CALISTHENICS TRAINING: 4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START
Not to be confused with the Callanetics exercise programme which was all the craze in the 1980s, involving fluorescent Lycra and lots of small muscular pulses, Calisthenics training is, in essence, body weight training combining gymnastic movements with little to no equipment required.
So why should you incorporate it into your training regime? As a complete beginner, calisthenics seems pretty intimidating and strictly only for the incredibly fit. However in reality, this style of training is available to all whether you can walk on your hands or not; here’s why.
1. GO AT YOUR OWN PACE
There is a common perception of what calisthenic training should look like which can often deter people from trying it. Although inspiring, the images you see on your social media feed are usually extremely high level and don’t always portray how accessible calisthenics can be.
Through using just your body weight as the resistance, the majority of the exercises can be regressed or progressed in terms of intensity. This mean you can adjust your workout according to your skill and strength so there’s a starting point for everyone.
2. NO GYM, NO PROBLEM
Unlike mainstream exercise programmes, you don't need any specific equipment or have to be in a specific place in order to have a great workout. Playgrounds, park benches or even hotel rooms can provide you with the opportunity to perform a whole body calisthenics workout.
(It’s also free!)
3. FOR YOUR BODY
No matter whether you are very advanced or consider yourself a complete beginner, calisthenics requires practice which as a byproduct can produce an athletic and pretty impressive physique.
Because so many of the exercises challenge your aerobic capabilities, you are continuously stimulating muscle growth through a wide range of motion.
4. FOR YOUR MIND
…And the benefits aren’t just aesthetics; calisthenics training is also cognitively stimulating. Through learning and acquiring new skills, you’ll be developing your balance, coordination, agility and flexibility. This is all through simply understanding how to control your body weight and using your limbs as fulcrums and levers.
So there you have it. Don’t be afraid to learn a new skill and mix up your training.