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Lots of Beast Skills Seminars now open! Sign up before they sell out!

June Seminars Galore! Registration Links Up! Beginner seminar covers the headstand, handstand, handstand pushups, and the muscle-up on rings. No experience necessary. Advanced seminar covers handstand corrections, one arm handstand work, presses/planche work, and advanced rings skills. Beginner Seminar, June 4th, CrossFit Adaptation in Shirlington, VA From 1-3:30pm, register here! http://bit.ly/jVScrU Beginner Seminar, June 11th, […]

Read More » | May 10, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at CrossFit Local – Chapel Hill, NC

I will be holding a beginner and an advanced seminar at CrossFit Local in Chapel Hill. The owner attended one of my seminars last time I was in North Carolina. He enjoyed it so much that when he opened up his own spot, he asked me to come on down! The Beginner Seminar will cover […]

Read More » | April 26, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Beginner Seminar at CrossFit Adaptation – Shirlington, VA

Coming back for a second time to CrossFit Adaptation! Just one beginner seminar this day. We will cover the headstand, handstand, handstand pushups, and the muscle-up. No experience necessary. Those looking to get their first muscle-up will benefit greatly from this seminar. Coaches will also benefit from learning new progressions and exercises for teaching the […]

Read More » | April 26, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at CrossFit Ignite – Westwood, NJ

Going back up for a THIRD time for the awesome folks at CrossFit Ignite. All the info and registration information you need right here – http://crossfitignite.com/events/ Always a great time, see you there!

Read More » | April 26, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

My comments on the Gymnastic WOD handstand videos

By Jim Bathurst, BeastSkills.com A visitor to my site recently brought to my attention the Gymnastic WOD videos, created by Carl Paoli, regarding handstand progressions against the wall (embedded videos below). These videos were of particular interest because the progressions taught were different than the ones I teach athletes. In some cases, the progressions were […]

Read More » | April 22, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: 1

Man born with 6 fingers on one hand is now an acrobat!

I’m looking forward to what this guy can do! http://bit.ly/gX5vCZ

Read More » | April 1, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

One Arm Handstand Lessons From a Chinese Acrobat

You can also view a short accompanying video here. (It shows a sweeping shot of the facility) This post will attempt to convey all that I was taught during my visit to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. I traveled up there for more training information for the one arm handstand. While I’ve come a […]

Read More » | March 23, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: 4

Vote Balance Gym for Best Gym in Washington D.C.!

I’m hoping all my visitors can take the time to vote for Balance Gym as Best Gym in Washington D.C.. It’s really easy, just click on the link – http://bit.ly/e7iHXe – and enter in your email address. Just one vote per person. Balance is where I’ve worked for over 5 years now. It’s the gym […]

Read More » | March 9, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

What else do you want on this page?

I created this site nearly 6 years ago to share my thoughts on bodyweight training and feats of strength. I couldn’t find all the information I was looking for myself, so I decided to write down what I had discovered. But as many of you know, my own training does not include just bodyweight exercises […]

Read More » | February 27, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: 2

3 Keys that will help you with Feats of Strength

This is a guest post from Jedd Johnson of the Diesel Crew, a strength training site dedicated to all forms of training.     Hello everybody. It’s great to write for the Beast Skills site. Jim is doing some awesome stuff here. I love watching his videos and I really enjoy his writing style. Hopefully, […]

Read More » | February 22, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: 2

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Beast Skills Gymnastic Seminar at Urban Evolution!

Thanks to everyone for coming out last Saturday! And Congrats to Phil and Ramon for getting their first ring muscle-up at the seminar! Ran a great Beast Skills Gymnastics seminar last Saturday. If you’re in the Alexandria, Virginia area, then definitely check out Urban Evolution. They specialize in Parkour, Breakdancing, Capoeira, Acrobatics, and more!! I […]

Read More » | January 26, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

New Video! How to Improve your Handstand in 2 minutes!

Check out the new video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxY8fqgzeZc In it, I use a body massage ball (http://yogaplus.com/products/) to improve my handstand in 2 minutes (less than that, actually!). See the dramatic results!

Read More » | January 15, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Beast Skills Beginner Seminar at Urban Evolution

On Saturday, January 22nd from 1:00-3:30pm at Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Virginia, I’ll be having a Beast Skills Beginner Gymnastic Seminar! We’ll be covering the following skills – Headstand Handstand Handstand pushups Muscle-up on rings All experience levels are welcome. Those looking to get their first muscle-up on the rings will benefit greatly from this […]

Read More » | January 10, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar in Alexandria, Virginia! Saturday, January 22nd!

