About Us

About The Women's Calisthenics Organization

The Women's Calisthenics Organization is a Non-for-profit Organization that strives to provide women in calisthenics with resources, community, and opportunities. Recognizing the gender gap in the sport, our main intention is to bring more women into calisthenics and street workout by putting the movement on the forefront of the female fitness industry. Our training app, newsletter, podcast, and online shop is just a few ways we are building the community and providing resources. The Women's Calisthenics Organization also hosts competitions multiple times throughout the year to acquire new talent.  

What is Calisthenics?

You might be wondering what is calisthenics? By definition Calisthenics is exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement. Modern Calisthenics however is a fast growing professional sport and fitness niche around the world. There are approximately 24.5 million people in the United States alone who do calisthenics. 

 

Discipline

You have to be prepared to dedicate yourself fully to your training – completing set after set, rep after rep, hour after hour until you reach your target. No matter how much pain you may be in, or how much you may want to try something different. This kind of mindset is important – especially in today’s multi-tasking, easily distracted world. If you can instill dedication and discipline into your training – you will soon see the carry over into all areas of your life.

 

Self Control

Being able to handle yourself goes far beyond the bars. We cannot control the external world around us – the only thing we can seek to control is ourselves. This self-mastery is what Calisthenic philosophy encourages us to strive for too. Not only to be in control of our physical self. But also, our internal self. To no longer be at the mercy of fears, and impulses. That is self-mastery.

 

Strength and beauty

Strength is not just about being able to lift heavy things. Real strength is to be kind and caring – and to stay calm and composed, even when being provoked or persecuted. As eluded to earlier, Strength is not just about being able to lift heavy things. Real strength is to be kind and caring – and to stay calm and composed, even when being provoked or persecuted. Real strength is taking a stand for something you believe in, and remaining yourself in a world that is always seeking to change you. So, if you do not have those qualities too – then, no matter how much you can lift, or how big you are physically – you cannot be classed as truly strong.

 

Accepting Failure

If you wish to attain more advanced calisthenic skills – you are going to fail. This does not mean that you will never reach your goal. It just means that along the way, you are going to have to deal with failures. This does not mean that you will never reach your goal. It just means that along the way, you are going to have to deal with failures because it is apart of the process. The only sure-fire way to avoid failing is if you never have any ambition, and never do anything. So, start to see failure through calisthenic eyes – as a sign that you are trying to learn, and trying to grow. Then, you will actually embrace it.

 

The Founder

My name is Janie Stel (B.Comm, CPT) and I am a Calisthenics Athlete, Coach, and I am the proud founder of the Women's Calisthenics Organization. One thing I am proud of, is my ability to persistently acquire new opportunities for growth. My journey that brought me to pursuing calisthenics has also led me to interact with other like-minded individuals, and fuel my motivation to continue pushing my physical and mental capabilities.

When I first got into calisthenics 4 years ago, I discovered a need for more opportunities and female representation in the sport. This is why I decided to combine my passion for calisthenics and business to bring the Women's Calisthenics Organization to life.