What Is Calisthenics and How to Incorporate It in Your Workouts

What Is Calisthenics and How to Incorporate It in Your Workouts

Calisthenics is a great way to build muscle, improve your coordination, and switch up your usual workouts. So, what is calisthenics? Calisthenics is essentially resistance training using your body weight — push-ups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks are all examples of calisthenic exercises. Keep reading to learn more about calisthenic workouts and their benefits. What Is a Calisthenic Workout? “Calisthenics is a form of strengthening the body using a series of movements, or flows, that rely on gravity and your bodyweight for the challenge,” says Holly Perkins, BS, CSCS, and author of “Lift to Get Lean.” Calisthenics — which comes from the Greek words meaning “beauty” and “strength” — combines strength-training exercises and gymnastics movements. Unlike weightlifting and certain types of strength training, though, calisthenics requires minimal to no equipment. “Nearly all calisthenics movements are considered closed kinetic chain movement patterns,” Perkins says. “This means you are moving your body around an immovable object, like the ground or an anchored... Read More