Hello Readers and welcome to another blog by Alphaenroute!Are you a workout enthusiast? Or are you a I’m-going-to-start-next-week type?
Working out has become an integral part of our lifestyle. To stay fit and fine, a minimum of 20 minutes daily workout is necessary. Be it jogging, walking, swimming etc. Following and incorporating a regular workout routine helps you become a better individual, physically and mentally.
So far, we have discussed about various workouts and steps to perform them. While most of them were gym exercises, some exercises could be practised in the comfort of your home.
In today’s segment, we’ll be discussing about Calisthenics and Weight Training.
Calisthenics and Weight training are two topics long debated upon. There is no clear contrast between the two. They are popular workouts favoured by most. They also have similar benefits.
You must be then be thinking, What’s the difference? Why the debate!
Let’s start off with defining Calisthenics and Weight training.
Some of you maybe hearing this term for the first time, but you have definitely practised Calisthenics before!
So, what is Calisthenics?
Calisthenics is a form of resistance training that is focused on helping you master your own bodyweight using as minimal equipment as possible. It is also commonly called as bodyweight training.
The term ‘calisthenics’ comes from the Greek words “Kalos” which means beauty and “Stenos” which translates as strength.
It helps in improving your strength, flexibility, agility and coordination.
The best part about Calisthenics is that they can be done as a stand-alone routine, or even programmed into a weight loss routine.
Push-Ups, Squats, Lunges, Crunches, Jumping Jacks etc., all come under calisthenics. These are simple exercises that require no equipments.
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Benefits of Calisthenics Workouts
Here’s why calisthenics are worth taking a break from all the heavy equipment:
It has many benefits. The primary benefits being it is very convenient and can be easily modified for beginners, intermediate and advanced trainees.
- No equipments required
Yup, these exercises can be practised anywhere you like; In the comfort of your room, the park, anywhere. This also gives you the freedom to choose when you’d want to do it. You don’t have to stick to gym timings.
- Build enhanced strength
You are lifting your own weight. If you weight around 200 lbs, that essentially means you are lifting 200 lbs. And that’s pretty awesome!
However, at one stage, you’ll reach a maximum point of muscle growth, hence as mentioned above, as you become an advanced trainee, the level of difficulty increases too. Using elevated surfaces and changing angles, increases the percentage of bodyweight you are lifting.
- Functional movement training
Since calisthenics is all about mastering your bodyweight by resistance training, it is the ultimate functional movement training. It enhances your everyday activities/tasks making your life so much easier.
You are also more likely to maintain a better form while bodyweight training or calisthenics.
- Full Body Workout
Calisthenics is a full body workout. It is not partial or conservative to any body part. A full body workout is better as it is more efficient and works all your muscles thoroughly.
Even the army recommends regular calisthenic training to its recruits as it helps build strength and endurance, and prevents injuries.
If you are a beginner in workouts or bodyweight training, it is best you start with calisthenics as it develops your stability, coordination, and muscle control skills.
Moving on to Weight Training
What is weight training?
Weight training is a form of training that uses weights to add resistance to the workout. It provides stress to the muscles allowing them to adapt and grow stronger.
Weight training can be intimidating to beginners. But hold still fellow aspirants, you’ll get there in no time!
However, unlike Calisthenics, Weight training requires a trainer and weights. Hence it is not as flexible. However, having a trainer with you means that you have someone to correct your posture. It also means that you’ll be exercising everyday(shoutout to all the lazy koalas!)
Also, working out with a group of people can be a motivation to work harder.
Weight training is performed with free weights such as barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or using weight machines.
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Benefits of weight training
- Strong and Healthy Bones
Weight training helps in increasing bone density, reducing the risk of injuries. It also helps maintain joint flexibility.
- Boosts metabolism and fat loss
Weight training helps to develop muscles efficiently, boosting your metabolism. And as you grow muscles, your body starts burning calories tremendously, making it easy to lose the fat.
- Build enhanced strength and endurance
Weight training makes your body grow stronger. This will also daily physical activities way easier.
Calisthenics and Weight training
Both these forms of training are very popular and target strength or muscle gain. They also have a few similar benefits.
However, which one is better?
Now this option depends on various factors like age, aim, fitness etc., most of all – your preference.
The most convenient way to go is to start with calisthenics and then gradually work your way into weight training.
If you want to lose weight or improve your fitness quotient, Calisthenics can solely help you gain excellent results.
If you are looking to increase muscle mass and strength, then calisthenics along with weight training is what we recommend.
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Calisthenics and Weight training are both amazing workouts in their own realm. Put together, they are a blast!
Set a workout plan and exercise with your friends to increase motivation and fun while working out.
However, just exercising is not enough. You need to limit your consumption of junk food. Drink more protein shakes and definitely drink more water!
Choose healthy foods, and follow a diet, and include cheat days. Because why not! Everybody deserves a break.
Finally, do as you please. If you feel you are more of a yoga person, go for it!
Which one do you prefer and why?
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