Finding Balance Between Mind and Muscle

January 24, 2017

I grew up in the perfect storm of cheesy action movies and the rising star of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Visions of attaining the perfect physique filled my head, and snapshots of Arnold from Commando carrying a tree on his shoulder filled my vision boards. But as I grew older, I found that the oversimplified pursuit of […]

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Progressive Calisthenics Returns To New York!

January 17, 2017

The first PCC of the New Year was held in my hometown of New York City this past weekend, and if it’s any indication of what’s to come, then it’s clear that 2017 will be another incredible year for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification! In our fourth foray into the Big Apple, over thirty-five calisthenics freaks […]

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The Muscle Building Advantages of Calisthenics

January 10, 2017

I’ve been building muscle with bodyweight training ever since Convict Conditioning was first published. When I attended the first PCC, a few people told me they thought I still lifted weights because I had a decent amount of muscle. Not that I can blame anyone for their doubt. I was once one of those guys […]

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Chaos-Proof Calisthenics Workouts For Long Term Success

January 3, 2017

One of the greatest things about Convict Conditioning style progressive calisthenics exercises are their extreme portability. We no longer need a giant gym stuffed full of highly specific machines to get a workout. For many of the exercises, we just need a floor. As the now-famous line from Pushing the Limits goes, remember, “if you […]

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The Top Ten PCC Blog Posts of 2016

December 27, 2016

With 2016 coming to an end, it’s been almost 4 years since the inception of the Progressive Calisthenics Certification, and it continues to be an amazing ride. This year the PCC visited China, Australia, Germany, Holland, and The UK, in addition to traveling across the United States. We certified hundreds of new PCC instructors and […]

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Five Ways to Gauge Your Calisthenics Progress

December 20, 2016

When someone asks me how long will it take to learn an elbow lever, human flag, handstand or any other intermediate/advanced level calisthenics move, my response is always, “It will take as long as it needs to.” For the most part, if your only concern is how long it will take to achieve your goal, […]

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Six Reasons to Start Your Workouts With Unilateral Calisthenics

December 6, 2016

Quick quiz! What’s the one thing missing from most fitness programs that translates into extraordinary progress? Ice Cream More Posterior Chain Work Single-Sided Bodyweight Exercises Chipotle A Good Workout Partner While a case could probably be made for any of these choices, the answer that has the greatest return on your time investment is C. […]

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Progressive Calisthenics In The Forbidden City

November 29, 2016

Never in my life did I imagine that my calisthenics journey would take me all the way to Beijing. I knew that working out would get me in shape: lean, fit, solid and strong. It was also very obvious to me how much fun I was having in my training. And, yes, I was certainly […]

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Five Ways to Fast Track Your Freestanding Handstand

November 22, 2016

As an adult you’ve decided to embark on an inversion and hand balancing journey. Seriously, are you crazy? If you think about it, children with amazing mobility, breathing, reflexive stability and perfect natural movement still can take 18 months to learn how to stand on their feet. And you have decided that you want to […]

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Natural Muscle—How Much Can You Gain…Really?

November 8, 2016

I’ve found that these days I keep getting asked the same questions over and over. Why did you get those lame tattoos? How come your face looks so much older than your body? Who are you, and what are you doing in the girls’ locker room? That’s my personal life, but in my life as […]

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