The Top 49 Greatest Calisthenic Masters Ever

Through the years calisthenics or natural body weight training has been getting more and more popular especially with the existence of fitness “greats” who, with much passion and dedication, have helped promote the discipline. Now we see so many people and groups doing what is popularly known now as “street workout.” In this post we’re featuring 49 of these fitness greats. Here are 49 of the best calisthenic masters in the world.

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Hannibal For King1. Hannibal For King

Hannibal For King (yes, that’s really what he calls himself) is best known as one of the most intense body weight calisthenics experts in existence. He has been known to do hanging ab flutters, straight arm flagpoles off a fence or gate, and other unbelievable body weight calisthenic moves.

Learn more about him on  Facebook and YouTube.

Hit Richards2. Hit Richards

Hit Richards is the founder and president of The Calisthenics Kingz, an organization of professional performance-based fitness training experts whose mission is to promote fitness through calisthenics. This organization aims to let people know of the benefits of natural body weight exercises.

You can check out Hit Richards on Facebook. Learn more about The Calisthenics Kingz on their websiteFacebook and YouTube.

Al Kavadlo3. Al Kavadlo

Al Kavadlo is a successful personal trainer who favors progressive calisthenics as opposed to traditional weight training. He is known throughout the world for his feat of strengths and has been appointed lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification. He is the author of Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics and will soon release his latest book Pushing The Limits! Total Body Strength With No Equipment.

Visit Al Kavadlo’s blog and YouTube and Facebook pages. You can also check out the official Facebook page of his blog.

4. Meckanimal

Meckanimal, also known as Godfrey Ali, was inspired by Hannibal For King to pursue a life with calisthenics. He is a personal trainer and avid believer of calisthenics based workouts.

Find out more from his website, on YouTube and Facebook.

5. Juice

Juice, a personal trainer from New York, is another true disciple of calisthenics or as they call it, the Beastmode workout.

Check him out on YouTube and Facebook.

6. Adam Raw

Adam Raw is an amazing calisthenics expert from the Czech Republic.

Find Adam on YouTube and Facebook.

7. Bar Brothers

The Bar Brothers is a calisthenics workout team who uses effective body weight exercises for strength.

Look these guys up on their websiteFacebook and YouTube.

8. Denis Minin

Denis Minin is the Ukrainian “Michael Jordan” and is very much into body weight calisthenics. He has an organization called which aims to keep kids off the streets by inspiring and motivating them to do something with their lives.

You can find Denis on Facebook and YouTube.

9. Lad’a Pridal

Lad’a Pridal is another body weight calisthenics enthusiast from the Czech Republic. He started his training in 2009 and has since then changed his way of life with calisthenics.

Check out his amazing workouts on his YouTube channel.


10. Ido Portal

Ido Portal is an internationally renowned fitness instructor who specializes in body weight fitness training and gymnastics oriented strength and conditioning training. He studied martial arts as a kid, discovered capoeira, and went on to train in various disciplines such as gymnastics, boxing, yoga, dance and lots more. Taking everything he learned from these and his studies of the human body and sports, he developed a system of movement more commonly known now as the Ido Portal Movement. Ido Portal is also known as a great speaker, motivator and coach.

You can read more about the movement on Facebook and YouTube.

11. Frank Medrano

Frank Medrano is an extreme calisthenics athlete and personal trainer. He was a track athlete in high school and became interested in bodybuilding soon after. In 2010 he started doing calisthenics from watching YouTube videos and being inspired by the likes of Hit Richards and Kalosthenos. Frank also changed his diet and became a full vegan. He encourages others to tap into their body’s potential and develop a better physique through free weights and calisthenics.

Learn more about Frank on his website and Facebook. Check out his incredible moves on YouTube.

12. Mike Fitch

Mike Fitch is an experienced fitness professional who decided to seek out new ways to workout when his daily routine no longer challenged him. He created the Global Bodyweight Training or GBT system. The GBT system incorporates elements of several fitness programs including strength training, parkour, gymnastics, capoeira, breakdancing, and other body weight disciplines.

Read more about Mike and Global Bodyweight Training on their website, on Facebook and YouTube.

13. Jim Bathurst

Jim Bathurst is an award winning trainer, athlete, and certified specialist in strength and conditioning. He created his website Beast Skills to help others with their own body weight training, gymnastics and acrobatic skills through tutorials.

Check out more from Jim on the Beast Skills site, on Facebook and YouTube.

14. Pavle Djurdjevic

Pavle Djurdjevic is from Bosnia and is well known for street workout, which is a mix of gymnastics and acrobatics done out in the open (thus, the term “street”) and in freestyle mode, meaning the one doing the workout can incorporate anything he feels like doing. This keeps the workout fun and fresh and continuously challenging.

Find out more on his Facebook and YouTube pages.

