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What is Calisthenics?

Calisthenics is the term used in the fitness industry to describe workouts and exercises which rely only on the use of your body weight.

This includes simple movements such as pull-ups, push-ups, squats and dips, but there are also many more advanced, gravity-defying, bodyweight exercises which make calisthenics appealing to anybody looking for something impressive and exciting!

Calisthenics 101 is an online resource which can provide you with everything you need to know to get started with your calisthenics journey.

Why Should You Train Calisthenics?

Calisthenics has many benefits over traditional gym workouts using weights and machines. Here are just 3 of those benefits:

#1 You can train anywhere. Because bodyweight exercises require very little equipment, calisthenics workouts can be completed at home, in the park, or at the gym. Not only does this make calisthenics more accessible, it means you don’t need to pay monthly gym fees!

#2 Calisthenics skills are impressive and motivating. A good day at the gym for some is adding an extra 5kg to their usual bench press weight. With calisthenics, a good day means achieving your first muscle-up, mastering the human flag, or holding your first 10-second handstand. Learning skills is much more addictive and motivating than pushing weights!

#3 Bodyweight exercises are fantastic for building muscle and getting ripped. Just check out some of the top Calisthenics influencers.

Need more reasons? Check out Calisthenics vs Crossfit or Can I Build Muscle Using Only Bodyweight Exercises for further reading.