Calisthenics Thread

Does anyone here do Calisthenics? How does it compare to lifting weights?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got annoyed with my gym being too busy no matter what the time of day. Started doing hundreds of dips, handstand push-ups and pull-ups at the local outdoor exercise park. Results have been surprisingly good tbh. Won't post body but it's definitely given me more upper body mass. Not sure what to do about legs though.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Not sure what to do about legs though.
      run

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Not sure what to do about legs though.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        What with the black hand-movements and the buddhist beads, this guy even practice buddhism?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Why u judging, my moron? I don't know, but he is vegan and practice yoga. He is a cool dude.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      put a bunch of weights in a backpack and do squats.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      pistol squats, nordic curls, running (walking up hills worked better for me, but you do you)...

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have tree trunk legs from 1 hour on the elliptical every day

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In my opinion it's impossible to build a nice back without calisthenics. Should be incorporated into every bodybuilders training, but it's boring to only focus on calisthenics.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    post your calisthenic routines

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      My routine. I now do all my push exercises with a 30kg backpack and pull with 13kg backpack.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Army PRT.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm a lazy guy

      Week
      Mon: Day 1 A
      Tue: Day 2 A
      Wed: Day 1 B
      Thu: Day 2 B
      Fri: Rest
      Sat: Full body
      Sun: Rest

      Day 1
      Variation A:
      Chin ups
      Squats
      Variation B:
      Pull ups
      Reverse lunges

      Day 2
      Variation A:
      Ab roller
      Push ups
      Variation B:
      Bicycle crunch
      Dips

      Full body
      Chin ups
      Push ups
      Dips
      Squats
      Reverse Lunges
      Ab roller
      Bicycle crunch

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I alternate between 2 routines, one for abs and arms, other for core and legs

      - hammer curls
      - dumbbell upright rows
      - diamond push-ups
      - hip push-ups

      - abs wheel rollout
      - weighted situps
      - bicycle crunches
      - dead hang knee raises

      For legs and core
      - pull ups
      - planking
      - Two-Arm Dumbbell Stiff Legged Deadlift
      - dumbbell Russian twists

      - one leg calf raises with dumbbell
      - Bulgarian split squats holding dumbbell
      - quarter squats holding dumbbell
      - that one exercise where you get into pushup position and "jump" with your legs to your hands and then back

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gymnast rings, ankle weights and weighted push-ups, pullups and drips is all you need for a perfect upper bod workout.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      this. also dumbells are great for upper body
      but ultimately barbell will always be king for legs and the lower back.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's a lot harder and takes a lot longer to gain with and takes a lot more caution and conditioning of connective tissue. It would say don't waste your time with it unless you're doing it for it's own sake. If you want to get a lifters physique you're probably going to have to lift or take peds. People can get impressive physiques with calisthenics but the odds on you being one of them aren't very high and the amount of coaching, study, equipment, mobility work, and all that make it huge time sink with with very slow and hard won gains. You're probably not going to look like you do anything physical except in your forearms for probably a couple years if they're years in your early 20's. Even still a lot of people who actually do calisthenics as a serious discipline usually bench, squat, deadlift a couple times a week with heavy weights because it condenses so much volume and has more tangible overload.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the trick is to be the one who doesn't get influenced by the schizos from both sides
      i do a mix of calisthenics and weight training to achieve my goal physique and i think doing strict calisthenics or strict weight training just to appeal a certain group of online autists is a waste of time

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the people I'm trying to dodge the hardest are the kettleball shills rn.
        I do weighted calisthenics and some db work. I just hate when expect heavy barbell training results and timetables from calisthenics. Not gonna happen.

        how do you target lower abs with calisthenics, i do leg raises but they strain my legs more than my abs
        what do ?

        Do hollow hold 3x(70% of the time you fail at) once your abs are used to being used like that you'll be able to do it more voluntarily. But keep doing them anyways that one of the heads in your quadricep is responsible for raising the leg that muscle seldom gets worked enough and is often lagging so you should work on getting that caught up if you want to do better L-sits and stuff in the future.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >lagging so you should work on getting that caught up if you want to do better L-sits and stuff in the future.
          how do i get those working through calisthenics

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            if your leg raises are making them tired keep going with it. Go even farther with it hanging leg raise toes to bar.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >and takes a lot longer to gain
      why is this?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        he probs heard it somewhere

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        because it's more difficult to concisely progressively overload calisthenics. Even with progressions you're doing almost entirely open kinetic chains movements with high stability demands they're very lossy in terms of translating effort to work volume to gains. You also have to learn a bunch of movements to get there with weights it's same movement from day 1 to day 1000 it just gets heavier.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          this is the same reason why olympic lifts fucking suck and only crosschuders do them

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        because slow twitch muscles are really small

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't really care about my physique; I just want to get fit (physically). Doing callisthenics seems like it'd be an easier way for me as a hikkineet.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i have a problem
    i just can't hit it with leg raises, i can do the one in pic rel but i always feel the maximum strain in my legs and the lower abs just don't get strained enough with, if i do the weighted ones then it takes more toll on my legs than the lower abs

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      your hips are overcompensating and you probably have anterior pelvic tilt. When lying on your back does your back arch in the lumbar region and you don't touch the floor? Then you have the tilt. Try to have your back flat on the ground and just try to hold a hollow position. Also research on how to undo anterior pelvic tilt

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    why is calisthenics so gay?

