Barstarzz is one of the oldest organisations in the calisthenics movement.
Founded in 2009 by Eduardo Checo, they have become a phenomenon in social media counting with close to 750 000 subscribers on youtube, over 500 000 followers on instagram, and over 1 300 000 likes on facebook.
And that is all for good reason.
Their free content on youtube is some of the best, they organize the most prestigious competitions in this discipline, and their content on all social media is on point.
Here’s what we liked and disliked most about this workout program:
As the name indicates, the Barstarzz BTX 3.0 program is the third iteration of their 12 week calisthenics workout program.
The program revolves around their handy dashboard, which will include videos, pdf’s, challenges, and more.
It focuses on detailed progressions for common calisthenics exercises and the material is all high quality.
You have two options to follow the program: Through the dashboard, available on mobile and desktop, or through the pdf, which can be accessed without internet. This will give you an all encompassing framework to follow daily.
Pro #1- Program Delivery
Of all the workout programs we tested, barstarzz had the best delivery in our opinion. It was one of the only to truly deliver a custom cross-device experience that allows you to track your journey.
Pro #2- All Encompassing
If you’re looking for a vast library, Barstarzz is the calisthenics workout program for you. We were completely blown away by the amount of information available.
From the exercise library to the workout explanations, the videos will keep you engage for way more than 12 weeks if you wish to. There are years and years of progressions detailed that are, in our opinion, worth way more than the cost of the course.
Pro #3- Realistic Yet Demanding Structure
The Program is split up into 4 stages, during which you will be focusing on different skill sets. During each stage, each workout will only last 30 to 40 minutes, which is ideal for optimising progression.
Instead of doing medium intensity long workouts, you go hard for 30 to 40 minutes and focus on doing the amount of reps (6 to 8) that really build strength and muscles.
In our experience, most courses aim to do 1 hour workouts, which has been found to be too much if your objective is to build strength.
Con #1- Not Personalised
This is a bit of a pet peeve, but we strongly believe that each individual has different goals, skills, and metabolisms.
For that reason, we like to start any course with a diagnostic test and goal setting exercise. Do you want to just look good for the summer? Or do you want to actually increase your strength? Different goals have different requirements.
To be honest, none of the courses excelled in this regards, though some at least attempted to address it.
However, if you’re a beginner in calisthenics, and you’re aim is to build strength and calisthenics skills, this is a great course.
The calisthenics workout plan will work for 99% of our readers so this shouldn’t be a major source of concern.
Con #2- Community Could be Stronger
One of the major selling points of any course is the community. This will keep you accountable and motivated, and will help you troubleshoot any plateaus you might find.
They do have a facebook group, but in our opinion an off facebook group chat / forum, could really help all the participants in the course.
Thoughts on Barstarzz
This program was honestly one of our favourites, its no wonder it is considered one of the best calisthenics programs. In terms of knowledge and quality of content, this ranked in 1st place, it was the calisthenics program that introduced most new information for us.
Despite the fact that the community could be stronger, this is still our #1 choice.__TVE_SHORTCODE_RAW___
Chris is an experienced Calisthenics practitioner focused on isometric exercises and street workout. He founded thehybridathlete.com in 2017, which was subsequently acquired by theyhybridathlete.com
He is based in Portland and has been working out using solely his own body weight and bars for the past 6 years.