In this article, I’m going to answer some exciting reader questions. We’ll talk about entry points for bodyweight progressions, pistol squat alternatives for tall guys, increasing pull-up reps and how to effectively train calves.
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There are tons of exercises, workout modalities and “magic” workout hacks out there. The internet is full of “secret” methods and there is always something better lurking around the corner. But how do you pick the right tools to build your perfect workout routine?
This is a guest post from my buddy Dave Mace over from Maximum Potential Calisthenics. When it comes to pull-ups — and especially one-arm pull-ups — he’s the boss. In this article, Dave is sharing his 5 favorite pull-up variations. Up your pull-up game and give them a shot.
Since I started training calisthenics back in 2011, the pull-up has remained my favorite exercise. I recently estimated that I had done over 8000 since then!
So what do you do once they become too easy?
Adding kettlebells (KBs) to my training was one of the best decisions I ever made. What’s that? You want one, too? Lucky for you, I have just the thing for you to pick the right size and brand.
In my early commercial gym days, I used to do this: Sit down on a machine, do some curls, sit some more on the machine, look at my phone. The bulk of my training time was spent sitting down. Now I use my time between sets productively and get stronger while resting.
In a perfect world, we would all be wonderful, disciplined people with lots of time to devote to training. Everybody would have a training plan perfectly tailored to their needs and would follow it religiously. But life usually gets in the way and that’s fine. Here are my favorite, super quick and effective workouts for when I don’t have time for perfect.
Everyone and their grandma is obsessed with mobility drills recently. But let’s be honest – we all wanna do the fun stuff: lifting weights, practicing bodyweight skills, … you know, the stuff that makes girls (or boys) wanna hang out with you. What if there was a quick and effective way to work your mobility?
Want to know how to get strong, fit and healthy with minimal time investment? Here is how I try to do it with my own training.
I’m not a professional athlete of any kind. I work a regular 9-to-5 job, mostly seated. I do strength training for fun. But I’m also ambitious. I found a training template that is well-rounded, time-efficient and compatible with my schedule.
Weird things happen when you train in public. You’re training at the pull-up bars at the park, and then a group of people gathers around you. They’re laying out their mats, saying stuff like “burpees”, “pull-ups” and “toes to bar”. And before you know it, you’re doing a group workout with them and having a blast.