I’m really intrigued by a new theory about how calisthenics might be superior for weight loss.
I’ve long believed that there is no such thing as a weight loss exercise.
Exercise, of any sort, is all about conditioning the body for function and performance. You can tell your body to become faster or stronger but you can’t train it to fit into smaller jeans. While weight loss can result from an exercise program it’s more of a side effect than a direct result.
But there might be an exception to that rule.
I’ve becoming more of a believer that exercise that moves the body through space might somehow directly tell the body to be leaner.
The instructions for leanness might come from the fact that we can improve our ability in body weight based exercise if we are both stronger and lighter.
Other forms of exercise rely more on just strength. Our body weight isn’t much of a factor on the bench press or while sitting on an exercise bike. But if we start doing push ups or run up a hill, a few extra pounds around the waistline can made a big difference.
So the theory is that body weight exercise just might be training us to be both stronger and lighter since both would improve our performance in the exercise.
Of course we can get lighter by losing some muscle, but since we are simultaneously telling the body it needs to be strong, that might protect the muscle and send that “lose weight” signal over to the fat cells.
It’s just a theory for now, but over time I find more and more examples of it in action.