If you are looking for a great, free video to watch that tells part of the history of calisthenics, we’ve got a treat for you!
Calisthenics in New York, a documentary released to the web last year, gives a first-hand account of the street workout rise in 1980s in New York and the bodyweight “teams” formed therein. Director Ugis Rozenbahs takes the camera from Queens to Times Square to capture the camaraderie of these bodyweight groups still in existence today.
You’ll see some of the earliest bodyweight competitions and hear from the athletes who were there to pave the way. They provide insight, stories, and differing opinions on the birth of street workouts in New York as well as its current state.
Featuring local street workout legends and some of the most impressive bodyweight maneuvers you’ll ever see, the 78-minute documentary is well worth the look.
Does the documentary capture what you love about calisthenics? Do the subjects’ stories reflect why you became passionate about bodyweight training? Tell us what you think in the comments section!