If you’ve been wondering what the fuss is all about calisthenics and wondered why the fitness world has been buzzing about it then this article will show you the benefits of a calisthenic workout.
Although it has become a bit of a craze recently, the exercises performed in calisthenics have existed for some time already. Put simply, calisthenics is a type of body weight training that doesn’t use any special gym equipment or weighted loads. Examples of these exercises include burpees, pushups and crunches.
Here are the benefits of a calisthenic workout:
Calisthenic Workouts – Workout at Home With No Equipment Required
The most prominent benefit of a calisthenic workout is that you don’t need to have any special equipment or a lot of space to get a workout done. This means a workout can be done in the convenience of your own home. By avoiding having to make a trip to the gym you can save a lot of time, as well as a lot of money on gym memberships.
If you do want to invest in some equipment, (you don’t need to) then a pull up bar, resistance band or a jump rope are very low cost options you can try.
Calisthenic Workouts and Full Body Training
Calisthenic exercises engage several muscle groups at once meaning you will strengthen your entire body. For example if you do pull ups, you are not only working your back muscles, but you are also engaging your arms, lower back, abs and shoulders. If you are doing a pushup you are not only engaging your arms. You are also working your glutes, quads and abs in order to complete the exercise.
Calisthenic Workouts and Developing Co-ordination
Following on from the previous point, by performing calisthenic exercises that require multiple muscle groups to work in concert with one another helping you to develop co-ordination. In order to perform movements like burpees or a pull-up your muscle groups need to move in the correct order and timing. Through practicing calisthenic movements you help your body to develop motor skills.
Calisthenic Workouts and Developing Flexibility
Since calisthenic workouts use bodyweight exercises that have movements that are fully extended, you are able to build strength in your muscles without having to sacrifice flexibility.
When you increase your flexibility you will be able to perform a wider range of movement and in turn increase your efficiency of our movement as well as your flexibility.
Use dynamic stretching after warming up, and static stretching at the end your workout session.
Calisthenic Workouts and Increasing Your Endurance
If you perform calisthenic exercises with the proper form you can increase your muscular endurance. You can achieve this with exercises that require you to hold a position for a certain amount of time (such as the plank)
Calisthenic Workouts and Fat Loss
If you perform calisthenic exercises at a high enough intensity, you will be able to achieve fat loss benefits that are similar to a High intensity interval training workout.
As you can see the benefits of a calisthenic workout include requiring little equipment, full body training, developing co-ordination, developing flexibility, increasing your endurance and fat loss.
Try adding a calisthenics workout to your exercise program and experience these benefits for yourself.