Announcing The New Online Calisthenics Club: Handstands & Planches & Front Levers, Oh My!

October 21, 2013

“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” – Steve Maraboli

All around the world there are groups forming. Calisthenics is taking the world by storm and every day I see pictures of folks in the park working on their muscle ups, front levers and planches.

Several weeks ago I tried to start one in my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Yeah, you’ll like this video.) and after calling 15 different gyms to put posters up and reaching out to friends to join the group… I had no takers.

I’m someone that doesn’t have much patience (something I’m working on) so I decided to form an Online Calisthenic Club.

This is a virtual location where you will be learning all sort of calisthenic moves such as:

-Handstands
-Planches
-Front Levers
-Tiger Bends
-Muscle Ups
-And more…

As a community we will be working together to master each of these moves. One of the most difficult aspects of any fitness endeavor is accountability. Together we will be keeping each other accountable for these goals.

Online Calisthenics Club Components:

1. Private Facebook Group

I want to establish community and make sure each member is invested so I have a few steps for you to take (more below). We will be using a private Facebook group as a place to introduce ourselves, share articles and tips, create workout plans and more.

2. Lift.do

We will be using this website as a way to keep each member accountable for their daily workouts. If the members aren’t putting in the effort than there is no point to the club. So we must have extreme accountability. If I notice that a member is not logging into Lift.do and tracking their daily workouts I’ll delete them from the FB group. That may seem harsh but consistency is the only way to success.

Who Should Join?

The Online Calisthenics Club is for anyone that would like to improve their calisthenics “trick” skills. These skills don’t necessarily help you develop massive shoulders and huge pecs. They are however wickedly awesome and really fun to perform.

Calisthenics Tricks do help you build strength but if you want to build mass and only mass than I would stick solely to the principles of calisthenic muscle building.

What Will We Be Working On First?

The first skill that we will be working on is the handstand. My desire is to progress as a team from one skill to the next. If you already have your handstand down than you will be in a great position to help other club members.

How Do I Join?

The first step is to express interest in the comments below. Share who you are and why you would like to join.

I will use the email you provide below and send you a link to the facebook group. Its totally FREE to join but I will ask that you stay committed.

Really think about the decision to spend the next months or years in developing your calisthenic trick ability.

I’ll see you on the inside!

-Todd

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Still Undecided If You’d Like To Join?

Here are some awesome videos of people doing calisthenic tricks. These are some of my role models and some of the people that are breaking the boundary of human performance.

Denis Minin

Hannibal for King

Adam Raw

Hit Richards,

Al Kavadlo

Bar Brothers

Ido Portal

Ryan Hurst


 

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227 Comments
  1. Adam

    Hey! This is really old as from what I can see but I’ve been really wanting to get into callisthenics and touch base somehow. I’m in good shape and I’m a teenager looking for more muscle gain with body weight exercising and to explore. Let me know if there’s any recommendations or if this group still exists.

    Reply
  2. caue

    hello there, i`d like to join and improve my movements range. thanks 😀

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi there,

      What I think you need is a full body stretching routine.

      – Todd

      Reply
  3. umer

    i want to learn calisthenics not for building muscles but to have good control over my body and do the movements that it involves,and maintain my flexibility.i hope joining this will help.

    Reply
  4. Bekki

    Hi my name is Bekki,

    I have been looking to learn calisthenics for a while now but there are no clubs nearby. I have been doing metcon classes for over a year now but would like to gain more strength using just my bodyweight, and would love the goal of learning tricks alongside others on the site!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Bekki,

      I’m really happy to hear that. I regularly post great content here, so stay tuned.

      – Todd

      Reply
  5. Maria

    Hi, my name is Maria.
    I`m new to calistenics and I would like to join the calistenic club for several reasons

    1: I do climbing for sports, and I think doing calistenics would be a great help for my strencht and climbing progress.

    2: If I comit to a club, it would be less chance for me to quit or give up. I hope the club wil give me motivation and a litte guidance to do beginners routines =)

    I would be happy to be contacted on nilsenidamaria@live.no, or my facebook adress: nilsenidamaria@yahoo.no.

    Reply
  6. Tommaso

    Hi,

    my name is Tommaso, italian turning into australian…
    I workout every morning, lately I started doing bodyweight training a couple of days a week, while 5 days are still pretty much based on weight training. I love the idea to switch to all bodayweight training and I am looking for calisthenics group to have a proper workout plans to follow. I’d love to join

    T

    Reply
  7. Rahim

    Would like to join..

