I’ve been bodyweight training for about two years now.
I love it.
It’s brutally hard. But massively effective. So now I’m addicted.
Yeah that’s right.
I’m a bodyweight fanatic. A convert.
And my obsession has shown me the truth…
Bodyweight Training Is Better Than Lifting Weights
Now if you’re into pumping iron, I know what you’re thinking:
Mario, you’re a fuckin’ moron!
But wait. Don’t get mad at me just yet, my weight-lifting friend.
Hear me out…
First, you should know that I spent years lifting weights as a younger man. I loved lifting. It was a large part of my life for a long time. And I don’t regret a single second I spent doing it.
But now I’ve found a new way to train. And I’m super-excited about it!
So despite the provocative title, I’m not here to prove I’m right about bodyweight training (aka calisthenics).
Instead, my goal is to EXPAND your horizons.
To show you alternatives for getting incredibly strong and fit!
A method that doesn’t involve expensive memberships, over-crowded gyms, or excessive training injuries.
Wanna learn more?
Then let’s begin…
7 Reasons Calisthenics Are Great
So what are some specific benefits of a regular bodyweight training program?
Well for one thing, you’ll develop…
1) Insane Strength
Bodyweight training will make you crazy strong. Advanced calisthenics are incredibly grueling – and your body is forced to adapt in kind.
Yes, it takes longer to build strength with bodyweight.
But once you have it?
It’ll surprise you. It’s a primal, almost simian sort of power.
The kind of strength that’s highly useful in the bedroom AND in the streets.
2) Denser Muscle
Muscle built by calisthenics looks different than muscle built by lifting.
Well, bodyweight muscle is more dense. Super-solid. And rock-hard.
Train with bodyweight long enough?
You’ll look like you’re carved out of hardwood.
3) More Permanent Mass
Back when I was lifting, I gained mass fairly fast. But I also lost it just as quickly (even if I went only a week or two without lifting)!
This is much less of problem with bodyweight training. I’m not sure why that is…
But I know this from experience:
The muscle you gain from bodyweight is more permanent – it lasts longer. So you’re less likely to lose bodyweight-built muscle if you take a break from training.
4) Reinforced Joints & Tendons
Joints are often the Achilles Heel of bodybuilders. Sure guys who lift usually look impressive. But closer inspection reveals many have weak joints and tendons.
Ask a bodybuilder to perform a slow, deep One-Leg Squat. Or a even a Half One-Arm pushup (with feet together). They’ll probably collapse – their joints just can’t handle it.
Bodyweight corrects that weakness. With high-level calisthenics your joints and tendons must adapt and get strong, otherwise you can’t perform the movements.
5) Less Injury
Calisthenics movements are more natural. Less forced.
You’ll be battling gravity instead of iron. So you’re less likely to hurt yourself.
In contrast, some popular weight-lifting movements are horrible for your body. For example, the Military Press is notorious for causing nasty and permanent shoulder injury.
You don’t want that.
Skip unnecessary pain.
Practice calisthenics instead.
6) Perfect Aesthetics (The V)
And the result of all that new strength and muscle?
A very aesthetically pleasing body. Yup, you’ll have the coveted V-Shape.
Men will admire you.
Kids will openly stare and make comments.
And of course ladies love the V… It’s funny – did you know it’s mostly men who prefer the ‘swole’ bodybuilder look? Most women prefer a lean, hard muscular man with wide shoulders and narrow hips.
And that’s the kind of ripped look you’ll get from calisthenics.
7) It’s Free
Bodyweight training is basically free. If you’ve got a park nearby, you can train at a high level without spending a penny.
And if the park isn’t your style? Or the weather is bad?
You can easily set up a low-cost and effective training area in your own home.
Just get a pull-up bar, basketball, and a low bench – then you’ll be in business.
How Lifting Weights Is Better Than Calisthenics
I’ve convinced you, right?
You can see that bodyweight is great!
Is weight-lifting better in any way?
There is one area where lifting reigns supreme…
You’ll Get Bigger If You Lift Weights (faster, too)
It’s a fact:
You will build bigger muscles with weight-lifting. And, you’ll also do it faster.
So if your goal is to get huge, quick?
Then lift heavy weight. Nothing beats it for rapidly packing on pounds of beef.
But with that said..
YES, you can build mass with pure bodyweight training (for proof look at the photo above). It’ll just take longer. And you won’t get as big as you would working with weights.
So lifting wins here.
Calisthenics and weight lifting BOTH have benefits. It’s hard to go wrong with either one!
But if you didn’t know much about bodyweight training before this post?
Well, if I’ve done my job, you understand it better now.
And hopefully that’ll help you make smarter choices when you decide how to train.
Do you prefer bodyweight training or lifting weights? Why?
Read More: How Bodyweight Training Wrecked My Shower