Calisthenics Vs Gym (weight training) Which is better And Benefits


Benefits of calisthenics and gym

If you are not sure between calisthenics and gym then read this article for a better understanding. 

Well calisthenics and gym have their pros and cons. Both are good for building muscles, strength, and power as well as endurance development. 

I personally prefer calisthenics because you can do it anytime anywhere, and doesn’t need gym membership isn’t that good.

Difference between calisthenics and gym

Calisthenics does not require any equipment it can be performed with only body weight. Calisthenics good for overall body development because every exercise work with multiple joints there is no isolation movement

women doing gym

Gym requires equipment for each and every workout i.e. dumbbell, treadmill, lifting machines. It is good for particular muscles development because you can do isolation movement In gym.

Benefits OF Calisthenics

  • Calisthenics have only body weight exercises such as pushing, pulling, and explosive movements. These exercises are  great for overall development because it works with multiple joints.
  • In weight lifting you have to just lift weight, for example bench press, dumbbell, over head press, etc. you need external resistance for weight lifting. In calisthenics all resistance is just your body weight.
  • No expensive equipment needed: if you don’t have any equipment no problem you can do your calisthenics workout like push up, squats, Burpee, running etc. if you want to try some advance move you need a pull up and dip bar.
  • Helps you build strength: calisthenics exercises is challenging like pull up, dips which work your overall upper body.
  • Burns fat: yes, you can burn your overall body fat because the compound movement burns body fat much faster.
  • Build muscles: calisthenics builds amazing muscles. However it takes some time to build muscles.
  • Gives you great natural looking body if you don’t like that bulky look then calisthenics is good option.
  • Skill training: calisthenics have numbers of skills you can learn i.e. handstand, human flag, Planche, muscle up, L-sit, V-sit etc. you will never get bored with calisthenics.

Disadvantages of calisthenics

  • No isolation workout so, you can’t train your weak muscles or build big muscles with calisthenics.
  • all exercises are compound which works multiple joints.
  • Progression is difficult than lifting weight.
  • You can’t expect faster result with calisthenics.
  • Difficult for beginners because doing a single push up can be challenging if you are new to calisthenics or if you are overweight.

Benefits of gym (weight lifting)

  • Good for faster muscles development: muscle building is much easier with weight training. You can target single muscle with weight training.
  • Builds big muscles: isolation exercise can build amazing muscles than body weight training. If your goal is to build bigger muscle, weight training is a better option for you.
  • Progression is easy: with weight training you can increase your resistance  by adding more weight which is good for increasing your strength.
  • Trainer support for fitness plan and exercise. 

Disadvantages of gym

  • If not done with proper form you can injure yourself temporarily or permanently.
  • Gym costs money
  • Most of the time Gym can be overcrowded.
  • Gym can be boring overtime, or you may lose interest with same routine and exercises.


Both gym and calisthenics have their pros and cons. You can choose what is best for you according to your goal. I choose calisthenics because I like natural look. If you want to get bigger or calisthenics is too difficult for you, should go with gym. Both calisthenics and gym or weights are good in their places.

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