In the past decade, there has been a dramatic rise in the popularity of bodyweight calisthenics. This is due to several factors. In designing B.A.Y.O.N.I.K.S. I really looked at the human body from a total view. 

We don’t start as babies with weights, we crawl, then walk, then run. How do our muscles develop into growth from such softness?

Getting into shape is no different. I wholeheartedly believe and know that a person who learns to master bodyweight movement first will always do much better in their training routines with other equipment. 

Period. This is not a knock on free weights or machines. I am not a zealot (… even if you plan on returning to cables, machines, and free weights.)

This is why I like to start all new clients off with exercises they can handle with their own body weight. 

“B” is for Bodyweight Calisthenics

Bodyweight Calisthenics are a form of aerobic and anaerobic exercise consisting of a variety of simple, often rhythmical, movements, generally using multiple equipment or apparatus. 

They are intended to increase body strength and flexibility with movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting or kicking, crawling, as well as natural animal movement, using only one’s body weight for resistance.  These exercisesare usually conducted in concert with stretches. 

Calisthenics, when performed vigorously and with variety, can benefit both muscular and cardiovascular fitness, in addition to improving psychomotor skills such as balance, agility, and coordination.  It also prepares one to control his or her body weight in relation to others for self-defense purposes including standing up fighting on the ground and grappling. 

Calisthenics training has had a huge resurgence in popularity over the past few years.

In fact, calisthenics is actually more popular than ever before as people seek to get fit by exercising at home and avoiding expensive gym memberships.

The reason for this is simple: calisthenics is a form of bodyweight exercise that can be done anywhere, which makes it incredibly convenient—especially if you have little or no money to spend on fitness equipment or even your own space in which to work out. 

And since it involves no resistance other than your own body weight, there’s less opportunity for injury than with other types of training methods like weight lifting or CrossFit workouts.

Why is bodyweight training so important?

  • For one, bodyweight training is a great way to get in shape. 
  • Another reason is, bodyweight training is a great way to build muscle.
  • Even more so, Bodyweight training can be done anywhere, at any time, and with little or no equipment! No more excuses for not making it to the gym, because this will work your entire body from head to toe! 
  • Finally, Bodyweight training is a great way to improve flexibility. 

As you stretch out your muscles, they’ll become stronger and more capable of holding their positions when weightlifting or doing other forms of exercise that require strength and balance—like barre classes or yoga!

Want more information? 

Check out our article, Bodyweight Training: The Ultimate Guide To Building A Stronger Body With Nothing But Your Own Two Hands!

The history of calisthenics

Calisthenics is a form of exercise that uses only the body to build strength, flexibility, and endurance. 

It involves no equipment or machinery, which means it can be practiced anywhere—in your backyard or across town in a gym.

The history of calisthenics is long and storied: it has been around since before records began to be kept. 

The word “calisthenics” comes from ancient Greece where athletes would regularly train on their own by lifting weights made from lead or stones tied together with leather straps. 

They even had competitions where they would compete against each other to see who could lift these heavy weights for the longest amount of time!

Today there are still people practicing traditional forms of calisthenics like gymnastics but many others have moved away from this method because they don’t want anything holding them back when trying out new exercises at home without any help necessary (or without having someone watch over them while doing so).

Bodyweight training and joint health

Bodyweight training is a great way to maintain and improve joint health. 

It’s also a great way to maintain and improve mobility and flexibility, muscle strength, and bone density.

We’ve all experienced joint pain after lifting free weights or machines in the gym because those movements are mostly linear movements. 

Our bodies are designed for dynamic 360-degree movement, so we must take this into account when training.

Some joints such as our knees and ankles appear to be simple hinge joints, but also include rotation. 

If we lift around a joint in set patterns, we can “lock” up our joints, this is especially true for shoulders (i.e. if someone only does shoulder presses and doesn’t do rotational shoulder work.)

Calisthenics has many benefits to the human body both muscularly and functionally. No equipment is required!

Calisthenics is a great way to improve your strength and flexibility.

It also provides a fun, non-spandex workout that can be done at home or even at the office. In fact, calisthenics is one of the top ways to burn calories while you have time off from work or school.

This type of routine can help increase your metabolism so that you are able to burn more fat throughout the day without having to go through grueling workouts every day. 

This means that you don’t need any equipment for this type of exercise!

So, if you are looking for a way to get back in shape and not spend your hard-earned money on expensive equipment or gym memberships then calisthenics is your answer. 

You can do these exercises anywhere at any time without anyone knowing what you’re doing! 

Calisthenics training has many benefits to the human body both muscularly and functionally. No equipment is required!