It might be getting cooler and less appealing to workout outdoors at the moment, but that doesn’t stop the guys from Cape Calisthenics from hitting the outdoor gym in Sea Point every evening for a very eye-catching and visually pleasing workout.
Outdoor gyms are very popular overseas and although they are few and far between here in SA, they are gaining popularity and hopefully soon the right people will take notice of how providing outdoor exercise equipment for free will inspire people to exercise and perhaps even curb the growing obesity problem.
But what Cape Callisthenics do isn’t just gym. It’s something else. Something far more primal and manly. It makes you gasp in awe as you watch them swing from the bars, hoist themselves effortlessly into the air and hold impossibly difficult positions at extremely difficult angles for an ungodly amount of time.
According to one of the group, Matthew Kriel, the Cape Callisthenics project was started “in order to promote awareness of the sport and fitness movement of callisthenics in South Africa”. He says that although he has only been with the group for a few months, he has seen such progressions in his fitness and strength in that time that he could previously never have done in an ordinary gym environment.
“When I started here in December I could only do like 3 push-ups, now I’m popping out muscle-ups,” he says. And for anyone who doesn’t know what a muscle-up is (trust me, it’s a tough move) check this pic out:
The guys (and some girls) meet at the outdoor gym every evening where they do their inspiring callisthenics workouts. However, they have taken this one step further and have a following of people who now join them in the evenings to learn how to do what they do. And they gladly offer advice and assistance where they can – all for free too.
Matthew says that there has been so much interest that half their time is now spent helping others at the outdoor gym.
Alwyn Marx, another member of Cape Callisthenics says it’s all about finding out how well ur body can perform what it is is designed to do. They may use some of the bars for pull-ups and dips, but the exercises are primarily bodyweight exercises that require a lot of muscle strength and a tonne of core strength.
“Anyone is welcome, any fitness level,” says Alwyn, adding that the classes aren’t ego-driven at all. “We don’t compete against anyone else. Here you compete against yourself and be inspired by others.”
So if extravagant gym fees are putting you off going to the gym, or you just feel like a different challenge, why not get in touch with these guys and see if you can’t learn a little something from them?
They’re not experts and none of them have any fitness or gymnastics qualifications to speak of, yet watching them in full swing you’d swear they’d been at it their whole lives. And given the number of six pack abs between them, taking a few pointers from some guys who have built their bodies doing very difficult bodyweight exercises with very little equipment.
I’ll leave you alone now to ogle the pictures. What’s nicer than watching three strong, shirtless men working out on a warm winter’s day by the beach? Stumped? Me too… enjoy….
However, while the pics may show off their muscles and strength, a video goes even further to illustrate just how strong these guys are. Check this out: