Introduction to Calisthenics – Lying Leg Raises

In the incline push-ups and inverted rows tutorials of this series, I listed the rectus abdominis as a stablising muscle. This is because your abdominal muscles are made for stabilising the spine and as a result almost every calisthenics exercise will work your core muscles. However, to get a truly strong core then you need to add some exercises that Read More …

Introduction to Calisthenics – Bodyweight Squats

The bodyweight squat is probably one of the most forgotten natural exercises; watch a young child play and you will see that they perform perfect squatting technique without trying and will sit in the bottom position of a squat for considerable time without discomfort. Fast forward to adulthood and modern man has forgotten how to Read More …

Introduction to Calisthenics – Inverted Rows

The Inverted Row is a great exercise for strengthening your back. Furthermore, it can be used as a precursor to working on full pull-ups. To progress to this you may need to start off with some upright rows first. Alternative Names Australian pull-up Horizontal pull-up Form Here are a few pointers to look out for Read More …

Introduction to Calisthenics – Incline Push-ups

The push-up is probably one of the most recognised bodyweight exercises. However, many people focus on quantity rather than quality with their push-ups. This is a mistake, to get true strength, we should concentrate on getting perfect form from the push-up. This guide will detail push-up progressions for beginners. Remember, focus on your form to Read More …

Introduction to Calisthenics – What is Calisthenics?

Calisthenics is the act of working out with little more than the weight of your own body, running, gymnastics, even martial arts are all forms of calisthenics, but more specifically I’m referring to bodyweight strength exercises. I have nothing against lifting weights, but I choose calisthenics instead. Can you get strong from just your own Read More …

Introduction to Calisthenics – My “Gym”

I’d like to introduce you to my “gym”, Wentworth Park in Ultimo, Sydney. I don’t need to pay an expensive gym membership to train in a fancy gym, because everything I do is with my own bodyweight. The park has the following bodyweight workout stations: We mainly use this one for doing up and unders Read More …