Tag Archives: bodyweight training

Calisthenics Intoxication: Can Muscle-ups Make You Muscular and Ripped?

| August 3, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Summertime. Harry TheBicepsFlexKilla was working as a waiter in a luxury restaurant. It was a seasonal well-paying job which he’d found on a popular site. At the beginning, it was nothing but a fairy tale – a clean restaurant, an unusually polite manager and good tips from the customers. However, there were two major downsides. […]

Are Modern Gymnasts Using Steroids To Build Muscle and Strength

| June 26, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Without steroids, sports like powerlifting, bodybuilding and Olympic weightlifting won’t be what they are today. If the muscle elixirs are cut from the equation, the records will drop to incredibly low levels. I don’t care what they say about genetics, it’s the truth. If the so-called natural bodybuilders today were really natural, they could easily […]

Why the Planche and the Front Lever Won’t Make You Big

| May 26, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Believe it or not, the front lever and its counterpart the planche will not cause significant if any hypertrophy. Why? The number of reasons is longer than you may think. 1.Skill-based movements are not optimal for hypertrophy and basic strength development. When a movement is complex and demands too much skill, it immediately becomes less […]

Do Calisthenics Make You Ripped?

| March 2, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

It’s close to impossible to see a calisthenics master with a big gut and massive love handles. As a result, many wrongfully assume that bodyweight exercises have a secret property that leads to ultra-leanness. The lighter you are, the easier it is to do lift yourself. Extra body fat does not help at all. Therefore, most […]

Gymnastic Training and Hypertrophy: Bodyweight Is Not Always the Best

| February 24, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

When I was a teenager, two male gymnasts used to live in my building, and I had the opportunity to follow their progress indirectly. At first, I didn’t know that they were gymnasts. Both of them were pricks, and we didn’t talk much. One of them lived next door and gave us cockroaches because his […]

Upper Body: Barbells vs. Bodyweight Exercises

| February 5, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Regardless of what the gym owners and mainstream bodybuilding media say, you can reach the genetic potential of many upper body muscles through bodyweight exercises. The extremely well-developed torsos of gymnasts serve as evidence. However, this does not mean that you should become a monkey for the sake of it either. In this post, I […]