full back lever fitnessfaqs

The back lever is a fundamental exercise in the world of gymnastics. By developing this skill on the rings, it opens the door to immense tendon, ligament and body alignment strength.

And the best part?

It translates to all strength pursuits, not only those exercises used in gymnastics and bodyweight strength training.

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In my post about Gymnastics Strength Training, I touched on the idea of tempo. We feel this aspect of training often goes unnoticed, and deserves to be highlighted in more depth.

It’s easy to add more weight to a compound movement, which is an objective means of measuring absolute strength gain, and demonstrating progress.

one arm chinup fitnessfaqs

In the world of bodyweight strength training, the one arm chinup is the end-game for raw (unweighted) pulling power.

To be blunt – the one arm chinup is not easy, nor a common achievement.

The beauty of this movement lies in the hard work leading up to its completion. Once attained, the satisfaction of being able to pull yourself up with a single arm (on command) is immense.

Grip and forearm workout

Very rarely do you see someone with an impressive grip and large forearms who is not strong.

Over the years, we’ve received many requests for bodyweight training programs that build large arms, strong shoulders or a wide back.

Conversely, grip and forearm strength doesn’t receive as much attention. By default, the workouts are not as glamorous your typical “street workout” training montage, but remain crucial to the development of your strength.

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If you’ve trained for some time, regardless of discipline, the basics can become boring.

While there are many ways to alter the intensity of basic exercises, especially with bodyweight training, we have a tendency to want to dabble in something different.

This is understandable, given that we’re always seeking out a new skills to learn, and ways to improve upon our existing ones.

I can guarantee that some point during your bodyweight (or gymnastics) training, you’ll think about learning a front lever.

How to build pullup bar fitnessfaqs

In June 2011, after a few years of using a door-frame pullup bar, we decided it was time to build our own outdoor bar.

At the time, we searched far and wide for tutorials on how we could do it ourselves.

Specifically, we were looking to construct an outdoor pullup bar that:

Bodyweight Cluster Set Training

In bodyweight training, you will often see long, awe-inspiring sets that make you fatigued after having watched them.

One of the benefits of training without weights includes the ability to pump out high volumes of basic exercises.

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We’ve all experienced sleep deprivation. The feeling of lethargy, emotional heaviness and inability to concentrate has a direct correlation with mental and physical ineptitude.

Put simply, we’re not performing as well as we know we can and it can be incredibly disheartening. You may even begin to question your ability to complete tasks to a high standard which is antithetical to your success at work and in business.

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I’m about to attempt a difficult feat…

Yes, I’m going to try to convince you to begin drinking black coffee.

Hear me out.

 

My black coffee story
body positivity paradox fitnessfaqs

Body positivity.

Right now, these two words are invoking dichotomous emotional responses all over the internet.

And rightfully so. With so many social media apps at our fingertips, a typical user is greeted with an avalanche of new content each time their smartphone is habitually checked throughout the day.

FitnessFAQs Pushing through pain is not a badge of honor

We’ve all heard the adage “no pain no gain”, especially by overly keen trainers trying to push their clients beyond the point of exhaustion.

I get it, it’s necessary to blast through the confides of your comfort zone as you strive to become the biggest, fastest and/or strongest person in your gym, fitness class or social training group.

However, I would like to explain to you the importance of knowing how to differentiate between discomfort and pain.

The Story Behind Meeting Calisthenic Movement

For those of you who do not know I have been friends with Sven & Alex from Calisthenic Movement for several years now. They started YouTube in 2012 and myself in 2010.

To my delight, Sven sent me a message in December 2016 saying the two of them were planning to visit Australia in January 2017. I agreed to collaborate without hesitation.

We’re now nearly two months into 2017. It’s flown by fast, hey?

For some, this time has been a period to set lofty goals and expectations for the next 12 months. For others, a direction has already been set long ago, nullifying the significance of the first day of a new calendar year.

With that being said, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss a timely topic, one which should receive the same amount of attention at any time of the year.

Longevity.

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The chronic cardio bug can bite any of us.

You started out satisfying that innocent urge to become more active. Over time, it’s transformed into a ritual involving the same route (or treadmill), on the same days, at the same times.

Chronic cardio, or the act of doing too much endurance training over time, was brought up by Mark Sisson on the Joe Rogan Experience #752.

Become More Powerful Through Your Body Language

And watch your confidence skyrocket.
FitnessFAQs Good-Posture

If you, upon reading the title of this article and clicking, decided to re-adjust yourself from a hunched stupor, then you’re already aware that paying attention to your body language is something you know you should be doing, but often tend to forget about.

If you didn’t… well, this article will be an eye opener.

Lose fat traveling

For many, prolonged bouts of travel signify an inevitable regression in fitness and body composition. This fear may even be to the extent of avoiding travel altogether, as to preserve one’s hard-earned gains.

Dream Body Marketing Myth

The “dream bodyis an illusion that we’ll never achieve.

This represents an abstract idea.

Abstract will never be reached because it’s not quantifiable.

Personal Trainer

Finding a Personal Trainer is an often a first step for many wanting to begin their physical improvement journey, or to make sense of all the gym equipment at a nearby training facility.

We now live in a world where a “following” can be bought, and the six-pack physique on show is almost more likely to be a product of fabrication rather than hours of hard training and a balanced diet. If you’re not playing devil’s advocate and questioning the legitimacy of what’s around, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Gymnastics Strength Training and How it Can Benefit You

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The Gymnastics Strength Training method has recently gained more exposure through social media and has experienced a spike in popularity.

This post will give you an introduction about what it is, and some of the benefits we can experience when training this way.

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