At the most basic level, “calisthenics is resistance training with your own bodyweight,” says Autumn Calabrese, creator of 80 Day Obsession. It’s designed to improve strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, and aerobic conditioning—just about every skill you need to be a fit human being. Squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, dips, jumping jacks, broad jumps, handstands—yep, all calisthenics. Here’s why calisthenics or bodyweight workouts are worth taking a break from the dumbbells.
1. You don’t need any equipment.
The beauty of calisthenics is that you can do it anywhere, anytime—all you need is your body. “It’s one of the only ways to build mass and strength without the use of weights,” says Calabrese. Read: You officially have no excuse notto work out.