A Simple Grind-Style Progressive Calisthenics Routine that Employs Micro-Workouts

Now that I have a lot of extra time in the day and many fewer distractions than usual such as getting up at 5:00 AM to prepare for the day, hour-long commutes, and driving and picking up the kids to/from their many activities that are currently on hold, I have managed to calm my wanderingContinue reading “A Simple Grind-Style Progressive Calisthenics Routine that Employs Micro-Workouts”

Book Review: Calisthenics for Beginners by Matt Schifferle

I was very excited to get an advance copy of this book because I have been looking for a book such as this to recommend to my clients and to use when teaching classes on beginning calisthenics. I’ve also been familiar with the author’s work for some time now and have always been very impressedContinue reading “Book Review: Calisthenics for Beginners by Matt Schifferle”

Mechanical Drop Set Pull Micro-Workout

In weightlifting, drop sets have you starting with a certain weight and performing as many reps of the exercise as you can, and then dropping the weight a bit to continue the lift and so on. With body-weight calisthenics, we decrease the resistance by changing something in the mechanics of the movement, such as theContinue reading “Mechanical Drop Set Pull Micro-Workout”

Introducing the X+1: The Micro-Workout Mini Measuring Stick

I’ve been talking a lot lately about volume and intensity within the context of using micro-workouts to build muscle. At the heart of this is a dissatisfaction with muscle building dogma. Conventional wisdom can be wise or merely conventional. But, sometimes things are done certain ways because that’s what works. Boring, but true. It mightContinue reading “Introducing the X+1: The Micro-Workout Mini Measuring Stick”

The Micro-Workout Un-Chronicles, Volume 1: Inching Along the Continuum from Volume to Intensity

I recently did a podcast for Matt Shifferle’s Red Delta Project, where we discussed my experience with Micro-Workouts. This was a very positive experience for me overall but I must admit, I did not really know what to expect going into it. Matt’s a known entity in the calisthenics space, with numerous books and manyContinue reading “The Micro-Workout Un-Chronicles, Volume 1: Inching Along the Continuum from Volume to Intensity”

Discussing Micro-Workouts on the Red Delta Project Podcast

I was a guest recently on Matt Shifferle’s Red Delta Project Podcast, to discuss micro-workouts, calisthenics progress, and strength training every day. I’ve been familiar with Matt’s work for some time and if you aren’t, check out his videos on Youtube. They are concise, well delivered, and full of excellent information. Matt found me throughContinue reading “Discussing Micro-Workouts on the Red Delta Project Podcast”

The Definitive Guide to Micro-Workouts

Not long after I started doing calisthenics regularly (some time in 2011 or so), or perhaps just before, I pulled my head out of the hole in the ground that it was buried in and learned to stop assuming everything I read about exercise and strength-building is correct and applicable to me. That would beContinue reading “The Definitive Guide to Micro-Workouts”

How to Think Clearly About Health and Fitness I: Blue Zone Habits

Blue zones are very interesting. These are regions in the world where, apparently, people live a lot longer than expected. There are blue zones in parts of Greece, Italy, Japan, South America, and even in California. Many researchers and writers study the habits of people who live in blue zones in order to understand whyContinue reading “How to Think Clearly About Health and Fitness I: Blue Zone Habits”

How Did a Book About Getting Abs Become My Favorite Overall Fitness and Nutrition Book of All?

I don’t care about abs. Visible abs are obsessed over and highly overrated. If they indicate one’s fitness and body-fat levels accurately then they are a bi-product of hard work and a good diet and discipline and as such are not necessarily a bad thing But as a specific goal, I don’t see the point.Continue reading “How Did a Book About Getting Abs Become My Favorite Overall Fitness and Nutrition Book of All?”