Questions tagged [calisthenics]

The term calisthenics covers wide bunch of physical exercises which are performed by sportsmen using natural body weight only.

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How can I increase the number of push-ups I can do?

The number of push-ups I can do is dismal. I have tried over the years to increase the number and have received to pieces of advice. Start easy and try something like a raised bar or railing and ...
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How to do a one-arm pushup?

I'd like to do a one-arm pushup. I'm aware of the guide on Beastskills, but it fails to get into much specifics on how to actually progress to it (for the record, I'm trying to do what is referred in ...
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What is the correct plan to transition from normal to handstand push-ups?

I'm looking to become fit in my upper body without having to go to the gyms. Right now I'm working on my pushups. I can do 30 normal pushups in one go, if pumping as fast as I can. I'm 6ft and 160lbs. ...
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Bodyweight Exercise Resources

Does anyone have any idea of what might be taken to be the bible of bodyweight exercises? Many years ago, Bill Pearl put out a book that pretty much shows you any weight lifting exercise you might ...
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calisthenic exercise vs weight-lifting

Which is better? I am told that calisthenic exercise is much more better than weight-lifting. In the past I went to gym daily until 2 weeks ago when i am told that calisthenic exercise can actually ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

I am a 32 year old male serving several years in prison. I am hoping to stay in good physical condition there and the security guards enforce a daily routine of 200 push ups, 200 sit ups, and 500 ...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

I have recently started trying to do negative chin-ups in several occasions, but afterwards I feel a mild pain in both my left and right wrists. It is not the kind of "healthy" discomfort of sore ...
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Can't do handstand presses

I'd like to be able to do handstand presses but can't. I can't even lift my feet off the ground or even get that close. What muscle groups do I need to develop in order to be able to do this move? ...
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Skill learning while Bodybuilding

Can I learn calisthenics skills while doing bodybuilding workouts. I am currently doing a 3 day full body split and would love to learn the movements like planche and front lever. Plz help.
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Stop sweating - viable physical goal?

I'm 25% body fat and I sweat a lot. I'm not especially fat at 180cm but the truth is I get winded climbing 3 flights of stairs. Can I train to reduce fat so that it doesn't insulate my body as much ...
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Working too hard

I have worked with calisthenics for over a month now, and now I want to work harder for my goal. I am 15 years old and my parents say that I work out way too hard. I exercise 6 times a week. My ...
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Working out at the playground?

So I am having financial trouble and don't want to pay for a gym membership, so I'm wondering about working out at the playground. I would probably be doing pull ups, decline push ups, one legged ...
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How often should I do Calisthenic workouts?

I'm doing calisthenic workout for a year. So I'm not beginner. But I'm confused about the frequency of the routines. My workout program is like this: Monday: Lower Body Tuesday: Upper Body ...
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How to do more reps in one arm pull ups

I am trying to increase the number of reps in one arm pull ups, but for a few months now I am stuck at 3 reps and cannot progress. I have tried adding weight and even going a step back for a while by ...
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Name of gymnastics move (or variation)

I've been looking into gymnastics and calisthenics moves recently and came across this video of this guy doing some sort of front vertical one-handed lever? I have never seen this anywhere else and I'...
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Do handstand push-ups hit all the three shoulder heads?

I started working out with calisthenics recently, and I want to workout my shoulders using only hand stand push-ups. Will that be enough to have good looking strong shoulders? Thanks.
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Consuming proteins only after training?

I have been doing calisthenics for more than one year, with strength and body shape results much appreciated by myself. However, in the last few months, my body hasn't changed much, which I can ...
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How can I perform high-pull ups?

In order to try muscle-ups I am trying to do High pull-ups but I can't take my body above the chest level.I can do up to 15 normal BW pull ups.
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How fast should a rep be in strength, power, hypertrophy and endurance goal workout?

I would like to know what is the tempo for a rep in any kind of the four workouts mentioned above in order to gain the best result in the relevant workout. I don't know if it is correct to give each ...
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Prevent wrist pain

Currently I'm working on several calisthenics exercises which put a lot of stress on my wrists (such as stradle planche to handstand). I already do warmups and stretches before I start doing worksets. ...
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Push ups-Wrist strain?

I used to do 200 push ups a day but I have heard that they put a tremendous amount of strain on your wrists so I decided not to do them often anymore. Is this true, or just a myth?
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Failure to do 16 pushups

I'm sporting moderately for about half of a year, dropped lots of weight and got some muscle. The only problem there is, is with pushup repetitions. Previous summer I was doing 10-15 normal pushup ...
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Pistol Squat Progression?

Some of my coworkers and I are trying out a 30 second per hour workout routine. We're having a hard time finding bodyweight exercises for the legs that really tax the system. I'd like it if we could ...
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Will chin ups hit my lats or biceps more?

When I perform a pull up, I feel like I am lifting with my lats. But when I do a chin up, it literally feels like its all in my biceps. However, the mechanism still looks like it should be hitting ...
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Is it possible to gain health benefits by following a calisthenics routine for a very sedentary person?

I am in the 30's and I admit to be very sedentary. Worse of all, with a hectic work schedule, a family with small kids it is very difficult (or impossible?) to find the time for a proper exercising ...
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How can the wrist wraps reduce wrist pain in handstand/push-ups etc?

