“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort
The day I did a 10 second handstand…
I have always wanted to be able to do a handstand. The balance, control and strength needed to keep ones self upright has always impressed me.
As a child, my brother and I would have contests at my grandparent’s cottage to see who could hold a handstand longer.
We would wade out to about three or four feet of water, dive in, place our hands in the sand and stick our feet out.
The water would help keep us in place and we’d usually argue about who had actually held it the longest or straightest or if the toes were pointed.
Tom and I argued about everything. These verbal spats usually ended up in physical tussles with me on the bottom (he was a foot taller than me and 50lbs heavier). When this happened in the water it wasn’t the safest but of course, we weren’t much thinking about that.
The goal of the “underwater handstand” was to try to do it in as shallow of water as we could. We weren’t very successful when we went shallower than 3 feet.
I resigned myself to letting the professional gymnasts achieve the elusive handstand and other such calisthenics’ tricks.
Many years later, as I got more into bodyweight exercises, a belief was planted inside my head that one day I might be able to do a handstand… not the kind that requires water for support but a full-fledged real handstand.
I picked up a copy of Gold Medal Bodies’ Parallettes Two Program and started to work my way through it.
I’ll never forget the day I held a handstand for 10 seconds. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world. As a child, I often wondered what it would be like to fly. Soaring through the air like Superman. Ahhh… true freedom. I can’t imagine the feeling of flying being too far from doing this 10 second handstand.
It was amazing.
While I was inverted, I kept thinking to myself, “I’m doing it! I’m doing it!”
At the end of ten seconds, I lost my balance and my feet hit the floor. I felt like I had climbed Mount Everest and let out a “Yes!” and did a fist pump (Yep, I’m one of those guys.).
Since then, through consistent practice, I am now up to a 76 second handstand and working on my handstand push ups.
Why Are Tricks So Awesome?
Internet sensations like Hannibal for King, Denis Minin, Hit Richards and many others are paving the way for the calisthenics movement. They can control their body in ways that seem humanly impossible.
They inspire us.
They motivate us to get in better shape and achieve something we didn’t think was possible for ourselves.
Are calisthenics tricks only meant for the “Michael Jordans” of the calisthenic world?
I think not.
There are many programs out there that teach incredible calisthenics tricks to “everyday people” like you and me. They break down challenging holds like the planche and handstand into sequential drills that anyone can practice.
Through consistency and time – these challenging tricks become reality.
ANYONE can achieve ANY calisthenic trick with the right plan, effort and patience.
This leads me to the NEW 12 Week Summer Calisthenics Trick Challenge.
What Is The 12 Week Summer Calisthenics Trick Challenge?
Are you super impressed with tricks like the planche, muscle up or front lever?
I would like to formally invite you to the NEW 12 Week Summer Calisthenics Trick Challenge.
What is the challenge?
For the next 12 weeks, you are going to pick one calisthenic trick to work on. Then you are going to be held accountable throughout the summer to actually striving to accomplish it through a private calisthenic FB group where you can ask questions, share progress and encourage others.
If you have ever wanted to learn a calisthenic trick, this is your chance.
Starting date is June 16th. End date is September 7th.
The below steps lay out how to join the challenge
Step 1: Choose A Trick
The list below shows just a few of the calisthenics tricks to choose from. I HIGHLY recommend only picking one. Your ability in the other tricks may improve as you work on your main trick. However, its very easy to get distracted so I recommend staying focused on achieving one trick.
Pick one below…
- Handstand Push Up
- Front Lever
- Muscle Up
- You Pick – Do you know of another trick you’d like to learn? Go ahead and pick that one.
My goal is to do 10 handstand push ups in a row by the end of the challenge: Sept 7th.
What if all of these tricks seem way out of your league?
The goal of the challenge isn’t necessarily for everyone to be able to do a perfect handstand or a full planche. The goal of the challenge is to move you in that direction.
If you achieve your calisthenic trick in the 12 week time frame. Great! If you don’t, that’s still great, as long as you have moved a few steps closer.
Step 2: Choose A Plan
A couple weekends ago, I was in Detroit for my brother-in-laws’ wedding. I was in the car with my other brother-in-law and we needed to get to the church where my brother was getting married. He typed in the address in his Android phone and a voice guided us street-by-street to the destination.
I still don’t have a smart phone so I usually get lost when I am in the car by myself. I know, I’m living in the stone-age but I’m trying to hold out as long as I can. 😉
When it comes to reaching your destination for achieving your calisthenic trick, follow the intelligence of my brother-in-law. Know your destination and let the system guide you.
My highest recommendation for a plan or system is to go with Gold Medal Bodies.
They lay things out so simply and effectively.
Below you’ll find an infographic to help you learn which program is right for you…
Step 3: Join Our Private Calisthenics FB Group For Accountability
After you have chosen a plan, join our invitation-only Calisthenics FB Group.
This group was created with the sole purpose of keeping each other accountable for achieving calisthenics tricks.
I even invited Amber (Director of Client Experience at GMB Fitness) to join the group. She’ll be available to answer any questions related to the GMB programs.
Lack of accountability is one of the central reasons people don’t achieve their goals.
We can all have the greatest of intentions but if we don’t have people around that pick us up when we fall, we don’t achieve our goals.
Click here to join the group. After you request to join, I’ll need to “accept” you so please be patient.
Step 4: In The Comments Section, Tell The World Which Calisthenic Trick You’ll Be Working On
I’ll never forget the advice of my friend Pete Thomas. I attended a lecture given by him in my home town of Grand Rapids. He told the audience that if you really want someone to achieve results have them take their before picture before they start a program. Then tell them that on their goal date of finishing the program you’ll either publicize their before picture or their after picture.
The choice is theirs’ but at some point, a picture of them will be on the internet. This extreme accountability would light a fire under anyone. 😉
By publicizing your goal below, your motivation to achieve it will increase.
The followers of SOA will know what you are working on and will be here to support you and encourage you.
If you have ever dreamed of being able to achieve one of the above calisthenic tricks this is the perfect opportunity.
We can do this together.
Teamwork does make the dream work!
Are you ready to start the Calisthenics Trick Challenge?