While calisthenics might look like a new type of training to some of us, it is actually a well-known workout technique. Calisthenics is all about using your own body weight during training and so not only becoming stronger and slimmer, but also learning how to control your own body better.
When one is doing calisthenics, they work against gravity in order to provide resistance. This might sound too complex, but actually it’s all about exercises, that some of us might name the basic ones: Push-ups, pull-ups, etc.
Some of you might wonder why to try calisthenics instead of ordinary lifting. Well, the answer is simple: You should try if you want to not only become fit and learn how to lift the weight, but also to learn how to control your body.
There are different types of training and all of them have different purposes. Lifting helps people build muscles and become stronger, so if this is your goal, you should stick to it. Calisthenics makes people more flexible, strong, mobile, and agile, as well as increases their endurance. So if any of these seem appealing to you, you should try it out!
As mentioned above, calisthenics helps people control their body better, makes them stronger, more flexible, and so on. However, that’s not all of its benefits.
Probably one of the best things about calisthenics is, that you can do it anywhere at any time. You don’t have to pay for the gym or find some time for training after work if you want to become stronger – you can do calisthenics everywhere, starting from the park and ending with your home. It is also very simple, so you could try it even without a coach.
Moreover, calisthenics is good for people of all age, gender, body type, etc. You don’t have to fit some requirements in order to be able to unleash your true potential.
If you are a beginner, you should start with the basics, trying exercises which are probably already familiar to you: Squats, sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups. Though they might seem too simple, they are actually very good and effective, allowing you to work with every main muscle group in your body.
Moreover, though they might look easy, they actually aren’t if you’re doing them right and especially if you hadn’t had much training before. It probably would be hard for a beginner to do a whole set of nice and slow push-ups. However, if that seems too easy, then you probably either doing it the wrong way or doing not enough reps. Increase the number of reps and see what happens.
Push-ups and pull-ups are the main upper-body exercises used both by beginners and experienced ones (though they are a bit different when you are experienced enough). Push-ups allow building chest, triceps, and shoulders muscles, at the same time improving your muscular endurance and helping to build your core stability. Pull-ups help you become stronger as well as work your grip, biceps and back muscles.
Squats are probably one of the most effective exercises for lower body, but only if you do them right. The main thing you have to remember while doing squats is that your knees shouldn’t go further your toes: Push your hips back like you’re trying to sit down instead of bending your knees forward.
Lunges are good for your lower body too; moreover, there are different types of them. The most basic lunges require you to take a big step forward, lowering your body and bending one of your knees until it touches the floor.
Of course, it’s impossible to do all these basic exercises all the time – but lucky for you, calisthenics doesn’t require you to do so. You can complicate the exercises if you want to – for example, do pull-ups on a tree branch or do push-ups using only one arm. You can also add other calisthenic exercises to your workout, making it more interesting and diverse.
Summing it up, calisthenics is a great workout for those who would like to have an opportunity to train anytime and anywhere, not simply building their muscles, but also becoming more flexible and durable in the process, as well as learning how to control their bodies. That’s why if you want to try it – you should definitely do so. After all, you don't need any equipment, no personal trainer, and no gym membership!