Questions tagged [calisthenics]

The term calisthenics covers wide bunch of physical exercises which are performed by sportsmen using natural body weight only.

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1+ month into calisthenics and need guidance

I have made another thread a month ago and I need some new guidance. Here's some info about myself. Age: 15 Weight: 70kg Height: 184cm Pushup PR: 13 Pushup AVG: 6-8 Pullup/Chinup: 0 3/4 times per week ...
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How to increase push-up set? [duplicate]

I started to practice push-up since two weeks ago. Embarrassingly, I was able to do 1 set of 10 and 3 sets of 5, but now I can do 1 set of 20-25 and 3 sets of 10. I know that is nothing, so I want ...
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How to balance when doing pistol squats?

I have been doing pistol squats the last few weeks and I feel that my lack of balance is keeping from progressing. I want to find a way to focus only on muscle strength and not balance, what are some ...
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Pullup and chinup progression and calisthenics

I started training calisthenics a month ago. Ive managed to go from 0 chinups to doing 8 . However i have some concerns. While i can do 8 chinups in my first set unfortunately if i dont use an ...
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Training for TED (aka Impossible dip)

What would you recommend to start training the ted? (aka the impossible dip) I know that the main focus of this exercise is on the triceps and the elbow, so for the moment I'm doing bodyweight dips, ...
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What is the perfect Squat depth and tempo? [closed]

I have been lifting for 3 years managed a 170kg/375lbs squat with belt and low bar. Now I wish to start over with my squat and perform it high bar. My question is what is the best depth for the squat (...
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Cleaning the form of straddle planche

What are the best exercises to "clean" the form of the straddle planche? I have seen that many people use the bent arm planche as a matter of proprioception of the body, other use bands and ...
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How can the wrist wraps reduce wrist pain in handstand/push-ups etc?

I have seen plenty of people wearing these wrist wraps with the aim of reducing wrist pain in exercises like handstand, push-ups etc where their wrists are kept in an extended position with a huge ...
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Straddle position

At this moment I am working on my straddle planche. I've noticed that when performing it I've got those 2 problems: I am unable to fully straighten my legs ( lack of hamstring flexibility? ) while ...
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Hypertrophy with calisthenics skills

How can I structure a training program aimed at hypertrophy using calisthenics skills such as planche and front lever? I identify myself as an beginner/intermediate in calisthenics skills. I can ...
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Handstand blocks

Are handstand blocks useful for improving the handstand? What exercises can be done on it? At the moment I can actually hold a decent line handstand for about 1 minute on ground and at least the same ...
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Pull up bar: what's the ideal distance from the wall?

I'm about to buy a wall mounted pull up bar and rings to start my bodyweight training, and since I'm planning ahead, I'd like to know the ideal distance it should have from the wall to do levers and ...
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Core exercise for Planche

I have been into bodyweight/calisthenichs training for 1 year now. After working on basic exercises (+30 pull ups/+40 dips/50 pushups/10ish handstand pushups to wall), I decided to start training for ...
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How to make dips harder?

I have been doing dips for a long time now and they start to get too easy. Right now, I can do many reps on traditional dips so the exercise gets a little boring. Therefore, I am looking for a way to ...
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How to burn 1000 calories doing push ups

Title says it all. Considerations: I used to do cardio, burning between 1000 to 1500 kilocalories in one session 1 hour to 1.5 hours, which is deemed beginner to intermediate for endurance training ...
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Running during COVID Pandemic Situation? [closed]

I used to run and I enjoyed it a lot. I also practice calisthenics: push ups, pull ups, dips, etc. During this pandemic situation I have kind of stopped running, and diminished my workouts a lot (I ...
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Protecting upper and lower back during many exercises

I have always been told that in many bodybuilding exercises (for instance chest and back exercises, but also squat, deadlift etc) it's very important to protect the back through the scapular adduction ...
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Upper back pain when I do dragon flag with bent knees

I'd like to be able to do a dragon flag, so first I try to do it with bent knees. I can do this, but I feel a sharp pain in my upper back when I am about to raise my body from the floor. Once I am up, ...
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Triceps easier exercices

Since lock-down, I switched my training to calisthenics. I did diamond push-ups (3x10) but it was too much. I completed it at the time but, the next day my triceps weren't able to support weight. ...
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Problem While Doing Plyometric Pushups

Whenever i do plyometrics pushups my hands never fall in the same place they go completely side ways. Is this harmful and does this happen to everyone when they do plyo pushups or will this improve ...
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How do I perform a V up on a pull up bar?

I am a new pole vaulter, and one of the exercises we've been doing is the V-up, touching your toes to your hands and further while hanging from a pull-up bar. My coach says most everyone should be ...
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Stop sweating - viable physical goal?

I'm 25% body fat and I sweat a lot. I'm not especially fat at 180cm but the truth is I get winded climbing 3 flights of stairs. Can I train to reduce fat so that it doesn't insulate my body as much ...
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Optimal Resting Period for Calisthenics / Bodyweight Training / Gymnastics?

I've been doing calisthenics for the past year or so, and lately I became quite frustrated as I hit a 3+ months plateau on my l-sit (this is what it looks like in case you're not familiar: https://www....
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Struggling making size and strength gains with calisthenics

This is probably discussion. I don't know how else to ask a specific question. I don't know any other serious fitness forum. This is the only one. Should I change the whole routine or just some ...
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How to fix my uneven pull up?

