Calisthenics is an exercise program that is all-natural.
This means that you need a very little amount of equipment, just your bodyweight.
With this program you will build lean muscle, improve your endurance, strength, balance, posture and flexibility.
You may not be familiar with the term calisthenics, but you will have heard of some of the exercises involved such as, squats, lunges, push-ups, dips, pull-ups and crunches.
These calisthenics workouts are ones that can be done anywhere even when you travel as you just need your own bodyweight.
For example, take a counter push-up. Lean forward against a counter top edge at roughly a 45 degree angle keeping your elbows bent.
Use your arms to push yourself away from the countertop making your arms fully extended and then lower yourself back to the starting position.
This is one repetition that involved nothing but your bodyweight and a kitchen worktop.
When you first start working out it is important to complete 3 days a week of exercise with a day off in between to allow your muscles to rest.
The actual time of the day or night that you complete your workout is not as important.
There are 2 main categories when exercising: Normal and circuit. Generally with a circuit, this focuses on a full body workout, whereas a normal one will work a certain group of muscles.
For example, a circuit routine may consist of 10 chin-ups, 10 push-ups, 10 lunges and finishing with 10 crunches.
A normal routine could be 5 sets of 20 chin-ups with a minutes rest in between each set.
There is many a calisthenics workout that you can do to suit your needs.
If you want to include chin-ups and pull-ups you will need a horizontal bar, but if you don’t have one at home and don’t want to buy one, most playgrounds usually have many of them.
You will find most of the equipment you need around your home to complete nearly all exercises, for example, you can use the front of a kitchen chair or any flat horizontal surface around that height to complete your dips.
Warming up and cooling down are both very important before and after any exercise routine.
A warm up will get your blood pumping and your muscles warmed up. Examples of these include wrist rotations, running for 2 minutes on the spot and arm circles.
Cool down your muscles to avoid injury by completing static stretches. Move the muscles that have been worked and stretch them as far as they can go and hold for a few seconds.
If you are a regular traveler, calisthenics exercises are fantastic as they require hardly any equipment and are designed to be simple.
You can cater them to how you would like to work out, whether that be a group of specific muscles, or a full-body workout.