15. Pavel Rudometkin

Pavel Rudometkin is one of the youngest in this list. He started doing calisthenics as a young teen. He currently runs The Fortress, a website which features workouts and training programs that folks can try on their own.

You can read more about Pavel and The Fortress on his websiteFacebook and YouTube.

16. Willy Weldens

Willy Weldens is a French body weight strength athlete and performer. He is known for his amazing acrobatic performances and feats of body weight strength during his shows.

Visit Willy Weldens’s websiteYouTube channel, and Facebook page.

17. Terroll Lewis

Terroll Lewis is from the UK and is the man behind Block Workout. He founded Block Workout in 2009 and he started giving classes based on his training style. Block Workout uses natural body movements and weight exercises to improve one’s fitness. Block Workout is now one of the fastest growing movements in the UK.

Read more about Terroll and Block Workout on their website, Facebook and YouTube pages.

18. Ed from Barstarzz

Edward Checo is the man behind Barstarzz, an international team of bodyweight experts who aim to inspire people to work out. Of course, this group trains using creative calisthenics or freestyle calisthenics.

You can find Barstarzz on their website, on Tumblr, Facebook, and YouTube.

19. Daniel Vadnal

Daniel Vadnal is well known as a gymnastics and bodyweight expert. He runs which features tutorials and information on how to do body weight training and gymnastics strength training. It aims to show people that they can

Check out Daniel’s amazing moves and workouts on Facebook and YouTube.

20. Obsidian

Obsidian from Manchester is a parkour athlete who uses incredible body weight exercises for strength training.

For more of Obsidian’s amazing street workouts, check out his YouTube page.

21. Jerome Fitness

Jerome Fitness is focused on giving educational information and tutorials related to fitness, flexibility, and nutrition. It is hosted by Jerome, a Dutch fitness enthusiast, who wanted to inspire others to work out and better themselves.

Find out more on the website, Facebook and YouTube.

22. Sonny Lupica

Sonny Lupica founded the Bar Master Crew of Sicily, Italy. Sonny began his training in calisthenics in 2012 and some of his friends started joining him during his workouts. His goal is to promote calisthenics in his country.

Check out this guy and his crew on YouTube.

23. Tee Major Fitness

Tee Major is a personal trainer and strength coach. He is also currently serving as military group fitness instructor in the United States Army. He was an athlete in his teens and went on to become one of the best trainers in the world. Tee Major Fitness aims to help people improve and change for the better through small attainable goals–in line with the Japanese “Kaizen” philosophy.

Check him out on his website, YouTube, and Facebook.

24. Danya Che

Danya Che from Moscow happens to be a clinical psychologist by profession but chose to devote his life to his workout or vorkaut, a combination of gymnastics and body weight training. The workout is associated to street workout.

Check out his Youtube page here.

25. Danny Kavadlo

Danny Kavadlo is a nutrition consultant and personal trainer who’s been doing strength training and calisthenics for over 25 years. He is also well known for being one of the key players in making street workout as popular as it is now. He also happens to be Al Kavadlo’s brother.

Learn more about Danny on his website and YouTube page.

26. Sam Tribble

Sam Tribble is a champion gymnast and he founded Tribb Sports, Giants Gymnastics, and Team Spinnovation. He is also one of the members of the original Strength Project team. Strength Project is an all-around fitness team that doesn’t solely focus on acrobatics only or calisthenics, but promotes any type of movement as long as it is an efficient, practical, and safe way to reach your goal.

Check them out on YouTube, Facebook, and on their website.

27. Naka Athletics

Naka Athletics, created by gymnast and strength and conditioning coach Carl Paoli, is a training program that caters to all action sports athletes. The program  focuses on strength and conditioning, nutrition, physical therapy, and trampoline or freestyle work. It aims to help athletes build a solid foundation to take their passion to a higher level. Naka Athletics also design the Gymnastics WOD program to help athletes build their gymnastics foundation.

Read more about Naka Athletics on their website and on YouTube.

28. Krap Style

KRAP Style is an Italian Freestyle Sports Association. It also happens to be a popular clothing brand and the owner of one of the biggest indoor parkour facility in Europe. KRAP promotes all types of freestyle sports such as parkour, freerunning, capoeira, snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain biking, juggling, and any other freestyle sport you can think of. The group aims to promote a life philosophy that incorporates the values of sports, creativity, socialization, determination, mental and physical well being, and love and respect.

Find out more on their website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

steve atlas29. The Body Practice

The Body Practice promotes a complete body workout system with no training equipment required. The workout consists of intervals of various exercises incorporating calisthenics, yoga, martial arts, static and dynamic exercises. The group offers workshops, DVDs of their workout programs, and even a training program for those who want to teach the system.

Find out more on the official website, Facebook and YouTube.

