Why you should consider callisthenics when you’re getting in shape


Why you should consider callisthenics when you’re getting in shape

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Many have dubbed callisthenics the ‘art and science of beautiful movement’. This doesn’t do it justice. Callisthenics should never be overlooked when it comes to getting strong and shredded. It’s used to master your own bodyweight using minimal equipment.

Training strength in this way has several benefits that traditional weightlifting cannot offer. Let’s dive in and take a look at what callisthenics can do for your training.

It’s almost always free

Gym memberships can seriously add up. But thanks to the thousands of free callisthenics parks all around the world, you don’t need to fork out an annual membership to get in shape. It can be done practically anywhere as there are plenty of exercises that don’t need any equipment at all. With fantastic resources all over the web, from YouTube to Medium, a personal trainer isn’t essential either.

To get a full upper body workout, you ideally want a pull-up bar and dip bars. If there aren’t any of these near you, get creative. You could use monkey bars, tree branches or any horizontal bar - just make sure it’s solid and can support your weight.

If you want equipment you can count on, buy some gymnastics rings. You can attach them to almost anything and work your entire upper body with them. Plus they’re a lot cheaper to purchase than an annual gym membership.

Training becomes much more than just lifting

Lifting weights can get pretty tedious. Many people find it a dull and unimaginative form of training. Callisthenics offers a breath of fresh air for anyone who has lost their motivation.

With its gymnastics foundations, your training can focus on getting strong and developing bodyweight skills. Handstand training can evolve into advanced movements like handstand push-ups. Pull-ups progress into muscle-ups. If you stick at it and train smart, you’ll be able to do highly advanced skills like front lever, planche, and the human flag.

This keeps training interesting and constantly exciting. You’ll always be aiming for progress in particular skills by working your way up the progressions, rather than adding on weight to the bar or weight machine.

Complement weight training

Adding callisthenics to your weight programme is a fantastic way to switch things up and build your strength at the same time. If compound movements like pull-ups and press-ups become too easy, you have plenty of options to progress. You can make the movements more explosive, focus on perfect form, or buy a weight belt and add 5, 10, or 20-plus kilograms onto your bodyweight. If you really want a challenge, you can learn how to do them one-handed.

Many athletes argue that callisthenics isn’t enough to build serious leg muscle and mass. Although one-legged pistol squats are a difficult movement and can certainly build strength in your legs, it’s difficult to replace the benefits of heavy-weighted deadlifts and squats.

The key takeaway from exploring callisthenics in your training program is that building strength doesn’t have to be tedious. It can be incredibly fun and give your body awareness and capabilities that you never thought were possible. Unbelievably so, this doesn’t have to cost a penny.

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Alia Coster