What is Calisthenics?
Calisthenic training includes any exercises performed using no additional weight, and is generally referred to as body-weight training. It uses the fitness components of power, strength, flexibility and balance, and can focus on any muscle group. Training can be done as a stand-alone routine, or programmed into any weight loss, bodybuilding or fitness workout. Calisthenics has numerous benefits and can be personalised to suit beginner, intermediate or advanced trainees.
Populations of any age and gender will find calisthenic training highly beneficial as it is applicable in everyday life, however calisthenics should by no means be underestimated. A considerable amount of the training mimics a variety of gymnastic movements! Calisthenics can be modified to increase or decrease resistance, giving the trainer complete control of the intensity of the workout e.g. using a powerband to enable an individual to perform a muscle up or using a powerband to increase resistance when performing a squat jump.
With calisthenic exercise, you progressively learn to have complete control over your own body. Many individuals work towards lifting the heaviest weight possible, but being able to perform muscle ups, handstands and human flags, to name a few, are becoming somewhat more popular as the movements involve a great deal of technique. Many would be shocked as to what their bodies are actually capable of!
- Improved muscular strength
- Improved cardiovascular fitness
- Improved flexibility
- Improved balance
- Improved stamina
- Improved co-ordination
- Improved agility
- Increased muscular size
- Increase in fat loss
- Greater joint stability as muscles around joints are strengthened
- Greater muscle tone
- Increase muscular power output
- Reduced risk of various conditions due to overexertion from lifting heavy weights (e.g. hernia’s)
- Obtaining the ability to understand your body’s physical limits. This is invaluable in your day-to-day life, helping individuals avoid injuries.
- Calisthenic exercises have benefits for synergist muscles e.g. a push up will also work the back, abdominal and leg muscles, not only the pectorals, triceps and shoulders
- Excercise range from easy to difficult, giving you something to work towards
- Gym equipment is not necessarily needed
- Can be done anywhereand anytime
- Improves mental health – can combat stress, anxiety, depression and boost one’s self-esteem
- If done consistently, calisthenics can provide relief to muscle aches & pain
Calisthenics is a more natural form of training for your body than lifting weights. It helps sculpt your body naturally which, generally, results in a more attractive looking physique
Please keep in mind that any calisthenic exercise should be completed with proper form, technique, and breathing. Improperly performing any calisthenic exercise may cause unnecessary strain to your joints. When done properly, any calisthenic exercise is fun and effective.