This Ain’t Your Momma’s Calisthenics!

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Emmanuel Lopez

Calisthenics Competitor

If you spend any significant time on Instagram you have for sure seen more than a few trends, some of them funny, some disturbing, and others down right amazing.  I couldn’t help but to notice the amazing handstands that kept coming up on our Instgram roll and some of the most amazing of them all Over and over again I started seeing guys (and gals too…. Dang is that acceptable these days?) making what looked like gymnastics to me… Look Cool!

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I was like, “Man, when did tatted up dudes with beards start doing gymnastics with Hip Hop tracks blasting in the background?!”


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It’s break dancing B-boy meets Olympic Bars Competition 


It got my attention!
It turns out it’s a World Wide phenomenon and our man Emmanuel Lopez is right in the middle of if all! Emmanuel trains with his significant other Ale Gomez and trains other aspiring Calisthenic Athletes.

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Emmanuel discovered calisthenics in 2013.  After training 7 years in Muay Thai, one if his friends invited him to try a bars workout.


I decided to give Calisthenics a try, and after a few weeks of training I start to see the progress and I liked the results.  Soon, I quit Muay Thai to just train in calisthenics exclusively.  It wasn’t long before I saw a video of a guy doing a muscle up and I started to train to do one myself.  My form improved to the point where I was able to do muscle ups with very good form.
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That’s when I started on more advanced moves like human flag and developing my own form and my own routines.

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