    Reply
  8. Roudayna

    Been looking for something like this, would love to join!!

    Reply
  9. Imran

    I would be interested in joining the group. It’s always been a great foundation for my strength training. Please sign me up for the Online Calisthenics Club

    Reply
  10. Nataliya

    Hello, I have always wanted to learn how to control my body and improve my strength through the Calisthenics tricks. So I would love to join. Thank you.

    Reply
  11. Josee

    Yes Todd! I would love to join…Please.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just added ya Josee!

      Reply
  12. Nathan

    Hey Todd, I’m interested in joining. I’ve been doing calisthenics for a few months and would love to find more people who are motivated to challenge themselves . Thanks for creating this club

    Reply
  13. Simon Grabowski

    Hi Todd,

    I never received the Facebook group link, can you resend?

    Thanks

    Simon

    Reply
  14. andy.stolarik@facebo

    I’m interested in joining. I love bodyweight training. It’s always been a great foundation for my strength training.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Cool Andy!

      Reply
  15. Mark

    I am very interested in this and the accountability part and support is exactly what I’m looking for!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      That’s great Mark!

      Reply
  16. Ray

    Hi Todd I am really interested in learning calisthenics would love to join the group for the extra accountability piece.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Ray!

      Reply
  17. Prateek

    i would like to join. i am really passionate about calisthenics but could not come across people other
    than the gym bugs.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Prateek! Just invited ya.

      Reply
  18. Don

    I would like to join. I work on handstand holds against a wall but have not been able to do free standing handstand.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Don. Welcome to the group.

      Reply
  19. Miguel

    Hi Todd,

    I would like to join the Calisthenics Club.

    I participated in the Bodyweight Overload and I would like to improve my physical and health condition.

    Best wishes from Madrid, Spain 🙂

    Miguel

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hey Miguel, Of course I remember you. I just added you to the group.

      Reply
  20. tito

    Sir,
    I definitely want to improve my body calisthenics techniques. I have just recently begun bc training, but I need help with everything. May I join?
    Tito

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Tito!

      Reply
  21. Damias

    Heck yea! I would love to join this! Maybe I can get a few guys from the calisthenics fitness club I run to join too.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Damias! If you have any specific programs that you follow with your club I’d love for you to share them with our club too. 🙂

      Reply
  22. David

    At the tender age of 44, I am always looking for new ways to gain strength and to achieve a higher level of fitness through body weight programming. I also have been a big fan and I have been following you for quite sometime now.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Sweet David! WElcome to the group!

      Reply
  23. Bethany Lee

    I would love to join this too, Todd! Please add me. I’ve already been working on handstand with my yoga practice, so I’m excited to get some good tips in your group on this.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just added ya Bethany! 🙂 WElcome!

      Reply
  24. Nick Casteel

    I am new to the whole body weight workouts, but think it has great potential. I did the p-90x and Insanity workouts some time ago. Now I am ready to try something different. I also believe the community is a good idea and a way to keep us all on track and motivated. So, I’d like to try this out and see how it goes.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome to the group Nick!

      Reply
  25. Aaron Russell

    This is an amazing opportunity! I would love to join! thanks!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Check your email Aaron 🙂

      Reply
  26. Piyush Banerjee

    Calisthenics is all i do bcoz they test nt only ur physical abilities but also ur mental fortitude!!!i would love to get better nd better at calisthenics,especially the planche!!!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Plyush!

      Reply
  27. Harjot Gill

    Hey, I would love to join. I’m already doing your three month program. I have always wanted to do cool tricks so I think this is gonna be a great oppurtunity for me.
    Let’s get started!!!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just sent you the invite Harjot!

      Reply
      • Harjot Gill

        Hey I just checked,I had the wrong email. Could you send it again. Thanks

        Reply
        • Todd Kuslikis

          For sure! Just sent a new invite.

          Reply
  28. Hildeb

    I will apriciate so much if you add me to the group.I’m a new enthusiast in bodyweight and I’l love to learn this discipline.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  29. Simon

    Hi Todd,

    Loving your site.

    I’ve been doing body weight exercises exclusively for a couple of years now (started with Mark Lauren’s YAYOG).

