Maybe you haven’t come across the word calisthenics before; however, interestingly, you are already doing it! Because all exercises done by you without any external aid come under the heading of calisthenics. Does this mean that running, jogging, gymnastics, martial arts and PT training are all forms of calisthenics? Yes! They all are. Let me explain, calisthenics is also known as “body-weight training” is a series of high-intensity muscle workouts that can be done with body weight i.e. no added weight. Sports players, law enforcement agencies and soldiers are bound to do calisthenics exercises, not only to remain fit but also to build discipline.
There are thousands of ways to perform calisthenics however, you can start it as a stand-alone routine or can consult a professional trainer for a better physical enhancement. Some of the well-known calisthenics exercises include push-ups, chin-ups, jumping jacks, abdominal crunches, squats, lunges and planks.
Benefits of Calisthenics
You can perform calisthenics anywhere without prior knowledge or training, with little or no equipment to get a rippled shape and optimal strength. In my personal opinion for an ideal range of motion and natural strength, there is no better exercise other than calisthenics.
If what Ralph Waldo Emerson says is true, ‘The first Wealth is Health’ then we can all be on our way to wealth because we all can, and should begin to improve our health with calisthenic exercises. There is absolutely no reason not to, we all have what it takes: a body and some space. Our gains will be tremendous!