Bodyweight & Calisthenics Roundup – Summer 2016 Edition

Well, I’ve sure fallen off the wagon!

Life got busy and, much to my chagrin, I stopped writing. I even slowed down my workouts.

I’ve changed jobs and handled a challenging family situation, and now I’m climbing back on since fall is approaching. I think this will become a monthly series going forward, but this edition in particular covers everything since the last one in…..March.

With all that, it’s time for another edition of the Bodyweight Roundup! Let’s have a look at recent content on clean eating, bodyweight fitness and smart supplements:

Bodyweight Roundup – This Week’s Multimedia:

Here’s a valuable video on muscle activation from ManFlowYoga. I’ve recently gotten into yoga a bit as I’m discovering some areas where I have less flexibility than I should; more specifically, I’ve been having some hip pain that seems to be coming from my lack of focus on those important muscles.

Antranik always posts great videos, and this time is no exception.

This time Antranik provides guidance on improving your L-Sits and V-Sits by focusing on “pike compression,” or the muscles involved in lifting your legs during those exercises. I’m nowhere near strong enough to do these to my liking, so I will be incorporating these in the near future:

Finally, I want to share this short video by Tim Ferriss in which he explains the nootropics that he is using currently, specifically those that he finds sustainable and effective. (spoiler: Ferriss is not a fan of the racetams).


Bodyweight Roundup – This Week’s Good Reads:

Only a couple of articles to point out this time. Maybe I’m out of practice finding good content, or is the wave dying down just a bit?

Coach Magazine (UK) has a nice introductory article about calisthenics, drawn from an interview with David Jackson of School of Calisthenics. His is a good story – I especially like this passage:

When I retired from rugby 
I carried on lifting weights, 
but without the end goal of matches it didn’t hold my interest. Tim started playing around with handstands and basic calisthenics, and I found having a goal of a particular hold to work towards – the human flag – helped focus me.

This is one of the areas I find challenging: repeating standard exercises like the push-up, pull-up and squat are really helpful for muscle development but they don’t provide motivation. I think this is a reason continuing to strive for advanced moves is important to anyone’s progress, and really to their consistency.

Also from the UK, I found this “My Workout” article very interesting–this being a spotlight on Chaka Clarke, leader of the Spartanfam Movement. The passage on the contrast between calisthenics in a neighborhood park and the camaraderie at a commercial gym rings true for me:

It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, or how much education you have: 10 push-ups are 10 push-ups to a billionaire or to somebody on benefits. It creates a real unity in communities. I’ve been to parks all around the world and I can walk up to guys I’ve never met before in my life, work out with them, and somebody will always ask if I’m going to be there next week. That’s what calisthenics is all about.

It couldn’t be more different to gyms, which are a bit like being in a lift, where nobody looks at each other even though they’re sharing the same space.

Finally, I’ll call your attention to this post from Todd at A Shot of Adrenaline–featuring 25 Workouts you can do in 25 minutes. Todd made this a complete guide with workout videos and infographics illustrating the various components of each workout. Worth your time to check it out!

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Thanks for reading–and see you next time!


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