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Fitness Trainer March/April 2017

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An excerpt from the Dragon Door title, Street Workout. Don't Forget the CalistheniCs, Don't Forget the streets here is no doubt that the Street Workout movement has taken over the world. From the back alleys of New York, to the cobblestone streets of Eu- rope, to the Australian outback, this modern explosion of urban calisthenics is simply undeni- able. For many years we've observed numerous big box fitness chains opening up all over the place. We even worked at a few of them. (Hey, hey, hey—every- body's gotta make a living some- how.) But now on a global scale, it appears that fitness culture is returning to its roots. the great equalizer This resurgence, referred to as the Street Workout movement, taps into so many elements you simply can't find in the con- temporary big box gym. These include the elegant minimal- ism of bodyweight training, the splendor of the great outdoors and the empowerment of own- ing a body that's truly self-made. Not to mention the bad-ass feats of strength associated with ex- treme calisthenics. Street Workout is the great equalizer of body types. Because calisthenics focuses on your pound-for-pound strength, the big guys and little guys have the same relative resistance: them- selves. Allow us to elaborate; a mus- cular guy who's 6' 2" and weighs 250 lbs. will naturally have a higher bench press than an equally muscled individual of 5'6" and 150 lbs. Assuming the same body composition, it's simply a matter of physics. The heavier guy can lift more exter- nal weight. But if you put them both in a push-up contest, it's an even playing field. Street Workout is an equal op- portunity employer. If your body mass is going up and your reps in push-ups are going down, are you really getting stronger? holD Your grounD The improvisational element of Street Workout is equally ap- pealing. When you use what the world has provided around you, rather than what you've been told to use by the corporate equipment manufacturers, you awaken a creative, even artis- tic, part of your mind. Whereas commercial gym members use multiple thousand-pound ma- chines to train one muscle at a time, we can look at a pole, fence or street sign and come up with a dozen full-body exercises on the spot. People go to the gym, get on a treadmill and watch a TV screen. It seems that no one lives in the present anymore. But when you're using your grip on your actual environment, you're living right here, right now. And it feels good. When it seems as though the fitness world is nothing more than a bloated bastion of iso- lated movements and impracti- cal applications, Street Workout is a breath of fresh air. We know it can be intimidating for a beginner to go to the local park to train, but fear not: this com- munity is very inviting. Unlike a gym, there's no fee for this club. We welcome all comers. BY al KavaDlo & DannY KavaDlo T

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