    I’m currently working on developing my handstand and L-Sit and would love to share my progress with other like minded athletes.

    Let’s get this thing together!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      WE’d love to hear the progress!!

      Reply
  30. Waltet White

    I would love to join. I have much exsperience in calisthenics but I want to get better.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Waltet! Welcome!

      Reply
  31. Dean

    I’d like to give it a shot. Kinda a big boy but who knows. Also I misplaced your Free Body Weight Training ebook. Any chance at getting it replaced?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Dean, Welcome to the group! Yes, just sent me an email.

      Reply
  32. Paul

    Would love to join!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Paul!

      Reply
  33. Jawwad

    Hey man an extremely awesome idea this ive always done the basic stuff pullups pushups etc but never had the “courage” to do tricks alone 😀 now o got a whole community to learn from wOOt 😀 😀 Add me pleaszz

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Fo sure!!!

      Reply
  34. Jim

    Todd — great idea. Count me in! I am a part time trainer specializing in old school stuff. We promote work with the battling ropes, but sessions are usually 2/3 calisthenics, 1/3 ropes and always looking for way to make the 2/3 part better!!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Jim!

      Reply
  35. Bon Lara

    Been doing a little calisthenic every now & then aimlessly. Would like to join with purpose and for direction.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Time to step it up Bon!

      Reply
  36. Daniele

    It’s a great idea i’d like to join 🙂

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Daniele!

      Reply
  37. George

    I would like to join the group too!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      You’re in!

      Reply
  38. Riccardo

    Hi,

    I already have a workout program i am following, but at teh same time i am trying to learn the handstand. I normally do some bodyweigth stuff on my active rest days, crows stund, tuck levers, l-sit, but i am working on the handstad daily, I GTG the move every morning, but i don’t see much improvement. If the exercises won’t interfere with my main workout (ie. short and medium-low intensity) I am up for it.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Riccardo!

      Reply
  39. rachelle

    I would be interested in joining. Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Rachelle!

      Reply
  40. Stijn

    Awh yeah! Something I’ve been looking for to get some routine in my work-outs which already are primarily body weight work-outs. Calisthenics would be a nice add-on.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Stijn!

      Reply
  41. flavien

    Hello, i m training alone all my friends find calisthenics too
    Hard that’s the reason i practice alone.
    I love incorporate the group in order to learn more and well.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Welcome Flavien!

      Reply
  42. Todd Clark

    Will you be telling us the workout to do each day? I get about 30 minutes of a morning so if you have a workout for that time hook me up

    Todd

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Nope. I will tell you specifically the workout. Its more for accountability.

      Reply
  43. TB

    Yeah Im in calisthenics tricks. I very been trying to a handstand for sometime. It really would handy with my martial arts bjj. I also watch Hannibal king, bartendaz and others.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Cool! Another BJJ guy. Love it!

      Reply
  44. Vincent

    Great idea! Accountability & a like-minded community are keys to success. I’m currently working on these handstands, I would definitely love to join you on this road!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Vincent! Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  45. Venla

    Hi, I’ve been doing crossfit for almost a year now and those calisthenics are a part of it but I never seem to get enough practice in to get any better at it, at least not on my own. I’d love to try this your way!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Venla, this group will definitely help. Check your email.

      Reply
  46. Cyrus

    Would love to get flexibility and strength.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      We will definitely be working on those skills.

      Reply
  47. Matej

    Definitely count me in 🙂

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great! Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  48. Kr Oquindo

    Good Day Todd!

    I’m really interested to join your Calisthenic Online “Helpful” Club. So who am I? I am a person who has the ability of doing remarkable things (that’s what they say); moving forward and making myself stronger on the inside; exploring things that I want to know but I lack consistency.
    My Name is K.R.(student chef) from the Philippines age 19, 5’10 weighing 163lbs and I was fat before, and my height was 5’9 and weighing 230lbs (I can share my pic if you wanted to see it).Took me 8 months and been eating healthy, doing weightlifting and HIIT, but it changed me when I discover bodyweight training. Yeah, it’s freaking hard hahaha!!! I wanted to improve my calisthenic skills. Can’t do a single chin up, pull-up and handstand pushup. It makes me miserable. I am craving to learn stuffs like that and it seems that I’m a little bit lost. That’s it my friend, hoping that you will help me. God Bless bro 🙂

    Reply
    • Kr Oquindo

      BTW can’t change the profile pic here… Dunno how 😛

      Reply
      • Todd Kuslikis

        I like it! 🙂

        Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      We all start somewhere my brother. Check your email for the invitation.

