I’m often asked how to make progress in calisthenics.
I understand where this question is coming from. With weight training it seems easier to track progress since you can attach a number to how hard you’re working. If you lift 100 pounds 10 times and then can lift it for 12 then it would stand to reason that you’ve gotten stronger.
With calisthenics it’s a little harder to measure the resistance and thus track progression.
At least that’s what I used to believe. These days I know that it’s most certainly possible for the numbers in a workout log to go up, without getting stronger. It’s even possible to become weaker even though the poundage is going up. I’m not saying the number’s aren’t worth tracking, but they often don’t tell the whole story. Much of the time, those numbers don’t even mention the one thing that’s far more important.
In this week’s podcast I cover how the numbers can lie, what’s even more important than reps and weight, and the massive advantage calisthenics has over weight training when it comes to truly getting bigger and stronger.