30. Ugis Rozenbahs

Ugis Rozenbahs is well known for calisthenics and ghetto workout or street workout. His passion is to inspire other to workout and live a fitter and healthier lifestyle. He believes in working out without the use of weights or equipment, just your own body weight. He founded Street Workout Valmiera.

Check him out on Facebook and YouTube.

31. World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation

World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation (formerly World Street Workout Federation) is a non-profit worldwide organization that brings together street workout enthusiasts and organizations on a global level. The federation organizations international events such as the Street Workout World Championship. The WSWCF works to develop street workout as a professional sport and social movement and for it to be recognized as such.

Find them on their website and on Facebook.

32. Street Workout Worldwide

The mission of Street Workout Worldwide is to bring together street workout athletes from all over the world and inspire others to go for their dream or their passion.

Check out their Facebook page for more information.

33. BarStarzz

BarStarzz is a group of calisthenics experts who strive to inspire people all around the world to workout. This international team train using what they call creative calisthenics which is unlike what most people are familiar with.

Find them on their website and on Facebook,


MadBarz (formerly Bar-Community) is basically a community of all the bodyweight and street workout enthusiasts in the world. In Bar community, they can share experiences, street workouts, training styles, and programs.

Find these guys on Facebook and on their website.

35. Gold Medal Bodies

Gold Medal Bodies provides  complete body movement program that incorporates bodyweight training and gymnastic rings exercises to develop one’s fundamentals–strength, agility, balance, and control.

Learn more on their website and Facebook page.

36. Strength & Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning is run by Nick Fazio who’s all about bodyweight training, calisthenics and explosive plyometrics. Fazio’s YouTube channel features home exercises and workouts for anyone who wants to get fit

Find out more on Facebook and YouTube.

37. Bar-Risan

Bar-Risan is a calisthenics or street workout team from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These guys consider themselves amateur but they can already do some pretty amazing feats. Their goal is to simply do their best to inspire others to workout the way they do and live a healthier lifestyle.

Find out more on Facebook and YouTube.

38. Bar-monsterz

Bar-Monsterz is a group from Amsterdam. It was founded by Aviator and Johnny Cake. They started with calisthenics in 2010 and created a group with a few other athletes.

Check out Bar-Monsterz on their websiteFacebook, and YouTube.

39. Svetice Workout

Svetice Workout is an organization in Croatia and its main purpose is to promote street workout or calisthenics and personal development. It’s about extreme street workout and going beyond your boundaries.

Learn more from their Facebook and YouTube pages.

40. Pull Up Portugal

Pull Up Portugal is a community of street workout athletes and enthusiasts.

Learn more from their online forum and Facebook page.

41. Ranjit Bhachu

Ranjit Bhachu is one of the most well known street workout athletes in the UK. He’s known for his incredible strength. He’s a part of Street Strength UK team.

Check him out on Facebook.

42. Luis Rodrigues

Luis Rodrigues is a bar athlete and is a member of Pull Up Portugal.

Check him out on Facebook.

43. Kevin Soler

Kevin Soler is a member of France’s Street Workout 83, an organization which aims to spread awareness about street workout and encourage more people to get in shape. He is very well known in the international street workout competition circuit.

Find out more about Kevin and Street Workout 83 on their websiteYouTube and Facebook.

44. Jordan Hill

Jordan Hill is a member of Bar Brothers Florida, a bodyweight training group who likes to call their workout “baristhenics.” Jordan considers himself a “fitness freak” and a great motivator. He only wants to see others progress in their development.

Check out Jordan’s YouTube channel and check out Bar Brothers Florida on Facebook.

45. Corey Tyler Hall

Corey Hall is also of Bar Brothers Florida. Like Jordan he also calls himself a fitness freak and loves helping other people achieve a healthy lifestyle

Check out Core’s workouts and tips on YouTube.

46. Team Physix – Zero Gravity

Team Physix is a bar/street workout team from Norway. They focus on bodyweight training to be successful not in only their fitness goals but in other aspects as well. They also strive to motivate others live a healthier lifestyle.

Find them on YouTube and Facebook.

47. Calisthenic Movement

Calisthenic Movement is a team from Germany. Like most of the individuals and groups on this list, they also aspire to inspire people to take charge, get fit, and choose a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about them from their website and Facebook page.

48. Bar-Maniacs

Bar-Maniacs is a calisthenics crew from Serbia. They began training in 2012 and are dedicated to helping others and motivating others to do pursue a fit life.

Check Bar-Maniacs on Facebook and visit team member Dejan Stipic’s YouTube channel for some crazy workouts.

49. Bar Angelz

Bar Angelz is the only group in this list that is an all-women’s group. These Angelz strive to promote, encourage, inspire, and motivate women to become stronger through calisthenics.

Find out more on their Facebook and YouTube pages.



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      • says

        Todd – Please check out our crew at Bondi Beach.

