As winter approaches, many people lose motivation to train, especially outdoors. That’s understandable because the weather gets colder and days shorter which could affect one’s energy levels. It also becomes rather unpleasant and ineffective to exercise outdoors after work when it’s dark, wet and kind of lonely in the evenings. Your calisthenics buddies don’t want to hang out with you either. The need to buy a gym membership peaks at this time of the year, and that would be a wise decision. You have to find a sheltered place to continue working on your strength and skills. Don’t let your mind persuade you that you’re better off chilling at home, watching Netflix and listening to the rain. Here’s why I think you’ll miss out on a lot if you stop doing calisthenics until summer returns?
Apart from the obvious negative health reasons associated with physical inactivity, I see training during the winter as a huge opportunity to grow your calisthenics potential. Did you know you can fit quite a few sessions during the winter? The winter period comprises autumn and winter, from 22nd September until 20th March, which equals a total of 179 days, or 25 weeks. If you train at least 3 times a week for 1 hour, you will have trained 75 times before the summer arrives. That’s 75 hours invested towards learning a new bodyweight skill or building a solid foundation. That could be a muscle up or 5-second handstand achieved! If you are like me, however, and normally train 5 times a week, you will have dedicated a whooping 125 hours. Imagine the progress!!! Just for reference, it’s has been estimated that it takes 10,000 hours to become truly amazing at something.
To reiterate, don’t miss the opportunity to train during the winter. The more time you invest, the quicker you’ll progress, and the more fulfilled you’ll be. As gym rats say, “Summer bodies are made in the winter.”