The chat at Vivo has been all about the amazing moves the calisthenics athletes pull out of the bag. But, how-on-earth – and WTAF? These people aren’t actual Marvel characters, even if their moves make it look like they might be. How do real-life humans get started?
Juan has been building his skills since he first joined Steel Warriors in 2020 – and now he’s creating a platform – Calliseum - for calisthenics athletes of all abilities to showcase their talent, skill and personality. We asked him to share five top tips to help people get started…
1.Focus on one move at a time
It all starts with a specific goal. Calisthenics is a broad discipline covering strength and flexibility. Try and take it on all at once and you’ll get de-motivated. And you don’t want that! I started off keeping things clear and simple, focusing on one move at a time. It might be a pull up, or a push up. Breaking exercises down gives you a faster sense of achievement – then you build to the next level and more complex moves. My first big buzz was when I felt my balance for the first time in a handstand, after practicing for over 3 months.
2.Calisthenics is not body building.
You’ll develop muscle – but mobility is vital and gives you strength that helps you move. 60-70% will focus on flexibility, this will stop you developing bad technique that’ll cause problems as you progress. We break the body down into a ‘3 Body Chassis’. This is the shoulders, spine and hips. Stretch these areas thoroughly to keep yourself fluid and aimed squarely for the top of your game. My favourite move is definitely handstands, but my dream move is the Full Planche... which is my 2022 goal!