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Our calisthenics posts about calisthenics are popular visited by thousands of people daily. Most of them are just interested in this type of strength training. Others are searching for workouts.
The people, who want to know more about calisthenics, usually ask questions like:
- How big can I be with bodyweight training?
- Can I build such muscles as bodybuilders?
- Can I be as strong as bodybuilders?
- Is calisthenics as efficient as weight training?
And other similar questions.
I do not blame them since most of us start working out to be stronger and to look more muscular.
Well, you can be with calisthenics, but many factors conspire. In the following video the Al Kavadlo the talks about these factors and he will answer all those questions. (And I agree with his reply.)
Maybe the most important factor/answer is that calisthenics has the same effect on your muscles as if you were lifting weights. Your muscles do not care about where the progressive overload comes from. They develop if you provide the right amount of training for them, and you rest enough.
So, to conclude bodyweight exercises can have almost the same effects as if you lift weights.
Another factor is genetics. We all have different body types. Someone can pack on muscles fast, while others need time. Someone has a big chest, while others big arms. I agree with Al that it does not mean you cannot transform your body into something better, just you should know your weak and strong points, and maybe by focusing on your weaknesses, you can develop those parts better.
For example, genetically I’m an endomorph type of guy. So, I easily get fat on me, but I have no problems with my strength. I have big arms and back, but my lower body muscle heritage is not the best. Hence, I focus more on my diet and do cardio to burn fat to have more visible muscles. And of course, I pay attention to work out my legs more.
And finally, about the body fat. It is logical that the more fat you have on your body, the more your muscles are covered, so they are not visible. Those calisthenics guys who almost look like bodybuilders have very low level of fat. So, losing body fat is important if you want to get jacked.
To conclude, calisthenics or bodyweight training can be as efficient as working out with weights. The basics are the same. Increase the resistance progressively, have rest and eat right.
But, the big advantages of calisthenics training is that you naturally strengthen your body, and you build functional strength.
If you are looking for the best bodyweight workouts and tips, look around in our calisthenics category for more info.