Pushups are essentially one of the most important exercises to add to your workouts and we all know that there is more than just the standard way of doing pushups. Not to mention, you look pretty cool if you can handle a few diamond pushups. Even a few clap pushups here and there. And major, major points in the world if you can actually can perform one hand pushups. Are we missing anything? Yes. The more you get stronger, the more variety you need for your workouts so check out this video from Bartisti with Frank Medrano and Core King. Happy Sunday!
Need a little boost to think about your next set? Check out this Youtube video by BaristiWorkout for the Street Workout World Championship 2014, which was organized by WSWCF (www.wswcf.org) and the Moscow Sports Ministry Moscom sport in collaboration with Kenguru Pro, Barztec and Workout24.
The event was held on July 26th, 2014 in Moscow, Russia!
The Concept of F.I.T. Mode: Beast!
Inspirational fitness enthusiasts, Lazar Novovic and Frank Medrano have taken the internet by storm by their more than impressive calisthenics moves. Signature moves such as “The Typewriter” (insanely advanced pull-ups), the Dragon Flag and the Human Flag (both extremely difficult abdominal exercises) are some of the exercises that they famously made a name for themselves in terms of body-weight exercises.
Frank Medrano, like many ordinary men, had done track and field during high school years and fell out of place with his health years afterwards. Frustrated with his health situation, he puts the effort consistently—eventually giving him the recognition he deserves. He is famously known as the “Vegan Bodybuilder” and despite the lack of eating meat protein, his hard work comprises. Frank Medrano is currently dating Antoinette Pacheco, another fitness personality who transformed her life as well.
Lazar Novovic is another brand ambassador of the Calisthenics movement. Claiming to have used no gym, supplements, or other weights besides his own bodyweight, not only he was able to achieve an 8-pack, prized among many ripped men, but he is the owner of a Calisthenics organization called BAR BROTHERS, a creative workout team for body weight exercises. The goal of BAR BROTHERS is “to motivate you to get in shape and help you reach your life goals.”
In case you are wondering how difficult to be an official representative of the movement, BAR BROTHERS requires that you have to complete at least “7 Muscle Ups, 25 Dips, 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups, 25 Push Ups, 10 Leg Lifts, 7 Muscle Ups.” in under 5 minutes or less.” There is not much is known of Lazar Novovic, except he proudly represents his Serbian heritage.
“The tools that you choose are nothing more than a means to an end. Equipment will not change the equation for success, as the most important variable will always be YOU. Having control over your own body and being able to do what you want is what makes training so amazing.” -Frank Medrano
To learn more about Lazar Novovic:
Another week, another super drenched outfit I have to rewash again. I am very proud that I can proudly say that I spent the majority of the year improving my body in hopes of ringing in the new year with a much better body than ever before. So I was set back for a few weeks, not because I got bored of fitness (gasp, LIES!), but because I was a bit sick and wasnt able to do much for days, especially through breathing my nose. Its not something I expected, but something I thought I can prevent, which threw me off balance. I still want to get the prized abs, but I learned that naturally it would take almost a year (thought my stomach wasn’t that completely large to begin with) My sick week also taught me that I still have a long way to go, but at the same time, isnt that what makes a lifestyle blog interesting to begin with? I have to start the essentials somewhere, whether its nutrition, circuit training, or workouts. Decided that its best to start from somewhere so when you have days like sick days, you don’t falloff as hard.
Refrain from eating carelessly or workout, because the more you push your body when it needs to recover, you WONT recover. Simple as that. 🙂 Back on the grind, planning on starting 2015 really going all out for Calisthenics. And yes, 2014 is almost over folks. Bring out the last hurrahs and get to it!
I train with Circuit Training, Calisthenics, and Yoga, with a hint of gym. It’s like I see my body as not only a cooking pot of different forms of exercise in achieving my results, but why not make the gym anywhere I go? Hell, I might be the crazy lady who would do pull-ups on the NYC subway trains or jump squats for my 5 minute break at my job. I will write a brief tidbits post on the mini difference between Calisthenics and Circuit Training, shortly. From what I know, though both don’t really use equipment to do the exercises prescribed, Calisthenics focuses more on achieving goals increasing your muscular endurance to perform more reps, increase your strength, increase your flexibility, and raising your metabolic rate for you to burn more calories. It goes very hand to hand to other fitness programs such as weight training, CrossFit, and Martial Arts. This form of exercise is also associated with Street Workouts, Bar Competitions, and my favorite, the Bar Brothers of Facebook with Lazar Novovic. Long story short, I just wanna do a lot of pullups, my first dragon flag, and muscles up and Frank Medrano and Lazar Novovic (Honorable Mention: Cornelia Ritzke) seems to be the first person in mind when I think of Calisthenics. The concept of pushing your body to achieve unspeakable strength, there’s something about Calisthenics that calls to me. DARE TO BEAT AVERAGE!
Here is a quick video to the introduction of Calisthenics by Frank Medrano, Enjoy:
So there are many ways to get in shape, whether you want to fit into your old clothes when you were slimmer to literally being in the best shape of your life, and even more. The truth of the matter is what exactly do you see your ideal body? Do you see yourself doing handstands in Yoga? Bench Press over 150 lbs and/or stacks 45lb plates on each side from the already heavy 45lbs press bar? The typical, “I just wanna look good before the summer hits” phrase? All these wonderful goals do have one thing in common, what exactly do you want to get out of a fitness program and is it enjoyable to stick to it in the long run? You have to ask yourself these questions. “What do I want to accomplish?” “Do you want to lose weight and gain muscle? Are you ready to go through the pain and change your diet to get there? How fast and strong will I take my body?
There are absolutely so many fitness programs to think of, its endless. Yoga, Circuit training, Calisthenics, Weight-Lifting, Martial Arts, and general sports are categories we are gonna to focus on this blog since I am currently training on the first 5 I listed. However, you never know, I might be a golf player and call it a day. You can train with a personal trainer (interview soon with mine), train at your very own home, or find a group of people to motivate you to go a gym since science proves that you get to your ideal goal more significantly with a group of people. Spend some money on buying the essentials first so not only you deck out your gym with gear, but motivates you to stay on that mindset in some way. Invest in a good pair of running and/or walking shoes, dumbbells, gym clothes, exercise mat, and a water bottle/gym bag. Other than that, be ready, you got one life.