      Reply
      • Kr Oquindo

        I didn’t receive any private facebook page or maybe I already did join your group. Is it “A Shot of Adrenaline ” Group?

        Reply
        • Todd Kuslikis

          Click on this link and you should find the group.

          Reply
  49. Ricardo Castro

    Hey Todd! I’m really fed up with me trying to improve and not making any significant progress . I know that if I join I’ll become better on so many ways. Would you mind adding me?

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Richard, welcome to the group!

      Reply
  50. Espinho

    Todd,

    Been following this website for a while now and love it! Please sign me up for the Online Calisthenics Club! I definitely want to be part of this! Appreciate all the work you’ve done so far brother.

    God bless!

    Espinho

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      We’d love to have you Espinho! Check your email. 🙂

      Reply
  51. Khasim

    Todd,
    I love doing your bodyweight workouts. kinda new to calisthenics, I am able to headstands and wall handstand push ups. Would definitely like to join the club! Appreciate all your help.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Sweet Khasim. Welcome!

      Reply
  52. Jerry O'Brien

    Hi Todd,
    I Have Been A Big Fan Of Your Website And Posts For A While Now. I Think This Would Be A Great Way To Help Keep Me Accountable With My Workouts Everyday. I Would Love The Chance To Join The Group.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Jerry! Nice to meet you. Check your email for the invite.

      Reply
  53. Aaron

    I’m excited Todd. I am close to a front lever. Achieved a 5sec back lever and an average handstand. May I join?

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      For sure Aaron. Just sent you the link!

      Reply
  54. Shu

    Hi Todd. I would like to join the group. Just switch from weights to calisthenics and train alone, love to train with other club members!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Rockin!!

      Reply
  55. Adrian "Daisy" Day

    You had me at hello 🙂

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      LOL! 🙂 You are now added.

      Reply
  56. Bill

    Would love to join the group. I’m 48 and trying to switch to body weight exercises to be easier on the joints.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yes, they are much easier on the joints.

      Reply
  57. Zack

    Hey Todd!

    I’m 20 years old, about 5’11 and 170lb. I’m a college student who loves to train in calisthenics and would love to share my passion and knowledge with others while improving my own practice by staying consistent and accountable.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Zack! Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  58. Marcelo Bezerra

    I am passionate about calisthenics. It is amazing results obtained with body weight exercises. I would like to join the group to learn more and develop my body.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Marcelo! Welcome!

      Reply
  59. Samurai Frank

    Jesus is Lord Hi Todd. I am a 46 year old male who weighs 238 and is 5’11. I alternate between weight training and calisthenics every few months. I am looking to gain muscle mass, stamina and power. I will love to be able to do pull ups and handstands. Even though I have bad knees, tennis elbow and an old Rotator Cuff injury, I am learning about my limitations and how to work around them. I want to be a good example for my 3 year old grandson. Hopefully as he gets older and sees my progress it will motivate when he gets older to exercise and get closer to Christ. I would be honored to be part of this online club! Thank you. Glory to the Father + and to the Son + and to the Holy Spirit +, the One True God. Amen. Boricuamanhood@hotmail.com .

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Amen my brother in Christ! You can work around the injuries. Remember that you can achieve all things through Christ who strengthens you. 🙂 Check your inbox for the invite.

      Reply
  60. Dane

    would love to train with a group

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Consider it done! 🙂

      Reply
  61. Bek Adams

    Hi I’m only 13 years old but I would love to be able to do things like these. I have always dreamed of being able to do some of these to help gain strength and endurance. And I mean who wouldn’t love to add planche and handstand pushups to their workouts?

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Age is only a barrier if you make it one. Welcome to the group Bek!

      Reply
  62. louis

    I really want to learn some tricks, but I lose consistency. Having a group will be fun and helpful.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yes, definitely Louis. Check your inbox for the invite.

      Reply
  63. Rick

    Count me in….

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great!

