Are You Currently Too Old for Calisthenics Workouts

 

ONLY THREE EXERCISES! My full calisthenics workout routine. Lee Wright

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You Are Never TOO OLD!!! 40+yrs & 50+yrs old Calisthenics Beasts!!!

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Are you too old to train Calisthenics? Progressions for level zero and below

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How to Start Calisthenics at 50 YEARS PLUS | Beginner Workout

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Don is grandfather and a calisthenics athlete and he show us that calisthenics can do wonders for people over 50. Learn more calisthenics for over 50 TRAINING PROGRAM. Building muscle may give you a leaner appearance, too. Calisthenics may also help make your body more flexible.

They can also be good for helping you stick to workouts for a longer time. The guy you saw on YouTube who’s turned himself into a human flag by holding his body parallel to the ground, he’s doing calisthenics too, and that guy you’ve seen doing dips in the park. Workout #1: Beginner Calisthenics Circuit Workout. Do all the exercises in the order shown, resting 30 seconds between exercises and 3 minutes afterward. Repeat for 3 rounds.

1. 10 pullups Do these with your palms facing away from you, hands just outside shoulder-width apart. 2. 10 chinups Palms face toward you, hands shoulder-width apart. 3.

How to Recognize the Best Calisthenics Plans Available Online. If you’re looking for one of the best calisthenics workouts that can help you achieve your fitness goals in 2019, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few of them available online, and most of them are pretty good.. As in most cases though, black sheep can be found among the crowd. These are the courses that claim to do. Read Also: Calisthenics For Beginners (9 Key Workouts And More) You’ll feel better overall: Not only will you be the envied one at the beach, you will feel better too.

With an engaged, strong, flexible, stable core, your entire body feels amazing, allowing you to think positively about yourself and others. 2. The playground calisthenics workout. Calisthenics can involve minimalist equipment such as bars.

If you have access to a park bench or pull-up bar, you can add to a basic calisthenic routine. The exercises are demonstrated on video and every video starts at the beginning of the exercise. If you want to try a particular exercise then watch the entire tutorial to make sure you do it right. I also strongly recommend you use these filters to find the best exercises for you. Otherwise it’s easy to.

Exercises for Seniors. Exercise is vital for people of all ages for maintaining health, preventing injuries, and lowering risks of heart diseases. Having exercise routines readily available will help give you a jump start towards better health. We’ve gathered 29 different exercises designed to be safe and challenging for seniors and the elderly.

If you are new to exercise, just google some of the exercises in the workouts above or visit StewSmith.com for articles, pictures, and books complete with workouts and exercise descriptions.

List of related literature:

You’re never too old to start or to pick up exercises where you left off.

“Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder” by Edward Jackowski
from Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder
by Edward Jackowski
Atria Books, 2001

Older adults often think that they are too old to begin and sustain a program of exercise.

“Gerontologic Nursing E-Book” by Sue E. Meiner, Jennifer J. Yeager
from Gerontologic Nursing E-Book
by Sue E. Meiner, Jennifer J. Yeager
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

It doesn’t matter how fit or how old a person is prior to initiating an exercise program.

“Counseling Across the Lifespan: Prevention and Treatment” by Cindy L Juntunen, Donald Atkinson, Donald R Atkinson
from Counseling Across the Lifespan: Prevention and Treatment
by Cindy L Juntunen, Donald Atkinson, Donald R Atkinson
SAGE Publications, 2002

Bottom line: You are never too young or too old to exercise and benefit from it.

“Prediabetes For Dummies” by Alan L. Rubin
from Prediabetes For Dummies
by Alan L. Rubin
Wiley, 2009

The point is, you are never too old to improve muscular strength and endurance.

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
from Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

When I work out on the elliptical trainer, I always enter my age as forty because I don’t want some algorithm based on the pathology of aging to tell me how I’m supposed to feel.

“The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success” by Mario Martinez, Christiane Northrup
from The MindBody Code: How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success
by Mario Martinez, Christiane Northrup
Sounds True, 2014

Aqua fitness classes, a good choice at any age, are a good option for exercise because they use a lot of muscle mass while reducing stress on your joints, which is important if you’re dealing with any arthritis.

“Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple” by Pete McCall
from Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple
by Pete McCall
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2018

You are never too old to exercise, and it is never too late to start.

“Nutrition: Science and Applications” by Lori A. Smolin, Mary B. Grosvenor
from Nutrition: Science and Applications
by Lori A. Smolin, Mary B. Grosvenor
Wiley, 2019

We now know, however, that strength training has many beneficial outcomes for older adults, and a number of professional groups have reversed their positions and now actively endorse resistance training for older adults (American College of Sports Medicine, 1998).

“Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults” by C. Jessie Jones, Debra J. Rose
from Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults
by C. Jessie Jones, Debra J. Rose
Human Kinetics, 2005

Sedentary people of all ages, including in their 80s, have successfully improved muscle strength with weightlifting.14 As with all high-intensity training, however, the risk of injury when lifting weights is fairly high.

“Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life” by Joe Friel
from Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
by Joe Friel
VeloPress, 2015

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  • Enjoyed the “bajeezers” out of these videos. 64 YO use to be (of course) extremely fit. Have had 2 lower spine surgeries so these low impacts are down my line.Difficult time finding dip bar, perhaps being to picky. Lived in Ipswich for 2 years… thanks Mark

  • Awesome job, definitely an inspiration. I’m 30, and this year I just said “that’s enough” to my body. I went down from 264 lbs to 186 lbs so far, while I’m getting stronger in the process as well, and I just started to get into calisthenics, and definitely, being able to do a full pull-up is my currently objective! Thanks for your videos!

  • Thanks Anthony. I am 40, and I feel that I am achy and have a hard time getting warmed up. Seems like I am always stiff these days. I also have really young kids and the lack of sleep seems to affect me. Keep these over 40 videos coming, I know lots of others that would like to know/hear more.

  • Great Video and an inspiration to us over 50’s.

    Can I ask at what point do you progress to the next stage, or will your body let you know, so for example say I am at the dip stage, when do I progress from the “Leg Assisted” to the “numb Leg Dip” and so on?

    What would be your typical number of circuits for a beginner?

    Regards,

    Richard.

  • Hello I have started doing some modified, that is, simplified calisthenics at a nearby exercise course. This is the first video of yours that I have watched. I like the thoughtfulness of your approach. I am 57. Most of my exercise has been light construction, strumming a baritone ukulele, and hiking 2 days about 5 miles each in the hills of the San Francisco east bay area. I want to be careful to take care of my body, build muscle, and loose weight. The hikes are as much for my mental health as the are for my back and aerobic activity. Please share more and perhaps make an over 40 playlist. I have tried to kick start myself by taking small steps. Thank you, Jeff

  • Mark your video is by far the best of all the many I’ve watched on calisthenics. I’m doing it and being sensible and patient. Just wish I’d gotten started like this in my 20’s! Many thanks for sharing.

  • This is a brilliant video. Warm ups are so important over the age of 35, and it’s frightening how many folk I see still trying to train like they’re in their 20’s.

  • Step aside kids. THE MAN HAS ARRIVED. LADIES, ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET. I’M HERE! THAT’S RIGHT KIDS. MAKE WAY FOR THE 60 SOMETHINGS AND I DON’T MEAN 1 OR 2.

  • It’s not a popular opinion but high volume clearly works. Love the vids! I stopped trying to do low rep high skill moves and am just focusing on high rep exercises now

  • hey Antonio, i don’t want to be rude or sth but I have notice in the last videos that you got smaller or should I say better your muscle aren’t as defined as previously (the biceps as the primary example) You obviously look good don’t get me worng, but something has changed I think. Are you in bulking period or sth?
    of course it may be the light and the clothes.

  • ? any advice about pulling self all the way over the bar for German Hang and Skin The Cat? I am reluctant to go that far around at 50 yrs old without some form of prior exercises for a few weeks before trying. “I ain’t no Spring Chicken” and don’t want to tear anything. All the other stuff is fair enough…

  • Good video.. I’m 48 years-old been doing calisthenics 4 round roughly 3 months now using gym rings and parallettes and I have built a lot of strength just by doing the static holds. Like to one day be able to do a muscle up on the Rings. �� I like to do a 15 second hold at the top of a pull-up then 10 second negative. I’ve never really used resistance bands for assistance, only just to warm up my shoulders.