I have a problem with my pull up; When I'm pulling myself from the bottom position my right elbow seems to be more flared out than my left, it also happens when I'm doing close grip pull up. During ...
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Is it possible to increase muscle weight (maybe muscle density) without increasing muscle size. Or at least minimize muscle size increase

I believe I have a bizarre but unique question. I would like to know if its possible to increase muscle mass without increasing (Or while minimizing) muscle size increase (Maybe by increasing muscle ...
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Muscles involved in front lever and back lever

I'm interested especially in the back lever. Some sources that I found suggest it puts strain on your chest. I am not able to perform it, but I imagined that it would be more strain in the back. At ...
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How to do more reps in one arm pull ups

I am trying to increase the number of reps in one arm pull ups, but for a few months now I am stuck at 3 reps and cannot progress. I have tried adding weight and even going a step back for a while by ...
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Prevent wrist pain

Currently I'm working on several calisthenics exercises which put a lot of stress on my wrists (such as stradle planche to handstand). I already do warmups and stretches before I start doing worksets. ...
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What should I look for when searching a new calisthenics/gym routine?

I am looking for a new calisthenics routine. I do enjoy working with just my body weight, but I feel like I need to step it up a noch. to give you a feel of my level: 1 set of 50 pushups. 10 ...
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One Arm Chin Up training

My current physical level right now is; maximum 7 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on mid-way forearm. maximum 5 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on elbow maximum 1 assisted one arm chin up ...
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Can't progress any further with my trainings!

I have been doing this program for quite some time now. There is a bit of progress in terms of technique but my body seems to be unchanged for the past 3 months. In other terms I do progress a ...
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workout after night shift?

Question: Should i workout (calisthenics) after night shift? Work schedule: 4 days a week 10 hours per shift, from Tuesday to Friday. Weekend and Monday are off. What kind of work i do: I work in ...
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Movement training

When training for a specific movement in calisthenics, such as planche or front lever, should I be training for both movements at the same time or should I focus on one single movement?
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Calisthenics how many skills?

Most people suggest to train one skill at once, but wouldn't it work just fine by doing one skill per bodypart? Training multiple skills at once Hamstrings= Nordic curls Quadriceps= Matrix squat ...
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How much height do you need to hang gymnastic rings?

I want to start training with rings at my local gym, but the bar I would be hanging them from isn't so high and would mean the length of the straps above the rings would be very short. Would this ...
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Transitioning from calisthenics to weighted calisthenics

I recently switched over from lifting to calisthenics and I am really loving it. I do, however, acknowledge that I will lose some size due to not using weights. For that reason I would like to start ...
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How much body mass will I lose by switching over from lifting to calisthenics?

My current routine is: Push Bench Shoulder lat raises Shoulder press Tricep pushdown Pushups Pull Deadlift Pullups Dumbbell rows Hammer curls Face pulls Legs Leg press Leg extension Leg curl Leg ...
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How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics?

How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics? I wish to learn and slowly build capacity for Gym Rope Climbing. Let's assume ...
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Specific form of pull up technique question

I'm on progression of doing a muscle up and currently on the level of doing the following pull up exercise https://youtu.be/q1iSDKwTuiY?t=173 but I can't wrap my head around it, in the video it's ...
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Skill learning while Bodybuilding

Can I learn calisthenics skills while doing bodybuilding workouts. I am currently doing a 3 day full body split and would love to learn the movements like planche and front lever. Plz help.
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How can I perform high-pull ups?

In order to try muscle-ups I am trying to do High pull-ups but I can't take my body above the chest level.I can do up to 15 normal BW pull ups.
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Name of gymnastics move (or variation)

I've been looking into gymnastics and calisthenics moves recently and came across this video of this guy doing some sort of front vertical one-handed lever? I have never seen this anywhere else and I'...
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Consuming proteins only after training?

I have been doing calisthenics for more than one year, with strength and body shape results much appreciated by myself. However, in the last few months, my body hasn't changed much, which I can ...
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Is there a body animator I can use to demonstrate exercise movements? [closed]

I just discovered a nice calisthenic exercise that I feel is better shown than described. Is there a human body animator where I can move it, record it, and then share it?
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Progressing while losing weight on a low carb diet?

I am trying to lose weight and at the same time build strength. I am 6'2" and 33 years old. I started out at 258 lb about 5 months ago. Now I am at 205 lb, mostly due to switching to a modified Keto ...
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Progressing into iron cross

I'm wondering how one can progess into an iron cross. My shoulders are strong enough for stuff like handstands, muscle-ups and human flag, but this movement is very different. I'm wondering what kind ...
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Can weighted Pushups replace Benchpress?

I've been training my upper body using only body-weight for a long time now, and I recently started using a weighted backpack with nice tight straps (~+30% of my body-weight) directly over my center ...
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Knuckle push-ups vs Finger push-ups

I was wondering which one is better, knuckle push ups or finger push ups. I know that knuckle push ups strengthen your wrists, and finger pushups strengthen your fingers. But is it better to do them ...
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Best Exercise For V-Shape Without Weights

What is the best calisthenics exercise to get a V-Shape as fast as possible? Thanks in advance!