      Reply
  64. Shawn

    I have been doing calisthenic workouts for about 2 years. I started off using kettlebells about three years ago, and then ran into convict conditioning. I have not been in the gym since 2005. I am intrigued at being able to build strength similar to what I had back then using minimal equipment. I have a toddler, so there is definitely no time for me to go to the gym.

    My focus has been strength building, but I want to learn some tricks also. The only one I have managed so far is a poorly formed back lever. I consider myself light at 5’10” and 175, but I have found these are much harder than they look.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yep, they are very challenging Shawn. Though take one step at a time my brother. Check your inbox for the invite.

      Reply
  65. Andrew Torgersen

    This sounds amazing and has me completely pumped up and excited! I’ve been working on body weight moves and feats for awhile and have never been able to find someone in the area who works towards the same goals. This club would not only give me an opportunity to collaborate with like minded individuals but it would also hold me accountable with my progress!!!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Rockin Andrew! Check your inbox for the invite.

      Reply
  66. David Fitzgerald

    I’m game

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great David! Check your inbox.

      Reply
  67. Pike

    I’d be keen to do this, though I have no idea how to use lift.do — I’ve been using fitocracy for a while to track stuff but I’m hopelessly inconsistant. Anyway, I was doing convict conditioning for a while, it’d be nice to have a “set” course to follow — even though I primarily cycle, I really want to improve my full body control.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Lift.do is pretty easy. Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  68. Sanam

    Count me in!!
    I am currently doing the beastmode workout and the leg workout has greatly improved my pistols. 🙂
    Now I am looking fwd to handstands (ps. never done them)

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Sweet Sanam. Welcome to the group!

      Reply
  69. Chris Feierbach

    I have been working on the handstand for a while now and need help. I’d love to be part of a community of like-minded bodyweight warriors.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Chris! Check your inbox.

      Reply
  70. George

    Would love to join. Am 63 and overcoming series of injuries. Switched to body weight training some months ago. My ambition is to do a muscle up. Very daunting task indeed.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yep, but you have to start somewhere. And this is the perfect community to help you.

      Reply
    • Paul

      I would like to join.

      Reply
  71. Josh

    Calisthenics have always been a passion of mine simply because of the seemingly impossible feats. I too would like to be part of a growing community of amazing individuals defying gravity.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Josh! Just sent you an email.

      Reply
      • Josh

        Hey todd not sure if I accidently deleted the email but can you resend the link.
        Thank you

        Reply
  72. Gaël

    Hi Todd,

    I’m a young french guy (20 years old), and i love working out. My purpose is really simple.
    I want to become a SUPERHUMAN !!
    And for that, i want to improve all areas of my body, strength, flexibility, stamina, endurance, muscle mass, agility … .

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      YEAH!!! Love the goal Gael! What is your definition of superhuman? 🙂 Check your email. I just invited you to the group.

      Reply
      • Gaël

        Thanks you !!

        For me, superhuman is to be able of amazing thing like human flag, handstand push up like calistheniks kingz, move like Ido portal, to have the strenght to lift and move my body with super ease. Superhuman is also to have a strong self-confidence, a strong mind and a strong body for fight with problems, to live the best quality of life as possible !

        Reply
        • Todd Kuslikis

          Perfect definition!

          Reply
  73. Joel

    Im really intrested in this, I love all your articles and also the fact youre a devoted christian athlete. Which you dont see to much of anymore. Id enjoy being part of the group.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Joel! Yes, I love meeting fellow believers. Welcome to the group! Check your email bro. 🙂

      Reply
  74. Rob Dalgleish

    I have found your training program very useful and will be studying it more this week. I have been into workouts on and off for a while now and done various training regimes in the gym. Recently I have learnt some kettle bell techniques, a few exercises using Olympic rings and the correct techniques on the 3 power lifting moves. Then I came across calisthenics from park workouts and you tube clips, which I had done parts of and this has opened a whole new regime. I am keen to learn more to get stronger and more ripped and gain some size too. I can still input some kettle bell exercises and the Olympic rings are part of calisthenics. When doing the powerlifting for 18 months, though it was good to inject into a regime, the idea of progressing to doing this 2/3 times a week and increasing weight more and more when more advanced seemed a crazy amount of weight to work up to.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      HI Rob,

      We’ll definitely be covering some topics on getting ripped and getting stronger. We won’t really cover kettle bells and powerlifting but if your game to learn calisthenics…. welcome to the group!

