What is Calisthenics?
Calisthenics is a form of working out that uses only your body weight and sometimes a little equipment. There are so many variations of calisthenics, and they all work great. If you want a couple of resources for learning about calisthenics or just some great entertainment, here are some great resources:
- Hybrid Calisthenics: https://www.youtube.com/c/HybridCalisthenics
- Bodybuilding.com: https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/how-to-build-a-calisthenics-body.html
- Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/calisthenics
These are fantastic resources for finding out how to build your calisthenics journey. But, WAIT, before you click on them, let’s talk about why you should be doing calisthenics and what makes it so unique.
Why Should You Start Calisthenics?
Little to No Cost
Do you have a pull-up bar or a dip bar? Maybe even some chalk left over in your garage or some rings that you can hang from a tree. If the answer was yes to all, or just some, of those questions, you have enough to start calisthenics.
Calisthenics is one of the cheapest ways to work out. For half of the exercises, your body weight is the only thing you use. I don’t know about you guys, but my body didn’t cost me 40-100$ per month last time I checked. Maybe it does, but I’ll never know.
While calisthenics is a cheap alternative to weightlifting, there are some things to consider. First, unlike weightlifting, finding an area to do calisthenics can be challenging because there’s no set place. However, as long as you’ve got a roof over your head and a tree nearby, you should probably be fine when it comes to calisthenics. This, alongside other precautions for weather changes, which can be a massive problem in calisthenics training, should be enough to start your training effectively.
Tons of people love working out but injure themselves constantly. I’m sure we all have that friend who is having surgery every other day because of their injuries. Luckily, with calisthenics, you won’t be buried in medical debt. Since most calisthenics involves using only your body weight, it’s much harder to injure yourself than it would.
Calisthenics uses the safest equipment out of all the workouts as well. The worst, and I mean worst, you could ever do, is pull a muscle by being an idiot. No joke, as long as you’re not training 24/7 and straining out your muscles all the time, you’ll be fine. In addition, since it’s a solo sport, you won’t be risking some random guy decking you to the ground with a hook to the face.
Anyone, and I mean anyone, can do calisthenics. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at. You could be a tenth-generation lifter with the genetics of an actual Norse God or a beginner who’s never seen a weight before. It does not matter. Both of them can start calisthenics, and both of them will do great.
Another thing that makes calisthenics beginner-friendly is the community. The calisthenics community is way less traditional than bodybuilding or powerlifting communities. This means that they’re very open-minded and inclusive. No matter how you work out, as long as it’s effective, you’ll rarely find people telling you your workout is “garbage” or “needs more work, bruh.” If you do, don’t worry. Every community has trolls.
Easy Training Plans
Have you ever tried to design a training plan that’s consistent and effective for lifting, basketball, football, or any other sport? If you have, you probably know how difficult it is to make those plans. The good thing about calisthenics is that it’s much easier to create programs. You don’t really see personal trainers charging 500 dollars for a calisthenics coaching plan, either. That’s because making a complex training plan for calisthenics isn’t difficult, at least when starting out.
Calisthenics gives us the body we wish we had in every other sport. Not tremendous, not skinny, but shredded and muscular. In addition, there’s that vibe of being able to balance yourself on a bar without a shirt on that has an entire aesthetic. Calisthenics is also probably one of the sports that encourages you to be shredded. The less weight to cover on the bar, the easier the exercises will be. Calisthenics can give you a very balanced, healthy, and incredible physique.
How do I start calisthenic training?
I’m so glad you asked, my imaginary friend. Following the sources at the top should help you out quite a lot, but here are some other pieces of advice for starting calisthenics:
- You need a good diet: It just so happens we have an entire post about nutrition and dieting; just saying. https://prolifesaver.com/2022/10/15/best-dieting-nutrition-and-weight-loss-tips/
- Join a discord or other social media platform about calisthenics: Usually, these platforms are filled with people who are more than willing to help.
- Pay for a professional: Expensive but by far the best option to start out.
- Start slowly: Like most things, you need to ease into calisthenics. Don’t rush it, be patient, and you’ll have those rock-hard abs in no time.
Calisthenics is one of the best, if not the best, options for building muscle. It’s a great party trick too. When was the last time you could see a guy capable of making monkey bars cool? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. We wish you the best on your journey; good luck, and don’t tear a muscle. Otherwise, how are you going to read the rest of our posts? Have fun reading some below!
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