On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m declaring my front lever transformation goal and sharing the highlights from day 1 of training.
All right Live Leaners, this is going to be an interesting and unique video post.
I’ve decided to take off the hat of “the expert”, and step back into the role of being the beginner student.
To do this, I’m going to show you one of my vulnerabilities when it comes to being fit.
I currently cannot do the front lever exercise.
Regardless if you’re trying to master an advanced calisthenics move, like the front lever, or just trying to lose weight, we’re all in this together.
I’m no different from you.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, I hope you realize I don’t just talk the talk.
I also live my message by walking the walk.
I’ve set a goal for myself, that I want to learn one of the most badass calisthenics moves out there.
I want to master the front lever.
So I’m showing you day 1 of my front lever transformation journey.
Hopefully you’re going to enjoy this.
I’ve never tried the front lever before, so this is me starting from ground zero.
You’re also going to see my first front lever attempt.
Just promise me you won’t laugh at it 😂.
Here’s a really bad photo of my very first ever attempt at the front lever.
Well, I made it about 25% of the way 😂 .
To do it properly, I would have needed to bring my toes up higher, to make my body to be horizontal to the ground, while keeping my body in a straight line.
Of course, it’s clear that I need work.
If you don’t know what a front lever is, or you’ve never seen one before, the image of me above is not it.
A front lever is a gymnastic move, which to be clear, I have no prior gymnastics training.
The front lever an isometric hold that requires a lot of back and core strength.
Essentially you’re going to hang, while holding your body horizontally, in a straight line parallel to the ground, facing up.
It should look like this.
To do this, think about turning your body into a stiff and straight board.
Compare this perfectly executed front lever image above to my day 1 best front level attempt below 😂 .
Let’s give the front lever another try.
Well, that was pretty much the same as the first attempt.
Now I know some of you are still new to fitness, so this is just an example of me starting brand new, while working work towards an end goal.
With any end goal, you have to first get out of your comfort zone.
If you have a supportive inner circle of people around you, declare your goal to them, so they can help keep you accountable.
This is why I’m sharing my front lever goal with you.
I want you to keep me accountable during my front lever transformation.
After making numerous attempts during my first day of front lever training, I was starting to get frustrated.
But, I’m not going to give up.
Even when it gets tough, it’s important to keep going, as improvements will happen.
During day 1, I eventually started to make progress with my front levers.
I was definitely seeing big-time improvement over my first two attempts.
This is why it is so important to keep working at it, even when you’re frustrated and seeing little to no progress.
If your goal is to lose weight, think about weight loss as one pound at a time.
In the case of my front lever transformation, I’m taking it one front lever attempt at a time.
I eventually moved to another squat rack that had a thicker pull up bar.
Even though this makes it more difficult, as you can see, I actually had my best front lever attempt of the day.
As you can see, I still need to bring the lower portion of my body even higher to create a perfect horizontal board.
I still have a lot of work to do, but not bad for day 1.
Note: since day 1, I’ve learned to switch hand grips, so my palms are now facing down.
I’ve improved the angle of my body since doing this.
Even though the goal of the front lever is to hold the position as an isometric move, since I’m just beginning, I’m starting with front lever raises.
After day 1, I think I’m about 60% of the way to complete a front lever raise.
I just have to stay consistent and keep working hard at it.
Check out My 1 Month Front Lever Progression update post to see if I did it.
I hope this front lever goal video inspires you to set a goal, put it out there, and take action on it.
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So do me a favor and take action on this right now.
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If you can do a front lever, in the comment section below, share your best tips.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.