For anyone looking to get stronger by using their own bodyweight, listen in. I sat down with Simonster to understand more about what it takes to master your own bodyweight, how to train for new skills vs how to build strength, and a few details on how to simplify your training program to yield even better results.
Simonster is a performer, coach and physio, specialising in bodyweight strength training, based out of Melbourne, Australia.
00:21 Simon’s beginnings; Jackie Chan and gymnastics
2:00 Gymnastics Strength Training as the key to unlocking more breakdancing power moves
3:08 The ambiguity of breakdancing and why Simon didn’t want to become a breakdancer 5:20 People that discuss vs people that train
6:45 The rights of passage within the breakdancing culture, and which skills and moves Simon found to be transferable
9:25 Simon’s approach to technical skill training vs strength training
11:45 Maintenance of skillsets with regards to learning new skills
15:00 How many reps you need to acquire before you keep a skill for life
15:30 Simon’s approach to programming strength components to technical skills, using the HSPU as an example Greg Nichols https://www.strongerbyscience.com/
23:18 Simon’s key to progress
24:05 Progressing the HSPU beyond free-standing repetitions Tiger Bend 90 degree bend pushups Deep Handstand push ups
27:35 Studying to be a physiotherapist and how it helped Simon’s understanding of training the body and learning how to think
29:30 Starting points for people new to training in their home environment
32:15 Simon’s approach to work ethic and being self-taught
34:00 Maintaining motivation and the desire to improve
35:55 Pausing the Simonster world workshop tour and cultures that impressed him when he has travelled to teach
37:30 Simon’s digital products and online coaching
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38:40 Simon’s approach to training legs
41:50 Learning how to teach
42:35 The Lachlan Giles connection and Simon’s experience with BJJ
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