Calisthenics or Weight Training? It has been a dilemma for newbies to identify the appropriate fitness program that will work out best for them. If you are wondering where to start, you can begin searching for calisthenics and weight training for bodybuilding.

We already heard a lot of things and seen people do bodybuilding. It has been popular for people who want to bulk up and flaunt their hard-earned muscles. However, for skinny people who want to turn themselves bulkier, it may seem that choosing the right training will be a problem.

If you are confused about these two training exercises, let’s tackle them to know what will work for you.  

If you never heard of calisthenics, it might be just lying around you and you are not giving much of an attention to it.

Calisthenics is a type of exercise that comprises a variety of movements that uses your body weight to increase body strength and flexibility. The exercise is composed of push-ups, crunches, dip exercises, chin-ups, and pull-ups. 

Advantages of calisthenics


If you do not earn a six-digit salary, you might want to stop looking for a gym membership and just create a training space at your home. Since calisthenics only requires little to no equipment at all, it is much cheaper than availing a gym membership or gym equipment. If you have some budget of your own, you might want to consider a pull-up bar and benches to further improve your workout.


Compared to bodybuilding, aside from cheaper, calisthenics is also easy to pull out since gyms are not always available everywhere. You can start working out anywhere and anytime you want.

Endurance is the point of focus

The point of calisthenics is not about stamina but it focuses on your core and strength by lifting your body weight. Calisthenics also targets necessary muscles which improve your stability, balance, and posture.

Targets your whole body

Calisthenics targets your whole body and not just a portion of it. You can build strength all over your body and not just a single muscle group. Your body is proportionately built rather than focusing one portion at a time.


In calisthenics, you can avoid muscle strains, tendonitis, and bone injury. Weight training without proper form can cause more harm than good.

Dark sides of Calisthenics

Calisthenics vs Bodybuilding: What’s best for you

Slower muscle building

Since the approach is the whole body, it builds muscle mass slowly since you are working out your whole body.

Limitation of weight

Since you are just using your body as weight training, you cannot add more weight to further strengthen your muscles. Unlike in bodybuilding, there is a lot of equipment that you can use to further enhance your training.

On the other hand, bodybuilding is also a good start to build your muscles since it focuses on the areas you want to improve drastically by the equipment. There are also a vast number of ways on how to build your muscles.

Here are some Pros of weight training

Calisthenics vs Bodybuilding: What’s best for you

Builds muscle at a faster rate

If you keep on training a specific muscle group, it can change drastically depending on the weights you are lifting. Machines and equipment can easily target the muscle group you want to enhance. It should be taken with extra precaution and proper form as well to have a good muscle built.

Limitless weights according to your capabilities

Unlike in calisthenics, you can adjust from an easier level of exercise to build enough strength or you can add more weights according to your liking.

Tracking your progress easily

It is easier to track your progress especially when you are dealing with weight which you can control. You can add additional weight to further enhance your training.

Efficient use of your blood sugar

Sugar is a necessary nutrient for our muscles to function. With training, your muscles utilize your blood sugar efficiently.

Project your ideal body shape easily

With weight training, you can achieve your ideal body type easily since your muscle is drastically improving.

On the negative side of it, here are some cons you must consider before weight training.

Calisthenics vs Bodybuilding: What’s best for you


If you are not attending the gym regularly, you might be wasting your money instead of gaining some muscles. If you are not serious about it, it is better not to avail of that membership.

Prone to injury

Without proper form and trainer, you might be doing your form incorrectly. It can also prone to muscle soreness caused by lifting heavier weights.

Both of these training exercises can increase your resting metabolic rate. It also lessens your health risk as well as body fats. These training exercises can also improve the strength of your muscles and ligaments overall.

Each journey contains different goals. If you want to further improve your mobility, stability, and core strength, it is better to do calisthenics instead of the latter. But if you want to see progress quickly by increasing your muscle mass, it is better to do weight training.

For beginners, it is advised to strengthen your muscles first by calisthenics to integrate your strength. If you want to level up your game, it is time for you to do some of the weight training.

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