  • Hi Mark,
    Im 56 and finding calisthenics after doing weights for years.
    Is there anywhere i could email you with a few questions if you have the time?
    Andy

  • Looks like your arm is doing great!!

    I like the way you’ve broken this down I went straight in to rings pullups no bands, ended getting an impingment in my shoulder, slow and steady much better

  • i realize this video is from a couple years ago, but when you showed the pushup grips you said you would put a link above, but there was no link. What was the brand?

  • I love these guys! While some young people promoting sedentary lifestyle (home-car-office-car-home) and lying on hospital bed, these people inspire us to get fit and healthy! Keep up the good work!

  • Great stuff!

    I was trying out some of this at the gym today as it is something that I want to achieve mostly the pull up and the L-sit.

    Q: Do you just do the routine once per workout or do you do multiple circuits?

  • My left side tricep and bicep are getting bigger then my right. I’ve been shifting my weight to my right side but it doesn’t seem to be helping.(what you’re thinking of isn’t the problem)

  • Thanks a lot for this workout. Simplicity is beautiful! I always do push-ups. Dips on rings are still too hard for me. I’m working on stabilizing the rings first. My squats are normally weighted, because just bodyweight I find too easy. I workout in a forest and there are always plenty of rocks to pick up for squats.

  • Love the channel and completely agree with your principles! I myself train with this method and can 100% say that this method works. I have all your books and use them to this day. Keep up the good work. Glad to see the channel growing as i am a long time subscriber and its nice to see all your efforts paying off. All the best!

  • Thanks a lot for these tips….am 31 and just starting on calisthenics from scratch….I got your book all you need is a pull up bar and am following the steps. could you make a tutorial on how to create tension on your body? many videos are always talking about this as a method to increase reps. especially how to activate glutes.

  • Hi Anthony, I would love to see a workout programme for older guys from you. I as doing reddit’s RR but got some tendonitis in my elbow and shoulder so had to back off. Mixing resistance bands, easy sets and work sets while still being able to build some calisthenics muscle would be great and you are proof you can get built with calisthenics.

  • Great video!, I know you mentioned you do as many reps within 4 min for legs but do you use the same amount of time for p/u’s and dips (I.e. 1 set for pull-ups is as much as possible (not to failure) within 4 min)? Or do you just go for pull-ups and dips until you are close to that “failure” mark..

  • I like working in the low rep range. My workout for awhile has been 5×6. 4 pulling 4 pushing and 2 leg exercises (weighted for legs only). For high volume calisthenics is there a difference between 10 sets of 20 reps and 40 sets of 5 reps?

  • Many thanks, I have been researching “calisthenics beginners” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about Jamescan Calisthenics Caboshed (just google it )? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my friend got excellent success with it.

  • I just started doing at least 200 push-ups for the past 2 week and my entire upper body feels extremely sore after I’m done. This whole lock down has made me love bodyweight exercises.

  • Have you got any tips on getting into the mindset of training? Especially when the pull up bar, rings etc are at home and home isn’t the most conducive place for training �� cheers

  • Nice progression routine, I did it yesterday and today it feels like it hit all the areas. It surprising that even though I’ve been training for quiet a while, a change in routine can really hit the spot. It was 16 deg here in this Sydney winter and I had to force myself to go in the garage and do it. 20 years out of blighty has turned me into a soft tart ������

  • I didn’t expect to see someone doing (more or less) the same workout I do. These three exercises (+push ups) are really all you need imo

  • I’ve been doing the traditional rippetoe 5×5. I got strong but now I’m fat. Do you keep squats and deadlifts in your weekly training?

  • Thank you very much, it gives me some points to focus on. Sounds like I should be trying harder on some things and not so hard on others ��

    Andrew

  • Great video! Inspiring to see how far those guys have come in a relatively short time, some cool moves too! Jose has a real flare! ��������‍♂️��

  • Jesus, I’ve been fucking around with weights in the gym for 8 years, I’m now 29. I can’t do any of these things, but want to learn. Can anyone recommend some good resources to progress?

