The question of calisthenics versus the traditional gym training has always seemed weird to me.
Aren’t those two completely different beasts?
It’s like comparing oranges to apples.
Calisthenics aims to primarily build a body through a skill based approach, traditional gym training adopts a very lineair approach by building a ‘visually attractive body through the increase of weights’.
But I have to admit, there is some overlap.
If you are reading this you probably want to build some muscle.
Get a bit stronger.
And preferably look a bit more aesthetically pleasing for people you are attracted to.
Building muscle follows the same basic principles, whether that’s through weights or by using your body weight and gravity as a way to increase the loads.
To say one is better than the other would be a very simple black-and-white representation.
Building muscle is just one thing. Looking better is another.
And then there are about a gazillion other end results related to the type of training you pursue.
But when it comes to ‘training your brain’ you might find it easier to make a choice.
If you really want to know whether calisthenics is better than weights for your brain, you need to read THIS shit! (more…)