What is Weighted Calisthenics?
Who Should do Weighted Calisthenics?
Importance of Weighted Calisthenics
1. Build incredible strength
2. Track Your Progress
3. Efficient Workout
Weighted Calisthenics exercises
5. Squat Jump
8. Inverted Row
Types of equipment for Weighted Calisthenics
1. Weighted Vest
- Very Versatile. Weighted vests can be used for almost every calisthenics exercise.
- It comes with enough weight to make Upper Body exercises (Push-ups, Pull-ups, Dips, Handstand, etc.) enough hard.
- It’s easy to Add and reduce Weights.
- A weighted vest is expensive equipment in comparison to others.
- Not enough weight capacity to make Lower Body Exercises (like: Squats, Lunges, etc.) very challenging for Advanced Athletes.
- Applying too much pressure with Weighted Vest may lead to Bad Posture, Injuries in the spine, and joint pain.
2. Free Weights
Free weights are any weights that you can pick up and move around. People keep making comparisons between free weights and bodyweight training. But why compare, When you can combine Free Weights with Bodyweight Exercises and get incredible results from it?
The most common type of free weights found in Gyms are: Dumbbells, Barbells, Kettlebells, Chains, and Medicine balls.
- Free Weights has the Highest weight Capacity (i.e. you can add a lot of weight) compared to other equipment.
- Sufficient weight to make lower body exercises (like: Squats, Lunges, Squat jumps etc.) very challenging.
- Weight can be easily added and reduced.
- It can also be used for some upper body exercises (like: Push-ups, Pull-ups, and Dip), but the way it’s used is pretty uncomfortable.
- Limited scope in upper body exercises. You can’t use it to make many upper body exercises challenging.
- You have to purchase weights separately. So the heavier you want, the more expensive it becomes.
3. Dip Belt / Weight Belt
- Dip belt has a high weight capacity, which means you can add a lot of weight. Great equipment for advanced athletes
- Get comfortably fit.
- Easy to add and remove weight.
- Not very versatile. However, you can do more than dips like: Pull-Ups, Chin Ups, and Muscle Ups. But the scope of this equipment is low.
- Squats can be made challenging, but you need an elevated surface with space between your legs, so when you squat down, there must be enough space for the weights to pass.
4. Ankle and Wrist Weights
- It’s one of the cheapest equipment on the list.
- Easy to wear and remove.
- Gets Comfortably fit
- This equipment has the lowest weight capacity on the list.
- Due to their low weight, these straps cannot make exercises hard enough for advanced athletes.
- Weight capacity is fixed. You can’t decrease or increase the weight like other equipment on the list.
5. Resistance Bands
- Lightweight and doesn’t take up enough space. It’s easy to carry around and workout even if you are travelling.
- Neither expensive nor cheap. It’s affordable equipment.
- It provides a fair amount of resistance that makes Upper Body and Lower Body exercises challenging.
- It has a low scope. We can’t make much calisthenics challenging with the use of Resistance Bands.
- It doesn’t fit comfortably and is also not comfortable to use.
- Although it can make Pull-ups and Inverted rows more challenging, but for that, we need to look for an object that can hold the band or need to tie it up with a heavy weight.