The first question we usually get asked about Calisthenics is “what is it?” …actually, no actually, first we normally get asked how to pronounce it.
The word calisthenics comes from the ancient Greek words kálos, which means “beauty”, and sthénos, meaning “strength”. It is the art of using one’s body weight and qualities of inertia as a means to develop one’s physique.
Calisthenics is basically a fancy word for bodyweight training, and the basics include simple staple exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and dips. Some of the sexier, movements that have become synonymous with modern-day Calisthenics are planches, front and back levers, muscle-ups and human flags.
In our Calisthenics classes we introduce participants to elements of gymnastic work, floor work, hand balancing, bar work and work on paralettes. The classes are suitable for all ability levels, and the great things about Calisthenic training is that movements can be easily regressed or progressed where necessary, and teaching people to become competent at moving their own bodyweight, before lifting any additional loads, is an easy, safe and cost-effective way of getting stronger, moving better and becoming healthier. You will focus on mastering the basics, before moving onto some of the more advanced movements – under the watchful eye of coach Fitsz.
You can take part in our 90 minute long classes for as little as £10 per class (depending on the membership you choose), and one off classes are £15 each. You do not need to be a member of the gym in order to attend classes.