‘It just looks like you two are messing about, it doesn’t look like you’re training!’
For some, this might feel like a kick in the teeth when you’re busting your ass off in the gym trying to get in shape.
But to me and Tim, we loved the fun element of our training and the fact that it looked like we were enjoying ourselves.
Seemingly ‘messing about’ was actually a very positive compliment – not just to us but also to Calisthenics as a method of training.
Now just because someone thought we were ‘messing about’ in the gym (and that’s a true story) does it mean that training was easy?
Not at all. It’s often the absolute opposite of easy; it’s often ‘impossible’! Or at least feels impossible until we finally take it out of the ‘impossible box’!
Everything feels impossible or at least difficult until you do it for the first time right? The challenge of calisthenics is fun once you embrace it.
When you get it right you achieve things you’ve never done before. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Probably when you were a kid!
As children we learn new things all the time, sometimes being taught and sometimes through the experience of trial and error.
One thing’s for sure, along the learning process there will have been failures. As we become older and turn into adulthood however, we stop learning new things.
We stop challenging ourselves due to fear, because we worry of failing.
George Bernard Shaw, who won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
Playing is a great way of developing new skills in a fun way where success and failure are less separate. The learning process is fun and enjoyable where the failures merge into the learning journey.
“The only kind of play we honor is competitive play,” according to Bowen F. White, a medical doctor and author of Why Normal Isn’t Healthy. But play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids.
We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up and ‘play’ is vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships,” according to leading ‘play’ researcher Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D . In his book Play, author and psychiatrist Stuart Brown, compares play to oxygen. He writes, “…it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing” .
Have you realised you never ‘play’ anymore?
When was the last time you had some ‘playtime’?
Calisthenics is a great way of physically training that is fun and can add some ‘playtime’ to your training sessions and life! Try to learn something new, experiment with it, have fun and play with friends trying to learn the same thing.
Choose a Calisthenics Movement, such as a Handstand, and have some fun playing around with the balance position. If you fall (fall safely first and foremost) but laugh it off, pick yourself up and rise again for another attempt.
Until you ‘Redefine Your Impossible’ and achieve something completely new!
It’s a great feeling and one that’s just as good for you mentally and spiritually as it is physically!
If you want to have some fun and start some ‘playtime’ with Calisthenics, download our FREE Beginners Guide to Calisthenics HERE and get started!
References (so you know we’re not just making it up!)