Jasper Roberts - Blog

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2014-03-30 Handstand Pushups Alone Won't Get You There.


If you have any interest in true body control and are desiring free-standing handstand skills, then I will tell you right now that mastering handstand pushups and getting strong will help, but it won't get you the rest of the way there unless you spend many years of trial and error on it or have some superhuman talent.
The video above shows just one exercise I'm working on that I got from my trainer. Even though I was pretty strong in HS work I had a hard time with these at first. Now I'm getting them. You must open the chest and shoulders and develop the anterior chain....among other things.
And as I said before, pick a skill and don't spread yourself too thin. Next stop- Mats!
Edit- a good friend pointed out that my post and video were a bit ambiguous. I agree. I just estimated that I've spent about five hundred hours working on calisthenics and probably another two hundred reading and watching videos about it. I suppose I'm like everyone else out there in that I don't want to just give away for free everything I've spent lots of time and money and energy on. Besides, if your that interested you'll probably email me directly or figure it out for yourself like I did. That said, give this exercise a try and then ask yourself why it's harder than a regular handstand. That's a clue to this whole line of HS work. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014-03-25 Signs

So many signs. So many stupid signs warning you about the dangers of doing normal things like exercising. Theres one in the outside yard of my office building thats probably twenty years old. Here's the thing though, where are all the signs that warn you about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle? There are none. Thats the problem.
Im back training, but im focusing on freestanding handstands and the one arm chinup primarily. Gotta focus on goals at this level. Thats the way forward.

Monday, March 17, 2014

2014-03-17 Update ....

I'm back to training (almost sixe weeks since my hernia repair) and I can tell you that five weeks of doing NO training does not take you out of the game. Not by a longshot. My endurance is down for sure, but my strength is not down all that much. I am taking it a little easy- I'm not going nuts. There's a separation in neurological capacity, which is tied to my endurance I think.
Let me say that there is definitely something to be said for taking your time and building soft tissue and tendon strength in a long path of calisthenics. Your muscle mass will go down a bit with a long break, but man the joints feel solid and strong as hell. Back on the bar and I rocketed up almost to my lower ribs. If I had a high enough ceiling I'd be working muscle ups by now for sure.
I have a new student and he's slowly kicking butt. Young guy so a little impatient. I also finished reading through the main parts of "Scientific Stretching" and "Elastic Steel". Excellent scientific proven methods. I'm on a mission to do chest-to-floor perfect splits in four months and now I know what the best way forward is. It's NOT as simple as you might think, but the work itself is a bit easier.
Just barely cracked "Overcoming gravity"...that book puts every other calisthenics book to shame. Its a massive source of really good information that has yet to be even close to fully employed. Once I'm in full operation mode and that book gets digested, and I'm back to where I was....look out.
Moving the floor mats into the gym soon to get more time on the freestanding handstand work. For those who think that handstands are just about getting stronger and about "a little extra balance work", have a huge amount of learning to do. Get a trainer who knows what they're doing in this area. It's a game changer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2014-03-05 Update From Paradise

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still kicking. Almost four weeks after my hernia repair surgery and feeling fine. Still have a couple weeks to go before I'm supposed to be doing full-on calisthenics without fear of injuring myself. In the meantime I picked up some amazing books on stretching. I have new goal of doing a chest-to-floor split and proving people wrong about flexibility- that will take about five months.
In the meantime, I couldn't help do a handstand at the St. Regis in Princeville Kauai. The most beautiful beach you can imagine.