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Intermittent Fasting: Why I chose it and My Results

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Hello Old School Calisthenic family! I’m Horea Gentea and with this article I want to reveal some of my own experiences with Intermittent Fasting.

Back in 2015, I began to study about training protocols and nutrition in order to further my knowledge about the human body and muscular development when I stumbled across Intermittent Fasting, a nutrition protocol where you eat your meals within a 6-8 hour window (or even less) during the day.

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5 Steps to Build Strong, Muscular Legs and Diamond Calves

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How to train your legs and calves properly is a topic most people are clueless on. As the summer is approaching and most people will like to wear shorts without caring if their calves are shredded or not. If you are on of these then the article is not for you! On the other hand some fellas would love to sport a nice chiseled, muscular set of wheels underneath those shorts and this article has been written for these saintly souls.

We are all familiar with classic chicken leg syndrome: massive and well developed upper body supported by toothpick legs that looks neither aesthetic nor athletic. Unfortunately this is a state exhibited by a lot of street workout enthusiastic and hardcore gym rats. They resemble JOHNNY BRAVO: a popular cartoon character that we all are familiar with.

Now we don’t want to see you end up looking like JOHNNY BRAVO so we have decided to help you build those legs the Old School Way just like we did to earn our well-developed, symmetrical physiques. Contrary to what most people and bodybuilders say you can build your legs up to their potential with calisthenics successfully. So stay tuned…

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“Only 5% – 1 in 20 – achieve the level of success and fulfillment they hope for.” (The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson, p. 62)

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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)
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The word “mindset” means: “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” (The American Heritage® Roget’s Thesaurus)

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How to count calories with a formula?

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Everyone needs calories! Be it an athlete or an office worker, we all need to have calories in an appropriate amount. If our calorific intake is not optimized we either lose weight or gain too much weight. Calories are the king when it comes to configuring your body. So how do you optimize your calorific intake? Fear not we will answer that very soon.

The way our bodies are going to be depends upon the workouts we do and the calories we ingest. When you train for strength your body gets muscular and when you train for endurance you become lean and efficient at using energy most efficiently i.e. not so muscular! And when you train for both strength and endurance you get both. That’s why we advocate training for strength as well as endurance. It gives you the best of both worlds aka Greek God Physique! Keep in mind that this process is going to happen only when you dial in good nutrition. Otherwise you will keep spinning your wheels and get nowhere.

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“Great ingredients make great food.”

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Interview with the fit man over 40, WILL de LEON

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Hey friends,

I first came across Will de Leon several months ago in the Convict Conditioning community. On that Facebook group I started to post my philosophy about training and calisthenics. Will replied to me with a lot of enthusiasm and details. I observed immediately that we have some things in common such as training style, vision about calisthenics and of course the sport itself.

After a few months, when I finally launched my blog I proposed to him a written interview and he accepted. So, thanks to Will for accepting my request. I truly believe this article will motivate a lot of youngsters to start training and to stay dedicated to this path for their entire life.

Will de Leon

“I push hard all the time because it is the only way to break through plateaus as I have learned through experience” Will de Leon.

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How to train using Convict Conditioning?

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Hey convicts,

I’m a big fan of the Convict Conditioning books and I’ve been training based on their system for sufficient time to realize how to maximize my results. Convict Conditioning book’s purpose is to increase maximal strength utilizing 6 progressive calisthenics exercises broken into 10 steps of increasing difficulty. The training system starts with the easiest possible step (exercises like wall pushups) and progressively moves further to the hardest step, like the almighty one arm pullup.

Everybody knows that the training methods used in the Convict Conditioning books are meant to work the nervous system for strength gains rather than the muscular system for aesthetics. But from my experience I realized something else, and the truth is that the books teach us how to attain a brutally strong body as well as how to gain solid muscles – like the Greek Statues illustrate. The fact is that many of you have so little results with either, but the good part is that you have in your hands one of the most powerful tools to start to forge your body into something like the books want you to become. You only need to understand how to utilize them properly. And fear not! I will help you understand how to do it.

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