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If you are a serious calisthenics athlete, it’s possible you’ve experienced one (or all) of the following:

 

  • Pain in the front of your shoulder (during muscle-ups, dips, pushups, etc)
  • Pain when your arms are overhead (during pullups, handstand pushups, etc)

 

What is causing your pain could be a variety of things. Shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis are common in the physical culture community.

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.

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:

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