5 Misconceptions About Learning Calisthenics Skills

There aren’t any shortcuts to learning new skills in calisthenics. Performance enhancing drugs will help you gain mass and strength, but muscle coordination is obtained through dedicated practice. Drugs will skyrocket your strength and size in bodybuilding or athletics, but calisthenics skills require a lot of muscle coordination that drugs would do little to enhance. Anabolic steroids will make you run faster, deadlift heavier and recover overnight, but doing a handstand requires coordinating your strength which I believe can only be acquired through consistent practice.

Knowledge is undoubtedly beneficial to training intelligently and making progress but ultimately it all comes down to practice, dedication and perseverance. If learning a handstand was just about knowing how to do it by engaging the right muscles, everyone would be capable of handstanding. Unlike solving a mathematical problem, you have to put your knowledge into practice on a regular basis until you succeed. Keeping your limbs straight and pelvis tucked when doing a handstand is easier said than done.

Knowledge about progression exercises is very important for steady and safe progress. Progression exercises allow you to mentally divide your skills training into milestones. No beginner learned a planche outright. First, they probably learned to do press ups and handstands, press to handstands, then tuck planche and straddle planche, and eventually full planche. Knowledge about the best progression exercises for a particular skill is like a plan of action that brings rewards as you make progress step by step.

Training at the best facility in the world won’t speed your progress. You may be surrounded by inspiring athletes and have access to top-notch equipment but your progress ultimately depends on consistent practice of old and new skills. Every decent gym will have similar equipment that will allow you to train the same skills you would do at what you consider “the perfect facility”. In the end, progress will come down to your ability to persevere through failure and practice regularly. It’s irrelevant where best athletes train at, or how famous a gym is. To see progress, you need to love what you do and be willing to put great effort into it without demanding results.

Having the best coach in the world won’t make you the best calisthenics athlete. An expert personal trainer will provide you with useful tips but ultimately you will need to put in the work and wait patiently for results to manifest. A personal trainer will create a valuable exercise program ideally suited for you but would you be able to motivate yourself to go practice when your PT isn’t around? If you really want to learn calisthenics skills, why not embrace your curiosity and go explore movement on your own.

Do you go to exercise only when someone else is coming with you? It’s great when you train with someone who loves calisthenics as much as you do but​ how will that help your progress? What would happen when your buddy goes away for whatever reason? Isn’t it a silly excuse not to go work out when your mates aren’t going to.​ Do you really love what you do if you find training on your own boring? Do not seek motivation in the presence of someone, generate motivation within yourself. If you aren’t passionate about doing calisthenics, find meaning in a different activity, one that you’d do even if the world was blind.

By now, you should have realised my point about making progress with calisthenics. Practice makes perfect.

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