Calisthenics are known as one of the oldest forms of training. They attract many people due to simply the ease of working out anywhere with no equipment needed. Below are a few additional reasons why calisthenics may be the newest addition to your fitness training.
You can be much more creative with your workouts when doing calisthenics. For instance, you can start your routine with some stretching and warm-up calisthenics before commencing more taxing resistance exercises. Touching both toes in alternating movements with your legs spread is a good stretching exercise, while jumping jacks can help you get the blood flowing. Then to vary your routine, try doing some Yoga movements some days and run in place to warm up.
Builds Amazing Strength
This may seem like common sense that calisthenics would build strength, but it doesn’t just apply to muscular strength! Bodyweight exercises can also help to improve bone and joint strength as well. The US Military implements the use of calisthenics in their basic training to help build strength, but to also avoid injuries. Adding calisthenics also helps to build your muscular strength without the wear and tear that weightlifting can have on your body.
A lot of the movements incorporated into a calisthenic workout requires some degree of flexibility. Take for example: the lunge. To perform this exercise, your body needs movement throughout the hip to allow for the hip extension of the leg placed behind the body. You can even experience tightness through quads and hamstrings. Tightness that you may not even know of, will become evident through the addition of calisthenics to your training. Through increasing strength, your body will become adapted to increasing its flexibility to perform the movements correctly. Having proper range of motion, allows your body to utilize the correct muscle groups to perform an exercise. Inhibited muscles due to poor flexibility can develop incorrect muscle patterns! That being said, standard stretching should not be overlooked. It should be encouraged to perform dynamic stretching prior to calisthenic workouts.
Any exercise, including calisthenics, increases endorphins, which are chemicals that make you feel better and reduce the perception of pain in the body. That’s why many people who work out regularly get a natural high from their training, which can counteract bouts of depression.
More Fun and Creative
Doing your regular workouts may become boring at times. In some cases, you may be looking to do something different and fun for a change of pace. This is important for many people, as monotony tend to lead to a loss in overall interest and motivation. Calisthenics gives you the option of being creative with your training workouts. The exercises you do can be combined with various movements and personal challenges for example. If you’re in a park, there are lots of possibilities as long as you are motivated and engaged. This ensures that your workouts are more fun. Moreover, it may be a good idea to have a partner training along with you. This makes things more engaging for both persons involved. Some people are motivated more when training with a friend or relative, which adds on to the overall workout experience.
Increased Muscle and Tone
Calisthenics is one of the only ways to build muscle mass and strength without the use of weights. However, it might not be the choice for the hard-core body builder. Muscles are built on the principle of progressive resistance. You can only progress your resistance so far when your only weight is your own body. However, calisthenics can build a reasonable amount of muscle mass, and maintain it, especially for a beginner looking for moderate muscle growth. An added benefit is that calisthenics accomplishes this muscle growth without the tearing and trauma that weight training can inflict.