How to correctly progress on a skill in Calisthenics

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Well, maybe if you just try a skill in calisthenics you will just get it, but there are many reasons for it, it’s not just talent. It depends on your fitness level, on your auxiliary exercises, your style of training, your size, your weight, etc. When I am talking about skills I mean skills like the front lever, the planche and many more. Those are complex skills that require not just pure strength but rather good coordination between muscles and having no weak points.


Complex skills – Skills in Calisthenics are complex skills that involve strength/power output in more than just one joint, that doesn’t matter if dynamic or static. Let’s take the front lever as an example, the pivot point is the shoulder joint, that practically holds almost all your bodyweight, next pivot point is your hips that hold your legs. In a pullover with dumbbells, your only pivot point is your shoulder joint since your body isn’t hanging in the air.


No weak points – You are just as strong as your weakest link. Let’s take the front lever again as an example, if your abs can’t hold your legs, how do you want to hold the front lever?


Now, the question that arises is how do I train for those skills? At first, a well-rounded training is needed. You need to train complex exercises that train many different muscle groups or better said that activate several joints. Good exercises for that are basic calisthenics exercises.


After training the basics for a while, depending on your strength level, you can start training the progressions of the skill you want to achieve. Incorporate the progressions in your training routine before your actual training, so you still have enough strength reserves in your body to train the progressions.


If you have got any weak points, work on them, put the effort for those exercises at the end of your training. Let’s take again the example of the front lever. Let’s assume you have problems retracting and depressing your shoulder blades while doing the front lever, in this case, you can add some LYTP exercises at the end of your training routine.


There are many kinds of progressions, training routines, exercises, you are welcome to ask me, I’ll be happy to help you.

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