How an overweight, busy dad took his life back
This is story of Timo – Calisthenics Academy
Timo joined Calisthenics Academy shortly after the online platform was created, and his life-story is one of challenges, injuries and familial responsibility, being a husband and the father of an 8-year-old girl and a 4-year-old son.
His life became more sedentary, full of self-indulgent living.
“I quickly gained weight. No longer was I the 50kg 17 year-old.”
“While before joining Calisthenics Academy I had strength, I now have control”
Since starting, he’s retaken the introductory assessment, and although he’s progressed immensely, Timo realized that his form was off in some of the exercises.
“I reset that progression to allow better form and control, but I keep pushing and progressing in the other areas.”
“You don't have to lift the heaviest weights to be bad arse.”
Like many calisthenics athletes, Timo acknowledges that muscle gain simply isn’t the same as you might expect with weightlifting. However, you’ll experience many benefits that go above and beyond the physical appearance of your muscles.
He’s now working on unlocking and achieving the handstand push-up by his 44th birthday in June this year. “I’m 84% there now!”
“Take it slow, and listen to your body. Aches and pains are there for a reason”
He’s learning to pace himself and autoregulate his training.
This doesn’t come quite naturally to him yet, but calisthenics is the safest training method he’s found where he can push his body without hurting himself.
“I need to remember I’m not 18 anymore.”
“I joined the local gym and got given a very generic workout by the local PT. I followed this for a few weeks, adding weight pretty randomly to keep from getting bored.”
He developed strength, but not in any structured way. Six months later, and he needed a change.
Thanks to that book, he was able to play with his program, organize his workouts based on a menu of exercises and explore the concept of an evolving system.
But…something still wasn’t quite working for him.
Amazing as the book was, Timo’s body just wasn’t ready for the weightlifting program the book offered. It caused him some issues, mainly to his knees and ankles, which were a problem for him even when he was younger. He’d spent years completely inactive, and working out came as a shock to his system.
It was obvious that something was wrong and he need to adjust his approach.
He still finished the book’s program, but chose to move on and search for something else. He needed a program that would help him progress more safely, without triggering any old injuriess he might have hidden within his body.
The challenges Complete Calisthenics offered were interesting, the program was fun “but then I hit the single leg pistol squat (assisted) and my old knee issues flared up.”
This forced him to take yet another break from exercising, the injury being quite paralyzing.
It was right around the same time that the Calisthenics Academy web platform went live. Timo didn’t hesitate before signing up.
“Calisthenics Academy lets me be more focused on my goals.”
Timo found a program he enjoys and that pushes him a lot. As his body wasn’t fully recovered from his injury he started with maintenance workouts before he could officially get started on his own training program.
And so, he began waking up and working out earlier and earlier.
“I now love my 3:30[a.m.]—I know I’m crazy!—wake up workout.” Mad as it sounds, he claims that it gives him a moment of peace and quiet before the day’s true craziness begins.