Calisthenics is an amazingly functional way to strengthen and tone your body. It’s screams simplicity and can be done everyday. Calisthenics consists of a variety of exercises that rarely requires the use of equipment and focuses on mastering one’s own body weight through push-ups, pull-ups, dips, etc.
“But Jasmen, I am so weak and I can’t even pull myself up once, how can I do an entire workout?”
Never fear ladies. Calisthenics is for all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. With a few beginner moves and consistency, you will surprise yourself in ways you never imagined possible.
Most gyms have an assisted dip and pull-up machine which is the most effective and time efficient way to work your whole upper body. This machine will allow you to pull-up or dip with only a portion of your body weight until one day you are pulling up with no assistance.
“But Jasmen, I feel uncomfortable doing this at the gym around other people.”
Sporting goods stores, like Modells, sells portable pull-up bars (around $20) that you can easily set up on a doorway of your house. When you have your personal pull-up bar installed, you may also want to purchase body bands which will assist you with your pull-ups until you can do them on your own (around $35 on Amazon for a set of three resistance levels). Pull-up bar and body bands for the win! There are tons of youtube videos that teach you how to install your bands on your pull-up bar for safe and effective pull-up training.
So there’s no excuse at all to skip this body toning exercise.
20something Beginner Calisthenics Workout
- 10 push-ups (leaning on a ledge or couch if you are not able to do flat push-ups yet)
- 5 to 10 assisted pull-ups
- 25 crunches
- 10 jump squats
For 3 rounds.
This circuit will take 10-20 minutes tops and should be done 3- 5 times a week for the best results.
In no time at all you’ll be paving the way with new and creative variations of your calisthenics workouts. Take the first step, in the gym or at home, and you’ll be flashing that tight bod everywhere you go.