Elbow Lever: Hand Position
Elbow Lever Progression
A back lever and a front lever are static holds performed on rings or on a straight bar. Both skills are rated ‘A’ value on the Gymnastics Code of Points, a scale from A to F with F being the most difficult. The elbow lever is not recognized in the Code of Points and I would rate it an A minus.
1. Tucked Elbow Lever
2. Straddle Elbow Lever
3. Elbow Lever
A lever in calisthenics is when you position your entire body in a horizontal position where your torso and legs are parallel to the ground. This requires a high amount of upper body strength, especially in your back, arms, shoulders, and core.
The three main levers are the front lever, back lever, and elbow lever. Lucky for you, I have created a step-by-step guide covering all of the progressions and the correct techniques to unlock them. Check out my tutorials below:
The Takeaways: Long Lever Plank
I’m Pat Chadwick, a qualified Level 2 and Level 3 calisthenics coach and athlete from London, England, with six years of experience. I’ve competed in various UK competitions, including the Kalos Stenos Championships, where I achieved third place in the lightweight category. My passion is highlighting the beauty of calisthenics as an authentic and pure form of body expression. I believe that everyone has the potential to become a champion of their body and mind, and that calisthenics opens the door to personal empowerment.