Teaming up with LeAD Sports Accelerator + calisthenics coach app update

Join the tribe of Movement & Calisthenics Athletes – people just like you that are working with their own body weight to get strength, lose fat build muscle, recover from injuries and live their best lives!
I hope you are all well and training is going great! It’s been a while since our last update, but there’s been a lot going on. Hence here is a rundown on what we have been up to on our journey to build a platform & technology to make learning bodyweight and movement disciplines safe and fun for everyone!

App Development is right on track!

The team has been working hard on the app. We’ve divided the development into 4 parts including Onboarding & Assessment, Workouts, Moves and Other. We’re almost done with the onboarding and assessment, and we’re right on schedule to have the app released by the end of the year. I also managed to visit our front-end team HQ based in Warsaw and we had a good laugh. Everyone is super excited about the app coming out.

  Last week for the first time we were able to download the app to test the first features: registration – it’s happening!  

 

ACCELERATING THE GROWTH:

 

 Life in the most prominent Sports Tech Startup Accelerator!

As some of you know, a few months ago we were chosen from thousands of startups to participate in the most prominent Sports Tech Accelerator: LeAD.   All 16 teams were selected as a startup that has the potential to change the face of sports on a global scale!

We are currently based in Berlin, being put through an intense program that will help us not only to ship and improve our product but to deliver on the vision of building the most advanced platform and technology that makes learning bodyweight movement disciplines easy, safe and fun. 

 

You can learn more about the new app that is coming out later this year here! (it has over 100 new moves!!!)

 

A picture of the current cohort with 16 amazing startups that are there to change the face of the fitness industry.

       

What’s special about this accelerator and one of many reasons we are excited to be here, is that it’s run by grandchildren of Adi Dassler – the legendary founder of Addidas brand. Horst and Klaus and not only amazing entrepreneurs, but they carry the legacy of his grandfather.

“Our grandfather, Adi Dassler, was always driven by the idea of making great sports ideas even greater and putting them into action. Today, he’d be supporting start-ups in the same way we are.”
Mentored by Adidas and Redbull
LeAD is an amazing place for us to grow. On a daily basis, we are being advised by some of the most amazing executives from Redbull and Adidas, but last week the mentoring intensyfied..

22 meetings in two days and so many more to come

Mentors days are 2 days when we meet with as many folks as possible to accelerate our progress. We had a pleasure of meeting many prolific mentors, investors and entrepreneurs across sports industry. It was great to see so many of them excited about what we are building, and hear feedback and ideas from some of the best out there.
We talked to folks who led Redbull growth on the marketing side, sports scientists and investors. Some of the most interesting conversations we have had were around building out the assessment section of the app to try to create the most comprehensive personalised image of your body including mobility, flexibility, posture elements as well as injuries history.  Having that information means that we can use advanced algorithms to create a training program that is truly personalised like nothing else out there.

The other aspect  that was talked about is creating an amazing community of athletes and trainers, gamyfication (both scheduled in the second app iteration) & expanding on different movement and bodyweight disciplines to create a platform to LEARN and EXPLORE our bodies.

22 meetings in two days – we all almost lost the voice – but it was so worth it!!
Apart from meetings we got to see Flying Steps Academy performance – these guys are amazing!

We got sooo much positive feedback. The one below its just one of many!

“This app has an incredible potential to be the most comprehensive app on the market.” – Adam Smith
In the spirit of sports…
Our office is right next to the office from the legendary Flying Steps Academy – multiple world champions in breakdancing. It’s been an amazing inspiration to train with them and explore the world of breakdancing.

Some of the shapes and moves none of us ever tried before. So much fun!

  Maybe in the future we will be able to collaborate with them and bring some of their training inside of our app.

