There are secrets to mastering your bodyweight. Usually only passed on to professional athletes training for things like gymnastics, this knowledge is imperative to gain control in all forms of movement.
Arrow-like handstands frozen in time, strict muscle-ups with no kip or momentum, and levitating into levers are no longer myths but achievable goals for anyone with the correct information and training paths.
Calisthenics is a form of strength and power training utilising only compound bodyweight exercises. Using isolation exercises doesn't teach the body how to coordinate its strength and balance through the core and into the limbs – Calisthenics helps you to develop that through the pursuit of clean and 'Strict Form'. The techniques learnt can then be mixed with each other into routines (Freestyle Calisthenics/Street Workout), or weight can be added to the movement once strict form has been achieved to keep overloading the body.
Calisthenics strengthens the body holistically as a unit – it is incredibly useful for those who use their bodies for performance, for example in sports, martial arts, dance and yoga. Whether aiming to improve your ability to keep possession of a ball, developing your punching/kicking power, perfecting your balance or simply just to get stronger, it is an age old training system which will benefit you hugely.
Ricky has been involved in bodyweight mastery since childhood. Beginning with various martial arts including Judo, Wing Chun, Boxing, Thai Boxing, Grappling and more, he moved onto more artistic and acrobatic elements of these arts into his teenage years. Now 30 years old, he is an international calisthenics athlete and part of the global Strengthwraps team.
Ricky specialises in advanced bodyweight movements originating in gymnastics but which have now evolved into calisthenics/street workout where a variety of different planes of motion and freedom have been added to the traditional elements of gymnastics to create a discipline involved in supreme bodyweight conditioning, including Muscle ups, Planche, L and V sit, Front Lever, Back Lever and Human Flag.