Beginners guide to calisthenics part 2: periodisation

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Beginners guide to calisthenics part 2

In the first post of this three-part series we introduced periodisation. Now, let’s look at a way of applying this to a calisthenics-based workout.

Let’s decide on your training focus; say, strength and agility.

Then take a period of time that you will train (at Muddy Plimsolls we use 4 weeks) and divide each week into different training: Week 1 will be strength, Week 2 will be agility, etc.

The sessions within each week will be focussed on either strength or agility. However, not to the exclusion of all others. There should still be an element of endurance, flexibility, speed etc. Other skills that you want to work on. This approach can work by combining any training goals, or even choosing three or four of them.

Dividing up the session

Your calisthenics workout session might involve an hour’s worth of exercise. And within that, 40 minutes could be devoted to strength training. The remaining 20 minutes can see you develop agility via SAQ (Speed Agility Quickness) drills.

But – during the strength week – your aim is to actually make the most significant improvements in your strength.

And the key word is improvement. It’s a principle of exercise that all fitness pros know will ensure that improvements in appearance are made. It’s also known as progression. And we’ll look at progression in calisthenics in the third post.

Try one of our Training Plans or Workshops across London and now in the Home Counties. Experience a new level of fitness and wellbeing with our calisthenics-based workouts.

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