Hello all – just to let you know that my next seminar will be a beginner gymnastic seminar at Urban Evolution in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday January 22nd, 1:00-3:30pm. As with the other beginner seminars we will cover the following – -headstands -handstands -handstand pushups -muscle-ups This seminar is for people of all ages and […]

Read More » | January 10, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Things I Learned in 2010

As another year passes, I like to step back, sit down, and think about all the things I’ve learned. 2010 was a good year – I hit some long term lifting goals in the bench, squat, and deadlift, remained relatively injury free, and met a lot of cool people in my travels. In the end, […]

Read More » | January 6, 2011 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Handstand Tutorial in Polish!

If you haven’t noticed already, several of my visitors have been incredibly helpful and have translated some of the tutorials into their native language. All the current translated tutorials can be found on the very bottom of the main page. The newest addition is from Grzegorz – the handstand tutorial in Polish! –  http://www.dedication.pl/tutoriale-beastskills-com/stanie-na-rekach-handstand/ I’ve […]

Read More » | December 13, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

4 seminar run at Real Fitness! Thanks for all who attended!

A big thanks to TJ and the crew at Real Fitness in Naples, Florida. We managed to get 4 seminars in 2 days, and boy did we all work hard! For the 6th or 7th seminar in a row we had people get their very first muscle-up! Handstand work was phenomenal all around, with many […]

Read More » | December 8, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Thanks to CrossFit Adaptation!

A big thanks to Curtis and all the athletes at CrossFit Adaptation for having me out this past Saturday for a Beast Skills gymnastic seminar. A lot of hard work that afternoon, and a big congratulations to Klint for getting his first muscle-up!                         […]

Read More » | November 21, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Beast Skills Reloaded

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but Beast Skills finally has a new look and new features. Please bear with us as we get all the kinks worked out! In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at beastskillsjim@gmail.com

Read More » | November 15, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at Real Fitness! Day 2! (Naples, Florida)

Day 2 of the seminars! If you missed attending a seminar on Saturday, now’s your chance to attend one on Sunday!!

Read More » | October 18, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at Real Fitness! Day 1! (Naples, Florida)

This Saturday, December 4th, I’ll be running the first two of four seminars that weekend designed to get you proficient at basic gymnastic skills.

Read More » | October 18, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at CrossFit Adaptation! (Arlington, Virginia)

One beginner seminar at CrossFit Adaptation in Arlington, Virginia! This will be a limited size seminar, as always, so register today. This WILL sell out!!

Read More » | October 18, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Who are you?

My name is Jim. I’m about 5’7″ (~170 cm), around 185 lbs (~84 kg), and currently 29 years old. I’ve been involved in both bodyweight skills and weight training for well over a decade now. I feel that the two complement each other very well. I was on a gymnastics exhibition group – Gymkana (link) […]

Read More » | September 23, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar at CrossFit Ignite!

Hello folks. I’ll be returning for my second seminar at CrossFit Ignite. Spaces are almost completely sold out again! Hurry fast for the remaing few!

Read More » | September 9, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Thanks to RARE CrossFit and CrossFit 305!

Somewhere among the chaos of my sister’s marriage in June and the 4th of July celebrations, I managed to head over to RARE CrossFit in Fredericksburg, VA and CrossFit 305 in Miami, Fl for several fantastic seminars. Both are phenomenal gyms with awesome people. Thanks again to all the owners and coaches – Dan, Adam, […]

Read More » | July 19, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Thanks to all who came out to CrossFit Hoboken!

Thanks to all who came out to CrossFit Hoboken! New Seminar in Fredericksburg, Virginia! – June 12th! And another chance for you to ask me your training questions – this Thursday, May 27th!   First, thanks again to all those who made it out to CrossFit Hoboken several weekends ago for the beginner and advanced […]

Read More » | May 24, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Seminar in Hoboken, New Jersey! May 8th!

As you can see by the title, this is a super-big update. First off, I’m returning to New Jersey again for another seminar at CrossFit Hoboken! The details: Saturday, May 8th, 2010 Beginner Seminar – 8am to 10am     This seminar will cover headstands, handstands, handstand pushups, and muscle-ups. No previous gymnastic experience is needed. […]

Read More » | April 23, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Help my friend bike across America!!

  And while it is April 1st, I assure you that this is not an April Fool’s Day joke! Josh will appreciate any and all support you can give!

Read More » | April 1, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

Thanks to all who came out to XFit Durham!

  The time is running away from me this month! I want to thank everyone again who came out March 13th to CrossFit Durham. It was a great time and we had an unprecedented four people get their first muscle-up!! First on the left, we have Robert. A 17 year old who has never used […]

Read More » | March 23, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none

An Interview

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Matt Shannon of CrossFit 1776 recently. He asked me questions about common beginner mistakes, my gym pet peeves, progressions for the handstand, plus a whole lot more! Listen to the interview here – CrossFit 1776 Beast Skills Interview Was there a question you wanted to know that […]

Read More » | March 8, 2010 | Category: Blog | Comments: none


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