My training schedule is as follows, three days a week, in a circuit style,
Pushups, Pullups, Squats, Chinups, Sit Ups, Back Bridges.
I do all till failure and the bridges for 60 secs. 3 rounds of that. 2-3 min rest between rounds. Do you think I should do more rounds? If anyone has any other good exercises to suggest then please do and how I can make my training more effective. Thanks a lot. Any general advice is good.
I am a calisthenics enthusiast as well. I also have dabbled in powerlifting and running.
A few things I have noticed about your routine.
If you are looking for general fitness then doing the circuit style works pretty well...but if you are looking for good strength and muscle gains then straight sets with 60-120 sec rest will work much better.
I know I will get blasted by the HIT enthusiasts here but dont go to failure, go till you know the next rep will not succeed and on pull ups stop when your form degrades. You will be able to do more sets and get more volume in equaling more time under tension and more neuromuscular connections.
There is no need to do both chins and pull ups in the same workout but I do sometimes do both alternating one set of pullups and the next set would be chins.
Sit ups are a poor choice and are more of an ab/hip flexor endurance exercise. If you can do more than 30-40 reps its not really building anything. Instead use hanging knee raises and progress to hanging leg raises toe to bar. Plus all that hanging will give you a super grip that will really help you on your pull ups. Push ups can fall into that category too but there are tons of ways to make those more difficult. Dips are another fantastic exercise you should include but not unless you can crank out 5 sets of 20 push ups.
2-3 sets is not enough. 5 is the magic number for me. Unless Im doing at least 5 sets of a movement I dont see improvement past the first couple of weeks or so. So to start 3 sets is good for 2 weeks then add a 4th set in week 3 then a 5th on week 4.
Instead of hitting failure for each set which would look something like
Pull ups x 4,3,2
Use a double progression which is each set stop just short of failure and try to hit the same number of reps across each set before increasing the number of reps for the first set. A double progression would look like:
Mon Pullups x 3,3,3
Wed Pullups x 4,3,3
Fri Pullups x 4,4,3
If you wanted to implement these suggestions your workout routine would look like this
Dips/ Pushups 5 sets
Pull ups 5 sets
Squats 5 sets
Hanging knee raise 5 sets
Back bridge 5 sets
I will often pair two or more exercises similar to a circuit but take about 30 sec between exercises to recover just a bit and that gives me enough recovery to be able to do the exercises effectively.