It’s a bird. It’s a plane! It’s… Denis Minin???
Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on bodyweight masters. There are a ton of them!
Why Is This Important to You?
When we have a model that we look up to we are more likely to achieve success.
When I was studying martial arts, I was a fanatic about Bruce Lee. Who wasn’t? The guy transformed how we view martial arts and what the human body can perform. His one-inch punch showed people that power came from the body as a whole, not from momentum or simply muscular strength.
What Bruce Lee did for the martial arts community, these bodyweight experts are doing for the exercise community.
Why are we exercising our bodies in “parts” when real power comes from the “whole”?
Many years ago when I was in my “heavy” lifting phase I used to help my dad work on cars. One time I remember clearly was about 10 years ago. On this specific instance, he asked me to “put my muscles to good use” and crank on this wrench to loosen up a nut. I took my best grip and reamed on the thing as hard as I could… nothin. The nut wouldn’t budge.
My dad then said, “Watch how a man does it.” He then gripped it and cranked on that sucka and with a heave and a ho popped that nut loose.
Afterward I was disappointed in how my hard earned muscles had failed me in terms of practical strength. I thought, “Why have big muscles if you can’t use them for real-life practical strength?
The reason was because I had not trained my muscles to work as a unit. Sure… they could lift a 50lb dumbbell up and down a few times but could I climb a tree a hundred feet in the air or throw a massive log? Nadda.
The below experts show that when we work out using bodyweight exercises we are more likely to develop practical strength.
They also provide us with tremendous inspiration to achieve our own goals.
10 Body Weight Experts That Defy The Laws Of Gravity
Antwone Coward – Founder of ProphecyWorkout.com
The dude is a bad mamma jamma. At 6 foot 5 inches tall and 255lbs he is a force to be reckoned with. He states that he works out seven days a week sometimes all day long. (Hmmm….)
To learn more about him check out his website. Here’s a hilarious and inspiring video of him.
Al Kavadlo – Founder of AlKavadlo.com
Al is one of my favorite body weight exercise gurus. He’s got a great personality and knows his stuff. One of the greatest aspects of his site is his tutorials. He has clear instructional videos for elbow levers, finger strength and lever holds. And if you don’t like any of that stuff, you at least have to love him for his wicked beard he’s got going on.
Frank Medrano – Co-Founder VeganCalisthen-X.com
Frank is rippppppeed! The cool thing about Frank is that not only is he a calisthenics master but he is also vegan!
Dan Attanasio – Vegan Bodybuilding
Dan is a beast. He started off his training using regular weight lifting but soon found out about extreme calisthenics. After experimenting with many different diets, he has also adopted the vegan lifestyle. Dan also incorporates raw superfoods such as maca, cacao, goji berry, hemp seed, and spirulina into his diet.
Warren James Li – BarHolics.com Team Member
Warren has astounding agility and strength. He is most noted for his behind the back clap pull ups and triple clap push ups.
Kenneth Gallarzo – Barholics.com Team Member
Kenneth preaches the Shot of Adrenaline philosophy all the way. He states that true fitness should be achieved in a balanced manner. Totally agree!
Raymond Bartlette – Member of CalypsoTumblers.com
Raymond is the S&*$!! You have to check him out on YouTube. He does some amazing high flying stunts that will take your breath away. He doesn’t use just body weight exercises but incorporates bw’s into his acrobatics so I had to include him in the list.
To see a video of Raymond in action on YouTube, click here.
Lord Vital – BeastMode
Beast is insane. He is one of my favorite body weight experts around. The guy truly fits the description of “Beast!”
Hannibal For King – The Epitome of BW
Here in the U.S. you could say that Hannibal is the “Michael Jordan” of Bodyweight Training. He is one of the most enjoyable experts to watch as he performs some of the coolest stunts.
Denis Minin – White Hannibal
And now we come to my favorite body weight expert of all time. Denis is inspiring to watch, eats clean and is jacked!!! If you have not heard about him you’ll definitely want to do some research. He has created an entire movement in the Ukraine called Street Workout. Here’s his official site and here’s his Facebook page.
Well there you have it! Hope you enjoyed my list of 10 Body Weight Experts That Defy The Laws of Gravity.
I am working on a body weight exercise resource page that will include many, many other body weight experts for you to check out and learn from.
King Shot Administer