This is the story of Hans – The Movement Athlete
“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.
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
His body doesn’t hurt him anymore
“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
“We are never finished exploring and building, that is why the way forward is more important than the end product.”
“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.
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.
“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.”
“This quote from the original The Movement Athlete ebook did the trick for me:”
“The Movement Athlete has really helped me in streamlining my movement routine for the rest of my life.”