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Calisthenics For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

You’ve discovered calisthenics.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Training with just your body weight. Actually it’s a combination of several different elements: Skill, strength and flexibility.

And if you’re looking for a healthier, stronger and more muscular body then calisthenics is a MUST.

 

For a long time in history, people did nothing other than calisthenics. Those days are long gone. 

Make no mistake: Working out with weights definitely works. But in a lot of cases it’s not nearly as effective as training with your own body weight.

Becoming a master at calisthenics requires a serious investment (motivation, time and sweat).

 

Why?

Because high level skills require a lot of time to learn. And going from no activity to doing handstands or chin ups isn’t easy. 

But when you understand how calisthenics works, the rewards are HUGE: the world becomes your gym and your body becomes stronger and more capable than you could have ever imagined. 

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The 1 Tool To Launch Your Positive Habits

You use it every day habitually.

When you draw a moustache on your best friends face with a permanent marker.

When you actually need to sleep, but decide to ‘quickly peek’ into your messages and drop it on your face.

When you watch the next motivational Youtube video that makes you feel like running through a brick wall. 

 

It’s there to watch you hit your first muscle up.

And to keep your weight in check.

You stroke it with your thumb as a way to say ‘hello’ when you see it lying right on the table in front of you.

And when you pat your pockets to discover it’s not where you put it 15 seconds ago, you suffer from a mini heart attack. 

 

It’s a piece of metal, glass and electric circuits.

Yet you smile, cry and constantly connect with it 24-hours a day.

There is an 80% chance that you are actually reading this on that same device. It’s your smartphone. 

And while I might sound like a jerk for telling you this.

Your smartphone addiction can actually help you to launch the habits that will allow you to build more muscle, lose more fat, feel happier and to achieve other goals.

How? 

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2 Practical Tips To Stick To Your Diet

Blah.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

*Click*

 

Blah. Blah. Blah.

*Burp*

Blah. Blah.

(An honest short summary of all diet shortcuts EVER on the face of the earth and the known universe for that matter)

Trust me. You don’t want to be one of the million people stuck in the bullshit fairy tale of blah-blah land  – consuming Youtube videos on diet shortcuts.

You want less ‘blah’ and icky shortcuts, you want solutions that work, you want to hit the sweet spot right in the groin.

 

But every time you shut down the ‘blah’ and open your fridge you have no bloody idea how for fuck sake you are going to keep that chocolate pie from ending up in your stomach.

So you just start blah-ing the same cringeworthy crap that got you here in the first place:

“This is what I am and nothing can change that. Just one bite, I’ll start tomorrow. Let’s watch some diet shortcuts on Youtube while eating this pie.”

 

Let’s skip the cuddly and soft don’t-worry-it-will-happen-some-day words.

Because that too sounds like a shitload of worthless ‘blah’ to me.

So I decided to search the omnipotent internet for a few practical and science-based tactics that will incinerate that ‘blah’ in your head like a fire-breathing dragon.

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Which one is better calisthenics or gym?

Brain Gains: Calisthenics Versus Gym Training

The question of calisthenics versus the traditional gym training has always seemed weird to me.

Aren’t those two completely different beasts?

It’s like comparing oranges to apples.

Calisthenics aims to primarily build a body through a skill based approach, traditional gym training adopts a very lineair approach by building a ‘visually attractive body through the increase of weights’.

 

But I have to admit, there is some overlap.

If you are reading this you probably want to build some muscle.

Get a bit stronger.

And preferably look a bit more aesthetically pleasing for people you are attracted to. 

 

Building muscle follows the same basic principles, whether that’s through weights or by using your body weight and gravity as a way to increase the loads.

To say one is better than the other would be a very simple black-and-white representation.

Building muscle is just one thing. Looking better is another.

 

And then there are about a gazillion other end results related to the type of training you pursue. 

But when it comes to ‘training your brain’ you might find it easier to make a choice.

If you really want to know whether calisthenics is better than weights for your brain, you need to read THIS shit! (more…)

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The 3 Fundamental Rules For Muscle Growth

You want to build muscle with calisthenics, right?

You’ve told everyone around you that you are going to get bigger and stronger than ever. 

You’ve been hammering at it hard. Maybe you’ve even seen some visible results in the mirror already (Good for you!).

 

But then all of a sudden you come to a halt.

More work. More hours. No progress. 

So you ask yourself: “What made me progress in the first place?”

 

You actually don’t really know.

Maybe you just did everything right by accident. And if you did, now is the time to know why.

You don’t want to be the next idiot who just keeps doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

Let me share the 3 fundamental rules for muscle growth.
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Calisthenics Against Depression: 9 Science-Based Facts

Dark days.

We all have those.

But what happens when those days turn into dark weeks? Dark months? Or even dark years?

 

Lack of motivation. No energy. And perhaps you even feel like your life has no meaning. 

You’ll never measure up. You’ll never get strong enough. And any day now, everyone will see that you have been falling apart.

That’s how you feel anyway. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there too.

And I have discovered the way out. 

 

Here is a secret:

“Many of the people you look up to and admire have been in a dark place at some point in their lives.”

The turning point?

At their darkest hours and at the deepest point of not-giving-a-fuck, they somehow found a way to switch on the lights.

Discover why exercise can help you cure your depression.   (more…)

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