I always hear the sentence “ I would love to try it but it’s so difficult “. Your right . Bodyweight training will probably hurt you in ways you never thought possible , however, the rewards are priceless.
Let’s start with the very basics . Calisthenics offers a no excuses approach so you can truely find out the reasons why you train the way you do (or not!) .Most Parks offer bars and different tools to start with your pull ups . Investing in a set of gymnastics rings can further your training with no expensive gym membership or commitment for a zillion years. If you then feel like you need help progressing ,you can head to a teacher online or a studio and seek more knowledge and guidance for your training . Chances are after achieving 1 pull up your already hooked with desire to learn more and keep the line of progression going. This approach is also super effective if you are a beginner and don’t feel confident enough to tackle the weights area of your gym yet.
The benefits on the body are never ending ,most notably the reduction in injury due to training with one bodyweight all the time and focus on mobility .Fat loss is also inevitable due to functional movement patterns that are followed in training - which fire up several muscle groups at one time during any given skill practice. This in turn leaves the body with incredibly improved core stability which is tested with every move within calisthenics . If you can incorporate the gymnastic rings into your training you are increasing your game ten fold . The rings offer strength , mobility and stability like no other apparatus in the training world. This type of training is one of very few that offers transferable strength , agility and stability to other sports and exercise.
Last but not least - how it looks on the eye I hear you ask ? You only have to take one look at Gymnastic bodies from around the world to know they are one of the most strong , proportionate , aesthetically pleasing bodies known to man. Alternatively you can start calisthenics for the reason I did - because you get to learn lots of cool tricks and have perfectly attractive content for your instagram followers ;) All in all I wouldn’t take back all the cuts and bruises from training . In the past 2 years I’ve gone from 8 push ups on my knees to 30 straight and 10 one arm pushes with ease. Not being able to hold onto the bar, working up to 15 straight pull ups. This is all gained from curiosity and thirst to learn more about movement . These skills have taken me on work jobs , workshops and photoshoots I would have never thought possible. If you’re thinking about giving it a go I promise you the rewards are never ending once you start the ball moving.
We're delighted to announce that newly promoted Championship rugby team Richmond FC, will be partnering with The Foundry to fulfil their strength and conditioning requirements. The second oldest team in the world chose The Foundry as the base for their S&C training due to the elite facility and coaching team. Head fitness coach Sam Ross said:
"The Foundry has all the elements of a professional setup. We're delighted to join forces with the team to ensure a successful season for Richmond FC as we embark on our new journey in the Championship. There aren't many facilities and coaching teams like The Foundry anywhere."
Our Training Director Ben Gotting acknowledged that having Richmond around would be a positive addition to the unique Foundry environment:
"We set up The Foundry to offer the sort of fitness training you would find in a professional athletic setup, whilst ensuring it is suitable for all ages and abilities, so it's great to see this vision acknowledged by a leading rugby team too. We know our members will also be excited to have Richmond FC on-board and we wish them the very best for their new season in the Championship"
The boys will also be joining in some of our classes as part of their training regime so please do say hello and welcome them to The Foundry family.
When JOE.co.uk caught a glimpse of our City Strongman classes they asked the boys to come up with a a suitably taxing rugby specific workout to help those about to start pre-season training. This loaded carry medley will seriously test both your strength and your cardiovascular fitness so check out the full article, give it a try or come and check the training out yourself for a week at The Foundry for the cost of one class! https://goteamup.com/p/339492-the-foundry/memberships/18689/
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The Foundry and OC Fitness are delighted to announce that Radley College in Oxfordshire, home of OC Fitness, will be the secret location for The Foundry's Heavy Weekend on 13-14 August 2011.