Hi everyone, the question I have for you is can you mix powerlifting and progressive calisthenics successfully? Now I ask this question because for a while I’ve been studying the feats and history of Old-school strong men and found a lot of their strength was based in progressive calisthenics or Old-school calisthenics. This in turn lead me to the teachings of the Kavadlo brothers and a book called Convict Conditioning; needless to say I became hooked, so much that my main goal now is to hit the powerlifting 1RMs I’ve been chasing along with achieving feats such as plance pushups and 1-arm pull ups (to name a few) simultaneously.
So of course my main question for everyone is… how do you think I should approach this goal set? I’ve been running the 5/3/1 Method for almost a year now with great results but am having trouble figuring out the best way to blend the two styles of training. Now I’d say I’m a intermediate level lifter with about 6 years of experience so if I had to just keep my normal barbell training to just the 4-core lifts + alternating 1-2 assistance exercises and leave the rest of my training to the calisthenics I know how to strategize that. I also know that I’ll probably have to prioritize my training days which I have and have came up with the barest of bones template for this hybrid routine that looks something like this:
If you’re looking at this you’re might be thinking one or two things; first being that I have nothing specific planned for my calisthenics progressions well that’s because I’m still trying to figure out progressive calisthenics. I’m trying right now to follow the Convict Conditioning method for skill & strength progression but am continuing to read more and more articles and methods on how to achieve the same goals and am wondering if the Convict Conditioning way is the best way. This problem leads me to my second and probably most important question of… what is the best progressive/ old-school calisthenics program, and or progression method/ philosophy?
I know like in strength training with powerlifting there are a million ways to skin a cat when it comes to calisthenics strength but because there’s nobody I can go to for advice in this field (no gymnastics coaches or Kung-fu masters available) I’m trying to learn via books articles and Youtube. Oh… and I know the basics in progressive calisthenics are key trust me, time in the infantry sought to my mastering of the basic calisthenics movements.
Lastly I want to address rest, nutrition and CNS workload, in short I’ve been counting my macros for a while and make sure I get enough rest & sleep throughout the days and weeks also I try to keep my workouts brief but intense trying only to do 6 total exercises (not including core or grip work). So I’ve got recovery in mind and practice as well but I’m trying to experiment with Quasi-Isometrics as a finisher and am wondering id anyone’s had luck with isometrics before.
Anyways thanks to everyone who read all of this and left your advice in the replies, I know it was a pretty long post so again thanks for your time.