If you never heard about calisthenics, you might think it’s a name for a part of your body. However, it’s a type of exercise – where you perform gymnastic-like routines to keep your body fit and lean. If you ever wonder how a gymnast trains, this might be a good workout to try.
Calisthenics is a combination of strength and movement. Never be jealous if you feel like you’re weaker than the two that are next to you. Their muscle story may have started long before you began training. Never judge yourself for it. However, strength is essential to perform movements under the calisthenics belt. A few examples of the type of exercise that would go under calisthenics are:
1. Tornado Pull-ups: This exercise will workout mostly your arms, and lower abdomen and legs. This is performed like a normal pull up, but you are twisting your torso as you pull your self and unwinding your legs as you go back down. Sounds painful, right? Though it works your body well.
2. Brock Jump: This mostly works on your shoulders and triceps. You will need a medicine ball or a prop that will help you jump from one side to the other. It’s like a jump push-up but alternating sides that give more of an effect towards your body.
3. Hanging Strength Leg Raise: You wouldn’t think hanging from a bar would be hard, would you? Think of hanging while your kegs are straight. You will feel it in your quads, glutes and core.
4. Back Lever: this would give you a full body workout. To give you a picture of this workout, a person is basically holding the bar from their backs as they hang from it for a good time. This takes a lot of practice and training — plus it’s harder than it looks.
The best thing about these workouts is that you don’t need to add any more weight. These workouts are solely trusted to your body weight and you still gain the muscle and tone body look you would if you did weight training.