It is the 100th post here on Rough Strength, so I decided to make it special. Not long time ago I managed to set up a pulley system at home destroying neither the walls, nor the ceiling (more on this later), and I am truly amazed with the results of my experimentation with it. I will go further and state that the pulley system invention is possibly the best thing that happened to heavy calisthenics. If you strive to learn advanced skills like Planche or One-Arm Chin-Up, then this can be your lucky ticket.
So you might be wondering why the F there’s only one post since December? Well, I’ve been really busy with my full-time job (yes, I have a full-time job) and with music (yes, I’m musician (and not to waste this awesome place without advertisement check my stuff out on SoundCloud)), and with my own training, so there was no time and energy for articles. But now I’m back and ready to kick some ass. So today’s topic is weighted calisthenics. I wrote an article on what is better: weights or calisthenics? You can check it out here. However, current topic is not about what is better. It’s about the ways to utilize external weights to make calisthenics more challenging and interesting, and how to make bodyweight strength progressions easier. Yep, that’s right.
How Did I Discover Weighted Calisthenics?
You might think: “Are you retarded or what? Every bonehead gym rat knows that you can add weight to bodyweight exercises to make them harder”. Well, I knew that too as well. Continue reading →
I can’t be more official because it’s the skill that everyone admires (or at least should admire). True master of One-Arm Chin-Up possesses such biceps and lats (for their bodyweight, of course) that all conventional bodybuilders will silently stand in the corner, cry and burn from envy. He obtains arm strength to match that size.
Some people think that this feat of strength is out of reach. Especially heavyweight ones. But it isn’t so. I heard of at least two persons that are approx. 100 kg (220 lbs). I don’t remember the name of the first one but the second is Metin a.k.a. LittleBeastM. You have probably seen his videos. If not, then here’s link to his YouTube channel: LittleBeastM’s YouTube Channel. You should definitely check this guy out. He’s probably the heaviest guy to perform such feats of bodyweight strength.