Calisthenics is essentially exercises which solely rely on the users body weight as resistance. Because it doesn’t rely on the use of gym equipment or apparatus, calisthenics exercises are widely accessible and can be done at home or in parks for example.
In its most basic form calisthenics routines contain very common and compound exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, dips etc. You can guarantee most people will be very familiar with these kinds of exercises as they’re often used as part of warm up and drilling exercises within other sports such as Football, Rugby or Netball for example.
For the more adventurous fitness enthusiasts Calisthenics can mean so much more. Bars and Rings can be used to practice advanced techniques such as Muscle-ups for example, and a huge variety of techniques can be mixed together to create some eye-catching routines. Take a look at the Best of Calisthenics 2015 to see what some of the world’s greatest Calisthenics pros are capable of!
What is Calisthenics 101?
In your typical fitness industry publication, calisthenics has become a bit of a buzzword for body weight training. For many people with a passion for calisthenics though, the workouts and techniques are much more creative and consist of very challenging exercises which are much harder and more fluent than your typical push-ups and squats.
Calisthenics 101 aims to be an educational source of these techniques, providing you with a range of new techniques to master and enjoy. Take a look at our Calisthenics Techniques, check out our Calisthenics Equipment Reviews, and contact Calisthenics 101 if you want to suggest new content. The site is constantly growing, so if you want to feature or collaborate in anyway then we’d love to hear from you.
Callisthenics or Calisthenics?
Lastly, let’s clear this one up!
The correct spelling is Calisthenics, with one ‘L’. The word Callisthenics originates from the Ancient Greek language, which has been wrongly adopted to English yet now know as the norm.
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