Welcome to QM's Calisthenics Club!
Calisthenics is the art of bodyweight movement. It's the ability to move your body through space. A functional sport that feeds into all physical and mental aspects of life.
Calisthenics is suitable for all levels and has recently grown in popularity to be become one of the most welcoming and encompassing sports available. All physical fitness levels are welcome; the society will teach you everything there is to know from the fundamentals to advanced skills.
Best thing about it? It requires little to no equipment, all you need is a pull-up bar and your own bodyweight to train.
Whether your goals are building muscle, building strength and endurance, losing weight, or simply improving your overall health, calisthenics can help you achieve it all.
We were founded in 2021. We’ve built a welcoming community of passionate calisthenics athletes and every year the strength of the community increases. We saw a massive surge in members last year due to the increasing popularity of calisthenics on social media.
Calisthenics is for men AND women. The sport is generally viewed as male-dominant due to social media, but we have made a large effort to get more women involved. We have run women only sessions as well as trained our female members up to the level of competing. Our success in challenging the public’s perception of calisthenics has even resulted in half of our committee now being women.
This year, we are continuing to do so by hosting female-only sessions to help women feel more comfortable and at ease with a new style of training.
In previous years we have run sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Wennington Green Park. Outdoor session will continue to take place there. This year, we are running separate male and female sessions each once a week, with any additional open sessions on weekends.
- Men's Sessions: Wednesdays, 14:00-16:00
- Women's Sessions: Wednesdays, 16:00-17:30
Outdoor session timings are also subject to change depending on weekly weather forecast, but all updates are provided on our WhatsApp chat in good notice. During Winter months, we are running the Men's indoor sessions at Muscle Basin Gym, Leytonstone and the Women's indoor sessions at the Blomely Rooms on Mile End Campus.
We aim to collab with other sports societies to showcase the amazing carryover effect calisthenics brings. Our last collaborations with Climbing and Boxing Society proved to be a massive success. We will be hosting more of these types of sessions as well as partnering up with other calisthenics societies in London to bring you joint workshops, competitions and training sessions!
We are proud co-founders of the University Calisthenics Association (referred to as UCA). This association acts as the body of UK University Calisthenics. We aim to connect communities across the country and encourage collaboration.
With our association to the UCA, we’ve played a part in running some amazing collaborative events last year. These events include the Inter-University Calisthenics Workshop and the University Calisthenics Competition. For that competition, we had 3 of our own QM members on the podium – securing all of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.
We also had members competing in Calisseum competition events held at Brunel University (Calisseum 5, 2021) Gymbox Farringdon (Calisseum 6, 2022), and another Brunel Calisthenics Competition (2023). These events included competing in freestyle, statics, and endurance rounds against fellow calisthenics athletes from across London and the UK. We’ve found that competing gives members something to work hard towards and adds an extra layer of challenge and fun to the sport.
We plan on participating in more events and competitions as the year goes by – especially with our association with the UCA - so if competing is something that interests you, feel free to come along and speak to any members of our committee to get involved.
Co-President – Nattal Zemichael (@nattal.z)
Co-President - Riyadh Islam (@riddler.__)
Vice President – Yahya Sultan (@yb_thef1rst)
Social Media Secretary – Lily Koshelenko (@lily_koshelenko_)
Treasurer – Alyas Osman (@alyas.2003)
Women's Representative – Heba Nane (@heba.nane)
Welfare Officer – Nicole Petrova (@_nicolepetrova)
General Committee – Mekial Khan (@mekial_786)
General Committee – Sia Gbondo (@siajamila03)
Club Instagram account - @qmcalisthenics_
For any general enquiries, feel free to email us at email@example.com or DM the club's Instagram page @qmcalisthenics_