To some young gymgoers, the word “calisthenics” might sound antiquated or conjure up thoughts of headband-wearing geriatrics knocking out toe touches or squat thrusts. But don't think of them as old-school—think of them as timeless.
Calisthenics and other bodyweight exercises have proved their worth for centuries. From the Spartan army to the Navy SEALs, elite fighting forces have relied on humble moves like the pushup, lunge, and pullup as vital training tools. In recent years, the popularity of gravity-defying street athletes such as Frank Medrano or Hannibal for King has spiked interest in calisthenics and other bodyweight-inspired training.
But you don't need to be a Spartan or a parkour superstar to benefit from this training style. Check out these five advantages to calisthenics training that will have you burning fat and building strength faster than ever.