Calisthenics is basically an anaerobic training system that consists of a variety of exercises, often rhythmic and synchronized, which act synergistically and coordinated, using as basic resistance ones own bodyweight with little or no equipment.
Calisthenic exercises act in a natural way, causing impressive and symmetrical results in muscular growth and strength of the whole body, according to the genetics of each individual. What matters most is the abilities a person can gain by that kind of training.
The goal of this training system is the symmetrical strengthening of all muscle groups, skeletal and cardiac, the development of functional strength and movement, as well as other abilities, such as balance, coordination, speed, explosiveness, body control and much more. Besides that it also helps to increase bone mass, strengthening connective tissue and increasing metabolism.
What we teach is not fitness, or rather, it’s not just fitness, it’s body movement. The harmonic motion, positioning and balance of the body in space. Fitness is just a small part of movement. To understand the difference between movement and fitness, think of a hurdling and a parkour athlete. They both try to get from a point A to a point B as quickly as possible. The difference in the difficulty of the obstacles and the way they get over them is extremely big. That is how large the difference between fitness and movement is.
As we mentioned here earlier, the basic goal in calisthenics is the improvement of neuromuscular assembly and the harmonic motion of the body in space. The exercises aim to achieve maximum coordination of all muscle groups, with the contraction of the highest number of muscle fibers possible, in order to achieve maximum strength and performance. Most credit is given to the core, as the body’s center of balance. Particular emphasis is also given to the correct technique of the exercises and breathing.