At the beginning of the 21st century, classic exercises were modified and combined with elements from other sports. The starting point of the whole was New York. Through the sports parks there, people could do their workout without fitness studios. Sport or workout parks consist mostly of different pull-up bars, bars and hammocks, so that mainly with the own body weight is trained.
Different groups developed their own style by combining the classical calisthenics with exercises from the gymnastics, break dance, hip hop and freerunning, or to develop new movements themselves. These groups presented videos of the novel form of Calisthenics on the Internet and thus triggered a regular boom, especially in Eastern Europe.
In 2011 the first World Championship for Calisthenics / Street Workout in Riga was held. The WSWCF is the World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation. Since then, a world championship has been held every year.
Among the best-known representatives of the modern Calisthenics are the groups Barentaz, Baristi, Barstarzz, Bar-Barians and Street Workout Ukraine and individuals such as Hannibal for King and Frank Medrano.
Street workout is a physical activity performed mostly in outdoor parks or public facilities. It originated in Ancient Greece, but became a popular movement in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United States, especially in New York City, Baltimore’s urban neighborhoods and Myanmar. It has now spread all over the world. It is a combination of athletics, calisthenics, and sports. Street workout is a modern name for bodyweight workouts in outdoor parks. Street workout teams and organized competitions exist.
A typical street workout routine often consists of physical exercises such as pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, dips, muscle-ups, sit-ups and squats. Street workout also involves some static (isometric) holds such as the human flag, front lever, back lever and planche.
Street workout is divided in two main branches,the first one being strength training and the second dynamics. Strength training includes the isometric holds like: planche, front lever, back lever, etc. Also, strength training includes single arm pull ups, hefestos, muscle-ups and many others. Dynamics includes movements like 360’s and its variations, switchblades, and an incredible variety of tricks developed by the athletes which are connected with other moves in order to create routines or sets.
Some of the main benefits of street workout activities are:
It is completely free;
It can be performed anywhere outdoor or indoor;
No training or gym equipment is required;
It promotes a healthy living and a desirable physique can be attained with it;
It is a social event.
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