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February 2017

Wisdom from 50 years of calisthenics: An interview with Mike Joplin

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Today I have got the privilege to publish an interview of Mike Joplin and I am glad to present it to you. When I started oldschool-calisthenic.ro I was contacted by Winner Nehra  to help us with our website and to learn from us. He then informed me about Mike Joplin who had already been interviewed by famous websites like skinnyfattransformation.com and homemademuscle.com. I quickly discovered that Mike and I share a lot of common training philosophies and I decided to interview him and the result is presented below.

Mike Joplin was born on the 26th of December, 1944. He was skinny from birth and remained skinny all the way through high school. He joined the US Navy in June of 1963. Being called skinny by beautiful women in Puerto Rico (his first duty station) was the ‘trigger’ that turned his desire and intent into passion. After twenty years of being called that way, he had enough and finally pushed himself into taking action. In about 12 months of doing bodyweight training only, he went from 155lbs/70kg to 200lbs/90kg! And he achieved success through trial and error and not from any readymade source!


“Imagine life as a musical melody. A melody has high notes and low notes. Without the low notes, there wouldn’t be a melody…” (Mike Joplin)
mike joplin - navy seal training calisthenics
The word “mindset” means: “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” (The American Heritage® Roget’s Thesaurus)

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