I am Hampton, the face and founder of Hybrid Calisthenics, a fitness and health brand, community, and YouTube channel. Ask Me Anything!
DAY 2 UPDATE: We're still trucking. Only... several hundred more questions to go, haha. I thought I was making better progress than I was. My scroll bar was near the bottom but then I looked and the rest was hidden under "click here to see 279 more comments." WE CARRY ON FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.
By "we" I guess I mean me and my fake plant Bernard.
Hello Reddit friends!
It's Hampton here from Hybrid Calisthenics. I make calisthenics content across many social media platforms, largely in video format. I've been talked about on publications like Newsweek, Buzzfeed, and Yahoo Life.
Here's my "proof" that I am who I say I am: https://twitter.com/HCalisthenics/status/1408725143313174530
I've had a few videos trend on Reddit recently, so I thought it'd be interesting to try an AMA!
The video that has probably circulated the most is "You CAN do pushups, my friend."
Here's a link to that video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Yd2YpIDkI
Here's a link to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hybridcalisthenics
Thank you in advance for your questions. I'll try to let this run for at least a week and answer up to 100 questions a day.
EVERYTHING BELOW THIS IS TL;DR. I CAN BE A WORDY GUY.
So just a little about me:
Although I'm arguably best known for making short, vertical video content, my primary goal is to build community.
The content helps this goal because people will unite under a common goal or interest.
I'd like to encourage people to come together and help each other with their goals. The idea just seems really cool to me.
I've released a social network app called Cultivate for our community to do exactly this. I also try to promote other content creators that I think can help our audience.
I know "build community" has become an overused buzzword that it might make some of you roll your eyes, but it's such a core part of what I do that I had to bring it up. I'm just a dorky guy with a phone, but having a community has answered more questions, helped more people, and created more friendships than I ever could have by myself.
I'm laying the groundwork for my next project, which will help those interested in content creation and online business. I know a lot of people want to (or have to!) work from home now, so I hope this initiative can help people do that.
Beyond making content for this, I hope to provide resources and relationships to help those getting started in their journey. I'll discuss social media strategy, building communities, and ethical monetization. I'll most likely set aside a section of my app for that.
It'll be free.
Feel free to ask me about that as well!
Some quick facts:
-I am not a personal trainer. I have respect for them, but it's not what I currently do in life. I get requests for personal consultations but I, unfortunately, have no time for it right now.
-I've built an online audience of around 3.5 million in about a year. This is just a number, but I bring it up in case anyone would like to ask about social media strategy.
-I've never taken a sponsorship from a brand.
I am not against sponsorships, but I've always thought that if I liked a brand enough to promote it, I'd do it for free. And if I didn't like a brand, then I shouldn't promote it no matter the cost.
-I did not pay Reddit to put me on the front page nor did I pay a company to get me there. It's illegal for me to lie about something like that. I do not even know the people who shared the videos. Please ask me if you have any questions.
-I do use weights, but I use them to supplement calisthenics exercises. I have nothing against them.
-The word "influencer" will always make me cringe a bit, but I'm not upset when people use it. I know what they mean.
Anyway, that's about it!
Feel free to ask me anything you want, but keep in mind that I cannot diagnose or treat your medical condition. The nature of content like videos, articles, or books gives generalized information that may work for some but may not work for others. BY ALL MEANS, please contact your doctor or physical therapist about any medical concerns you may have. You are welcome and encouraged to show your medical professional the content before trying it. If you are unsure about anything you've heard or seen from me, don't do it.
Don't be too mean!
...Nah I'm just kidding. By all means, ask away if you have criticisms or concerns! I'm happy to address them.
I couldn't find any rules about it, but if possible I'll let this AMA last for several days. I'll try to answer up to 100 questions a day for about a week.