There are those who defy gravity and achieve the impossible; individuals who can exert superhero strength and make it look super easy. These individuals train in calisthenics.

[tweet_box design=”box_02″]Calisthenics training is a form of strength training that uses the body’s own weight to develop natural strength, [/tweet_box]following a series of progressions that become increasingly more challenging at each stage, resulting in an intense full body Calisthenics work out. The benefits of calisthenics sees individuals following a workout that strengthens multiple muscle groups all at once as well as the tendons and nervous system simultaneously. Beginners in bodyweight training see themselves starting at the near beginning of a progression chart and over time, as they build strength, progress through the stages.

But even then, for some Calisthenic trainers, strength development defies our expectations of normality and overcomes the impossible. Next follows the TEN MOST IMPOSSIBLE CALISTHENICS EXERCISES EVER!

1. Superman Pushup.

This[tweet_box design=”box_02″] superhuman exercise belongs to the pushup family but is much MUCH tougher.[/tweet_box] Insanely Tough! Near impossible but yet it can be done! The Superman Pushup can be achieved by patiently training and progressing through the Convict Conditioning Push Up, to master the Superman Pushup.

The Superman Pushup works the entire body but particularly the lower back, core abdominal muscles and shoulders – the exercise begins with the body lying flat with both arms and legs outstretched, the motion is lifting the body up from just inches of the ground and returning to the start position.

2. One handed Superman Pushup

The One handed Superman Pushup a.k.a the world’s hardest pushup.

If the Superman Pushup was too easy for you and your after a bit more of a challenge, well here you go! The One handed Superman Pushup! As performed in the link by Tony Wai!

3. 90 degree Push up

Who decided that legs were important in your average pushup anyway? Give them a well-deserved rest and let them float up in the air for a while.

90 degree pushup


4. 2 finger push up

Ouch! I certainly don’t think my index finger and thumb could handle this. A personal favorite of Bruce Lee, this exercise shows a one handed pushup where the individual’s bodyweight is completely supported by the two fingers.

The most number of 2 finger pushups ever accounted for belongs to Mohammed Mohammed Ali Zeinhom (Eygpt) who performed 46 pushes up in 49 seconds in 2010.

5. The Human Flag


Some find life just so breezy they have to grab the nearest lamppost and hang there like a flag!

This human flag demonstrates an insane amount of strength using muscles from the entire body – particularly the wrists, shoulders and abdominals. [tweet_box design=”box_02″]This is extreme and requires total control of both body balances as well as abdominal and shoulder strength.[/tweet_box] Try raising your legs even higher in a slow fluid controlled motion to make this even more of a challenge.

Check out this Pole dancing routine that incorporates loads of similar holds, this is awesome stuff!
What happened to Gravity right?

6. Nakayama Planche

If you can maintain the L hold then this is the next step. The Nakayama Planche engages the shoulders and abdominals to lift the body off the group and raise the legs in the air.

Gymnastics often train to be able to perform this exercise and often incorporate the stand with a movement which brings the legs down, raises the bottom and brings the legs through to handstand. Such a move demonstrate ultimate control of both balance and strength.

7. Manna

Similar to the Nakayam Planche, the Manna is even harder. This exercise requires a tremendous amount of flexibility in the shoulder and well as exerting very high levels of pressure on the same area.

8. One finger pull up

The amount of strength and confidence you must have in your finger to be able to do this is just shocking. Anyone who can do this will find themselves as part of an elite group that few can say they are in. Incredible!

9. One arm handstand on pole

This is very similar to the one armed handstand but this just puts you to the ultimate test. This exercise involved balancing on a narrow pole lifted off the group. This is the ultimate test of balance, confidence, arms and shoulder strength. Failures get one almighty face plant.

10. Balancing one two Fingers

This is Bodyweight Area’s ultimate and most impossible exercise because apparently only a number of individuals can perform it – although I have my doubts! Do not try this, it is certain you will break your fingers.

The truth is that none of these moves are impossible callisthenic no matter how they look. You can start training towards them and with patience and persistence you can get where these people are.

If you are a beginner you might want to start with our Getting Started with Calisthenics Program Good Luck!

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