Understanding Calisthenics Freestyle In Street Workout
Posted On December 2, 2019
Origins of Calisthenics
Somewhere along the way, however, it became an art. Calisthenics started to absorb many aspects of gymnastics. It’s no surprise that the ‘routine’ aspect of gymnastics found its way into the calisthenics community. Although gymnastics routines are strictly planned and practised in exact sequence beforehand, in calisthenics they are often spontaneous and improvised on the spot.
Calisthenics routines were later dubbed ‘Calisthenics Freestyle’ or simply ‘freestyle. They became the backbone of the official competition format known as ‘Calisthenics Battles’.
Some calisthenics skills naturally flow into each other, while others require intermediary skills to bridge the gap. Freestyle is usually composed of dynamic skills, however in some instances, static holds can be introduced without breaking the ‘flow’.
Calisthenics freestyle can be broken down into several categories. For the sake of simplicity, we will exclude static holds and revisit them in a future calisthenics blog.
We will explore the following categories of calisthenics skills: ascensions, muscle ups, inversions, re-catches, swings, bar stands and dismounts. There are other miscellaneous skills that do not exactly fit these 7 categories, but for the purposes of simplicity, will be excluded here. The examples here are by no means exhaustive.
Although there are several apparatuses in calisthenics, we will focus only on the high bar, the apparatus with the greatest amount of potential. Due to the similarity of the different kinds of bars used in calisthenics, some of the skills below will be translatable to the parallel bars and other pieces of equipment.
Calisthenics freestyle categories
Vaults are another common re-catch. Vault style re-catches involve athletes launching themselves over the bar, sometimes executing various motions such as twists while in the air. Inversion re-catches such as shrimp flip also exist but are significantly more difficult.
Swings differ based on the grip used, the shape of body and the pivot points used. There are many types of swings, each enabling a unique entry point into other skills. Giant swings can be considered the only stand-alone swing skill in calisthenics, but even these are often used as transitional elements.
They create contrast in a routine by giving athletes a chance to show off their explosiveness and power. They also allow athletes swing down from above the bar and enter other skills with much more power.
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