Now you can exercise by taking advantage of your own body weight, which can help you define muscles. Introducing Calisthenics, a perfect training for those who want to gain strength, agility and flexibility.
If you want to get fit without spending a lot of money on sports equipment or gyms, try a workout that has become trendy due to been very accessible and suitable for all ages, Calisthenics, is a form of exercising where it is the body weight itself that demands effort from the body. It focuses on the work of all muscle groups. Initially, it was conceived only for the upper body, and its purpose is not to work power or effort, but agility, strength, flexibility, and body posture. A complete training, which depends only on your disposition and own ability to carry it out.
Main goal of Calisthenics is to get the muscles to contract and tighten to acquire a more refined technique. The result is a more expressive muscular structure, achieving the figure of a true gymnast. Therefore, your body must be worked out as a whole, and not as the sum of many individual parts. Although exercises for beginners are relatively basic, it is a gradual and progressive type of activity, representing challenges to any athlete who is attracted to great results.
The so-called street workout or parkour have aspects in common with Calisthenics, for they consider public spaces as their own gym, open at all times. In the case of Calisthenics, all that is needed are bars parallel to the ground, and others perpendicular to do some exercises, especially some of the more complex ones, they are usually found in parks or playgrounds with relative ease.
What is Calisthenics and who can practice it?
Calisthenics is a training method suitable to anyone, both men and women, regardless of age or physical condition. Everyone can reach more or less high levels, both as intensity and type of exercises, depending on their own characteristics and dedication.
It is a type of exercise ideal for people who want to define their bodies without gaining uncontrollable muscle mass, and even for those who want to lose weight, because they will achieve results both aerobic and anaerobically.
Can you practice Calisthenics if you do not have enough resistance, power, or muscle strength?
Undoubtedly, yes. At the beginning, it may not be possible to perform some of the more complex movements, but neither is it necessary. In fact, the most likely is that the muscles run out of fuel even without reaching five repetitions per sections, but progressively the limits will improve, and you will end up coming to more complex exercises if a routine is maintained in a more disciplined manner.
Does Calisthenics have contraindications?
This activity is not suitable for athletes who wish to develop muscle hypertrophy; that is, those who seek to grow in size will not find in Calisthenics the type of training they need do so.
Be aware that people, who have suffered any type of recent injury, should see a doctor or a physiotherapist so that a professional may assess the risks, and advise on this form of training.