturated fat. It has magnesium, vitamin E and it’s low in carbs. Because it’s high in protein just a little bit of this butter will fill you up...
  • From Germany, England, Sydney and New York - there is guaranteed to be a street workout park near you.

    Find the closest Street Workout Park near you

    Body weight training has become a phenomenon over the last decade, really reaching a massive audience with Youtube videos, websites and facebook groups that have followed the calisthenics fitness trend. Perhaps the popularity is in response to overcrowded, expensive gyms or a culture shift from muscle junkies to functional strength. But...
  • Parrallette bars are an awesome way to increase your functional fitness strength and they are cheap and heaps of fun too. Image via Calisthenicmovement on Youtube

    Begin Calisthenics Strength Training with Parrallette Bars

    Calisthenics parks are awesome but they can sometimes be REALLY crowded. The next best thing, and an EXCELLENT alternative to the bar park is simply a sturdy pair of parrallette bars. They are a sometimes overlooked piece of equipment for anyone serious about bodyweight training but they are a great addition to your home gym. Plus...
  • These extreme push ups are sure to make you sweat

    5 EXTREME Calisthenics Push ups

    You don’t need a bench press or expensive gym machines to build stronger chest, arm and core muscles. These five extreme plyometric push ups are great exercises that are free, extremely challenging and fun to learn. Plus they have cool names… #1 – Superman Push Ups Touted as the HARDEST push up...
  • The humble park bench is excellent for calisthenic exercises. Image by Finetooth (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

    Top 5 Park Bench exercises for a beginner calisthenics workout

    Some parks have great calisthenics equipment like pull up bars, parallel bars, inclined sit-up benches and balance beams to name a few. However if your local council has been a bit tight with their parks and recreation budget there are still a TON of calisthenics exercises you can do with ordinary...
  • BaristiWorkout. (Published on 15 Apr 2015). QUEEN OF THE BAR - Calisthenics Battles FIBO 2015 [Video file]. Retrieved from Youtube

    First female calisthenics/street workout event @ FIBO 2015 Calisthenics Battles

    The street workout world is dominated by men. But there are a huge number of women muscling in some space on the scene, proving that the fairer sex can hold their own in the body weight training arena. Don’t believe me? Check out some of their awesome moves at the female calisthenics event at FIBO’s “Queen...
  • Review: Calisthenics parallettes

    Sorry, 🙁  If you came for a review of parallettes then you may be disappointed! Unfortunately this article is YET to written up. Check in soon or Google to your hearts content. Bottom line though – there are some great parallettes on the market, get a sturdy pair and...
  • Frank Medrano training at the world famous Metroflex in Long Beach

    Frank Medrano at Metroflex Long Beach

    Frank Medrano training at the world famous Metroflex in Long Beach, California. He is a world renowned for his veganism, his all-natural physique and his awesome calisthenics workouts.  Check out our brief case study of him in our Calisthenics Champions section – “Cut above the rest: Frank Medrano“. Source: Youtube (Frank...
  • "Remember that you must not be in a hurry or you will fail. Make the resistance progressive and you will be get closer to your goal." - Frank Medrano. Photo via TheFrankMedrano.com

    Cut above the rest: Frank Medrano

    Based in the U.S.A, Frank Medrano is a popular calisthenics expert, trainer, athlete, vegan and endless source of motivation. He’s been doing body-weight calisthenics training since 2010 after switching from a four year weight lifting regime. About a year and a half into his calisthenics training, Frank was influenced by his two...
  • What is Calisthenics?

    What is Calisthenics? Calisthenics or ‘body weight training’ is a form of exercise that uses your body’s own weight, working against gravity, to provide resistance. Calisthenics workouts increase aerobic and cardiovascular fitness as well as increase strength and lean muscle growth/conditioning. There are also many other health and wellbeing benefits that come from medium to high...
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