“This feeling of progress, even in small steps, and ability to see it motivates me to keep on going every day”
Also… there’s a crash mat in the office. I’m not entirely sure what it’s doing there, but we’ve making the most out of it, practicing front and back flips, handstands and rolls. Feeling Alive!
If you’re from or around Berlin – please come and say hi. If you’re not….
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Our Instagram has been growing and we recently hit 10.5k followers. It’s becoming our home on social media – come and  join us on Instagram.
There are a ton of other exciting things happening over here. You can expect more info on the UX testing, as well as ambassador program in our next email. Till then – stay awesome, post in our Inner Circle Facebook group (or if you are not a customer our public FB group) with any questions/ ideas you have and let’s keep on moving.

As usual, thank you for your ongoing support! None of it would be possible without you – our community and customers and we are committed to working with you to build an awesome product.

Join our Facebook group, reach out with ideas and questions, follow us on Instagram – stay in touch. Lots of great things coming 🙂

  Best, Aga & Calisthenics Academy Team

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Movement Athlete Training Program

how calisthenics helped Noah

Noah

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This is story of Noah – Calisthenics Academy

Noah is a software engineer whose time is spent coding, volunteering at his church and playing or watching basketball.

“It is really humbling how hard even the simplest exercises are.”

Noah has always been lightly active over the years, never really sticking to a specific program or training regiment.

“I was thin, and I played basketball, but overall I was eating fairly unhealthily, was not exercising regularly, and spent most of my time in front of a computer screen.”

Diet is just as important as working out

Tracking Progress

Before changing how he was training, he improved how he was eating. “I started by changing my diet to stop eating sugar. I went cold-turkey and didn’t eat a dessert for three months. I started eating healthier breakfasts and lunches focused on eating more fruits, vegetables, eggs and less processed meats.”

He then paired his healthier eating habits with healthier training habits. Early in 2016, he discovered the Convict Conditioning training program. It was his first introduction to progressive calisthenics. But it didn’t quite stick until he found out about Calisthenics Academy.

“I liked the additional steps in between progressions and the materials available to learn the moves.”

“I’m learning to craft my own programming for my workouts. I care more about progressing than pushing out a bunch of reps. For me, 3x12 of an exercise seems to work well, and then I progress to the next exercise. I’ve found this to be very helpful and keep me motivated instead of getting stuck forever on earlier exercises that require 3x30 on the program.”

The 3 main benefits Noah gained since starting calisthenics

He’s learned to prioritize his time

Consistency is a continuous struggle for Noah. But he’s pushing forward, refusing to let procrastination or any kind of mental resistance stop him from doing what he needs to do. “Doing something is better than doing nothing and then waking up to realize you’ve not exercised for an entire week.”

He’s healthier in body and mind

His habits for both eating and exercising have drastically changed since he first started calisthenics. He’s found a few specific tricks that help him keep moving forward, and without restricting his eating or his workouts.

“- Going to sleep the same time every night
– Waking up the same time every morning
– Preparing lunches the night before
– Prep everything you need for your morning routine and set it out the night before
– If you don’t do any of the above four things and you aren’t hitting your schedule perfectly, take a second. Relax. Come up with an alternate plan and at least do something to work out that day.”

He’s committed to a long-term lifestyle

Noah has sees the benefit of pursuing calisthenics as a lifestyle. “I’m learning to craft my own programming for my workouts. I care more about progressing than pushing out a bunch of reps.”

Working out is more than exercising, and the learning process is in fact more important than the outcome. “It is really humbling how hard even the simplest exercises are.”

But the outcome will help keep you motivated, and Noah sees this too.

“I feel stronger. I’m not huge or ripped or anything. To the eye, I look fitter but nothing impressive, but my body just feels stronger.”

How to overcome the challenge of consistency

Noah thoroughly enjoys his new training program. But that doesn’t mean that he’s suddenly acing all his challenges. Consistency is a big struggle, even to this day. “I work out by myself and there are weeks where I really have to fight to even get one workout in.”