        We actually break and hold Official World Records in body weight.


        *5 metre rope climb – /60 sec time limit – 27.8 metres – set 4 years ago – on national TV – many Olympic gymnasts have tried to break it and failed – so have various special forces units and Chinese state acrobats.

        *Muscle ups – yes – Muscle Ups – by my pal Jarryd Rubenstein – still stands after 4 years – 26 reps. Many have tried, no one comes close.

        *Weighted chin ups +18kg in back pack – 22 reps in 60 secs (on national TV)

        *My mate, Aussie Ironman Champion – Caine Eckstein just SMASHED the World Record for pull ups – 12 AND 24 hours – !!!! On Today SHOW USA Times Square – 4,210 reps in 12 hours !!! The old record was by a Russian – 4,200 reps in 24 hrs! YOWZA!

        *Supinated muscle ups – 17 reps in 60 secs time limit.

        Also –
        One arm chins with 16 kg kettle bell
        30 sec perfect front lever hold
        7 one arm chins on each arm @ 80kg body weight and 48 years old…
        Too many more to mention – !!!

        The guys above are awesome and inspirational – I have yet to see many of them even do a one arm chin or hold a front lever or do a strict muscle up. Come on – talk to us – we will blow your mind on body weight possibilities – at WORLD RECORD LEVELS… cheers

  1. says

    This seems like a great list and I’m a huge fan of the street workout as well as bodyweight training in general.

    I’m confused about the qualifier “ever” though. Are you implying that the current generation of bodyweight masters completely eclipses everyone else in history? I’m having a hard time imagining that there isn’t some historical evidence of people who did what we would consider elite level bodyweight training prior to a decade or so ago. Maybe a sign of age on my part, but I seem to remember there being stories of people doing pretty high level calisthenics even prior to the Internet.

    • Todd Kuslikis says

      Thanks Todd! I definitely know there are amazing people that could do sweet moves in the past. The “ever” wasn’t really meant to take anything away from them just to show how incredible these people are. I can tell that you are definitely a Word Smith though! :)

  2. says


    Love your site! You missed one of the forefathers of what these guys you mentioned are doing now. Hassan “Giant” Yasin of the Bartendaz!

  3. olivia says

    Todd, yo are a very strong man I like t see you do pushups and other things but don’t you do any thing else. ps. I like you.

  4. Emin says

    One question. How could you miss Vass the SuperSaiyan, he’s for sure on the top 10 list of calisthenics performers worldwide? Or was this your personal preference?

  5. says

    Awesome list! It’s guys like these that inspired me to leave the gym and start training my clients with bodyweight exercises. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Mickey says

    What about Pavel Tsatsouline, Dominic Lacasse, Mark Lauren, and Paul Wade? Noone’s ever seen the Convict Conditioner but according to him he could do one arm handstand pushups in is prime.

  7. NoEmotion says

    This list sux, bruh. U’ve missed maaany killers in calis movement and put guys who do calisthenics not in clear form. Zef and all his Bar-Barians team, Lord Vital, Niroc, Jasper Benincasa, B-Rock, Akeem Soul Scott, Powerhouse, Gator and others and others… Where da hell are them maaannnnn?!

  8. Jimmy says

    I think you put together an excellent list of bodyweight practitioners, considering many of these are some of my favorites and are all very inspiring, but i think you should also consider adding Bruce Lee, because he practiced calisthenics quite a lot. After all, he is the one that invented the dragon flag. 😀

  9. JOn says

    What about Marcus and all the boys at Bondi beach?

    There are some legit guys there. Jaryd Rubenstein can bang out well over 25 muscle ups in a row, and Marcus can get 5 one armed chins. They are some legit bar athletes.

  10. Bj says

    My top list ; 1 one is of course Frank Medrano. Second Bar Brothers(djolević and Lazar), third PAVEL RUDOMETKIN aka fortress. 😉

  11. Santiago says

    Of all the guys up there including a few you missed aka the new york guys lol hasan yasin and the bartendaz were the inspirators of most of your top 10 so how did you not mention the fathers of the movement

  12. Joost beast says

    hmm Lord vital is by far nr 1. He even beat hannibal for king with a weight vest on muscle ups (hannibal couldnt do 1 with weight vest)
    now he is the true king of calisthenics, who is also big and weight much, not like the others like frank medrano who is 5 feet tall and weights like feather… try it on MASS!

  13. Jonny says

    I personally believe that Devin Sosa “Zef Zakaveli” should be amongst the top 3 with Hannibal and Hit. His endurance alone sets him apart from most. His concept of G.O.D. set pushups and pull ups inspired me to up my reps and work harder at achieving my personal goals. (Greatness.On.Demand) 100 reps per set. His barbarian requirements itself will test your metal. Zef is truly one of the greatest.


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