Progressive calisthenics is equal parts art, skill, and bravado. You can’t just slap some weight around and use that to add resistance to your exercises. Instead it takes technical innovation and ability in how to move your body to make your muscles beg for mercy.
There are many advantages to adding resistance through a change in technique:
– You can instantly adjust resistance during a set and even a rep.
– It requires not only more strength but also greater balance and coordination.
– Core, hip and shoulder stability is also further increased.
There are more than a few ways to use technical progression to add resistance to any body weight exercise, but sooner or later it usually involves placing more of your body weight on one side of your body and less on the other. Doing such a thing is simple in concept, but often difficult in practice.
This is why I recommend exercises which are all about learning how to shift and load your weight on one side and then the other. This builds the coordination, stability and focus you need in order to practice advanced calisthenics exercises.