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I picked up some rings, at some point I'd like to spent a few months doing nothing but ring training just to see what it's like. I hooked em up and was shocked at how much my arms shake trying to stabilize my body, I have the strength but not the skill.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Don't worry, everyone experienced that. With time your muscles will get stronger and more "conscious" of stabilizing while on rings.
      And no, you don't have strength. You may be able to do many dips on parallel bars, but dips on rings are kind of different type of strength (like any push exercises on rings). On rings you will need to use more muscle fibers compared to normal dips. Keep going and get stronger

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how do you target lower abs with calisthenics, i do leg raises but they strain my legs more than my abs
    what do ?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      there is no such thing as lower abs

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You can bias them though

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Hanging leg raises and V-Ups.

      the people I'm trying to dodge the hardest are the kettleball shills rn.
      I do weighted calisthenics and some db work. I just hate when expect heavy barbell training results and timetables from calisthenics. Not gonna happen.
      [...]
      Do hollow hold 3x(70% of the time you fail at) once your abs are used to being used like that you'll be able to do it more voluntarily. But keep doing them anyways that one of the heads in your quadricep is responsible for raising the leg that muscle seldom gets worked enough and is often lagging so you should work on getting that caught up if you want to do better L-sits and stuff in the future.

      the trick is to be the one who doesn't get influenced by the schizos from both sides
      i do a mix of calisthenics and weight training to achieve my goal physique and i think doing strict calisthenics or strict weight training just to appeal a certain group of online autists is a waste of time

      it's a lot harder and takes a lot longer to gain with and takes a lot more caution and conditioning of connective tissue. It would say don't waste your time with it unless you're doing it for it's own sake. If you want to get a lifters physique you're probably going to have to lift or take peds. People can get impressive physiques with calisthenics but the odds on you being one of them aren't very high and the amount of coaching, study, equipment, mobility work, and all that make it huge time sink with with very slow and hard won gains. You're probably not going to look like you do anything physical except in your forearms for probably a couple years if they're years in your early 20's. Even still a lot of people who actually do calisthenics as a serious discipline usually bench, squat, deadlift a couple times a week with heavy weights because it condenses so much volume and has more tangible overload.

      You can basically mimic barbell movements with weighted calisthenics and plot progression.
      It isn't all about meme tricks like planches and L-Sits, I never did that shit in my 10 years of calisthenics.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I've had trouble putting even a cm on my chest the last year with weighted callisthenic. I'm getting tons volume, ring work, unilateral work, straight arm adduction work. And the thing is I know I'd get it like 2-3 months if I just went back to benching.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Check your form, like how you work bench from different angles to get a well rounded chest, you gotta do the same for calisthenics.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      planks

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      traps =/= back

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like it alot
    I feel more in control of my body

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    post weight and maximum deadhang limit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Can't mistake an English Garden anywhere. He looks like a Hispanic tho, not many of those here.
      He's got good hair.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      73kg
      did my first 90sec hang last week

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      80kg
      2 min

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      50kg underweight dyel.
      Like 45 seconds. I'm working on it though

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      67kg
      1:35

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I can do more pull ups than chin ups due to my right hand wrist hurting when i straight bar grip. Left hand is fine. Pain stops my wrist from being able to turn around fully when i grip. Any calisthenic gods out there who experienced something similar? If so, how did you fix it? Stretches, wrist work?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      how do i go about with pull ups, i cant do more than 3 and i don't even weight that much

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’m no expert, but what seems to work for me is to work until or close to failure each set then hold into a negative for as long as you can. I do 2-3mins rest between sets as it fatigues me really hard. I also usually need a couple days recovery cuz im an old man now and pull ups really tear me down and i need the time for recovery before i have another go at it. also losing weight helps a ton.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Put you feet on something so you are at a raised angle, with that object bearing some of your weight. Do as many as you can, increase the angle if too easy, as well as doing a normal pullup routine. When you are strong enough to crack out 12 pullups, start adding weight.

        I don't really care about my physique; I just want to get fit (physically). Doing callisthenics seems like it'd be an easier way for me as a hikkineet.

