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Thread: Principles for building strength, muscles, and endurance with calisthenics

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    hellcha is offline Junior Member
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    Default Principles for building strength, muscles, and endurance with calisthenics

    Hi guys,

    I have been following the convict conditioning for a while.
    It has been an interesting journey.

    The routines outlined in the books are superb but the down side for me is now I do not know how I should proceed to reach my specific goals.
    Basic routines in the 1st book are well rounded. They target strength, endurance, and muscle building.

    But now I want to do something else, at least for a while to break the boredom which is building inside me. Specifically, I want to target one of the 3 main goals: muscle building, strength, and endurance for a period of time and move to the next.

    But I don't know how to structure my workout plans, because they have been done by the Coach when I follow the CC series.

    Recently, I have heard about a really comprehensive book which addresses all these goals but the name is quite vague in my head now.

    So correct me if I am wrong but does the book called 'overcoming gravity' tackle this topic? If not, could you please suggest one(s)?

    In general, what are the rules for muscle building, strength building, and endurance building in terms of exercise, progression, set, rep, and rest?

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    Taking Cattle is offline Senior Member
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    Overcoming Gravity is one of the best strength-building books there is, regardless of the implement you're using (bodyweight, barbells, etc.).

    There's nothing revolutionary about it, but the author basically collects the information from guys like Verkoshansky, Siff and others -- you know, the guys everyone tells you that you have to read to understand strength training -- and puts it all in one place.

    The programs in the book are primarily about building strength, set in the context of a program that will also let you fix mobility issues.

    I highly recommend the book, but I have to say that it involves a LOT of information to process. I would suggest you go the reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness and do the Recommended Routine since the author is one of the moderators of the forum and the RR is basically a simplified version of his book. It's an amazing program.

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Talking Cattle, got a better link? Copy/paste does not work and I tried looking in Reddit archives but could not find.

    Thanks

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    Taking Cattle is offline Senior Member
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    https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightf...mended_routine

    some of the warm-up and bodyline stuff might be confusing at first, but browse around because they literally provide all the information you need.

    Steven Low helped create this program and it's basically his Overcoming Gravity routine. It's pretty incredible. His book has so much information in it that I highly recommend it if you want to go more in depth with this routine or to learn more about strength training.
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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Thank you!

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    Very interesting resource. Thanks for sharing.
    "Imagine what you'll know tomorrow." - Agent K in MiB.

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