The New Year’s resolution brings both renewed optimism as well as a feeling of dread from all of the past failed resolutions, and if you want to finally make your calisthenics promise stick this time around, then it goes without saying that you are going to have to do things a little differently.
Fortunately, there are a couple of tricks you can implement that will make sticking to your new resolution much easier, and by the end of this article, you will be equipped with all of the tools you need to ensure that your calisthenics journey finally bears fruit.
Let’s head straight into it.
Make Your Routine Work for You
The easiest way to make your calisthenics promise stick as well as to make any new hobby stick as a whole is to simply make your routine work for you.
If you have to travel ten miles in terrible weather after work to get to your ideal calisthenics spot, chances are, you are not going to continue to follow your routine for very long.
Alternatively, if you have decided to buy a pull-up bar and some resistance bands so you can practice calisthenics in your own home, you would be much more likely to stick to your routine since there are ways fewer steps you have to take, and this same concept can be applied all over the board.
Simple things like preparing your workout clothes the day prior or practising calisthenics in the morning so you don’t have to do it when you get home from work can make an enormous difference in how easy it is for you to stick to your New Year’s resolution, and you would be surprised at how simple things can be when you set things up in the right way.
To put it simply; the less resistance, the better. The fewer steps you have to take for you to train, the more likely you will be to stick to your new routine in the long term, and this truly can mean the difference between you practising calisthenics for just a few weeks or the rest of your life.
This also means finding a workout routine that you enjoy.
If you can’t stomach the thought of doing a routine that you have planned out and do not enjoy the exercises that you have chosen, not only is this going to make your life a misery, but it’s a recipe for failure.
You should create a routine that you enjoy and want to do, and if you do this, you will find sticking to your New Year’s promise so much easier.
Of course, you will have to make sacrifices here and there – you might have to perform exercises that you don’t enjoy from time to time or work out on days that you don’t want to; this is just a part of the process.
However, if you take the time to create an ideal routine that you are happy with overall, then you will be able to stick to your new training regime with ease, and you might even enjoy yourself a little too.
Just make things easy for yourself.
Understand The Process
Before jumping into a new hobby, it’s always a good idea to understand the journey that you are about to embark on beforehand.
Knowing what you are getting yourself into and being aware of the steps that you will have to take can make you much more prepared when it comes to the real thing, and if you know how to deal with any potential challenges you could face, then the chances that you will stick to something long-term skyrocket.
So, what does the calisthenics process look like? Well, it’s simple. In the first couple of weeks, you are likely going to feel great. Starting something new with sky-high motivation can feel rejuvenating, and these first couple of weeks are likely going to be a breeze.
However, somewhere along the line, this motivation will begin to fade. There will be a day when you just do not feel like training, and you may even begin to skip days or stop training calisthenics altogether. This is the hardest part of the entire process.
Once you stop relying on motivation and instead find a concrete reason to train (health, aesthetics, community, strength etc) you will be able to push through this rough patch, and when you come out on the other side, training calisthenics will just become second nature.
Pushing through this part of the process is of the utmost importance, and to be completely forthright; it’s not going to be all too pleasant.
Forcing yourself to train when you do not want to can be incredibly difficult, and there is a good reason why most beginner trainers tend to quit at this stage.
The best piece of advice we could give you is this; just do it. Don’t spend five minutes thinking about whether or not you should work out today, just get it done, and soon enough, things will become much easier.
Once you have made it through this part of your journey, training calisthenics will become a bonafide hobby, and things will become almost automatic after you have gotten past this sticking point. It’s going to be tough, but it’s possible for anyone, and you will be thanking yourself years down the line when calisthenics is an integral part of your life.
We hope we have been able to give you a better insight into how you can finally make your New Year’s calisthenics promise stick this time around.
To tell you the truth; it’s not going to be easy. There are going to be days when you just want to give up and question whether or not it is worth it – but these are going to be the most important days of your calisthenics career.
After a while, sticking to your routine will become second nature, and once you reach this point, everything else will fall into place. It’s just getting to this point that is the difficult part.
Founder of www.calisthenics-101.co.uk. Training calisthenics since 2012.
Currently working on: 30 second one-arm handstand, muscle-up 360, straddle planche.