In order for him to succeed, he needed to change his way of thinking. He began to think more about how to hold himself accountable. “I read somewhere about the ‘Myth of Monday’. The myth is that you can just start next week, you can change it next week. No, if you miss a day of a workout, just work out the next day. Don’t wait till next week to do it right. This is a great lesson for everything in life actually. Make the changes you need to change as soon as possible and don’t let past mistakes breed future mistakes.”

“If you can commit to this program, you will learn a lot about exercising, about gaining strength, about gaining flexibility. You will create the habit of exercising. None of that will be wasted.”

“If you can commit to this program, you will learn a lot about exercising, about gaining strength, about gaining flexibility. You will create the habit of exercising. None of that will be wasted.”

Here’s Noah’s advice to anyone curious about calisthenics

“Know why you are doing calisthenics. If your answer is that you want to look ripped and get huge as quickly as possible, don’t do calisthenics. If your answer is that you want to feel stronger, more flexible, more connected to your body, then calisthenics is the way to go.”

“If you can commit to this program, you will learn a lot about exercising, about gaining strength, about gaining flexibility. You will create the habit of exercising. None of that will be wasted.”

Using bodyweight to heal

busting the myth of ‘no pain, no gain’.

Mark

Join the tribe of Movement & Calisthenics Athlete – people just like you that are working with their own body weight to get strength, lose fat build muscle, recover from injuries and live their best lives!

This is the story of Mark – The Movement Athlete

Mark is a jack of all trades who was a gym rat in his twenties, until back issues forced him to rethink his fitness habits. If you can’t lift more than 15 lbs, weight lifting and traditional gym workouts just aren’t possible anymore.

“Fitness doesn’t have to take hours a day. It can be as simple as doing squats or push ups while you wait for your coffee maker in the morning!”

It took him becoming dependent on painkillers to finally go see a doctor in 2015. He was forbidden from lifting heavy weights, which completely demoralized him. He had to rethink his approach to fitness, and calisthenics felt like a good solution.

“Calisthenics isn’t new to me, it’s where I started when I was 18. Now being 30, it’s where I begin again!”

Mark uses calisthenics, yoga and a specialized back-training program to rehabilitate his bad back, developing new skills as he goes. However, The Movement Athlete was how he managed to get started on a healthier path to fitness.

“Calisthenics isn’t new to me, it’s where I started when I was 18. Now being 30, it’s where I begin again!”

“It’s all about doing more, no matter how little. Doing one more push up this week than last week, no matter how slow you go, progress is still progress!”

The 3 main benefits Mark gained since joining The Movement Athlete

He now has a tool he uses for himself and his fitness clients

As a personal trainer, Mark loves to guide his clients through the learning process that is a calisthenics progression. With the help of The Movement Athlete platform, this is even easier to do now.

“I use [The Movement Athlete] program as a guideline for my personal training clients as well as for my own training!“

It changed his approach to fitness

It can be quite the experience to move from weightlifting to calisthenics! Mark’s view of fitness has changed completely, to the point that he’s devoted to bodyweight training and movement disciplines.

“I have actually sworn off weight lifting!!”

3. It taught him the importance of stretching

Calisthenics is about working your entire body, rather than focus on a single specific muscle, or its growth, or on weight loss. Mark understood this idea, but didn’t train accordingly until his bad back forced him to.

“The older I get, the more I look forward to my after workout stretching (mostly yoga!) than the workout itself.”

“A great part of our work is helping companies outgrow this silo-stage. The link with calisthenics is clear to us. Body-building is more oriented on training isolated muscles. Due to that, the interplay, or coordination between muscles isn’t trained, which makes a bodybuilder look very strong, but at the same time not that mobile, agile or flexible. Calisthenics is more oriented on the interplay between muscles, body parts, etc. It’s not about looking good, it’s about moving in an integrated way.”

Every small success matters

To keep progressing every day, Mark focuses on small steps. Daily movement is just as important as focused training sessions. With calisthenics, the results aren’t as immediate or visible as they might be with weight training. But the small increments are what matter most.

