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 in their local parks doing alternative/creative style pushups and other exercises and, after checking out a few videos on Youtube, realised that there were people out there taking calisthenics to an extreme level. Ed and his friends were hooked – they saw a way to get fit and have fun doing it. But with that said, starting out wasn’t easy.
“At the point when we first started we literally couldn’t find any instruction” – Ed Checo (Source: Youtube)
So the first few members of BarStarzz had to learn the hard way, by straight-up emulating the tough moves they saw without any clear progression. At that time, most of their workout routines were a combination of things they had seen on Youtube and input from people they met in street workout parks in their neighbourhood. But by taking these moves and adding some creativity and the desire to constantly push the bar (pun intended!!!) they were able to reach the momentum they are at today. Checo has this advice for anyone starting out with creative/freestyle calisthenics:
“It’s important to listen to instructionals from guys who you feel are at the level that you would like to be at. Because they’ve been through the mistakes and they know how to get there better and faster.” – Ed Checo (Source: Youtube)
As they got better, Checo decided to invest in a camera and a website and soon him and his friends had a steady following of fans on their official Youtube channel
which, over the years has grown to over half a million subscribers
Local to Global
Over the years the group spread to include members from all over the U.S. and around the world in places like Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Russia and more. Their digital reach is also growing with thousands of Twitter
followers and almost 900,000 followers
on their Official Facebook group
Ed Checo and other BarStarzz members have worked tirelessly to promote the sport and lifestyle and Checo has travelled the world to compete in calisthenics events as far away as Latvia and Russia in doing so has strengthened U.S. ties with the WSWCF
(World Street Workout & Calisthenics Foundation). This reach has allowed the group to help organise international events and raise money for various charitable causes such as ‘charity:water’
. BarStarzz have also given back to their local community
as well and also helped to cross promote events and fund raisers – most recently a 5km fun run in San Francisco organised by comedian Kevin Hart called ‘Run with Hart
‘. Check out their blog
, where you can stay informed with what kinds of events they are making a move on.
Moving Up The Bar
The group continues to be one of the most active in the freestyle calisthenics community, keeping up with events, posting information and releasing high quality street workout videos to their Youtube channel more than once a week. Prolific much!???
We hope BarStarzz continues to grow in members and in reach because their core message is AWESOME. To finish i’ll leave you with the words of Ed Checo – letting us know what him and the BarStarzz are really about:
It’s so important to promote fitness. How often do you see promotion for the next fast food item or medication. It ain’t right. We wanna make fitness cool. You can workout and enjoy it, without the same boring routines. We wanna show you that you don’t need a gym, you don’t need creatine, you don’t need no expensive supplements – you can do it inside a park or at home and get the great body, the great definition and the great strength just from these workouts – without paying nothing – for free. – Ed Checo (Source: Youtube)