When you first begin your calisthenics journey, you may become overwhelmed by the sheer number of exercises, workout splits, and overall workout formats you can follow. As a beginner, this is completely okay. There is certainly a lot to learn and that is what I’m here for!
So, what’s on the agenda today you may ask, that’d be a good question indeed.
This article is going to completely unveil the two most common ways to practice calisthenics. Not only will I expose their pros and cons but I will specify whether you should be doing one or the other based on your goals. So, as always, let’s get into this!
Weighted calisthenics – what is it?
Weighted calisthenics could accurately be viewed as a sort of calisthenics crash course. It is not usually done to master all the difficult movements and to become a pro in this area, but more so done for the desire to quickly and efficiently build up your physique. This very goal is precisely why weighted calisthenics is usually more demanding on the body in terms of muscular stress.
Since building a bigger and stronger physique is usually the main goal with this form of calisthenics, added resistance is often utilised in almost every workout – (hence the weighted calisthenics).
Progressive calisthenics – what is it?
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have progressive calisthenics. Progressive calisthenics can be easily portrayed as the more artistic form of calisthenics. Rather than the complete focus on building a bigger and stronger physique, progressive calisthenics places much more emphasis on mastering the movements.
Because of this, added resistance will rarely be added until almost every movement/hold has been mastered. Overall, progressive calisthenics is a much slower process and each movement is normally approached with more focus and care.
Weighted calisthenics vs progressive calisthenics
So far, you will have developed a deeper understanding of both weighted and progressive calisthenics. However, simply understanding the general basis of each form won’t really get you that far…
Because of this, I’m going to delve a little deeper. So, here are the main benefits of both weighted calisthenics and progressive calisthenics – (highlighted and explained) all for your benefit, read carefully!
The benefits of weighted calisthenics
- Weighted calisthenics will fast-track your results. When people decide to start doing calisthenics there are typically many reasons for this. If your reasons are to build a bigger and stronger physique as fast as possible, this variation is for you. Since weighted calisthenics focuses on overloading the body rather than form and technique, you may find quicker results from this method.
- This form prioritizes muscle growth. If you know anything about growing bigger muscles, you will know that your body weight alone won’t get you that far. This is because, over time, your muscles adapt to the weight load of your own bodyweight. To continuously for your muscles, more resistance must be added over time, which is exactly what weighted calisthenics offers.
- Weighted calisthenics can drastically improve strength. If you’ve ever done calisthenics, you will know that even in the absence of added resistance, it is hard. It not only requires a lot of practice but it demands an excellent core strength. By throwing additional resistance into the mix, you will surely have a recipe for a very strong physique.
The benefits of progressive calisthenics
- Progressive calisthenics allows you to master every movement. As mentioned earlier, progressive calisthenics typically focuses on mastering the movements will excellent technique as opposed to raw muscle power. Because of this very factor, with time, progressive calisthenics allows you to truly become a professional in this area.
- This form allows you to build up fantastic core strength. For those of you who don’t know, your core strength is typically defined by the strength of your centralized muscles such as the chest, abs, and quads. Since progressive calisthenics focuses on mastering every technique, movement, and hold, let’s just say that it will certainly build up your core with time.
- Progressive calisthenics teaches the value of the proper form. As you will now know, progressive calisthenics consists of more quality than quantity. This goes in the way of technique and form. With all this in mind, it certainly isn’t hard to see why this form of calisthenics will almost certainly have you mastering the art of good form.
After a very in-depth comparison of both progressive and weighted calisthenics, you should now better understand the main differences between both forms. Not only will you know the main differences but you will know the main benefits, this will certainly come into play soon…
What do I mean by this? Let’s just say that to choose the right form of calisthenics, you must align your goals with the benefits listed. So, without further ado, let’s quickly go over which form of calisthenics you should be choosing. Read with care as you could waste time if you end up choosing the wrong form of calisthenics.
Progressive or weighted? Which one should I pick?
When deciding which form of calisthenics to go for, you must first specify exactly what results you want from this. For example, if your goals are to be extremely skilled in this area and you would like nothing more than to master every movement, the progressive approach is right up your alley.
On the other hand, if your only goal is to develop a bigger and stronger physique, you would certainly be better off going for the weighted calisthenics.
All in all, try to ensure that you properly understand both progressive and weighted calisthenics. If you don’t, you may end up picking the wrong form which could, in turn, waste a lot of your time.
Luckily for you, all of the main pointers and details that you need to know are listed above. With the information listed above and your goals in sight, you should be able to effectively and efficiently achieve your goals without mistakes in between.
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