“It’s all about doing more, no matter how little. Doing one more push up this week than last week, no matter how slow you go, progress is still progress.”

“Since starting my calisthenics journey I am far more aware of my own body. ”

Mark’s advice to anyone interested in starting calisthenics

“It’s all about doing it! Once you commit completely you can overcome anything!!”

“This is such a great, simple and effective program!”

BUILD INSANE STRENGTH &  GYMNAST LIKE BODY

while mastering over 100 gymnastics
& calisthenics skills.

Following a terrible injury, Hans was told he’d never exercise again

And then he found Calisthenics…
Hans
Join the tribe of Movement & Calisthenics Athletes – people just like you that are working with their own body weight to get strength, lose fat build muscle, recover from injuries and live their best lives!

This is the story of Hans – The Movement Athlete

Hans, a 39 year old company coach from Belgium, has had to face some pretty extreme physical challenges in his life. When he was xx, he experienced terrible consequences from a momentary physical action.

“As the result of a quick and unexpected movement, my neck turned sharply away and I heard a snap. The next day I literally had to drag myself out of bed by the hair. Since the hernia was pressing against my spinal cord, it needed quick fixing, so a week later I was in surgery.”

It took him a very long time to recover from that accident, and he was repeatedly told that he’d never be able to work out again. “Bit by bit I proved them wrong. Actually, the more (sensible) I [work out], the less back pain I have.” So how did Hans defy medical expectations and face his physical challenges? Calisthenics! Hans is also a big proponent of holistic living and plant-based nutrition and The Movement Athlete is a program that allows him to incorporate these principles into his exercise routine while protecting his neck prosthesis and his back.

“[Our body] is a great device we get at the beginning of our lives, and there is so much potential we don’t (or forget to) use in terms of mobility and flexibility.”

Hans believes that life is meant to be lived holistically. He’s been in search of the kind of exercise that would allow him a true exploration of his body, and would help him move towards a greater, long-term goal. It was during this search that he discovered The Movement Athlete.

“There is no limit to what the body can achieve at any given age, given the right time, the right training and the right goals.”

As most people I started out with the intention of doing a human flag as soon as possible. But now the mindset has changed to mastering the current exercise sets. and then progressing to the next, and the next. All thanks to The Movement Athlete.”

The 3 benefits Hans gained since starting calisthenics

His body doesn’t hurt him anymore

Following Hans’ terrible accident and spinal surgery he was repeatedly told that he’d never be able to work out again. “Bit by bit I proved them wrong. Actually, the more (sensible) I [work out], the less back pain I have.”

“I’m no longer troubled by back pain which helps my self confidence a whole lot—those who have suffered from back pain, they surely know what I mean.”

He’s in a state of constant learning and self-betterment

Hans believes that the body is constantly improving and learning. But it needs to be motivated to do so. He’s gained that motivation thanks to The Movement Athlete . “We are never finished, we are becoming. And that is represented in your program.”

“The real gain for me are the thank yous I get from my own body.”

The principles of calisthenics translate into a code of ethics into his work life

Hans, along with Philippe (whose story you can find here), is a company coach, offering support in the design of organisations. “We help organisations in adaptive challenges. We create progression paths with them in order to see which steps they can take in a continuous change path.” He sees a correlation between his work and the principles behind calisthenics. Once goals are hit, either in business or calisthenics, then what?

“We are never finished exploring and building, that is why the way forward is more important than the end product.”

“I’m more focused on the updating process of my body than in the final product. As long as I keep moving forward, keep learning, I’m on the right path. Within our organisation progressiondesigners.com, we try to integrate a few concepts such as Biomimicry, lean concepts (continuous improvements) and calisthenics/gymnastics.”
“Discovering calisthenics was the result of a few converging principles in my life.”
Holistic, plant-based living
Holistic principles follow the idea that you must look at your life as a whole: the mind affects the body, the spirit affects the mind, the body affects the spirit and the environment affects it all.

