The 8 Fold Path to Calisthenic Enlightenment Pt. 1

posted Nov 4, 2015, 11:14 AM by robert w johnson II   [ updated Nov 4, 2015, 11:14 AM ]

The 4th Noble Truth of Calisthenics states that training suffering can end using the 8 Fold Path to Calisthenic Enlightenment. So for this post I will explain the first four as I think they should be. Remember this is my humble explanation. I don’t think the Buddha worked out that much but if he did he would probably be diesel.

The Eight Fold Path to Calisthenic Enlightenment:

1. Right View. This one can be explained a healthy vision of reality and the path of transformation. In other words, Setting realistic goals. Now this can be compared to S.M.A.R.T. I wrote about this on my tumblr page. S for specific, M for measurable, A achievable, R realistic or relevant, T for time. Setting realistic goals can help you keep that healthy vision. One way to maintain your right view is to write down your goals and keep them somewhere you can see them daily. The fridge, nightstand, mirror etc.

2. Right Intention or Attitude. Pretty self explanatory, unless you are willing to commit to a fitness lifestyle you will have difficulty attaining your goals. A good attitude will allow you to get back on track if life throws you a hiccup and derails your journey. I find an exercise log can help keep you on track.

3. Right Speech. When life does throw you that curve ball it is important to keep positive in your speech both internally and externally. I have had instances where an illness or injury has derailed my progress. My thoughts drift to me losing all my current gains and I have become an out of shape failure. In reality however, I only needed to get back to my workouts and my progress continued and once I got back to it I realize that was all negative thoughts and not reality. It is also a bad idea to criticize others because like I found out it can happen to anyone at anytime.

4. Right Action. This is the development of a good calisthenic foundation. Proper knowledge of the fundamental movements and their progressions will help you along your journey. This education can limit your incident of injury by giving you the patience required to master the more advanced movements. This patience along with intention may actually decrease the time it takes you to achieve movement mastery.

In next weeks post I will review the second 4 of the 8 Fold Path. I hope that this post entertained as well as educated some. I'm more of a trainer than a writer so forgive any grammatical errors, I'm sure there's a few. Feel free to comment or ask questions and follow me on instagram, facebook, tumblr, G+ and twitter @outfitnj