What Is Calisthenics?
Calisthenics is a form of exercise in which you do not use any external weights. Instead you use only your bodyweight to build strength and muscle. Lots of people who are new to working out seem to think that to build muscle and strength that you have to go to the gym lift heavy weights and use all the expensive machines. This is simply not the case. You do not need a gym membership or expensive equipment to get ripped. All you need is your own body weight and calisthenics.
Why Not Just Go To The Gym?
One big reason why calisthenics is so appealing to me and lots of others too is that it doesn’t have to cost much if you don’t want it too. When going to the gym you have to pay for a membership monthly which can add up and become a big expense and if you are a broke kid then sometimes that just isn’t an option. This is one of the reasons calisthenics is so great. Getting started is cheap no gym required no equipment required to start with simple and cheap.
Another thing that makes calisthenics and bodyweight training better than lifting weights and going to the gym for me at least is how it is completely different to weight training. With weight training your practicing to lift heavy things and the main goal is too just build muscle and look good. But calisthenics is more than that. Not only does calisthenics help you build lean muscle mass but it also trains you to take full control over your body and really become the best version of yourself. Proper Calisthenics training will allow you to build strength, mobility, flexibility, agility, and endurance which is a lot more than what weight training will provide. This is not bashing anyone who goes to the gym and lifts weights because that used to be me my goal was to build muscle I wasn’t interested in all the other stuff and if thats you the maybe calisthenics isn’t for you but maybe you should try out calisthenics to see if maybe it is something you might like.
How do I get Started?
Getting Started with calisthenics is simple and basically free. All you really need is some space and something soft to lie on, something like carpet a rug or even outside on the grass or a mat. When starting off with calisthenics you only need to know 4 simple exercises which you have probably already heard of. Push ups, Pull Ups, Squats and Sit Ups. Each one of these exercises works a different group of muscles and these exercises build a solid foundation in terms of your body strength and really help you set yourself up for more intense harder exercises in the future. To help get you started checkout this short 10 minute workout which includes the 4 exercises we mentioned earlier.
The great thing about calisthenics is that it is absolutely free. All you need is a soft flat surface, but if you feel like doing the same old exercises is getting boring and repetitive then there is equipment you can but to switch things up and do some more complicated and advanced bodyweight movements. These are things like pull up bars, dip bars and parallettes. They still use just your bodyweight as resistance but they make it a lot easier to really target and isolate certain muscles. Check out our article 5 Essential Pieces Of Calisthenics Equipment For Beginners to learn more about calisthenics equipment.