Hi, I’m Silvio, 27, based in Hamburg, Germany and creator of Neat Strength. I created this website to help as much people as possible to get ultra-strong without a gym membership or unnecessary equipment.
I write about effective ways to get stronger with minimalistic methods.
I am a regular guy with no specific athletic background other than my love and enthusiasm for strength training.
My primary focus is bodyweight strength training (calisthenics), but I’ll happily use tools that deliver lots of bang for the buck. This includes kettlebells, gymnastic rings or heavy weights if I have access to them.
I got into strength training by getting a gym membership at age 19. I was not really overweight, but a chubby, weak kid who desperately wanted to look sexy in his swim trunks.
The gym membership took a huge bite off of my pocket money at the time, which motivated me to not skip a workout and waste money. Being the nerd that I am, I soon began to read up on different workout routines because I felt I didn’t get real, personalized advice from the gym “trainers”. I read about all kinds of methods to work out to bulk up, cut down, increase strength and so on.
After two years of wiping my sweat from gym machines and lastly from free weights, I discovered one simple workout that I just tried for fun. It was a circuit consisting of push-ups, pull-ups, squats and planks. I did this the next few weeks at the gym and fell in love with the simplicity.
It didn’t matter if this increased the size of my muscles or helped burn fat or not. I was fascinated that I could get a full workout without doing tons of different isolation exercises for each muscle group, with almost zero equipment and only four exercises.
I quickly realized that I didn’t need the gym anymore. All I needed was the floor, something to hang from, and creativity. At this point, I still hadn’t heard the term “calisthenics” once. But I kept digging into the world of gymless fitness until I stumbled over a tutorial on how to do one-arm push-ups. I don’t know which one it was, but it made me realize that, given time and effort, all these awesome feats of strength are possible for me.
By focusing on simplifying the process to get strong and healthy and eating real food, I got in the best shape of my life.
I think getting strong – and looking strong and athletic – does not have to be complicated. I want to help you simplify your health and fitness, too, and show you the most effective ways to implement this into your life.
What are calisthenics?
It’s a style of strength training where all you use to train is your own bodyweight. Calisthenics athletes are able to perform moves in ridiculously difficult positions, such as handstand push-ups, one-arm chin-ups or the human flag.
What kind of equipment do I need for these workouts?
There is no need for extra weights or special equipment. That’s the beauty of it. All you need is your own body and ideally something to do pull-ups from. For this, you can head to your local park, a playground or just get creative and find things to hang from.
If you’re more of a working-out-at-home guy or gal, consider a door frame pull-up bar. (This is not an affiliate link. I genuinely believe this is the only essential equipment you need if you MUST stay at home to work out. I think working out outside is still more fun, though.)
You say you’re not a pro and are just figuring this out for yourself. Why should I listen to you?
I already figured out quite some stuff. I’m not yet ready to go for things like the human flag, but I can do quite a few things like one-arm push-ups, L-sits, pistols, dragon flags and some more cool stuff.
Besides me not being a total noob, the biggest advantage for you is that I already made all the mistakes you can make in learning these skills. You don’t have to do them anymore. I can tell you what works and what doesn’t. And I can provide you with a system that combines all the stuff that worked for me.
My goal for every article on this blog is to give you actionable advice, some kind of game plan or a full-fledged workout routine. After you’re done with an article, I want you to think “Hm, sounds great. I’ll give this a try. I’ll just start with step one.”
I also try to give more advice on programming your workouts and how to implement them depending on your lifestyle. This is the stuff I like to nerd out on – creating training plans, workout logs and the like. I want to help you become your own personal trainer.