For the past 2 years I have been doing only body weight / calisthenics exercises in an attempt to get myself a natural fit body that would mimic that of our ancestors. That means not a body that serves a temporary boost in my ego that is hard to maintain. Nearly every big body builder turns fat within a very short time if they do not maintain, and to maintain such a level of fitness and size is not realistic and often leads to force feeding yourself which is not sustainable and pretty selfish I think. So the fitness that calisthenics brings is more natural, easier to maintain and at least to me…it’s a lot more fun to reach certain goals such as a muscle up, instead of just hitting a weight machine indoors and working the same little muscle over and over. Calisthenics will work a heap of muscles in one single movement, such as a pull up. Just this single movement will work your arms, core, shoulders and chest. Add a variation and you work even more muscles. There is a lot of fuss about cross-fit as well these days, and that is another one that is just a bit too extreme for me. It’s also proven to be very dangerous as you can get yourself a cross fit trainer certificate in a weekend. Then these poor people are put to extreme work using non proper forms and doing insane things. Many many injuries are a result but I will save that rant for another post. Once again its not realistic to maintain. Calisthenics on the other hand can be done anywhere you can hang a bar, in your garage, doorway or back yard. Its not about size or trying to beat other people or going extreme…its about challenging yourself personally. You can work every single part of your body using just your own body weight and I would imagine thousands of years ago before gyms and all of that nonsense, a caveman would just use a tree branch to keep in shape!
I would recommend checking out barbrothers if you would like to get into this more! I am glad I found it!