      Reply
  75. Tony

    Hey Todd, I would like to join. Having accountability would be nice, it’d also be cool to see others doing skills I’d like to learn.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yes, its very important Tony. Nice to hear from you buddy. Check your email for the invite.

      Reply
  76. Ethan Baughman

    Hey Todd,
    I wanted to thank you for your articles and videos that’s you have done and I am looking forward to this. I stopped lifting weights 2 years ago after I saw YouTube videos of calisthenics. Now, I love calisthenics more and more and I have been in the best shape of my life. Thanks Todd! My God bless you!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks so much for the kind note Ethan. May the Lord bless you too! I just sent you an invite to the group.

      Reply
  77. Paul Gerard

    Hi Todd,
    I would like to join the group. I am always up for a new challenge.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Paul! Check your email.

      Reply
  78. Gregor Freeman

    Hi Todd,
    I am interested in joining the group as I routinely do bodyweight workouts. I’ve recently been reading about calisthenics and I am interested in learning about calisthenics and incorporating them into my existing exercise regime. The fact we are starting on handstands is great as this is a skill I’m currently working on to try to do handstand push-ups
    Thanks
    Gregor

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      That’s great Gregor! Welcome to the group. I just emailed ya.

      Reply
  79. Ora

    Hi Todd, I would love to join this group. If I were held accountable for my actions, I think I would learn and commit to it. My shoulder muscles are ridiculously weak and I want to participate in this and see my strength gain.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Ora, I just emailed you. Handstands will be great for developing your shoulders.

      Reply
  80. Rajat Desikan

    Hi Todd,
    I am really interested in learning the handstand. I find it a little daunting. I hope that learning as a group will help me overcome this…

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Rajat, Yes we will be working on it together so it will seem less daunting. 🙂 I just emailed you.

      Reply
  81. Siddhesh Chavan

    hii Todd i just love using my own bodyweight than those weight in gym.. i mean i want to train myself via bodyweight but lack of information hence i m not able 2 train so.. but i am ready 2 give my 100% effort n really wanna train myself with ur help.. just 2 add i lost 16-17 kgs of my fat recently n nw just wanna continue with callisthenics wud luv 2 get ur help !! sid !!

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Siddhesh! Check your email for the invite.

      Reply
  82. Mike Giovanni

    Hey Todd,
    Great idea!
    I just turned 50, lost 50+ pounds last year and am working on my pullups, dips, head stand push up (wall assisted).
    I would love to join and learn all I can.
    Thx,
    Mike “Gio” Giovanni

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Gio!! Check your inbox. 🙂

      Reply
  83. allan

    Very interested in this. Because I work as an airline pilot, it can be hard to get good workouts in the hotels. Always looking for new workout ideas…….

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      HI Allan, That’s awesome. Check your email inbox.

      Reply
  84. Mcfly

    Hello Todd,

    I’m interested as well. Please send me the link. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just sent it!

      Reply
  85. Joshua Szramowski

    Hey I am a college student and I want to sharpen my physique as well as my mind.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Joshua! Calisthenics are perfect for that. Check your email to join the group.

      Reply
  86. Jennifer

    I have always been in love with calisthenics and actually found your stuff through my search to build body mass. I underwent surgery a while ago which cut down my doctors approved time to work out so now I feel I am back at square one, but I absolutely have heart to get into this! I have a crazy busy schedule, but I will always make time for a workout if you do not mind my slow progress in comparison to everyone else that seems to be posting.
    Otherwise, I always look forward to your stuff!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Jennifer, I think we all progress slower than desired but progress is progress. 🙂 Just sent you an email.

      Reply
  87. Lent

    I am definitely going to join. This sounds too good to be true. Literally what I’ve always been looking for. Keep up with the great ideas. God Bless

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just a bunch of folks working together. 🙂 I sent you an email request to join.

      Reply
  88. Joey D

    Hi Todd, big follower with all your posts and workouts. I’ve been doing bodyweight training for a while now and would like to learn more and advance my training. I would greatly appreciate and love to join the group. Thanks

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    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Joey! Just sent you an invite. 🙂 And thanks for following the posts. I very much appreciate that.

      Reply
  89. Christopher Busst

    Hey Todd,

    Great info, im a training myself and admire those you can do the calisthenic exercises. I hope to do these exercises once I can get my shoulders back in working order from dislocating them.
    I always like to keep myself educated and learning from yourself would be a bonus.

