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I haven’t always done a perfect job of practicing my calisthenics in a”martial arts compliant” fashion. I just sort of trusted that if I did my calisthenics I’d stay fit. And to some extent that’s true. From Sparta to Parris Island, calisthenics have always been the way to get human beings fit to fight.
But as I get older I simply cannot afford to throw sweat at the wall and see what sticks. I just don’t bounce back after high volume training sessions like a used to. To stay powerful and healthy I need to maintain intensity while cutting total volume.
That means I need to get maximum bang for every drop of sweat expended. That’s called efficiency. And there’s nothing wrong with you being efficient either.
So what I’ve started doing with much more consistently is making my calisthenics “martial arts compliant.” See video below.
Just completed my personal best on the Self Destruct Sequence workout from The Calisthenics Codex — 30:20:62 (that’s thirty minutes and twenty-one seconds in English words and round figures).
Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. If you’re feeling sassy, shoot a video and post a link in the comments section in The Calisthenics Codex Hall of Fame.
- Zombie Squats (50)
- Push-ups, diamond (25)
- Jump Squats (100)
- Bodybuilders (25)
- Pikes (25)
- Jump Squats, split (50)
- Pushups, barrel roll (25)
- Bicycles (50 each side)
- Burpees (25)
- Twisters (25 each side)
- Wall Touches (100)
- Push-ups, hopping/clapping (25)
The Calisthenics Codex — which has a 5-star ratings on Goodreads and Kobo by the way — is fully illustrated with photos. Beginners get started with easy routines like “Circle Time” and “Bad Karma” eventually working up to tough challenges like “Gut Check” and “Death March.” 12 workout types. 26 lists of calisthenics with names like “Gym Class Flashback,” “Steampunk Nightmare” and “Self Destruct Sequence” to create one of over 2 million possible workouts!
Here’s the cover to my new supernatural romance eBook bundle. Pretty, huh?
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
For some reason I had this idea that my books would fare better if reclassified as Supernatural Romance instead of as Horror. Maybe it had been preconceived notions or simple machismo that had clouded my eyes before, but I had the realization that my novels were actually romances.
So that’s where I put them.
And this morning I scoped out the competition, and what do I see? Books with titles that include words like BBW, Sexy, Wild, Penetration, Lust, Erotic, and so on. I’m up against a bundle called “Monster Lovers” which apparently contains “Tentacles, Demons and Slenderman, Nonhuman, Kinky, Fetish, Supernatural, Impregnation, Pagan, Paranormal Erotica.”
Wonderful. I mean, to each his own. I’m not hating — read what you want. I’m just a little disappointed because I had hoped to find my books lined up with similar books. Is that so much to ask?
If you want to pre-order out my Supernatural/Paranormal Romance Bundle — which contains non-explicit sex between caring partners but no tentacle porn — here are the links.
I also wrote a calisthenics book that ‘s selling like hotcakes. Gitcha some.
And now for your WOD:
- AMSAYC in 11 minutes of 8 Fingertip Push-ups, 8 Twisters, and 8 (per leg ) Front Lunges.
- 4 x 3:00/1:00 of Weapon Combos vs. air. Go hard or go home — full power practical combos from close to long range. Combo Example with Cane: Two-handed bracing strike to face, two-handed poke x3 (high, low, mid-section), clearing maneuver x3, overhand figure 8 x3. Alternate hands/stances.
I’ll be rolling out a couple of new products at Richmond Zinefest this year. Instead of coming right out and telling you what they are, I’ll just tease you with some of the preliminary sketches and give you a hint: one of the products is a mini booklet and the other is an 11″ x 17″ fitness poster.
If you’d like to see and/or purchase these new products, or if you’d simply like to take the opportunity to pie me in the face, shake my hand, or demand a refund or autograph, please do stop by my table at Richmond Zinefest on October 1oth at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street.
So check this out: The Calisthenics Codex has taken off over on KOBO. Its sitting at #3 under its subject, and some nice person gave me a 4-star review. Thanks nice person! It’s so much more fun to write stuff that people actually read and enjoy.
As an artist you have to just go “Oh well,” and keep producing. I put a ton of work into three novels that barely get read. But I can’t let that get me down — I just have to say “Oh well,” and trust that someday tinder will take spark and they’ll go poof. You can’t look down. If you look down you’ll fall.
I really think that one of my secrets to success in life has been this:
I’m too hardheaded, or just plain stupid, to know when I’m beat. So I just keep coming out for the bell instead of staying on the stool where I belong and, eventually, I win a few fights by sheer determination and luck.
Might not be the most brilliant plan, but it’s all I got. I just keep on swinging.
If you’ve read my book or poked around this site you know that I started a Calisthenics Codex Hall of Fame (CCHOF) to recognize people who are actually doing the workouts from my book The Calisthenics Codex.
To set an example for you folks, I’ve added a video of myself completing one of them — the one called “Very Bad Karma.”
Go check it out.
Today’s Cabal Fang WOD is a lovely little heavy bag conditioner I’m going to call “The Prisoner.”
Set timer for 1:00 repeating intervals. If your bag isn’t marked with specific targets, do so before you begin. Punch the bag for 1 min with maximum focus and ill will, counting all misses. Then do as many Prison Push-ups as you can in 1 min. Then kick the bag for 1 min with extreme stank, counting all misses, followed by as many Prison Get-ups as you can for 1 min. Rest 1 min. Repeat 3 more sets for a total of 20 minutes. And then finally, complete 1 Prison Push-up for every missed punch or kick. Advanced variant: add a weighted vest (I used a #8).
Just in case you don’t know the exercises, here’s a quick video of the two “Prisoner” Calisthenics mentioned above.
So it looks like my book The Calisthenics Codex is #2 in the iTunes/iBook store (screenshot below). If you haven’t checked it out yet, here are the links.
Now for your WOD.
Kick Conditioner: Set timer for 6 x 2:00/1:00. As many kicks as you can for 2:00, then as many Squat Presses as you can for 1:00. Repeat. Beginners press at top of Squat, advanced players press at bottom (don’t sway your back!). Start with light weight and step up each round. Take as few 12 second breaks as needed to finish.