Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise by Ashley Kalym shows you how.
Many of us are stuck at home and perhaps at times finding it hard to find innovative ways of keeping fit. Maybe you have tried the online live workouts, or remote yoga classes. Perhaps the allocated timeslots are not flexible enough or you want to work at your own pace. Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise by Ashley Kalym could be your answer.
This book shows you how you can stay active and continue your workout routine with very little or no equipment.
Some of you may be wondering what calisthenics are? Simply put, Calisthenics is a form of exercise consisting of different movements that exercise large muscle groups, for example running, standing, grasping, pushing, etc. Minimal equipment is used making the most of gravity and bodyweight.
Ashley Kalym is a Personal Trainer and Author who has a long and varied training history. He has spent time playing Rugby at a high level, trained in the Royal Marines, and now enjoys pursuing, learning, and writing about fitness and strength training.
Calisthenics can push you to achieve great results, but the good thing about this book is Ashley starts off every exercise with basic versions for beginners. Even if you only do one rep, you will still be getting stronger if you are consistent. As soon as you can try adding a rep and keep adding.
During the first section of the book the author starts with a definition of calisthenics and goes through the risks and benefits plus required equipment.
Some exercises will require basic equipment. For example, you will benefit from a pull up bar, but these are inexpensive and can be ordered online.
A plyometric box is also useful, though you could also use a step platform instead. You also need parallettes, though Ashley provides instructions on how to make them yourself.
The second part of the book is about nutrition, rest and recovery.
In the third section, Ashley includes warm up and mobility exercises for every part of the body with extensive written instruction and photos.
Then the book moves onto the exercises, also very detailed in instruction and with photos showing exactly how to perform each exercise. These exercises include:
- Push ups
- Pull ups
- Floor core exercises
- Leg raises
- Lower body exercises (squats, curls, etc.)
- Conditioning exercises (i.e. cardio)
The final part of the book shows you how to put everything together into training programs.
This well laid out book with inspiring photos and easy to follow exercises really could help you to learn a new skill and exercise comfortably in your own environment at your own pace. Why not give it a try? Available now on Amazon for £15.19, Complete Calisthenics, by writer and personal trainer, Ashley Kalym.