  • New to your channel, your newest video was recommended. Its nice to see you doing all of this, great work and I look forward to watching your journey.

  • Conclusion for myself:
    Start training every day (start with basic exercises) in order to overcome mental barriers (for example: laziness). Over time you will understand your body better and avoid overtraining.

  • Great inspirational video and nice introductory workout with progressions. Thank you! Tell Victor and Jose how amazing and inspiring their progress is! Thanks for the advice desire and sacrifice!

  • I find this far too simple as you are missing out on so many muscles. It’s also very hard to get the same explosiveness with calisthenics compared to weights, plus weights are easier to progressively overload, add more resistance and can target muscles. Calisthenics just cant replicate this, that’s why I believe it’s good to mix weights and calisthenics together to get the best of both worlds.

  • Iornwolf has changed my life for better I was a person who did drugs and dealt with homelessness and depression now I grew into a savage working 11 hours and coming straight home to rep city much love for this video brother i appreciate the information and shout out to the Wolfpack!

  • Heyy can you answer my question…. Do high rep of calisthenics build slow twitch muscle?.. I don’t like slow twitch muscle because i want to be explosive athelete… I’m beginner here and also tell me some of calisthenics benefit

  • This is soooo funny. I clicked your rings product link where I saw the blue tape wrapped around the ring. Due to my shoulder injury I asked myself what should I do now with the 100x table foosball grip tapes I bought lately. Now I found a usage ����

  • Here is the thing that barbell snobs don’t realize or in fact don’t want to realize….

    Getting a progressively better physique is all about increasing your relative strength in pressing and pulling.

    Push ups allow you to lift a certain percentage of your bodyweight, and the more perfect reps you can do before failure the lighter your bodyweight is to you and the stronger you are…

    As a natty the stronger you are the bigger you are.

    Show me a guy who can do 200 perfect push ups without resting more than a second between reps, and I will show you a guy with a double to triple bodyweight bench press.

    And if that same guy weighs 300lbs while being able to do it, then he is one of the freakiest mass monster in the world. All he had to do is eat his way to 300lbs while maintaining his push up and pull up numbers.

    So people should not be surprised as to why prisoners can get so huge. It’s basic biomechanics.

  • Thank you. This video meant so much to me and helped me through a tough time I’ve been having. Looking forward to starting on my journey

  • Frate, imi place mult contentu’ si profesionalismu’. Te suport cum pot din Canada! Ar trebui sa faci un 30\60\90-day challenge filmat pe aici. Cunosc niste bestii pe aici carora le-ar placea structura asa unui program. Si poate pui si muzica lu Subcarpati in background. Recomand singleu’ Da-i Foale avand in vedere ca vorbeste despre antrenament si e un cantec tare fain:)

  • When I’m having negative thoughts these videos give me a lift and positivity comes back. I’m in good shape for 48 but we all worry about getting older.thanks for the inspiration

  • Great information. Excellent breakdown and delivery of key concepts. Most important of all: superb accent:D

    You’ve just earned yourself a new subscriber, sir.

    Salutare!:)

  • Mark, I’m 56 and this is inspirational stuff. Going to integrate this into my work outs and see how I get on. Let you know in 6 maths. Keep the videos coming, really appreciated.

  • Hey yo,

    will doing Underhand Chins will give wider lats??

    I always feel Overhand grip pullups doesn’t activate lats as much as Underhand Chins do…

  • Volume / high reps are definitely the answer. I’ve been doing high rep burpees for just 3 weeks and my body change in fat loss and muscle growth is amazing. I post my workout videos regularly showing these workouts.

  • I was looking at Reddit, YouTube, etc to start calisthenics with the 100+ pages and hours of content explaining complicated routines, intervals, etc. Great way to get paralyzed in all the information. I’m glad I found your video, allowing us to get straight to work. I’ll do pull-ups, squats, dips and push ups, some mma conditioning and krav maga 3 times a week. Let’s see what happens! Eating clean too. Thanks man! Currently 5″10 at 138 lbs. Goals is increased lean muscle mass.

  • Do you have any UK Amazon links and do you have any referrals? I’d like to order and I would hope that you got something from my order.

