5 Signs You Should Start Weighted Calisthenics
Posted on October 12 2018
If you’re reading this, then you might be wondering if weighted calisthenics is right for you OR you might be wondering what the heck weighted calisthenics is. I’m here to answer all of the following and give you three signs that it's time for you to add on some weight, and go beyond body weight.
You Have Mastered Your Bodyweight
So...you're a pro at a lot of the calisthenics exercises. You learned your front lever, you learned your one-arm pull-up, you can do 90-degree handstand pushups, planche pushups all with your own natural body weight. You can do it all, and now you're just doing the same exercises over and over again, and you're trying to figure out the next step. Well, the next step will be to add weight to your calisthenic training. Doing this will actually make you even better at those advanced variations that you are already doing. Trust me, I've been there because I've mastered a lot of the advanced exercises that a ton of people want to learn within bodyweight training. And I honestly got bored of some of them, so I started implementing weighted calisthenics. So if you're in my shoes at all, then that's a sign that you should probably start too.
You Love Weighted Compound Movements
This goes out to all my weightlifters out there, If you are watching this video. So if you happen to love the bench press, or the military press, or any other weighted compound movement, then weighted calisthenics will probably fit you well. I say this because the weighted calisthenics compound movements replicate weightlifting very, very well. For example, the weighted push-up is almost the exact same thing as the bench press. But instead of moving external weight away from you, you're pressing your body up, along with adding weight to you. So it won't feel like you're making a huge shift. You probably already do weighted pull-ups, because a lot of weightlifters already do that. But if you're not, then instead of lat pulldowns, you'll be doing weighted pull-ups. Point is if you're in the weightlifting community, and you tend to love the compound movements, more than likely you're going to enjoy weighted calisthenics.
You Aren't Building Enough Muscle With Only Bodyweight Movements
I know a lot of calisthenics practitioners when they get into calisthenics, that's the only thing they tend to do. They're like "Screw weightlifting. I'm just sticking to bodyweight only." But the thing is, they expect to build a ton of muscle with it very, very fast, as if they're weightlifters. That's not true. Why? Because calisthenics focuses more on neurological adaptations to make your body stronger in doing a certain movement. We can actually see that a lot of calisthenics athletes compared to weightlifters, they are very, very skinny, but they're also really strong, and they have no muscle mass. If you want to build more muscle, while also having that strength, such as myself. I figured out a way how to build muscle while focusing on skills and getting those neurological adaptations. Now, if you're in that same boat, that's a sign that you probably want to start including weighted calisthenics within your routine, and kind of switch it up from just doing bodyweight only. Lucky for you, my new weighted calisthenics program, Beyond Bodyweight is available and teaches you all the skills and knowledge you need to know about adding weight to your calisthenics training.
You Want to Get Better at Bodyweight Movement
If you're able to do weighted pull-ups with two, three, four pounds attached to your body, then more than likely you definitely have the strength of performing a proper one-arm pull-up. Now, on the other hand, if you're able to do a pseudo-planche push-up with a 45-pound plate on your back, and do that for proper form, then you're probably going to be able to progress to the full planche push-up even faster. So weighted calisthenics is definitely a good supplement to your bodyweight training if you don't want to dive head-first within weighted calisthenics. If you really are focused on bodyweight only, then try weighted calisthenics out to help supplement your bodyweight training, so that you can get even stronger in those movements.
You Have Access to a GymA lot of calisthenics people tend to train at parks or places where, literally, you're only limited to your bodyweight. Some may even train at home where all they have are the double dip bars and a pull-up bar, right? But if you're in a situation where you love to train at the gym, such as myself, or you have a gym that you have access to, then it is simply a no-brainer to start trying weighted calisthenics or start implementing a little bit within your workout routines. Really, you're already there, the weight is there, the chain belt you have access to through AD Workout, and you have all the resources available to you, so why not just take a step and make even better progress, not only in your physique but also in your strength.