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Do you want to train like how athletes and warriors from ancient Greece developed their strength and body mastery?😱
Konstantinos, a 34-year-old physics teacher from Greece, channels his inner Spartan to combat the inevitable effects of aging while getting stronger, more flexible, and more comfortable with his movements using only his body weight.
Here’s his story.👇
This is the story of Konstantinos- The Movement Athlete
🔥Building strength like a Spartan
“I knew about calisthenics from ancient Greece, and I would like to try something that potentially could increase my strength and my flexibility using my body weight.”
Calisthenics came from two Greek words calos meaning beauty, and sthenos meaning strength.
Historians have found records of Greeks, particularly warriors such as Spartans, who used their body weight to develop strength and athleticism for combat.
In today’s age, calisthenics has gained popularity in developing one’s physique. However, calisthenics is a more holistic approach that can develop multiple fitness attributes.
Konstantinos realised this approach could benefit him which we will talk more about later on.
🏆Getting wiser with training
“As I was getting older, I thought that my training program should be more targeted to my needs.”
Konstantinos was a former volleyball player in his younger years. This means his body was used to sudden high-impact movements and explosive jumps and spikes for the sport.
However, he understands that as we all age, our bodies change. It’s not as powerful, sturdy, or resilient to sudden bursts of energy.
Konstantinos can still play his favorite sport, 🏃but he can’t attack the ball with the same veracity as he used to when he was younger.
Research shows that the human body tends to lose muscle as early as 30 years old. In addition, metabolism slows down. Muscles aren’t for aesthetic and performance purposes only. It helps with regular movement functions.
Exercise is great for minimizing the risk of heart disease that comes along with old age. However, not all exercises are the same.
⚡️Maintaining function with Calisthenics
Calisthenics is a type of resistance exercise that uses your own body weight to build strength and muscle. You need to fight against gravity to push, pull, or hold your body weight in mechanically disadvantageous positions.
This, in turn, helps build muscle that can serve its function even as we age. In fact, 2021 research showed that older adults, even at the ages of 80+, can still train with resistance that eventually helps them walk and stand on their own.
Konstantinos realised the importance of calisthenics for longevity which is why he chose calisthenics for his fitness approach.
Learn more here: 📍How to Build Muscle with Calisthenics
😲Not all calisthenics are the same
“As I was searching how to start with calisthenics, I found hundreds of exercises, so I got lost.”
Unfortunately for Konstantinos, like not all exercises are the same, not all calisthenics are created equal.
Bodyweight exercises have existed for a long time. In addition, calisthenics has been even more popular since the pandemic and lockdown.
There are tons of both good and bad information on the internet about fitness in general and the approach. There are many conflicting training philosophies and contradicting notions of movement.
This is why filtering which one is relevant for Konstantinos can get overwhelming.
Luckily for him, he found out about The Movement Athlete
💯Fully Personalized Training Program
“This is when I found The Movement Athlete, and I decided to join because it was a fully personalised training program according to my needs.”
Upon joining TMA, he immediately noticed the structured, personalised approach to training. He started off with his TMA journey with an assessment of his current skill level.
This is done so the powerful AI of the TMA app can develop a program just for him,
It’s not just about being a Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced training.
The program he will get in each workout is designed based on his strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
Furthermore, he can easily adjust the workout duration and objectives in his training so his workout can fit his lifestyle and goals.
Personalized workouts do two things:
- 🥇 Minimize the risk of injuries by providing a workout that’s not TOO challenging.
- 🥇 Maximize the progress by not giving a workout that’s TOO easy.
Read more here: 📍End of Beginner/Intermediate/Advance Workouts
“What I liked the most was that the program was so well structured. I am a person who works well under specific orders, so that program was the best feature.”
The main focus when just starting out with TMA is to develop the calisthenics fundamental exercises. These exercises are your bread and butter toward success.
Basics don’t mean easy. Mastering these movements below will build you a strong foundation of strength, mobility, flexibility, muscle, endurance, and body control.
- 👊 Push-ups – Ultimate Guide to Push-ups
- 👊 Pull-ups – Ultimate Guide to Pull-ups
- 👊 Dips – Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Dips
- 👊 Squats – The Squat Progression
- 👊 Wall handstand – Ultimate Guide to Handstands
- 👊 Core work – The BEST Calisthenics Ab Exercises
These are compound movements that hit many muscle groups efficiently,
In addition, the basics are 📍progressive in nature. This means you can work on your pull-ups even if you’re a beginner to advanced.
The basics will be serving Konstantinos for a long time, even as he ages.
“It was easy to follow. Also, everywhere at any time of the day.”
One reason why some people fail to adhere to their workout routine is that it’s too difficult to follow.
In the TMA app, Konstantinos just needs to show up, open the TMA app in his phone then do the work.
It’s just like hiring a fitness coach, but you can do it in the comforts of your own home at a more affordable rate.
He can train anywhere at any time.⏰
Benefits Konstantinos gained from joining
The Movement Athlete
“The Movement Athlete gave me my everyday motivation to keep training, even on my tough days.”
The one thing that stops people from achieving their goals in fitness or any aspect of life is CONSISTENCY.
By providing a personalised workout that fits his schedule and lifestyle, Konstantinos can remain more consistent with his training.
This is when we get results by staying on course even when it gets tough from time to time.
More confident and Motivated
“I felt very confident in my daily moves during my job, and I was expecting every day to come.”
The right exercise can improve movement function. Now that Konstantinos trains with calisthenics with the help of TMA, he gets to enjoy his movements comfortably.
Plus, he got invigorated and motivated by his workouts.
Since training with Calisthenics like the Spartans do, Konstantinos improved his strength, mobility, and flexibility for better daily movements.
This is all thanks to the progressive,personalised approach of the TMA app of calisthenics.
Here’s what he has to share with you.
“If you would like to purchase, I would tell you to give it a definite try. By going into this program, someone would change the whole perspective about fitness, getting closer every day to his goals.”
The Movement Athlete isn’t just an X-week workout program or periodized X-month program.
The Movement Athlete is on a lifelong journey, just like fitness itself.
Just like Konstantinos, you won’t regret giving it a try. You can also test the waters by trying out our free assessment below.
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