Calisthenics is a form of exercise that involves rhythmical movements, without using equipment. Find out how to incorporate calisthenics as part of your exercise routine.
Many fitness trends come and go, often passing through our consciousness before we can blink. Some seem to require odd-looking equipment, specialist gyms or even a degree in mechanical engineering.
Whilst these forms of physical activity definitely have their value, and add infinite possibilities to our workouts, there is one type of workout that will always be accessible. Calisthenics requires nothing but the resistance of your own body weight, making it a great way to stay fit.
What are calisthenics workouts?
Simply put, calisthenics are bodyweight exercises, often combining strength training, stretches, movement and inertia to create physique-sculpting resistance training that can be done in parks, on beaches or in the comfort of your own home.
They can range from the simple (i.e. a bodyweight squat, push-up or plank) to the physics defying workouts (i.e. muscle ups, handstand walks and planche exercises. Calisthenic workouts can be taken to such advanced levels that it has even become a competitive sport in Australia.
Calisthenics, or bodyweight workouts, provide a no-excuse way to get your workout in wherever you are. They don’t have to take up much time either. A 20-minute workout with just bodyweight each day can get fantastic results if you’re consistent enough.
Check out some basic calisthenics moves on the next few pages…