Calisthenics is based on your own weight
The followers of the sport don’t need much for training. “The focus is on your own body weight,” explains Austrian calisthenics master Achim Gölles, who has his own YouTube channel . You can train with whatever is available: park bench, wall, ladder. In a more professional environment, for example, bars and wall bars are added.
In calisthenics, full-body tension is crucial. However, since the weight remains constant, the exercises have to be made more difficult in other ways – for example by using super sets (minimizing the break), adjusting the lever or angle and performing explosively.
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How and where can you try out calisthenics?
Anyone who’s really got into calisthenics: So far, training groups for sport have mainly been found in large cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. You can also start training at home, there are enough videos on the Internet for beginners. However, it is important not to overwhelm your own body and to increase the intensity in the training plan slowly and continuously.
Calisthenics exercises for beginners
“Most of the basics can be done very comfortably at home,” says Schlesinger about FITBOOK. In a calisthenics park you could be overwhelmed without the basics and lose motivation, so really start with simple exercises and slowly increase the complexity after a certain time.
Professional Achim Gölles uses an example to explain how it can be done during training: In order to be able to bring the body into a horizontal position one day in the so-called “front lever” on the bar, you first start with pull-ups. If you can’t do this, start with strength exercises for your arms, etc. Because, as with most sports, the same applies to calisthenics: you should start small, stick to the training plan and, above all, have fun!