Is the ‘REST DAY’ really necessary??

Ask anyone what their least favourite day of the week is, and if they’re not into the gym or exercise, it’s probably Monday. Ask someone who is into exercise and the answer will be their dreaded rest day. “You mean to tell me I have to do something other than train today?!” “Fine. I’ll think…

L-Sits on the floor VS bars/parallettes

As a result of my recent adventure sharing all my progress with Calisthenic Movement’s level 5 program, questions were raised as to the difference between L-Sits done on the floor as opposed to on parallel handles. I managed a 45 second L-Sit on push up handles (read Testing my maxes: L-sits & Pull ups)¬†and many…

Testing my maxes: DIPS & PISTOL SQUATS!

The halfway test week of Calisthenic Movement’s Level 5 program is all but done and dusted. I’ve finally got the last 2 moves wrapped up and ready to share with you! Today was the turn of the trusty old bar dip and the coveted pistol squat. The previous numbers were 36 and 14 respectively. As…

Testing my maxes: L sits & Pull Ups!

Following on from Wednesday’s testing of Skin The Cats & Handstand Push ups, it was time to test my L-sit and Pull up, as part of Calisthenic Movement’s level 5 program. Originally it was supposed to be L-sit and pistol squats but my legs just weren’t having that today, thanks to some decent amount of…

Testing my maxes: Skinning the cat & grinding out handstand push ups!

I don’t normally do this. I don’t normally upload clips of my own training, but I think it’s high time I changed that. By sharing my own progress with you I achieve so many things……I show what’s possible with consistency and dedication, I allow the opportunity of critique and feedback from readers – which is…

Muscle mass VS movement?

Size versus movement is a common war in many mainstream gyms; size is number one priority over movement. In Layman’s terms: it doesn’t matter if you can’t move well as long as you’re carrying loads of mass. Now I’m not here to tell anyone they should train using a style they don’t want to, but…

Results of my ‘Grease the Groove’ experiment with the Back Lever

Grease The Groove is the immensely popular training approach popularised by the Russian Kettle bell guru and army fitness instructor, Pavel Tsatsouline. Those in calisthenics circles will probably know, but if you don’t…….here’s a run through of what it’s all about: You pick a movement (preferably a bodyweight one, but it’s not compulsory) that you…

What’s happened to me after being on creatine for a month?

It only took me nearly three years of being amongst the world of lifting weights and being saturated with gym talk to finally bite the bullet and try creatine. I received an Amazon gift card and didn’t know how best to use it, so it dawned on me that I could try creatine. Like you,…

How good are Calisthenic Movement’s programs? (A REVIEW)

A review of my experience with Calisthenic Movement’s level 4 intermediate program – covering everything from value for money, to effectiveness, to user friendliness, to level of detailed explanation and whether or not I’d recommend it to others. Back in late September I was looking for a calisthenics based program to guide me towards some…

A guide to sleeping better in 2017 (practical tips)

Whenever a new year rolls around it usually brings all sorts of wants and desires with it. It’s like someone presses the reset button in our heads and everything seems appealing again. We want to be less stressed, we want to earn more money, we want to be more present and we want to be…

2016: A year in review

The following piece will be an honest, frank and upfront reflection of my year in 2016 across pretty much all departments of my life. I know many people are doing reviews across the internet and I’m usually not one to follow the herd, but this just feels right and I want to do this for…

Happy Christmas!

So I had planned to write a post all about reflection and achievement throughout 2016, but I figured I’d just keep it light. Besides, it’s Christmas. This is the third Christmas I’ve had on this blog and each one has been different. This year all I want to say is: Happy Christmas and thankyou for…