Anytime, anywhere, without needing any equipment. With this 4-week body transformation routine you will have the opportunity to exercise when you most prefer and in whatever situation you find yourself. All the exercises proposed in this routine can be done on your own time and in any place. From the hotel room on a business trip, to the beach while on vacation. Furthermore, bodyweight exercises are so versatile, you can easily modify them to match your fitness level and goals. So if you’re looking for a convenient and effective way to stay in shape, that’s the workout for you!
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Building muscle with calisthenics is not that different from weight training in the gym. You have to use compound exercises which train a lot of muscles at the same time and integrate support and isolation exercises for weak points. Variety is also an important point. This means you should integrate different methods, techniques and a different training structure to avoid stagnation and make your gains lasting.
Of course you should also take an eye on your nutrition. A calorie surplus is as important as the right protein intake. The last important keypoint is the rep range. You can build the most muscle in the 6-12 rep range, but it’s still very important to include low as well as high rep ranges from time to time. Both of them have a lot of different benefits, like supporting the muscle growth and avoiding stagnation. All these points are not only included in the following workout routine but also in our Body Transformation Program. Just visit calimove.com and receive your complete step by step workout guide.
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This workout is a full body routine, which trains your whole body in one session. You can do it as a beginner, intermediate or advanced athlete. We suggest to do this routine 3 times a week for one month.
Chin Ups & Dips
The first 2 exercises of this workout are Chin Ups and Dips. Both exercises train a lot of different muscles in your upper body such as your chest, lats, shoulders, triceps, biceps, traps and many other muscles that support and stabilize your body during the movement. Instead of doing just one exercise in strict sets and continue with the next one after that, you alternate those two. This means you start with Chin Ups, Rest for 2 Minutes, Continue with Dips, rest for 2 minutes again and repeat.
In total you continue with this procedure until you reach 4 rounds. When it comes to the rep range you should aim for about 5-10 reps. This means that both exercises should be hard enough that you come really close to failure when you do them for 5-10 Reps. To make sure this works for everyone out there you can adapt the exercises to your level.
How to adapt the exercises to your level
To make the Chin Ups easier you can do them with a band and by supporting you with your feet on the ground. If you can do 5-10 reps easily you can do side to side chin ups to make it more challenging.
When it comes to Dips you could also use a band to make them easier. If you want to make them harder you could do Bulgarian Ring Dips. In comparison to normal ring dips you use a wider arm placement. This makes it a lot harder due to the increased lever.
Only do this variation if you already got experience with normal ring dips and a good shoulder mobility and stability. Of course it’s also possible to do weighted dips and chin ups to train in the right rep range. But if you want to strictly focus on your bodyweight we suggest the variations of chin ups and dips mentioned before. After you’ve done these 2 exercises you rest for 2 minutes and continue with a Push Up Cluster Set.
Push Up Cluster Set
A Push Up is a very complex push movement which involves your chest, triceps, shoulders, abs, serratus anterior and many other supporting muscles. When it comes to the Cluster set you first have to choose a push up progression in which you can do about 10-15 reps. If normal Push Ups are too hard to train in this rep range you can do incline push ups. The higher the object on which you do the push ups the easier it gets.
If normal push ups on the ground are too easy you could do side to side push ups. If you know your progression it’s time to start with the cluster set. Here you only do 50% of your max reps and then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat this procedure 5 times in total. To understand it better here is an example. Let’s say you can do 12 normal Push Ups on the ground. Now you only do 6 reps – rest for 30 seconds – do 6 reps again – rest for 30 seconds an so on until you did 5 times 6 reps of push ups.
The goal is to reach muscle fatigue in the 5th cluster, but if you still have enough energy in the last cluster you can do as many reps as necessary to reach failure. After you’ve done this cluster set you rest for about 2 Minutes and continue with Bodyrows.
A Body Row is like an inverted Push Up and mainly targets the backside of your body. Here you heavily work on your lats, rhomboids, traps, biceps, rear delts and other muscles to stabilize your body. As in the Push Up you also choose a progression between 10-15 reps and do 5 clusters with 50% of your max reps with 30 seconds rest.
To make sure that you work in the right rep range you could change the angle like you’ve done it with push ups or you can bend your legs to make it easier. If you have to choose a harder progression you can do side to side bodyrows. After you finished this cluster set as well you rest for about 2 minutes and continue with a Hollow Body Hold and Arch Up Superset.
Hollow Body Hold & Arch Up
Both exercises are supporting exercises which target muscles of your core like the abs, the Traps, Rhomboids, Rear delts, the erector spinae and also lower body muscles like the quads, glutes and hamstrings. In a superset you do 2 exercises after each other without rest. So you start with the Hollow Body Hold, do the Arch Up right after it and rest. Here we suggest a short rest of about 60-90 seconds and 3 Supersets in total.
When it comes to the progression you should be able to do each of both exercises for 30-60 seconds. When you do the hollow body hold, avoid an arched lower back at any costs. The more you extend your body the harder this exercise gets. But no matter which progression you choose, always take care that you are able to lift your shoulder blades off the ground and that the lower back keeps contact to the ground.
When it comes to the Arch Up you should tuck your chin and arch your back while pulling your elbows as much backward as possible. Don’t release the tension on the lowest point and always contract your muscles during the complete movement. After you’ve done all 3 supersets you rest for about 90 seconds. Then you continue with the next superset which consists of the Bulgarian Split Squat and the Glute Bridge Raise.
Bulgarian Split Squat & Glute Bridge Raise
Both exercises are lower body movements and focus on your quads, glutes & hamstrings. Here you start the set with the bulgarian split squat on your weaker leg and continue with the glute bridge raise on the same side. After that you continue without rest with the bulgarian split squat and the glute bridge raise on the other leg. After you’ve done both exercises with both legs you finished 1 superset.
In total you do 4 supersets with not rest in between. This means you always alternate between both exercises for the left and right leg and finish after you have done 4 supersets for the left and 4 supersets for the right leg. When it comes to the bulgarian split squat you can either aim for an upright torso to focus more on the quads or lean yourself a little bit forward to shift the focus more on to your glutes and hamstrings. When it comes to the glute bridge raise you can try different leg positions. The more you extend your leg, the harder this exercise gets. For both exercises you should aim for a 10-15 rep range.
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If you liked the training and are looking for new bodyweight workout routines, to transform your body and achieve your fitness goals, the Body Transformation Program is the perfect course for you. This comprehensive bundle offers a step-by-step guide to help you achieve your desired body transformation, regardless of your current fitness level. It is designed to help you build lean muscle mass, burn fat, and improve your overall fitness and health.
This course is suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced fitness enthusiasts, and it offers a variety of workout routines that are tailored to your fitness level and goals. You’ll learn how to optimize your exercise routines and you’ll be able to track your progress and see real results already in a few weeks. So if you’re ready to take your fitness to the next level and achieve your dream body, check out calimove.com!
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