2. You can build serious strength.
You might be thinking: “How, if you’re not hoisting barbells or dumbbells?” But you can accomplish a lot using just your own bodyweight, says Calabrese. If you’re a 68kg woman doing a bodyweight pull-up, you’re effectively lifting 68kg. It’s true that “you will reach a certain max point of muscle growth with calisthenics because muscle mass comes from progressive resistance, and there will only ever be so much resistance provided by your own body,” says Calabrese, but that’s where getting creative comes into play. Use elevated surfaces to change the angle of exercises, increasing the percentage of bodyweight that you’re lifting. Use vertical surfaces (i.e. walls and poles) to challenge your body in new ways, and recruit your core like you wouldn’t believe. Go faster, slower, longer, upside down, or increase your range of motion to keep provoking physical and mental adaptions.