Calisthenics and Body Weight Conditioning

The word calisthenics derives for the Greek word Kallos and Sthenos. Kallos which means Beauty and Sthenos which means Strength.

At GTX personal training we don’t specialize in just Kettlebell and Crossfit training. Calisthenics are a key component to our training philosophy. You might ask yourself what are Calisthenics? Definitions of Calisthenics from the dictionary include; Calisthenics Definition 1 – Gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor, usually performed with little or no special apparatus. Calisthenics Definition 2 – Gymnastic exercises designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical well-being.

Calisthenics are often considered nothing more than just doing pull-ups, pushups, and bodyweight squats. This is very far from the truth. There are a wide variety of calisthenic movements all that tend to be kinder on your joints than most other types of resistance training. Calisthenics are intended to increase body strength and flexibility with movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting, pushing and pulling, using only one’s body weight for resistance. They are usually conducted in concert with stretches. By mastering calisthenics you learn how to move your body around any given environment with strength and skill. This to us is about as functional as strength training gets! Regular and consistent performance of progressive calisthenics will help boost your metabolism via an increase in lean muscle. When properly performed, body weight conditioning training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being, including increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced potential for injury, increased bone density, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL(good) cholesterol.

Calisthenics have been around since mankind first walked this planet and will be continue to be around hundreds of years from now. It’s a proven methodand we would love to help you master your own body weight with the use of calisthenics!

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