I have seen plenty of people wearing these wrist wraps with the aim of reducing wrist pain in exercises like handstand, push-ups etc where their wrists are kept in an extended position with a huge ...
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Handstand blocks

Are handstand blocks useful for improving the handstand? What exercises can be done on it? At the moment I can actually hold a decent line handstand for about 1 minute on ground and at least the same ...
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How to prevent hands-slipping from a bar?

I'm doing some hanging knee raises and honestly, they are not hard at all on my stomach or legs, but the problem is that I cannot keep my hands up there on the pullup bar, they are constantly slipping ...
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Hypertrophy with calisthenics skills

How can I structure a training program aimed at hypertrophy using calisthenics skills such as planche and front lever? I identify myself as an beginner/intermediate in calisthenics skills. I can ...
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Order of learning these excercises

I have 13 years of solid weightlifting training, and I am switching to Calisthenics training. I would like to learn feats like handstands, muscle ups, etc. In what order and using what progression ...
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Problem While Doing Plyometric Pushups

Whenever i do plyometrics pushups my hands never fall in the same place they go completely side ways. Is this harmful and does this happen to everyone when they do plyo pushups or will this improve ...
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Is there a body animator I can use to demonstrate exercise movements? [closed]

I just discovered a nice calisthenic exercise that I feel is better shown than described. Is there a human body animator where I can move it, record it, and then share it?
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Am I exercising all my muscles?

I mainly perform following exercises: running (1-3 miles), push-ups, pull-ups, squats, sit-ups, calves raises, planks, legs raising, and bridges. I vary them a little. For example, one day I do chin-...
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How to balance when doing pistol squats?

I have been doing pistol squats the last few weeks and I feel that my lack of balance is keeping from progressing. I want to find a way to focus only on muscle strength and not balance, what are some ...
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How to increase push ups

I started doing push ups three weeks ago and I can't seem to do more than 20 in a set. When I do 3 sets I always get stuck on 20. I am 65kg, I used to do 90 push ups, 30 reps, 3 sets. After I ...
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How do I arrange a beginner calisthenics workout and rest schedule?

I am a beginner at calisthenics and was wondering if someone could tell me the most basic workouts, along with their workouts and rest routine. I was able to do about 6-7 chin ups, 15-17 push ups 30-...
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How do I perform a V up on a pull up bar?

I am a new pole vaulter, and one of the exercises we've been doing is the V-up, touching your toes to your hands and further while hanging from a pull-up bar. My coach says most everyone should be ...
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pistol squat mechanics

It seems that pistol squats with are easier with your hands in front of you than they are with your hands behind you. What I don't understand is why. Like with a front lever or planche or whatever ...
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Optimal Resting Period for Calisthenics / Bodyweight Training / Gymnastics?

I've been doing calisthenics for the past year or so, and lately I became quite frustrated as I hit a 3+ months plateau on my l-sit (this is what it looks like in case you're not familiar: https://www....
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How much height do you need to hang gymnastic rings?

I want to start training with rings at my local gym, but the bar I would be hanging them from isn't so high and would mean the length of the straps above the rings would be very short. Would this ...
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Muscles involved in front lever and back lever

I'm interested especially in the back lever. Some sources that I found suggest it puts strain on your chest. I am not able to perform it, but I imagined that it would be more strain in the back. At ...
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Suggestions for a good workout when no gym is available

In a few days I am heading off to camp to be a counselor. My problem is that in this camp there is no gym, so that means I will be without a gym for 2 months. I am hoping that somebody can give me a ...
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Effects of doing many push ups, pull ups, dips?

I am wondering if doing lots of push ups(100), lots of pull ups(50), and lots of dips(40) daily will build muscles. That's all. Thanks.
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Pull up bar: what's the ideal distance from the wall?

I'm about to buy a wall mounted pull up bar and rings to start my bodyweight training, and since I'm planning ahead, I'd like to know the ideal distance it should have from the wall to do levers and ...
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How often can one do a calisthenics workout?

I was just exposed to Calisthenics and I loved what these people could do on the pull up bar. I researched and found out a few routines for the beginners and would like to start up with them. However ...
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Struggling making size and strength gains with calisthenics

This is probably discussion. I don't know how else to ask a specific question. I don't know any other serious fitness forum. This is the only one. Should I change the whole routine or just some ...
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Pull-ups: What are the pros and cons of doing a big number of sets?

This question refers to pull-ups mostly, as I tend to always do a bigger number of sets of pull-ups, hoping it will increase my pulling strength. Is this, for example (where each number is a number of ...
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One Arm Chin Up training

My current physical level right now is; maximum 7 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on mid-way forearm. maximum 5 assisted one arm chin ups with hand on elbow maximum 1 assisted one arm chin up ...
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Progressing into iron cross

I'm wondering how one can progess into an iron cross. My shoulders are strong enough for stuff like handstands, muscle-ups and human flag, but this movement is very different. I'm wondering what kind ...
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What are these types of "crunches" called and details about them? And are they harmful?

This may seem a little bit funny, because I don't even know if they exist! I saw this in the anime Dragon Ball Z. Goku, hanging upside down with his hands on his neck, touches his head to his knees ...