They are known as bartendaz, barstarzz, barbarians. What they do is bar hitting, ghetto workouts, freestyle calisthenics. Okay, so it may not really have a proper name yet, but it is nonetheless a display of strength and physical control to rival superheros, and hence amazing stuff.
The gentleman in the video above is known as Hannibal for King. He has been doing this kind of work out for 16 years, which is why he is able to manoeuvre himself into positions commonly considered as defying the laws of physics, or at least some kind of health and safety regulation. That’s how he has got himself millions of views on YouTube, a DVD (and apparently a new name!)
Hannibal for King is by no means the only bar man in the hood. Workout crews are springing up all over, populated equally by those turning away from claustrophic and overpriced gyms as by those who’ve finally decided to move from the park bench onto the bars. Amazing videos like the one above are also finding an international audience, and this form of extreme calisthenics looks like it may follow in the footsteps of parkour to be another sport born on the street but raised online.
Bartendaz is the name of one of the original NYC crews, and they have turned their bartending into a full-fledged business. Their founder, Giant, happens to be an ex-offender turned motivational speaker, and he sees the new discipline as a force for social good. Bartendaz are already taking their inspirational training regimes into schools and prisons around the US.
Thanks to our man in New York, Ezra Kwong, for the spot!