HARD CORE

If you’re feel­ing rooted to the same old rou­tine, go against the grain at Cal­is­then­ics Parks to cut a leaner fig­ure and build func­tional fit­ness

Men's Health (UK) - - News -

Hew a stronger body and cut off un­wanted tim­ber at a cal­is­then­ics gym like no other

Gym equip­ment of the qual­ity you find at Hull’s Cal­is­then­ics Parks doesn’t grow on trees. Well, not in its fin­ished state, any­way. Ev­ery piece of wood in this in­dus­trial unit has been cut down and milled by founder James Farmery, a tree sur­geon who op­er­ates with a chain­saw while 40ft off the ground.

Farmery’s in­ter­est in cal­is­then­ics sprouted from watch­ing Youtube clips af­ter get­ting a her­nia at work. He came to the painful re­al­i­sa­tion that while he’d been pump­ing up his arms in the con­ven­tional, mir­ror-mus­cle man­ner, he’d been ne­glect­ing his trunk – a train­ing short­fall many can re­late to. He planted a rudi­men­tary, home­made pull-up bar in his gar­den, and the idea of open­ing his own place grew.

The first piece of equip­ment Farmery made for Cal­is­then­ics Parks was the bar by the en­trance, carved with the in­scrip­tion, “It all started with a pullup” – a ref­er­ence to the fact that, when he be­gan his body­weight odyssey, the tree sur­geon couldn’t man­age even one. “We make videos of our train­ers do­ing amaz­ing tricks and peo­ple think, ‘I can’t do that,’” he says. “But for ev­ery ex­er­cise, there are so many re­gres­sions. Any­one can do this. They just have to be will­ing to have a go.”

Those who are will­ing range from the reign­ing UK Ob­sta­cle Course Rac­ing champ Conor Han­cock to po­lice­men and desk work­ers. Cal­is­then­ics has made the gym mem­bers stronger and more flex­i­ble; life-im­prov­ing qual­i­ties that you can ben­e­fit from ei­ther here or wrapped up in a hat and gloves down your lo­cal park. That your abs and In­sta­gram video cache will profit is equally pleas­ing. So, don’t let your train­ing slump to­ward the end of the year. Fin­ish strong and take a swing at some­thing new.

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