It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies begin to change. Our energy decreases as our muscles and bones weaken. We may notice that activities we used to find enjoyable or easy are now more difficult, or that somewhat involuntary things such as balance or gait may be off-kilter. Also, our internal systems, including circulatory and cardiovascular, start to work at a less efficient pace and memory and sight begin to wane.
In the video below, I demonstrate a calisthenics progression for Dragon flag, a technical, difficult, and cool looking movement credited to Bruce Lee. Rocky Balboa also used the Dragon flag as part of training for his fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Dragon flag works most (if not all) of the torso, as well as the hips and glutes. In my opinion, the Dragon flag most difficult bodyweight training exercise for the abdominals that I can think of.
Of course, while this is not strictly about calisthenics, the way he explains shocking the muscles can definitely be used in calisthenics. What he describes is essentially "drop sets", where you perform an exercise that is difficult for you personally for reps then drop to a less difficult one for reps. You could drop multiple times as a method of muscle exhaustion. As some old timers would say, the first few reps are for strength and the last few for size.
One of the best calisthenics exercises for the chest is Jowett pushups, named after the strongman George F. Jowett. It provides a deeper range of motion and makes the exercise more analogous to bench pressing, especially if you are wearing a weight vest or sandbags. The idea is that the deeper range of motion puts you at more of a mechanical disadvantage, forcing your muscles to work harder to complete the exercise, therefore inducing more strength gains.
Hot of the press!!! I knew it! Late last year, the North American Menopause Society published a position statement that did not recommend exercise to offset symptoms of menopause because the research was “insufficient or inconclusive.”
Behavior Change - it's all about making little tweeks to our existing thought patterns for radical results! If you find that making changes to improve your health is difficult, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! In this radio interview, I discuss behavior change and offer a few tips to help you to, "Make the REST of your life - the BEST of your life!". Making a few simple changes can dramatically increase your quality of life.Carpe Diem!Jami