    Regards
    Chris. B

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Christopher! I just sent you an invite to the group. Rehab your shoulders than jump in when you are ready!

      Reply
      • Christopher Busst

        Great, thanks Todd!

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        • Todd Kuslikis

          For sure!

          Reply
  90. sidhanth

    Hi todd i’ll love to join please add me in please i really wanna develop those skills that i couldnt ever perform

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Sidhanth! Check your email.

      Reply
  91. Ian

    I’m starting out on calisthenics, so this would be perfect for me. I’d love to do handstand push ups, and one armed pull ups. I can’t even manage a proper pull up from the half way position at present, so I’ve quite a way to go! Ha ha ha! It would be a very hard goal in achieving these, but I know it’s possible. That’s half the battle right there! 🙂

    Only problem is my work. I work ad hoc in the offshore side of the oil industry. Positive means I have plenty time to train. Downside is I can’t guarantee internet connection daily, let alone the ability to log onto Facebook. (Some oil companies ban it on their networks, effectively cutting the likes of me off of it whilst on the platform for maybe 3 weeks.)

    This group would be more than perfect for me, but it’s of no use if I would be excluded due to my work. Is there some workable way around this? Like if I know I am to have no Facebook access, I provide updates to you by email? Or if I know I will have no internet access at all, (Rare, but does happen) that I warn you of this in advance by contacting through the group?

    I really do hope something can be arranged on this. I would very much love to be a part of this, and if we can come to an arrangement for contact, it would be perfect.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Ian,

      No worries. Just log into the group and Lift.do when you can. Track your training days on a piece of paper and then put them in the computer when you get a chance.

      Check your email. Just sent you an invite to the group.

      Todd

      Reply
      • Ian

        Perfect Todd. 🙂

        Looking forward to this! 😀

        Reply
  92. Luis Hashimura

    Really interesting! I would like to join this club! Best! Luis

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Luis! Check your email.

      Reply
  93. Dan

    I am older (mid 60s) and have worked out my entire life. I have learned that as I age, bodyweight complex exercises are easiest on my joints. I have been using density-type bodyweight exercises for fitness/fat burning. I have been alternating that with double kettlebell workouts for strength. I think the bells have been causing some elbow tendon soreness (inside of elbows) which also become sore during pull-ups. I am hoping I can use some bodyweight tricks to replace my strength workouts and, perhaps cure the elbow soreness.

    Reply
    • PeterGeneva

      Hi Todd

      Would love to join. From my little experience with (hatha) yoga, headstands are very easy, but the arm strength needed for handstands is much less easy.

      Peter in Geneva (age 54, still trying 🙂 )

      Reply
      • Todd Kuslikis

        Awesome peter! You will be able to help the rest of us with tips. I just sent you an email.

        Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Hi Dan,

      Yes, bw exercises are way less stressful on the joints. I just sent you an invite to the group.

      Reply
  94. Kira

    I love the idea and I’d love to join group. I always wanted to join sth like that to learn new things and get stronger. I do calisthenics for over a year and I still have lots of to learn and doing it with other passionate people is the best way possible.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Kira! I just invited you via email. 🙂

      Reply
  95. James G

    Hey, I’m interested. I’m not in shape right now, but I am looking to start working out!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      No problem James. Just sent you an email.

      Reply
  96. Lee Sanderson

    I’d love to learn some tricks, me & a mate are always trying stuff!!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Lee! Have him post a comment here and I’ll invite him to the FB group. I just sent you an email.

      Reply
  97. Jennifer

    This is just what I will need! I just posted on your FB site a question about BW vs. lifting and how it affects tendons, due to my current situation. Since I will be focusing 100% on bodyweight, I want to learn some mad skillz from the experts! I won’t be able to do anything for at least two weeks, though. Then hopefully I’ll be cleared to gradually resume my activity. Pick me? 🙂

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Great Jennifer! Until then you can cheer for the rest of us and then join in when you are heeled up. 🙂 Check your email for the official invite.

      Reply
  98. Zack Huston

    I’d love to take part in an online calisthenics course, it would mesh nicely with my busy school schedule.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Sweet Zack! Yes, school can get busy. Check your email for the official invite.