        Honestly man, we all want to look better. I used to think the same and did 8 years of BW calisthenics before realising I won't get anywhere without adding weight and I could have been 8 years ahead by now. Don't make the mistake I did, you will plateu and it will suck.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i stopped calisthenics. now i do weights and weighted pullups are the only thing i do from calisthenics

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Calistenics is all about athletism and being healthy. You'll get bigger lifting, but you'll be more athetic all around doing cali.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Duuuur like any sport/exercise regime that requires and improves strength and athleticism???

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is there a better way to train lower back than superman pose? Idk i just hate isometric exercises it's not fun at all.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What are some good exercises for the mid delt? Need more muscle there, boys.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >those morons still claiming natural

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >belt malfunctions
      >rips off your dick
      uh oh

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        who cares, you can't lift anything with it

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          you can do a cock push-up

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Being able to toss yourself around is much cooler than looking bloated and being able to lift x pounds.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just came up with this idea
    calisthenics helps you be more comfortable moving your own body which makes you less likely to hurt yourself lifting weights

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      amazing anon,you figured it out

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There is no comparison, bruv... I feel much better now that I do calisthenics than when I lifted weights. Much more energy, agility, flexibility and feel stronger. I move a lot better, much more body awareness too. Got gymnastic rings as a birthday present, will do my third train tomorrow.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        +1 calisthenics is always first on the list for new lifters, left your body before external forces. Can't replicate the safety, balance gains and tendon adaptation with any implement. Happy belated anon, enjoy the rings gay

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    this is pretty much like asking if coffee is good for you on this board

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you should combine both honestly

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I do an U/L split with upper being more calisthenics focused and legs with barbell lifts.
    I wanna learn skills too so I practice them before sets of regular exercises while I'm fresh and strong, I'm not sure if this is optimal, some programs put skills on a separate day.
    Also does anyone have any tips to devop chest? I seem to be more shoulder dominant as I can do some intermediary movements but my chest looms like shit.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm in my sixth month working out, I'm doing weighted calisthenics, I'm having great results. It is just so much more convenient than driving to the gym.

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >started L shaped chinups
    fuck this feels so good. it works so many muscles at the same time, probably one of the most efficient exercises ever

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Does anyone here do Calisthenics?
    I did until I started hitting a wall in some of the harder feats and exercises. Not to mention legs severely lag behind.
    >How does it compare to lifting weights?
    It's easier to progress with weights but the versatility and availability of doing calisthenics is definitely worth looking in to. I still incorporate some calisthenics exercises into my weightlifting routine but instead I now add weights (weighted ring dips, weighted pull ups) or I add them as a superset (superset L-sit pull ups). If you only do barbell exercises I highly recommend buying gymnastic rings. It's a cheap investment but you can do a lot with it.

    tl;dr, do both barbell and calisthenics as you see fit.

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i can do 5 pull ups, what's the best way to double that and get to do 10?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      More pull ups.

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Bros, I still can't touch the bar with my chest during pull ups... What do?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Do more pull ups, especially explosive pull ups as high as you can get (no kipping), then on the eccentric portion go slow as possible.

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i like it, especially with gymnastic rings. it doesnt get you as "big" but i love being limber and Mogging people in the office by remaining limber as hell.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just do both

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Will calis get me pic related?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, lots of pushups daily

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    most calisthenics guys with impressive bodies are either roided or used weights to build their physique.

    Bodyweight exercises alone are very ineffective for bodybuilding purpose.

    Pic related, this guy can do 14 one arm pull ups in a row and still looks like shit because he only trains with body weight exercises.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      He looks like shit because he's kind of fat

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Damn that is still pretty fucking impressive though

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    80% weight training while incorporating pull ups and dips

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    All i do is dips pushups pullups an i look alright. I've been to the gym a few times but i don't like it, i like to train outside.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    planks aren't real, nobody here has ever seen anybody do an actual plank. on some of the youtube videos you can see they've got strings hooked into their shoes

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      that's a planche though...

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That's an elbow lever- a Planche has straight arms, and is heaps harder

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >heaps
          g'day, cunt

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got strongfat doing weights. I got skinny DYEL doing calisthenics. I never seen a fat calisthenics guy except the bloatlord and he mostly does weights. Form follows function. I do guillotine press, squats and pull-ups, but mostly pull-ups.

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    basically if you have small wrists and hands you're fucked
    anyways it's cool since you can do it at home but I wouldn't say it beats weight lifting

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Please post some warm-up routines. Jumping ropes are kind of a warmup in itself but are there specific exercises depending on push/pull,etc.-day?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Just run in place for 5-10 mins to get warm and do dynamic stretches.

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's all you'll ever need, just fill a backpack with weights for progressive overload. Lol @ having a gym membership
    >Verification not required.

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I can't be the only one who gets freaked out by his shoulders, dude always looks like he's doing some extreme form mistakes

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      he had a lot of shoulder mobility because he does back bridge pushups and stuff like that.

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