  • at my heyday i used to run 5 k in the morning and then 100 push up 5 set,20 pull upx 5 set, and 100 sit up x 5 set 6 days a week nothing fancy just high reps and maximum effort.

  • In terms of strength, doing this type of training will increase my strength? Like, if i do a chest press with 60kg now, will making Hundreds of push ups make me stronger to lift for example 80kg in a few months?

  • I’ve been training with a limited structured program for quiet a long time without much in return, but when I started focusing on just exhausting my muscles, even only after few weeks i can see that not only my athleticism has gotten better but I also gained some muscle mass without changing my diet. I can safely say that this high volume style of training is not a joke, in fact It’s simply fucking brutal and I love it. Now that feeling of extreme soreness the days after is consistent and not a rarity like before. Keep making this content man, it’s gold. Also like your style of editing, there is just something relaxing to it.

    Oh and btw, can you please tell me the name of that nice tune around 3:00?

  • thanks a lot from Italy, i am over 50, i have little yoga experience and i will try your work out for starting with calisthenics.

  • Will it not mess up your joints? Like give you tennis elbow from doing push ups over and over.
    Is there any exercise you can do for the back without a pull-up bar?
    Also do you stretch much before?
    Thanks Kris.

  • This just gave a huge boost. I am 29 years old at the moment and the other day I was thinking may be I am too old to get back to calisthenics. Thanks for the motivation:)
    I better hit the gym now.

  • i am over 40 and so far I’m not getting anything but benefits from your program.

    For eg I Learned to use my knuckles for pus ups.

    I have tried many programs but I’ve never felt so aware of my body like now after reading your books!!

    You rock!!!!

  • Instead of the bands I started using a machine that assists you in much the same way at my health club, but I will use your warmups and circuits. Thanks from Chicago!

  • So would a program of say just dips, regular and diamond pushups(and with feet elevated), pull-ups and chin ups with some leg training like squats and lunges be beneficial for muscle growth with high reps as you explain in this? Or are there more exercises you’d recommend?

  • This kind of training is amazing, I’ve been doing it for more than a year and not only my physique improved, my whole perfomance did It too (for example 500 pull ups in a hour). A lot of people should try this instead of the typical gym routine

  • Is there anything I could do instead of pull-ups for back?
    Like imagine i was in a cell with no bar? Will a bag full of books and doing rows suffice?
    I’ve been thinking of doing lots of pushups one day.
    Squats and bag rows the next day. During lockdown.
    What you think my man?

  • Adorian, you are an elegant and intelligent gentleman, I believe you work as a businessman, ecomomist, teacher or something like that. Salut my friend!

  • this was a good start in addressing everyone who want to train and isn’t a wee kid anymore.:) those of us over 40 are dealing with less mobility, old injuries, and difficulty getting results or gains.

  • What happens to me is that I follow a routine and a month later I don’t feel the stimulus, so 8 don’t know if I’m making progress(although I log every workout and improve a rep, or TUT, or mind muscle connection)

  • To all people here, check out Iron Wolf channel. More proof of high volume burpees and calisthenics to achieve INSANE fatigue resistance (uploads over 1 hr continuous burpee routines) and great strength and physique

  • I appreciate your approach (“little by little, step by step”), maybe because I am 60, or maybe not. I am not new to physical exercise, but having dropped any activity for 5 years, I must admit that coming back is harder than I thought. Anyway, since Paul Newman/Eddie Felson did it, I can do it as well.
    Cheers.

  • Is it odd that I was always drawn to calisthenics type of exercises?
    Lifting weights seemed suuuuch a drag for me but I did it because I thought that’s how I could gain muscle and mass on my skinny body.
    Not that I knew specifically about calisthenics, but I’m frustrated that I just discovered it now at 40.

  • No more excuses! I used to swim 3 miles a day and could bike 20. due to car accidents and illness, I fell off. You guys are an inspiration for this old chick. Thanks for for reminding us that you’re never too old to be the best you you can be.

  • Hey I’m new to calisthenics and especially the dip. I never trained this movement before and recently I started doing it but when I do, I have pain near my collar bone and upper chest. You seem really experienced, do you have any idea why this might be? I don’t think it has to do with strength but maybe my range of motion or technique. Any advice could help.

