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    You can also call us on +44 (0)345 004 7968  (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). We pride ourselves on trying to give you the best customer experience possible.

    Starting Calisthenics

    What is calisthenics?

    Calisthenics is a form of physical training focussed on teaching you to master your own bodyweight using minimal equipment.

    Calisthenics is the complete package. Whether you want to learn to handstand, muscle up or have the flexibility to train anywhere, anytime your body and mind will work together to the perfect symphony of mobility, stability, strength and play. The result is a playful form of training that helps you build a great physique and the ability to move in new ways!

    Click here to learn more about calisthenics and the benefits for your physical and mental health

    How to start calisthenics?

    We have a great FREE beginners training programme available in our Virtual Classroom. You’ll just need to create an account and you’re set to get started on your journey to redefine your impossible.

    Get our FREE Beginners Training Programme here

     

    How strong do I need to be before I can start?

    There are no prerequisites to start calisthenics. The focus is on mastering your own bodyweight and exercises can be scaled easily so that anyone can begin.

    Your journey to redefining your impossible will vary depending on your training background but the key thing is to get started and progress at your own pace.

    To get started, head over to our Virtual Classroom FREE Beginners Training Programme here.

    The Virtual Classroom

    What is the Virtual Classroom?

    The Virtual Classroom is our proven online calisthenics training system that’s the most accessible and effective bodyweight training platform in the world.

    Take a look and find out more about The Virtual Classroom here

    Do I have to buy training programmes as well as my membership?

    Included in our membership packages, you get access to the following training programmes from only £9.99 a month;

    • Principles of Movement, Strength and Play
    • Bodyweight Basics
    • Lower Body Foundations
    • Handstand
    • Muscle Up (Bar and Ring)
    • Back Lever

    However, each of our training programmes are also available to buy individually.

    What's the difference between a Standard Membership and a V.I.P Membership?

    Within our Standard Membership you get access to the following for only £9.99 a month;

    • Principles of Movement, Strength and Play
    • Bodyweight Basics Training Programme
    • Lower Body Foundations Training Programme
    • Handstand Training Programmes
    • Muscle Up Training Programmes
    • Back Lever Training Programme
    • Full year of weekly workouts
    • Video libraries
    • Access to the awesome community

    With our V.I.P Membership you get access to all of the above plus exclusive discounts and offers, our Movement and Mobility Masterclass, educational and interactive webinars, new weekly movement, strength or play workout/challenge.

    Take a look at our Virtual Classroom Membership Packages and Pricing here

    Is there a contract tie in with memberships?

    For our monthly memberships, there is no minimum contract which means you can cancel at any time plus you get 7 days FREE when you sign up. So, check it out with no risk!

    Take a look at our Virtual Classroom Membership Packages and Pricing here

    How long are the training programmes?

    We use a modular training approach. This means that our training programmes are broken down into modules with weekly training programmes giving you the exercises, reps, sets and coaching cues you need. Each programme varies, but typically, they have three or four modules in each with four training programmes in each module.

    More about calisthenics and training with us

    I want to come on a workshop, which one would be more suitable for me?

    Our workshops offer you the opportunity to get face-to-face contact with our calisthenics tutors meaning you can get specific help and advice on how to progress your training and achieve your goals.

    Beginners: For those interested in exploring calisthenics and want a simple but exciting introduction to bodyweight training. This workshop is open to anyone, regardless of ability.

    Strength + Play: In this workshop we show you lots of different calisthenics exercises that can add variety to your training but also help you to build more basic strength. But of equal importance is Play.

    Progressions: If you have your eyes on one of the big calisthenics movements like the handstand, muscle up or human flag this workshop is for you. Our objective is to make sure you leave knowing exactly what you need to work on next to redefine your impossible.

    Click here to book a workshop

    How does calisthenics compare using weights?

    In weight training you use barbells and dumbbells etc to create a stress on the body. This is known as resistance training. In calisthenics you are doing exactly the same thing, but instead of external objects you use your own bodyweight as the resistance.

    When it comes to training and creating a physical adaptation i.e. getting stronger, building muscle, getting lean or learning to move in a new way, the brain doesn’t concern itself with the source of the stress. It just knows there is a mechanical or metabolic stress being applied and therefore needs to create an adaptation in order to avoid being stressed again in the future.

    Calisthenics and your own bodyweight can be used to create a great physique, improve your mental health and help you to learn to move in fun and exciting ways.

    To read more about calisthenics Vs weight training, check out this blog.

    Is it possible to build muscle with calisthenics?

    Yes, muscle hypertrophy happens via three main principles: mechanical tension, metabolic stress and muscle damage.

    Check out this youtube video for some more information about building muscle with bodyweight training

    How often should I train?

    It depends on a number of factors such as what you want to achieve, how much time you have, access to basic equipment and training background etc. An important consideration is also how much training you can recover from. This is key in you seeing progress and redefining your impossible.

    We would encourage you to start slowly and write down your goals and a simple training schedule of how many sessions a week or on what days you want to train. Start with that and then adapt it based on how you feel and how your progress is going.

    I've got pain or am injured, what should I do?

    We recommend that you see a physiotherapist or medical professional who can advise you. We can’t give accurate and specific information for your needs via the internet so it is always best to see someone in person.

    However our training process has injury prevention as a key component so training guides and online programmes etc include exercises that will improve range of movement, increase proper muscle activation patterns and enhance movement quality, all of which is important in staying injury free.

    What 'diet' are you on or how do you eat?

    We’re not on a diet and we don’t really use any supplements. We eat as much natural food as we can, buy organic and close to source. Everything else is about balance and understanding what your individual needs are. Consuming high-quality foods, developing good habits, self-control and consistency is the key.

    How can I lose weight with calisthenics?

    The reality is that any form of exercise can help you to lose weight and calisthenics is no different. The key to reduce body fat percentage or change body composition is structuring your training to enhance that adaptation. For fat loss, that means creating a calorie deficit for a consistent period of time and we can do that by keeping the work rate in a training session high and rest periods short.

    If your heart is pumping and you’re breathing hard, then you’re in the right place. Just make sure technique is always on point too.

    Of equal importance to your weight loss goals is your nutrition.