It’s Time to Get Fit Again with Calisthenic Exercises

A couple of years ago, I could do more than 35 consecutive pull-ups with proper form and without pausing.

My push-up game was on point too.

I was well over 40 years old, and I felt more than strong—I truly felt physically powerful.

Actually, I was.

Currently–not so much.

Earlier this week, I only managed to do 5 pull ups.


That’s pathetic!

I should note that pull-ups are a good barometer of overall strength. Needless to say, I’ve gotten very weak.

Dude, What the Hell Happened?

I took a break from working out, and I gained weight. When I started working out again, I had lost quite a bit of strength and endurance. Side note: always warm up before working out.

Then, about a year ago, I sustained an exercise-related injury and I had to stop working out entirely. I also gained a lot more weight.

While I’ve dropped quite a bit of weight over the last few months, I still need to shed several pounds.

The good news is that my injury has healed—I think—and I’m eager to start my calisthenics routine.

Tomorrow, I am starting a self-directed program of calisthenic exercises.

Here’s What I’d Like to Accomplish

I would like to lose 10 pounds and reduce my waist size. I plan to significantly increase my pull-up reps.  I also want to be able to do multiple high-repetition sets of push ups. In addition, I will focus on strengthening my core.

I need to get “diesel” again.

It goes without saying that being fit is important. I’m not getting any younger, obviously. My wedding anniversary is coming up soon, and I need to get back into shape for my beautiful wife and myself.

Plus, I look better in a suit when I am fit.

After all, “Suavington” has to be able to rock the living hell out of a suit, right?

Of course that’s right.

Let’s get to the details.

Baseline and Tracking

Here are my baseline stats:

Weight: 171 pounds (I was 20 pounds heavier)
Waist: 39 inches (ridiculous, right?)

I like to take copious notes to track my weight and calisthenics (routine, sets, reps, etc.). I plan to share my progress on

After all, this is a lifestyle blog.

Follow My Calisthenics Progress

This post will be the first of a series of posts that focus on my efforts to get fit again through calisthenics.  My periodic updates will include pictures and/or videos.

Be sure to come back to this blog to check on my progress.

You can also follow me on Twitter.

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Steven Rangel is a professional who currently resides in the Washington, DC area with his wife. In his spare time, he likes to blog about culture, nature, art, science, fitness, and technology.

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