“I believe in a holistic approach to life, living a plant-based life, having a respectful approach to all living things, with my own body as a good example. Respecting my own body is something I found translated very well in calisthenics and The Movement Athlete Manifesto. I read your Manifesto and got hooked.”

“Secondly, I have a prosthesis in my neck and a mild back issue. So weight lifting is not only extremely boring but also quite tricky for me.”

When looking at life from a holistic standpoint, Hans simply doesn’t see the value of training at the gym following traditional weight-lifting programs.

“I’ve always asked myself the question what the attractive goals in weightlifting are—keep on lifting more and more until your body collapses? That’s a road to nowhere for me.”
Calisthenics is holistic exercise

Calisthenics doesn’t only focus on the body. In fact, if you read the The Movement Athlete’s second edition of its ebook, you’ll get to learn about the importance of focusing on both your diet and your mindset in order to successfully reach your calisthenics goals.

“In our professional life we’re also approaching things systemically and holistically, and that translated for me in a search for a movement method that doesn’t isolate muscles and integrates flexibility/mobility, strength and skill.”
Train anywhere
Calisthenics training requires so little material that you can virtually do it anywhere.

“You can do the training everywhere, so it becomes part of your daily routine easily. “

“The hardest part was/is discipline in following up to mastery skills with the exercises. I’m prone to experimenting with new things and like to try out new things, so here the The Movement Athlete app was a great tool to straighten out my program.”

Calisthenics is more than just training – it’s a lifestyle

“This quote from the original The Movement Athlete ebook did the trick for me:”

“Soon, calisthenics became so much more than just a training program for me. It became a way of life. I will teach you the rules and lessons I have learned over the years. You will learn how to set your own goals and how to work out, but there is just one thing I want you to keep in mind: we are each a work in progress. Be in the moment. There is no competition. Train hard, move, eat healthy food, and love life! Go get it!”

As most people I started out with the intention of doing a human flag as soon as possible. But now the mindset has changed to mastering the current exercise sets. and then progressing to the next, and the next. All thanks to The Movement Athlete.”

Here’s Hans’ advice to anyone curious to try calisthenics out
“There is no limit to what the body can achieve at any given age, given the right time, the right training and the right goals…Learn to listen to your body. Why? Because I think these are the basics to keep progressing.”

“The Movement Athlete has really helped me in streamlining my movement routine for the rest of my life.”

Success Stories

MOVEMENT ATHLETES SUCCESS STORIES

INSANE RESULTS FROM PEOPLE WHO STARTED WITH NOTHING.

No matter where are you starting, what’s your background and how much time you have. The program is designed so you can make progress every single day, helping you step by step achieve all your fitness goals and become the best version of yourself.

BUILD INSANE STRENGTH &  GYMNAST LIKE BODY

while mastering over 100 gymnastics
& calisthenics skills.

A MOVEMENT MANIFESTO

A  major paradigm shift in a world of fitness and the philosophy behind it.

A shift from work to play, from sweat to skill development, from short-term goals to a lifelong journey of exploring our own bodies and what they can achieve.

We have seen it gaining momentum in various movement disciplines including calisthenics, parkour, gymnastics, tricking, acrobatics and yoga. All have one thing in common: working with your own bodyweight towards mastery and discovering what your body is truly capable of.

A new breed of athletes is coming

Athletes who connect the body and mind, who push the limits, who move to feel, to play, to practice. To build strength, mobility and agility, not only a six pack.

Athletes who are redefining what fitness means.

 

WE ARE MOVEMENT ATHLETES


We don’t exercise. We move

“Exercise is Optional, Movement is Essential”.

We refuse to think of movement as an obligation, a chore, a necessary evil called exercise. We refuse to be driven by pain, just for aesthetic results. We move because we enjoy it, because it makes us feel alive, because this is who we are.


