My name is Maurice, I’ve been into weight training, Calisthenics and Gymnastics for over 8 years now. I’m a physiotherapist and personal trainer and I'm helping others achieve results the best way possible.
The reason I created this site is to:
- Help people in advanced bodyweight training;
- Teach people how to reach single digit bodyfat percentage year round, while still being able to enjoy life;
- Get you the proper mindset to be succesful.
I am going to share my personal experience with you and what I have discovered over the years through my own trial and error experiences.
I also ask that if I ever say anything that captures your interest, that you get involved within my site. I love to talk
about bodyweight training/calisthenics, dieting and health.
If you have any interesting that you want to share or any opinions of any content I have created on my site, please do speak up. I love feedback in every form.
My journey to success
It all started out as a young guy wanted to look good in the gym. I started working out when I was 16 years old. I experimented a lot with different diets but nothing really ever sticked. They were all doomed to fail and I didn’t really have a lot of success at the time. Eating rice, chicken and broccoli, dry tuna and 6-8 small meals a day and doing endless amounts of cardio only to be hungry all the time and eating back the calories once I couldn't take it anymore. It was a rough experience because I saw myself as a failure all the time.
When I was 18 I decided to take things more seriously. I started structural training more and said to myself: Whatever it takes, I’m going to reach a single digit body fat percentage while being really strong as well. I dieted for for 14 weeks straight and got to: 7% body fat.
I achieved my goal, I made it!
It was not just the goal I reached. This was supposed to mean happiness.
I had worked out until I couldn’t go any further. I battled hunger and sleepless nights, passed on dinner with friends and family, skipped going out because I would have to drink alcohol.
Yes I was ripped, but at what cost?
Eventually I had to let go because it was not sustainable anymore. I gained back the weight big time in a matter of 1 – 2 weeks. It felt horrible. I worked so hard and it all failed in the end. One thing was for sure: I would never go through such an experience again.
Lost All Motivation
After that I decided to train for pure strength and keep my body fat around 10% which I found quite easy to maintain. Back then I found a program that suited me. I really believe in the minimalistic approach. Minimalistic is not negative. It’s very effective and the holy grail of fitness in my opinion. Why do I find this? I have tried everything, 7 days a week (sometimes 2 times per day), 6 times, 5 times, you name it. Eventually I went 3 times per week and my strength gains went through the roof. Every training I could ad a little more to the bar and progressed constantly. Up until the point I was ‘satisfied’ (and injured).
At that point, I had no motivation anymore. I had no goals.. I achieved my lowest body fat level possible and I’ve gained the strength I wanted. I did not know what to do. And above all, I could not go through that struggle again to maintain single digit body fat.
The Switch To Bodyweight Training
Going through life and still consistently going to the gym, I stumbled across this calisthenics thing. I saw a video on YouTube and I was hooked. It looked really cool. As a kid I always thought of Gymnasts as super humans. Only the cool kids could do gymnastics is what I always thought. When I saw that video, the little kid in me got hope. Doing some research and watching more videos I had the believe that this was actually possible.. perhaps I could also do this. At least give it a try. The goals I had achieved in the gym made me believe anything was possible. So I slowly switched to calisthenics. I combined it with the weights, because I was afraid to lose muscle mass.
I started training properly again and experimenting a lot with bodyweight training. The problem was, after 1.5 years of training progression was so incredibly slow.
There was no real guide that showed me where to start, what the proper progressions were for each exercise and how to combine it with weight training.
This really demotivated me.
World Class Of Sports
At the time I went to South Africa working as a physiotherapist. I worked with a friend who was a gymnast. We both worked with the world class of sports. Teams like the South African Sprinkbok Sevens, The Britisch Athletes, The Dutch Hockey Team and olympic gymnasts. It was great.
Since I went to South Africa with a friend who practices gymnastic and who could easily maintain single digit body fat year round, I decided to train with him. During my time there I went with him to train gymnastics at a competitive club. We trained 4 times per week. One training lasted 3.5 hours and it was killing me at first, I litterally puked the first couple of times. But I did continue. A couple weeks in, I noticed it went easier. The stretching was still hell though - not to mention the injuries that I went through because of the adaptation of my body - but I noticed progression. I really started to enjoy gymnastics and it went pretty well.
My outlook on the training completely changed. A whole new world.
After 2 years of gymnastics I got really busy with work. Working full time as a physiotherapist and having my personal training in the meanwhile for fun, I had no time anymore to practice 3.5 hours a day, 4 times per week. I decided to continue the gym again and keep maintaining and progressing the strength exercises and flexibility I obtained during my gymnastic period.
There was one criteria for me though: Enjoy the process and be smart about it through what I have learned.
Now I’m progressing faster than I’ve ever done before. Combining the science I’ve learned in the gym with the things I learned about gymnastics is golden. I keep up with the science and read a lot of books that keep giving me great insights within the training realm, dieting and health. Especially all the tips I’ve received from the top gymnastic athletes are extremely valuable and helped me out big time.
I finally achieved my goals:
Maintain single digit body fat year round while still enjoying life and progress in the hardest bodyweight movements.
This means I still drink alcohol, eat foods I love and only train 3 times a week while progressing faster than I have ever done. I never knew this was possible. Especially when I think back at the time I went to single digit body fat for the first time and how much effort it took me to get there.. I could never have dreamed of these results.
I figured it is time to give something back to the community. Since I love to help people that are going through the same struggle as I went through. The obsession with the gym these days I find totally unnecessary and delusional. If you think it will bring you happiness or salvation once you achieve your fitness goals, you are wrong. The path itself should bring you happiness and the journey on it’s own should bring you great joy. That's what I believe and stand for. I have experienced both sides of the spectrum and I will choose this side every single time.
If you ever need feedback or support regarding your training, dieting or health, I would be more than happy to connect. Leave your comment below and make sure to visit my site regularly as I am always updating it with new relevant content to help you progress and achieve your goals.
I wish you all the best and thank you for taking the time reading about my personal life.
Masters Of Bodyweight