We have talked with 27 athletes who mention calisthenics and bodyweight training.
Austin Dotson (male, 28)
I like to implement a variety of different styles of training which includes, bodybuilding, calisthenics, yoga, gymnastics, and CrossFit.
Gabriele de Biagi (male, 29)
I have a sort of predilection for gymnastics and bodyweight training in general, I really love the idea of training everywhere and in every condition, just with my body!
Daniel Zagorski (male, 21)
I want to continue working on my weak areas. I want to build up my chest and obliques and I want to get stronger. I’ve actually developed a real interest in calisthenics so I’m hoping to do more of that as well.
Snir Azoulay (male, 20)
I’m training for 5+ years and started training at age 14~15 at Calisthenics and then after 1.5 half years there, I sign for a gym membership.
Simone Collins (female, 33)
At the moment, I’m really enjoying higher intensity weight training, bodyweight training, and conditioning workouts. However, I have had the best muscle gains when incorporating a variety of isolation and compound movements, and including both high volume lifts, and and heavy weight lifts in a single workout.
James Anthony Emmerson (male, 35)
Got to keep challenging your body; whether that’s going heavier, higher reps or other deviations of classic exercises – keep the muscle guessing and your brain. There’s nothing worse than turning up in the gym and just going through the motions. If that ever happens, shake it up, skip a day, go and do calisthenics, or take up that offer from your bro at CrossFit.
Gustavo White (male, 59)
I’m passionate about bodyweight training. The great advantage is that you don’t need a gym and that you can train efficiently in the convenience of their own home.
Krista Stryker (female, 33)
It was after one of those injuries that I started experimenting with HIIT and bodyweight training. I was sick of spending so much of my day stuck in a gym and knew there had to be a more sustainable way to get—and stay—fit.
Aleksi Paju (male, 33)
My goals have varied a lot from just basic lifting and strength training to calisthenics and nowadays, I mostly do functional training with free weights. I workout purely for my own pleasure and also to maintain my physique and, of course, I want to be stronger today than I was yesterday.
Orry Zickefoose (male, 32)
I have been training calisthenics for just under four years now. I have always been an active person, either outside skateboarding or running around outside with friends.
Jason Latonio (male, 40)
People ask me all the time what I do to stay in shape, and they are usually surprised when I tell them I am exclusive to bodyweight training.
Theo Lury (male, 23)
Hi! I’m Theo Lury. I’m a 23-year-old freelance personal trainer, specialising in calisthenics and bodyweight training.
Kuba Firkowski (male, 23)
My workplace is a gym called, BodyLabOne. I’ve got personal training and calisthenics classes in small groups. During whole summer, I try to do outdoor workouts in groups to motivate each other.
Valentin Bosioc (male, 36)
When it comes to training, I always listen to my body. It’s either a full body BODYWEIGHT/CALISTHENICS workout, or weights, or cardio. It all depends on how I feel that day. It could be a gym workout or an outdoor workout, weights, classic splits or full body.
Mallory Reilly (female, 27)
Kettlebells have always been and probably will always be my favorite. I work with kettlebells almost every day whether I’m working on strength skills, conditioning or mobility. I also have been making calisthenics more of a priority.
Nir Shamir (male, 25)
A good week of training needs to consist of: Movement, yoga, capoeira and calisthenics. Each one of these works on the connection between the body and mind, improving functionality in day-to-day life.
Jasa Oslaj (male, 21)
I started with calisthenics (bodyweight training) for about two years and that really gave me a lot of strength as well as muscle mass.
Paul Chelemen (male, 31)
At this point I need to mention my younger brother who started calisthenics many years ago and unconsciously motivated me since that time.
Ryan Shen (male, 29)
Then, on the next year I found calisthenics and it’s so much fun plus I can see better improvement in terms of muscles mass, strength and coordination compare to weight training.
Ben Palacios (male, 30)
After college, I moved to LA with little money to join a gym, so I predominantly exercised outside: Calisthenics, bodyweight, biking, hiking, and trail running. Since then I’ve joined Crossfit but I maintain my outdoor lifestyle.
James Ruckert (male, 28)
Physically speaking, I don’t get ultra specific as I’m always looking to improve across the board and I’ve found so many times that building one move often improves others. In other words: the crossover in calisthenics and bodyweight training is vast!
Matt Fox (male, 32)
My training is based around bodyweight training, I haven’t been to a gym for a “normal” weight lifting session in 3 years.
John Machin MegaVegan (male, 63)
Europe’s leading bodyweight trainer (this is a description acknowledged among the Calisthenics community)
Taco Fleur (male, 45)
Although kettlebells are my main form of training, I do a lot of mobility work, calisthenics, and also do some barbell work.
Inder Yadav (male, 20)
My plan consists of strength training as well as bodyweight training. It’s like on Monday I have to focus on my back and biceps muscles, while on Tuesday I have to train for my chest, etc.