What is calisthenics and weight training?
First off, I love just about ALL forms of exercising..
However, others are different and would rather do what’s most inline with their fitness goals.
Calisthenics is gymnastics/acrobatic exercises that “achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement.”
In other words, it’s the practice of weight-free exercises. Examples of calisthenic exercises are push-ups, pull-ups, set-ups, planks, flag-poling, and just about any bodyweight exercise you can think of.
Yoga is one of my favorite forms of calisthenic holds! The more strenuous the pose is, the better you muscle contraction will be.
Calisthenic exercises usually end with a burning sensation. The burn is what we’re after here!
Weight training is the form of exercise that involves lifting weights, push/pull machines and cables for resistance.
Weight training is sorta self-explanatory, but it’s used for different purposes than calisthenics.
When doing these types of exercises, you’ll either experience a burning sensation or simply “give out” if you’re lifting heavier weights for lower rep counts.
Both forms of training offer tremendous benefits and can be used to increase strength, endurance, and muscle size.
Ever since I started practicing yoga more, I began incorporating other calisthenic exercises into my weight-training routine. I’ve had many friends ask me which one’s better, along with the differences of the two, many times.
Which is better?
If you’re looking for a workout routine that will help you lose weight and get more toned, calisthenics are perfect and you won’t have to look much further. Of course cardio will streamline the process of losing weight, but weight training isn’t necessary to achieve weight-loss.
However, if you’re wanting to build muscle mass, weight training should be the highest on your priority list. This is because hypertrophy (the enlargement of an organ or tissue from the increase in size of its cells) occurs when you’re able to lift weights that are heavier than your body weight. Push-ups are great, but in terms of gaining size, bench pressing two times your body weight will be much more beneficial.
On the other hand, if you’re simply trying to maintain a lean physique, calisthenics is all you need. Don’t feel pressured to go and buy a gym membership if you hate lifting weights and exercising in front of people. Simple bodyweight exercises and yoga movements will easily do the trick!
Don’t over complicate exercising. All forms of exercising can give you great results. All I’m implying is that you can optimize your regime depending on your targeted goal.
And remember, no matter what your goal is, a healthy mix of bodywieght exercises, lifting weights and cardio will never steer you wrong.
I hope this post helps empower those of you who don’t like going to the gym, and I hope it helps clarify some of the confusion on the benefits of bodyweight exercises compared to weight training!
Best of luck at achieving your goals! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need and help or further explaining 😉 You can do so by using the form below, which will also subscribe you to this website so you can stay update with future posts.