Are calisthenics useless?

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Are calisthenics useless?

#1 Postby bodyartt » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:53 am

Since at the moment I have no access to gym/weights/bars, dips and pushups are all I can do. My friend says these sort of bodyweight exercises are more like cardio in that they help you lose weight. They aren't muscle building...only free weights can build muscle.

If this is true, then do I stop doing dips and pushups? I am not that fat anyway, so cardio/losing fat isn't my goal. So am i wasting time with dips/pushups?

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#2 Postby VeganBadass_CO » Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:09 pm

no body movement is useless!

body movements are equivalent to strength training. lower weight, more reps = actual functional strength and definition. Not necessarily 'size'. But what good is being huge if you've not endurance/strength behind it? Throw in some pullups and abs and you'll be rocking it!

No equipment, no problem. Check out free runners like vegan badass Tim Shieff (youtube.com/livewire). Its not the size that matters, its what you do with it. Gym or no gym....TRAIN!!!!

As for your friend, what kinda shape is he/she in? Challenge them to push-up or pullup or dip contest, etc to make it interesting.

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#3 Postby MartinVegartin » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:48 pm

You could add weight to dips and pull ups (pull ups on a strong tree branch) by wearing a knapsack with some weight in it. Or make yourself a weight belt out of rope and tie a large rock or a bag of wet sand to it.

Do single-leg squats. Handstand press ups or press ups with your feet raised. Single-arm press ups. Pseudo planche press ups. Tuck planche press ups.

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#4 Postby Eiji » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:47 pm

Lol. There are so many beasts out there using calisthenics. Check out Hannibal for King, littlebeastm, calisthenicsmovement, fortress and so many more. Too many to list. Body weight movements are just as or are more effective in building muscle than weights, IMO. No gym needed to get jacked.
Make no excuses to skip a training session. Feel stressed, sad, sick or tired? Go train. Your friends, your heart, mind and body will lie to you. Telling you that you need that recovery day. Go ahead, stay home. I'll be training that day and getting better no matter what.

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#5 Postby Eiji » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:51 pm

IMO Olympic gymnasts are better built than any natty bodybuilder I have seen. Especially ring specialists. All they do is calisthenics.
Make no excuses to skip a training session. Feel stressed, sad, sick or tired? Go train. Your friends, your heart, mind and body will lie to you. Telling you that you need that recovery day. Go ahead, stay home. I'll be training that day and getting better no matter what.

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#6 Postby Skeering » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:32 am

I've only used calisthenics for my two years of training and have gained substantial amount of lean mass.

It's all about HOW you approach it.

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Re: Are calisthenics useless?

#7 Postby Recio » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:27 pm

I agree with what's been said above. Calisthenics can be a great exercise to gain lean weight.

It's more about what kind of training you are doing. You can train for:

1. Hypertrophy ( the gainz)
2. Resistance / endurance
3. Strength/ power

Depending on the number of reps and sets, etc.

You can also use weighted vests, bands, etc if needed.


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