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Many people consider if they should train using weight training or calisthenics. While they are both two different approaches to become stronger and transform your body, this article will discuss the advantages of weight training over calisthenics, Keep reading to find out more!

Benefit #1: Easier progress (and easier track of your progression)

It is undeniable that weight training allows you progress faster than calisthenics. Not only you can track your progress between different workouts, you can easily manipulate the resistance (by adding an additional load of 5-10lbs to the exercise). However, increasing the resistance when training calisthenics is significantly more challenging.

Benefit #2: No limitations for training legs

In calisthenics training legs is more challenging and many calisthenics athlete often skip leg days. There is a lower selection of calisthenics exercises for legs and it is harder to manipulate the resistance while training them (as mentioned above).

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Benefit #3: Weightlifting can help you to get bigger faster

If you goal is to get bigger as fast as possible, then it is easier to accomplish that by lifting weights. Calisthenics will still undoubtedly make you bigger and stronger, but not in a similar way as weightlifting.  

Benefit #4: Isolation of specific muscles is easier

Many people like isolating certain muscle groups at the end of their training session, because it helps to fix muscle imbalances and to target specific muscles without stressing any others. It can also help strengthen muscles that are weaker than the rest of your body. Isolating each individual muscle is easier with weightliging than it is with calisthenics training. In calisthenics, you can still focus on isolating a muscle more than other muscle group by changing the leverage but not to the same degree as in weightlifting. Also, tracking your progress for isolation exercises is even harder with calisthenics.

How about combining both, weight training and calisthenics?

If you want to reap the benefits of both practices, weight training and calisthenics, then you should definitely combine both into your workout routine. Calisthenics still has many amazing relevant benefits that you should consider as well. Keep your fitness journey well-rounded by combining both ways of training!

Is weight training over calisthenics the right choice for me then?

The answer to this question totally depends on you! If your main goal is to get bigger then weight training is probably the right choice for you. However, if you want to master impressive body weight exercises and develop amazing flexibility and coordination, then calisthenics is the way to go. Calisthenics can also makes your workouts more fun and creative. I usually love to combine both, weight training and calisthenics into my workout routine to get the benefits of both.

 

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A vacation can do wonders for reducing stress levels, but it can derail a healthy fitness regimen. Even some of the most die-hard exercisers find it difficult to stick with a workout program when away from home. Sure, many have good intentions. They may even pack their workout attire. Unfortunately, their gear never makes it out of the suitcase until they’re back home. 
But travel from home doesn’t have to result in an interruption or complete abandonment of your healthy habits. You can still fit in exercise time when away from home, regardless of whether you find yourself in a warm or a cold climate. Even if bad weather forces you into seclusion in your hotel room, there are exercises you can complete without a single piece of equipment. 
Below are some tips to help you stay fit while traveling and avoid coming home with unwanted extra baggage. We will show you how to train on vacation using resitance bands and your bodyweight only:).

 

Important tips to keep in mind while on vacation

  1. Be realistic. You probably won't be able to fit in your normal weekly workouts and that's okay. Shoot for completing at least 50% of your normal regimen.
  2. Plan ahead. Before leaving town, find out what type of workout facilities your accommodations will have or if there is a nearby park of jogging track (weather permitting, of course). Scope out local gyms. If you are staying somewhere that doesn’t provide a workout area then inquire at the nearby local fitness centers for their rates. Often they offer day passes for minimal fees.
  3. Pack a resistance band in your suitcase. The band takes up very little space, yet can provide you with an entire upper and lower body workout routine. Soon, we will show you how to train while on vacation with the resistance band.
  4. Don’t deprive yourself of all local delicacies. You can enjoy some special meals without going overboard. Ask the restaurants to prepare your favorite dishes with a few lower fat ingredients.
  5. Be creative. Find unique, fun ways to exercise instead of doing the same routine you do when you are at home. Try biking, hiking, a pedal boat excursion, water-skiing, beach volleyball, etc. Effective workouts aren’t limited to the standard fares of walking, jogging and fitness machines.
  6. Try out your travel routine at least once at home. A new workout that you’ve never done before will require more time and preparation. This type of frustration just makes for an easy excuse to skip the workout.
  7. Prepare snacks. If your journey includes a lot of time in the car, be sure to pack some healthy snacks so you aren’t forced to eat at all the fast food and convenience shops along the way.
  8. Play in the pool. If lounging poolside is part of your vacation plans, then hop in the pool every 20 minutes for 5-10 minutes of pool walking (try it in waist-deep or higher water for a really challenging workout).
  9. Get comfortable. Don’t forget to pack comfortable workout attire that fits your destination’s climate.

 

Quick resistance band workout you can do while on vacation

Here is a quick, simple circuit workout that only requires a resistance band and can be done anywhere. Complete at least one - two sets of 8-12 reps of each exercise.

  • Bicep Curl

     Biceps Curls with resistance band

  • Tricep Dip

    Triceps Dips

  • Any Rowing or pulling variation with a resistance band

    Rowing with resistance band

  • Front Raise

    front raise resistance band

  • Push-Up / Decline Push-Up

    Push ups

  • Squat Variation

    Squats

  • Abductor lifts

    Abductor Lifts

 

  • Hamstring Kicks

    Leg curl variation

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