What is calisthenics?

ABOUT CALISTHENICS

Calisthenics is a form of bodyweight training with a focus primarily on strength and body control. What makes Calisthenics a unique form of training is that we train primarily with the body and gravity as a counterweight and load to develop strength and cope with various exercises. Instead of training individual muscles, you train the body as a unit with minimal equipment and improve your strength, mobility, mobility, balance and coordination.

Think of exercises like push ups, pull ups, dips, handstands, squats, lunges and muscle-ups, it's all Calisthenics. Perhaps you also know other more advanced exercises such as human flag, front lever, back lever and planche? The charm of Calisthenics is that there are a variety of exercises and progressions to learn, from the most advanced movements to simpler movements. In this way, it is a form of training that you can perform regardless of what experience you have. 

Anyone who practices Calisthenics (and progressive bodyweight training) regularly can count on not only getting stronger, but also improving their mobility, mobility and body control.

You can say that Calisthenics is the art of using your body and gravity as a counterweight to develop strength and learn new movements.

WHAT DOES CALISTHENICS MEAN?

Calisthenics means "beautiful strength". The word comes from the ancient Greek words "kalós" which means beautiful and "sthénos" which means strength. These words put a little finger on what Calisthenics is. A lot of it is about performing exercises with body control, quality and strength.

PRO'S WITH CALISTHENICS

Practicing Calisthenics has many benefits that will benefit you both now and in the long term. Not least, you train the whole body as a unit, it promotes a good balance between mobility, stability and strength and contributes to better body control. Bodyweight training challenges you to strengthen your body in different planes of motion and develop strength in full range of motion. It contributes to strong joints and functional strength that you not only benefit from in Calisthenics but also in your everyday life.

A big reason to do Calisthenics is because it's fun! It's a great feeling when you learn something new, like standing on your hands, doing your first chin up or mastering a front liver. Or when you develop and become more mobile, get better wrist strength or control over the shoulder blades. We love to learn, and in Calisthenics there are always new moves and skills to improve and learn.

vad är calisthenics
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Functional strength

Calisthenics train the whole body as one unit

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Progressive exercises

The exercises are progressive

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Have fun and learn new moves

The training challenge you to learn new moves

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Increased body control

Get in control of your body

CAN YOU TRAIN WITH WEIGHTS IN CALISTHENICS?

Basically, we start from the body as the main tool, instead of focusing on what we can do with a weight or an object. Sometimes we use weights as a supplement to learn and advance in different bodyweight exercises. Once you have mastered certain movements, you can also add weight to increase the resistance and develop additional strength in that movement. It is then called Weighted Calisthenics and is also something you can compete in. For example, you can add weight to dips, pull ups, muscle ups, squats and pistol squats.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN LEG MUSCLES WITH CALISTHENICS?

We are sometimes asked if you can train legs in Calisthenics. For us, the answer is obvious. There are many leg movements to master in Calisthenics.

You can practice and learn how to do pistol squats, dragon squats, nordic hamstring curls and cossack squats to name a few. Of course, you can also add weight to the movements or train on weighted squats and deadlifts, which can also be seen as weighted Calisthenics.

We believe that it is important to train in a balanced way in order to think long-term, and to develop a balanced body, it is just as important to train the legs as the rest of the body. In order to be able to move freely in various Calisthenics exercises, you will need to train strength and mobility in the lower body as well. However, not everyone focuses as much on training the legs in Calisthenics, but is drawn more to learn other exercises.

If you are looking to get stronger, build muscles and increase your mobility in your legs, you can go a long way with bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, Nordic hamstring curls, pistol squats and various jumps. But just like we add weight in pull ups, we add weight in squats.

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HOW DO YOU START TRAIN CALISTHENICS?

Calisthenics can be done with minimal equipment almost anywhere and there are tons of inspiration on YouTube. That way, you can start today. 

If you want to train with others and learn and be inspired by others, we recommend that you either take the help of a skilled and experienced trainer or book yourself into our classes. 

If Calisthenics sounds exciting, you are more than welcome to Trainics Calisthenics Studio in Stockholm!

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