Convict Conditioning AKA Calisthenics Maxed

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“When the barbells and machines began to really take over in the second half of the twentieth century, all of the hard-earned, ancient knowledge regarding bodyweight training became considered redundant. Immaterial to the modern age. Dazzled by the new gadgets and the methods associated with them, fewer and fewer people continued using these ancient old school methods and they began to die out.

Today, bodyweight strength training has been almost totally replaced by weight-training with machines, barbells, and dumbbells. Bodyweight training is seen as the feeble sibling of these newer approaches, and has been relegated to the sidelines. The old school skills and systems dwindled through disuse and became lost. All that survived was the basic minimum. Today, when people – even so called strength “experts” – talk about bodyweight training, they only really know the beginners’ movements – pushups, deep knee-bends, etc. To this they add a few useless and pathetic modern exercises, like ab crunches. These exercises are given to school children, weaklings, or are done as warm ups or to develop light endurance. Compared to the traditional, strength-based attitude, this approach could be called new school calisthenics. Old school calisthenics – which involved bodyweight systems designed to progressively develop inhuman power and strength – have almost died out.

Almost.” – Convict Conditioning: Old School vs New School Calisthenics

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About pwl

I am a Systems Scientist with a Specialty in Systems Analysis and Computer Science and Neuro Linguistic Programming. I write software. I consult with large and small corporations on a variety of technical fields: finance, banking, insurance, construction, engineering, simulations, modeling, electronics, product design, systems integration, and much more. I am a writer. I am an atheist/anti-theist or "bright" - no invisible friends for me. You are free to be or "believe" what you want as long as you don't harm anyone in your actions in accordance with the non-aggression principle. I promote the natural human desire to freely trade with others and to relate with others in the context of the non-aggression principle and voluntary society with spontaneous order. I'm working to rebalance my body through various forms of body weight strength training such as hot yoga, calisthenics, in addition to free weights and old school strength training; and nutrition of course. I practice meditation of observing one's own breath without trying to change its rythym, which is something one can practice whatever one is doing in life (or whatever life is doing to one). I'm comitted to excellence and life long learning. If I can bring a smile to your face; if I can brighten your day; if I can learn from you; if I can teach you; if I can freely trade with you; if I can make a positive difference in your life; these are actions of success that I value. Live long and prosper.
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