  • for people who think you get big doing bodyweight exercises that wont work it wont do anything these are videos of people tryna make money

  • Love this dudes content and approach to calisthenics! What he says is spot on. Most of us are capable training a lot more than we think. Training daily can definitely be done, and is my personally favorite approach. But, you need to manage your volume, intensity and recovery properly to make it work. Good stuff from this guy!

  • I doubled my reps about 1-2 weeks ago but I totally ended up injuring myself my ligaments elbows everything was popping and in pain taking a week or two completely off.

    The thing was I could handle the reps I have no idea why my whole body just decided to breakdown….

    Any advice don’t want it to happen again feels weird not being able to work out.

    Thanks

  • I am 53, 5’4, 109 lbs, I am desperate for more muscles. I run, cycle, weight lift BUT I WANT MORE so I thought about doing this, along with indoor wall climbing. This video is great, it landed in my inbox… you found me! Thank you!

  • hey man, i am skinny in the upper body but i actually have strong legs and lower body because i played soccer alot. should i just do upper body workouts and focus on that?

  • Hey man just fall here, like a alot your content, check iron wolf channel, and do some burpees session, very effective calisthecnic workout…love romenia…all the best.

  • Can I ask you, if a person is 5.9ft and 160 pounds and has been cutting from a higher weight, but still doesn’t see abs, should he keep cutting even if the weight is now getting too low? Obviously the right answer would be to bulk for some mass first, but in reality, he has enough mass, just crappy genetics for abs. Everything else is defined, just not the stomach. So, should that guy keep cutting untill the definition is finally visible and then go for a solid bulk or what would you recommend?

  • Great video, sir! Your physique shows the hard work that you put in, living proof that you can be buff without weights lol. I also am doing high-volume calisthenics in my new youtube channel. Maybe one day we can do a collab 😉

  • Great video. But I have two doubts: the first, how many sets of each exercise? Second, circuit routines are no longer effective for endurance?

  • Hi can you suggest a routine for optimal strength power endurance for the sport of wrestling please? Would really appreciate any information to help as wrestling is in weight category so more about being strong for your own bodyweight so I think your training methods would really apply ����

  • What a legend! The best beginner routine on YouTube. Love the progressions. Wish I saw this before I hurt my rotator cuff tried to progress to quickly.

  • Alright so I have a theory for these type of guys. They are from another planet,aliens, who came here on Earth a long time ago and they look exactly the same way as us BUT gravity does not apply for them so basically they are trying very hard to stay on the ground and not fly and when they get on a bar they just stop trying to stay on the ground and their planet pulls them towards it therefore they can do ANYTHING on a bar with extreme ease

  • This video inspires me. I turned 57 three weeks ago and started bodyweight exercises. I’m feeling great. And hopefully one day to do a muscle up

  • could you make a video of what you just mentioned > I know you were naming however I actually need to see it. I guees I am a visual learner

  • Alot of this is just plain ol good genetics. But with good dieting and conditioning the average 40+ yr old could get close to this.

  • I’m 23 and have been working out (casually) for about 5 years. I’m worried that I’m too old to start training for the advanced skills such as full planche, front lever and human flag. Anyone got any experience with this?

  • Hi mark i am 50 and have always been skinny what would you recommend or am i just meant to be like this all my life thanks Neil.

  • Just found this. Great video. I am going to get rid of my weights and go straight calisthenics and bands. 59 and the weights have taken a toll on my joints over the years.

  • j’ai 57 ans et je fais du sport 3 à 4 fois par semaine….j’admire ce que vous faites. Bravo et respect from France 😉

    I am 57 years old and I do sports 3 to 4 times a week…. respect from FRANCE 😉

  • wingate in the house!!! I would sprint that track and hit that hard sit up incline back when. There’s a energy of discipline there. As a whole lotta discipline has passed through there over the years

  • Im 43 and do calisthenics, lost over 50kg weight mainly with keto. Muscles are growing decent now that aint on keto. I take longer time between sets so wont break tendons, just do fewer and slower reps more frequent. This way arms, knees, shoulders gets used to load they get. Negative training trains as much as positives if you do em multiple time daily till muscle failure. Muscle soreness isnt bad when you do daily frequent sets. You can get zero to hero even if you are over 40.