Movement is freedom

We refuse to be confined by machines, places, and facilities. We will embrace our freedom whenever and wherever we are while using our body and our environment.


We move to play

Movement is about fun, it’s about play, expression and creativity—things we tend to suppress as we mature. Let’s play, explore, have fun. Moving means being in the present, enjoying the moment. We enjoy what we are doing. We are not exercising, we are moving. Movement for movement’s sake.


Our body is our gym

Movement athletes use their own bodies to progress, move, advance. We leave behind constraints. It’s us, our bodies and the world. We move a lot and are designed to do so—hence we are in this amazing body. We are movement opportunists—we incorporate movement into our life, wherever and whenever we can. We are free and maximise our body resistance to push through boundaries.


Our goal are process, progress and practice

We believe that chasing mainstream goals, such as aesthetics, losing weight or lifting more than anyone else, takes us away from what is really important: the here and now and the focus on getting better and stronger every single day.  We want to learn new moves, new skills, get stronger. There is no end to this lifelong journey—we get better, every day, forever.


We cultivate the connection of mind and body through movement

We use movement to reconnect with our bodies. While all movement practices are a form of physical fitness, the goal, direction, passion and personalities are not one dimensional. It’s all about so much more than the aesthetic; the mental and emotional aspects play a much larger role than is easily observable from the outside looking in. Living in the calmness of movement creates vitality in your body, and being aware/observing the movements in the stillness of your mind will create peace of mind.


We feel our bodies and let them guide us

We cultivate body awareness and read body signals . There’s no single, magic formula for everyone. Training in never linear. We learn how to interpret our body’s signals and adjust the training as necessary.


We learn skills and movement patterns

Train, but train movement, not muscles. By focusing on movement patterns and learning how to call upon the body to work as a whole, most movers are able to transition amongst disciplines, and adapt new styles and systems much more readily.


We build all-round capabilities

Increasing capability may not improve actual ability. Strength, power, and endurance are great, but they don’t always translate to skillful movement.


Movement is a priority, passion and obsession

We believe you should find movement you love, turn it into your passion and your obsession.


We honour and celebrate our bodies, and each other

We understand that everyone has different bodies, shapes and abilities. We move to celebrate those differences and to express ourselves. The inspiration for our movement is as unique and original as we are. We understand that we are in it together. We might be at different levels, and do different things in life but at the very basic level we are all movers—we all have the same worth.


We embrace our imperfections

We understand we are just humans, and always start imperfectly. Moving imperfectly is better than not moving. We are always open to trying new things and being really bad at them. That’s how we get better and stronger.


We are grateful for progress and celebrate all successes

We lead with gratitude. Inner gratefulness for our bodies, our environment and each others. We focus on positive progress and always try to find the best in each situation. Our movement is a celebration of our bodies and what it is capable of. We celebrate even the smallest progress.


We feel and honour our environment

Where possible, we move in nature. We are designed to be exposed to and move in all sorts of natural environments. We touch the world with our senses—we go barefoot, even hug some trees if we want! Our environment is part of us and part of our movement practice. We become one with our environment, we respect it, we love it.


We have an open mind, always

The hallmark of a mover is an open minded approach to exploring various other disciplines. Many movement practitioners have their specialities but few, if any, true movers limit themselves to a single discipline. We honour and learn from other disciplines.


Movement is the way of being

LIFE WITHOUT MOVEMENT GOES NOWHERE

WHEN WE MOVE MORE, WE FEEL MORE, WE EXPERIENCE MORE

WHEN WE FEEL MORE, WE LIVE MORE

IT”S TIME TO FORGET ABOUT EXERCISE AS IT IS

COME AND PLAY WITH US

LEARN NEW SKILLS

MASTER MOVEMENTS
GET STRONGER

GET BETTER

HAVE FUN

LIVE MORE


UNLEASH YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL

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BUILD INSANE STRENGTH &  GYMNAST LIKE BODY

while mastering over 100 gymnastics
& calisthenics skills.