This is what Simone Ming first thought while watching a video on calisthenics. 

This is not something what most people will say after learning what calisthenics is about. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohEHw-FVQtY 

     Video by YASSIN WORKOUT 

 

But Simone was always competitive. She was an artistic gymnast for 14 years (competed in national and international competitions), then tried out bodybuilding until a back injury forced her to take some rest. 

After this, Simone started to lift weights in order to get back in shape. This is when a friend sent her a video on calisthenics. 

She was immediately taken by it, and began to train. 

After only a year of training, Simone participated in her first competition in Moscow: she came 3rd. 

In 2017, Simone won the Urban Fitness League 2017 World Championship (see picture below). She was also a finalist at Ninja Warrior. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZfvhyzAw54/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet 

Photo by ming_bars_calisthenics 

She now works at our co-working space in Notting Hill while preparing for her next competitions.  

During our interview, Simon gave us some tips on calisthenics for beginners: 

  • First, work on your strength. 
  • Do bodyweight training before anything else  
  • Then, try some pull ups  
  • And only then, experiment with different techniques of calisthenics 

Interview by Aurore Thomas