  • The quality of this video is great (voice vs music volume ratio, editing and everything). But not only that, I’m really enjoying your content. Thanks for your inputs.

    I have not done high volume calisthenics yet. I’ll keep watching to understand better the concept.

  • 50’s is youth in 2017 and 40’s has been youth for awhile. While they impress me as Athletes the age thing doesn’t impress me at all. There are 60% more pro Athletes over 45 than ever before.

  • Great job Anthony! What about repetitions and sets? Is more repetitions better than less repetitions and more sets (for over 50)?
    Thanks
    Michael

  • If you think that you are too old to start with bodyweight training better check this: http://fitsistence.com/start-with-bodyweight-training/

  • Im 35 and find it takes much longer to recover from a workout than i when i was in my mid 20s. Starting young really speeds up your progress in advanced calisthenic moves like planche/muscle up/front and back levers.

  • Good video. Thank you. Browsing around I found that your principles and content makes a lot of sense. As an former military men I really appreciate using your technique. I just subscribed.

  • Hi, loved the video, inspirational. What can you recommend instead of pull ups? Ive just started body weight training and have done little training previously and so really struggle with pull ups.

  • It’s crazy how the popular belief is that high reps CANNOT increase your strength and power and ultimately 1 rep max. I have been training high rep (10-12) weighted pullups and have never gone below yet when I tried my 1RM, I was able to pull 320lbs, clean. And I know, failing at 10 to 12 isn’t exactly “high rep” as compared to the calisthenics context of “high rep” but I 100% agree that going beyond 12 reps (even sets of 15-20) will get you extremely strong as long as you perform HIGH VOLUME sessions DAILY. it will definitely negatively impact your results if you’re a newbie but like all things about the human body, it WILL adapt. Obsessions over 1RMs and resulting into low rep training because of this obsession has a return of benefit so low considering that the risk factor for injury and long-term progress is just too high. That extra strength increase you get of maybe 5 to 10% is far inferior to the benefit of size and overall strength and HEALTH of your joints and ligaments ESPECIALLY when you progressively overload towards increasing said strength to that 5 to 10% advantage of the low-rep trainee. Be patient, train fresh, have fun, and eat and rest well. Never do anything that your body screams in pain for (I’m talking about joints and form degration) during the first 10 reps!

  • Thank you for these helpfull advices, they give me hope that I can get a healthier life, bcause I have o lot of pain in my joints! Thank you!

  • Hey man, Im burning to ask. Do you ever do weighted workouts (weighted pullups, etc)? And how much protein do you take?

    Amazing physique!!!

  • Excellent videos. I appreciate your philosophy/conviction about high volume training. I’ve been training for years and I have been using this method of training only recently and I love the results! Thank you for your input. If you don’t mind me asking, on average, how many days do your train every week? How long are your workouts usually? Lastly, do you mainly do a particular split (like push-pull-leg)? Or do you mix the splits up over time? Thank you again for your inspiration.

  • I am 57 and into training for about 30 years. He is absolutely right. I have longer recoverytime and warming up properly is really important.
    By lifting the head of your bed for 15 cm (6 inches) makes a huge difference in recoverytime.
    Just look for “elevated bed therapie”. Its awesome, its cheap and so effective. Just a few bricks under your bed…

  • Great vid subscribed

    Recently got into this style of training, just posted 500 push ups in under an hour…looking forward to learning more from your channel cheers

  • I just hit the 40 club and I feel just as inspired as I did when I first started doing calisthenics at early age of 10 years old. This video makes me smile and to keep the motivation

  • Really good video.
    Based on a FitnessFAQs video I saw about pushup technique
    I noticed at 29:00 that your pushup form could improve, I think you need to lift your head higher. Your chest could then get closer to the ground for a fuller range of motion.

  • I’m 45 and have found that it is much easier now to get tendon aches and pains. What has worked for me is finding an amount of volume that I can do without tendon issues and then to very slowly progress from there by adding one more rep per workout or transitioning from one movement to a harder one by phasing it in gradually (not just changing over to the new movement all at once). Exercise is for health so don’t make it a source of health problems by progressing too fast.

