At first glance, Stephen Navarettaâs hulking upper body looks to be the rewards of countless years of moving heavy iron in the weight room. Youâd be wrong.
If youâre one of the nearly 300,000 Instagram followers of the athlete known as Brooklyn Tank, youâve already witnessed excepts of his gravity defying body-weight training routine thatâs helped create his shredded physique. From weighted muscle ups to clapping handstand pushup to kickouts, Tankâs version of body-weight training is anything but boring.
Even the origins behind his intro to body-weight-training, and his nickname is original.
âGrowing up, breakdancing really helped me build foundation strength,â he says. âI was in the park one day and a friend of one of my friends saw me doing muscle-ups. He said,Â âDude, that kid's a Tank!â And itâs been my nickname ever since.â
Why is body-weight training so great?
Youâre a far stronger person when you train calisthenics and power body-weight training, which is my way of training. Itâs like youâre handling water weight, which is much more difficult to control. And, this is the type of strength you have outside of working out.
Body weight also helps strengthen muscles we may have never thought we hadâplus you can have fun with it! Thereâs always something cool to learn and do!
How long did it take to perfect the clapping handstand pushup?
It took me a few months to learn it. It was satisfying when I landed it (yet, not as much as when I did 50 triple-unders). To successfully do a clapping handstand pushup, you must master the handstand hold and pushups. Once you got that, then you can try the clapping pushup by going down with the handstand pushups then bending your legs to help thrust your body weight up as you push up.
What equipment do you feel works best for helping develop a six-pack?
A six-pack is the result of discipline. Exercises that help melt the fat and work the core at the same time are the best: Youâll need a jump rope, and add some burpees, sprints, and planks to your routine. Whatâs also helped me and my clients is eating carbs around our workouts. But I wonât eat carbs for dinner.
What would be your best advice for sticking with a workout regimen?
Donât waste time. Just stay consistent for six weeks. Put in five days a week of training, plus stretch the other two days, and youâll both see and feel the results. This is the hardest part because youâre constantly shocking your body, especially if you havenât exercised. Mentally and physically, if you can stay consistent for those six weeks, youâll be locked in. Stay strong.
Have you had to adapt your training during the coronavirus pandemic?
The park is home base for me, so nothing has changed. I have, however, started running more and doing walking lunges around the track.