Have you ever thought about doing calisthenics? If so, you might be put off because of all the reps people do, the press-ups to handstands performed and things of that nature. Don’t worry because here’s some advice you can use.
1.Start Now– Yes, you want to start right now, at this very second. The truth is there are so many people who fail to start because they don’t know how to or they believe they can’t. When it comes to starting calisthenics, there is no right time and the right place to begin.
It doesn’t matter where you are at; you can start calisthenics because you don’t need a fitness trainer, equipment or no experience with training. Best of all, calisthenics is perfect for everyone, regardless of their gender, age, ability level or size. What we’re trying to say is stop with the excuses and stop talking yourself out of it, just do it.
2.Do The Basics At First– If you have never trained with calisthenics, then don’t worry. There’s no need to try to imitate the tricks you see on YouTube or Instagram. When you are a beginner, just start and stick with the basics.
All calisthenics have their foundations in bodyweight squats, pull-ups, push-ups, hanging leg lifts and so forth. Do not complicate things by doing a bunch of fancy stuff. Your primary focus is to gain strength and endurance, as well as maintaining proper form.
Proper form is important because when you practice maintaining proper form right from the beginning, then it will stick with you when you become more experienced with calisthenics. Even if you struggle to do a couple of push-ups, don’t worry about it because there are always ways to tweak your exercises, such as doing push-ups from your knees or at an incline. For pull-ups, you can use resistance bands, and you can do handstands using a wall as support or you can do dips while keeping your feet on the ground. These are only a few examples of what you can do to tweak your exercises so you can do them.
3. Consistency Is Key– Doing hard training sessions once per week is not going to do much for your strength, but doing short and intense sessions daily will. When you want to progress and get results, you have to be consistent. The best thing about calisthenics is you can pretty much do it anywhere, which means you don’t have to go to the gym to get a good workout. Every workout counts, even if you are only doing it for 10-20 minutes.
4. Try To Do Better Than The Last Time– You want to try to progress over time, just as you would with any other type of strength training. What this means is you want to increase what you are doing as time goes on because this is how you will gain more strength. What you can do is increase the resistance you are using in your workouts, or you can increase the number of reps you do for an exercise. It is up to you how you want to go about progressing.
Remember, you don’t have to make a huge jump. Every time you workout, just do a tiny better than what you were before. These little improvements will turn into something huge in the long run.
5. Your Failures Should Be Embraced– You can expect to fail every now and then when you train, and that is perfectly fine. It’s even fine if you fail a hundred times in a row because this is normal when it comes to learning new stuff. Many people get annoyed or angry with themselves when they fail, especially when it comes to exercising but failing is an important part of the learning process.
Remember, even the most successful people have failed dozens of times. Not only that but what you see on social media is probably not people doing everything right the first time around. They probably practised multiple times before getting it right.
6. Your Progress Matters, Not Theirs– Comparison is something people often struggle with, but not everyone starts their journey the same way. That person you admire was a complete newbie at one point too. Don’t compare your progress or skills to other people because your progress is what truly matters, not theirs.
Furthermore, everyone has natural abilities and strengths and talents, so you shouldn’t compare your skills and abilities to theirs. Plus, when it comes to fitness, you are not competing against anybody, and you are only competing with yourself. Do your best to focus on you, your workouts and trying to progress. By doing this, you will have an easier time reaching goals.
7. Always Listen To Your Body– Listen to your body and don’t overdo things or try to force yourself to do things. As you progress with your calisthenics training regime, you will learn more about what your body is trying to tell you. Learn to listen to your body.
For example, if your muscles are feeling tight, then stretch your muscles out or use a foam roller because your body may be telling you that you should loosen up your muscles. If you find yourself feeling run down or too tired to do anything, then take this as a sign and rest because your body is probably telling you that it wants to rest and wants more time to recover so you can get back to training. If you are having trouble focusing or you can’t sit still, then start training because your body may be craving a good exercising session. When you listen to your body, you are doing something for your health, which will have a positive impact in many ways, including your training.