  • I know that this is a very specific question, but what do you think i started with 88 kg bodyweight and got from about 5 pull ups to 8-9 now (in 1 month approximately) and dropped 1 kg of bodyweight simultaneously. My goal is to drop about 8 kg, to reach 80. How much reps i could do in that lighter state? I mean, how much can i contribute that increase in reps from losing weight and how much of getting better endurance? I mean, it’s obviously that i could do more reps when 8kg lighter, but what exactly will give me that progress just weight loss, thus, less workload per every rep Or actually like getting stronger and more endurance? And would you prefer slower, steadier weight loss or faster?

  • Real inspiring; at 53, I wish I could do all the stuff in your videos. Ironically the one thing I can do is a handstand, although I think you’ve already surpassed my holding time. I’ve had a weak L sit for over a year and have never managed to improve beyond 10 secondsish; now after watching this video, I’m going to return to the basics and work on knee raise as well as one leg out for time.

  • My current workout –

    Pull-ups
    Squats
    Dips

    I look to do around 5 sets on each exercise (not to failure), though squats are sometimes done in a time period as per the video.
    I do occasionally add inverted rows, diamond pushups, and lunges.

    I do at times work harder progressive exercises but always keep a routine where I work the basics.

    I train this way on a one on one off routine.

    On my ‘rest days’ I usually do some some light core work (glute bridges and leg raises).

  • Do you go to failure each set or do you have a set rep range? Also what do you do for side delts if you only do bodyweight? I’m having a hard time trying to grow mine because I don’t have access to heavy dumbbells for lateral raises and the handstand push-up is a bit too hard for me.

  • Gonna start doing this workout 3x a week! A few questions-how much do you stretch/warm up beforehand? Additionally, can I still have a six pack without doing ab specific exercises and just eating very healthy? Thank you so much!!!

  • So do you use progressions, like a harder pull up or squat variation at some point, or do you just stick to these basics and increase reps (short of failure)?

  • The minimalist workout!!! This SH!! is TREMENDOUS!!!! Don’t forget to fuel up on a balanced whole food nutritional lifestyle.

  • Hello I like the simplicity of this routine and I’m starting this Monday,is this done 3x a week example Monday,Wednesday,Friday or mon,wed,fri,sun

  • Just curious on your guys here how many of your can do above 10-12-15 between or above those max effort in one set reps. I am too considering wheather or not i should start High rep high frequency calisthenics training taking a break from weighted high set low rep ones

  • Do you need to do specific exercise for the abs such as sit ups? Or working other core muscles will incidentally work out the abs too?

  • For preference purposes. Can I increase the sets, but keep low reps to still have high volume? So instead of 10×10 pull ups it’d be 5×20 pull ups. Can that still be considered high volume?

  • thank you, this video confirming my thought… i was so confused with what i did (too many variation, but still think that was doesnt enough)… after this I’ll start to more simple

  • Looks like a great home gym. Simple but functional. Would love to see more about this.

    edit: oh, I see you have some links to some equipment.

  • Yo i’m really late to this but I would love to know. If I just do this and eat right can I get a bigger body i’m pretty skinny (14 years old) Trying to get bigger and muscular thats the goal.

  • Lovely to learn from someone who clearly knows his stuff. Thanks! 50 this year, been doing a version of calisthenics over the last 12 months. Slow but rewarding. To quote your good self, “it makes me feel alive”! Good for golf too!

  • Great beginners video! I’m 48 so this is motivational that you can still get to a decent level. Although I’ve done a little bit of training in the past, I’m officially 3 weeks into my callisthenics journey so these progressions are good to know. Starting on rings this week. This time next year I hope to be doing human flags and handstand press-ups!!

  • Hey bro, consider adding Kettlebells to your workout? Just a couple of them can provide years of improved functional strength, stability, and agility training.

  • THESE FOUR MOVEMENTS ARE FANTASTIC AS FOUNDATION BUILDERS AND FOR DOING MORE ADVANCED MOVEMENTS SUCH AS MUSCLE UPS AND HAND STANDS. CHEERS.

  • Great video simple and to the point, love bodyweight stuff and this guy is proof that we can over think routines… def less is more!