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Micropolis: NYC Street Workout Goes Global

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Juice is his name, and street workout is his game. He's based in Lincoln Terrace, a park in Brooklyn. (Walyce Almeida/WNYC)

Is Street Calisthenics the most extreme workout in New York? That’s what some (highly-ripped) practitioners claim, although boot campers and P90Xers may vehemently disagree.

What’s not in dispute is that the sensational moves perfected on the playgrounds of Brooklyn and Queens by street workout stars like Hannibal for King, the Bartendaz or Barstarzz have inspired legions of fans in Russia, Israel, Spain and other countries.

Like rap music decades ago, the street workout was “Made in New York” and has now gone global. In some countries it’s even called the “Ghetto Workout,” complete with rap soundtracks and menacing looks. But local competitors say that even as the rest of the world embraces it, they’re struggling to get attention for it at home.

To see more photos and a video about Street Calisthenics, visit Micropolis: NYC.

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