Ian Zammit Barstarzz BTX 3.0 Review

How Did You Find Out About The Barstarzz BTX Program?

I had been following barstarzz on YouTube and Facebook for a few years and then I saw their promo video for the Barstarzz BTX programme and signed up straight away as it looked awesome.

Why Did You Sign Up?

After around 6 months of training calisthenics I was getting to the point where I just really didn’t know what I was doing and how to structure a workout for the skills I was aiming for, the main skill I was interested in at the beginning was the muscle up and the BTX program promised this by week 10.

Overview

On day one of the program, it really hit home how unfit I actually was and all the exercises felt impossible but this showed me that by sticking to the program I can only improve. I liked the way that the days were broken down into four sections:

  • Warm Up
  • Skills
  • Routine
  • Skills

Weeks 1-4

Weeks 1-4 were really tough for me and I wanted to give up but luckily there was a Facebook group where we all chatted and encouraged each other, at this stage the burpees and push ups were getting easier and I could see a huge improvement in strength and fitness.

Weeks 5-9

The program then stepped up a gear in week 5 and continued to get harder from there, from week 5 onwards I saw massive gains in push and pull strength, although I dislike burpees I was able to do a minute of these now without stopping which was huge for me as I struggled with 20 seconds when I started the program.

Weeks 10-12

The workouts got crazy from week 10 and I wasn’t able to complete all sets in one go, I had to break these down into smaller sets which Barstazz said were fine as the form is more important than quantity.

Workout times jumped up to around 1 hour in these weeks which was an issue for me as I only had an hour for lunch, as I wanted to finish the program I did the warm up and down at work to save time, at this stage I was seeing results so didn’t really mind putting this little bit of extra effort in.

Did You Achieve Everything You Aimed For?

My main goal was to get the muscle up as that was an all time goal for me which I managed to achieve in week 9, the program also has you working towards the front and back lever which unfortunately I didn’t achieve by week 12, I think this was down to it not being focused on as much as the muscle up and the fatigue in the final weeks.

Strict Muscle Up Week 9

Back Lever Week 9

Front Lever Week 9

What Did You Gain From The BTX Program?

  • Muscle Up In Week 9
  • Solid Handstand
  • Tucked Planche Pushups
  • Muscle Gain
  • Huge Strength Increase
  • Highest Fitness Level I’ve Ever Achieved
  • Online Friendships With Like Minded People

Did You Use The Secret Facebook Group?

The Facebook group was one of the main reasons that I made it through the program as the members were so encouraging and supportive, the group was full of people with a wide range of expertise from nutrition to sports therapy.

When I first joined the secret group I wasn’t intending to get involved in the chat as I’m not that keen on social media but I ended up being one of the main contributors in the group at the time, adding content and answering questions was really rewarding to see people take my advice and finally get a skill they had been working on, of the back of this group I still to this date speak with people from across the world and have made genuine friendships where we share videos and advice.

Would You Recommend The Barstarzz BTX Programme To A Friend?

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone that really wants to improve their callisthenics training and learn how to structure an efficient program. The program is hard and you need to be dedicated to get the most out of it but after the 12 weeks you will feel awesome and will have mastered some skills you once thought were impossible.

You can follow Ian’s calisthenics journey on Instagram by following him @izamzam2016

 


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