Hello!

Luca Calabrese

My Third Post
Just an introduction.

Im 36 years old, dad husband, person. Last April I was 255 pounds, tired, really overweight, in a lot of pain. Decided to change my lifestyle by counting calories and exercising (weight lifting).

Today im 179 pounds, and feeling great, yet looking for my next goal to strive towards so I do not get caught up in old habits of emotional eating and late night snacking. Calisthenics has always been my ultimate goal, BAR BROTHERS program is originally the program I wanted to start with for my weight loss, I just was not in the right physical condition to even begin. I couldnt even do a single rep of a pull-up. Today I can do 2 sets of about 7 reps unassisted . Nothing spectacular, but a much better starting point for a calisthenics program.

I know you can not target weightloss in a specific area but some of my goals include flattening my stomach as I still have a bulge of a belly. I kind of have that skinny fat look going on at the moment, its not as bad as it was a few months ago as I’ve been really working on my chest area, but again still a long ways to go.

Another major goal of course is to get strong, increase my strength, strengthen my grip, increase my reps, learn new moves.

Right now im going to the gym but ideally id like to give up the gym and do my exercises at home, I have a wall mounted pull up bar that I love, its too high to ever do a muscle up on as my head would hit the ceiling, and my wife is gifting me a dip station for xmas so im excited about that.

Anyway, I look forward to learning and sharing with you all, thank you!!!!

 

Anna C

More than 5000 posts
Elite Certified Instructor
Great job @Luca Calabrese ! Glad to have you here.

I like your goals, "get strong, increase my strength, strengthen my grip, increase my reps, learn new moves". I think if you focus on those things, your belly and chest will follow along towards your goals there too. :)

Do you like barbell, kettlebell, other?
 

Luca Calabrese

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Great job @Luca Calabrese ! Glad to have you here.

I like your goals, "get strong, increase my strength, strengthen my grip, increase my reps, learn new moves". I think if you focus on those things, your belly and chest will follow along towards your goals there too. :)

Do you like barbell, kettlebell, other?
I used mostly dumbells thus far along with some Smith machine excercises. Looking to shift gears more towards calisthenics and increase my reps and strength on the pull up bar and pushups. Would definitely consider a kettlebell though. I use to have the spin lock style dumbells but they are too much of a hassle in my small apartment. My wife ended up giving me my gift early my dip station last night it’s the yellow one from relife and I love it already. My ultimate goal is to be able to gain this strength and muscle mass from the comfort of my home as going to my local gym has become a hassle, especially now during new year resolution season where I’m literally doing all this work to get to the gym just to wait in line to use a machine. It really takes the fun out of it for me.
 

Anna C

More than 5000 posts
Elite Certified Instructor
I used mostly dumbells thus far along with some Smith machine excercises. Looking to shift gears more towards calisthenics and increase my reps and strength on the pull up bar and pushups. Would definitely consider a kettlebell though. I use to have the spin lock style dumbells but they are too much of a hassle in my small apartment. My wife ended up giving me my gift early my dip station last night it’s the yellow one from relife and I love it already. My ultimate goal is to be able to gain this strength and muscle mass from the comfort of my home as going to my local gym has become a hassle, especially now during new year resolution season where I’m literally doing all this work to get to the gym just to wait in line to use a machine. It really takes the fun out of it for me.
Sounds good, and a kettlebell would be a good addition! My suggestion would be a 24kg, and start with kettlebell deadlifts as an addition to your current routine. The book "Kettlebell Simple & Sinister" will tell you how to do deadlifts, and will give you some ideas on what to do next.
 

Steve Freides

Forum Administrator
Senior Certified Instructor
@Luca Calabrese, welcome to the StrongFirst forum.

While you're still training at the gym, I highly recommend you learn the barbell deadlift from "Power To The People!" by Pavel. When it comes to strength, there is still nothing quite like a deadlift.

-S-
 
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