      Reply
  99. Richard Sassoon

    Hei, just following up on the comment from facebook!
    Looking forward to be part of this community of motivated people 🙂

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Richard! Just sent an email to ya! 🙂

      Reply
  100. Damien

    I’ve been doing bodyweight exercises for a few months now, and am about to start my NASM Personal trainer cert. Program. I think learning different tricks would be a bonus to my future career in fitness, and could also be something I could teach my clients to spice things up a little. I would love to become a part of this group!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yes Damien, I think your clients would love to learn them. Check your email to join the group.

      Reply
  101. Francois

    I train exclusively with calisthenic since January 2013 in my home baseman gym. Count me in!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Wicked Francois! Just sent the email.

      Reply
  102. Jason

    I would be interested in joining the group. I’m working on rings right now with some handstand, flag, and lever work thrown in for fun.

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      That’s great Jason! Just sent you an email.

      Reply
  103. Ricardo

    I have always wanted to learn how to control my body and improve my strength through the Calisthenics tricks. I have never had a means of keeping myself accountable or consistent in my training but this group sounds like a great idea!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thats great Ricardo! I hope this group is where you find the accountability you need. Just sent an email to ya.

      Reply
  104. BLAKE

    I’d love to join. I am probably a bit older than most how are interested (mid 50s), but I am interested in getting stronger and more functional via calisthenics.

    Reply
    • BLAKE

      most who are interested – stupid auto-correct.

      Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Awesome Blake! I just sent a email from FB.

      Reply
  105. Sohaib Khan

    This sounds like a genuinely awesome idea, and your enthusiasm for calisthenics definitely makes it all the more appealing! Sadly, I’m just into week 4 of a Bodyweight workout routine (Mark Lauren’s YAYOG program). My primary goal is to lose fat and lean up, I already have considerable upper body muscle from 3-4 years of traditional weight training.
    I’m 170 lbs, 5’6, 21 % BF, So I train hard, using leverage and variations to really challenge myself using bodyweight only, and it is really quite effective, and much much easier on the joints. Keeping rest times minimum means effectively, zero cardio (still go for a long run on the beach on Sundays 6 AM)
    I’m literally crawling in mastering the basic movements, taking time to slowly control ROM, breathing, concentric and eccentrics, making sure I don’t “bounce” off (I would say only Push ups are my strongest point 🙂 and am also tied up with an upcoming academic exam (studying hard, training hard!), So I have to stick to a 4 days/week workout schedule (sometimes I’ll throw in a 5th on the weekend) and max 35 minutes per workout to really utilize time effectively. Hopefully in a month or so I’ll be a little less busy and will have more time and basic calisthenic proficiency/strength to then delve into ‘trick’ calisthenics. I’ll look forward to sign up for this club when I’m really pumped and ready!
    And I can feel the frustration, Todd. I tried to get 2-3 regular joggers to try basic calisthenics with me at the park, but they bunked out after 1 session. What’s with these people? 🙁 sucks to be alone. but the fight goes on.
    Keep on posting, I really dig this blog.

    -regards from Karachi, Pakistan

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks for the encouragement Sohaib. I think its probably easier to find people that are already interested than to motivate someone to switch interests. That’s what I’m finding at least.

      Stay strong with YAYOG! Sounds like you are making great strides. We’ll be here when you finish.

      Reply
  106. Matthew

    I have been trying to train a handstand for a bit over a year with little success, mostly from not holding myself accountable and not being consistent with my training. I would like to master it and move to other things (Handstand pushups, planches, etc) and I think this group would be wonderfully useful to get me to that stage!

    I’m excited to start!

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Yeah, handstand is pretty tough from a balance standpoint. Definitely want to work it every day. Just sent you an invite Matthew!

      Reply
  107. Pat

    Yes, I’d love to join. I do bodyweight workouts regularly, but would love to learn new tricks….

    Reply
    • Todd Kuslikis

      Just sent an invite to ya Pat. 🙂

      Reply
      • evan

        I’m interested!

        Reply
      • abraham abbas

        Hello todd I would love to join your group and learn how to become better at my calisthenics game. Please add me to your group.

        Reply
        • Todd Kuslikis

          You are now added Abraham.

          Reply
    • Jim

      Looking forward to joining and getting the information.

      Reply
      • Todd Kuslikis

        Sweet!

        Reply
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