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BEST Calisthenics Books You Should Read

There are countless Calisthenics courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (Second Edition) (2016)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadCommonly referred to by readers as an “exercise Bible,” Overcoming Gravity is a comprehensive guide that provides a gold mine of information for gymnastics and bodyweight strength training within its large 8.5″x11″ size and nearly 600 pages. Steven Low takes the reader on a journey through logically constructing a strength-oriented bodyweight workout routine. With a highly systematic approach, he delves into the physiology behind strength training equips the reader to adequately prepare their body for the rigors of bodyweight training. This book covers much ground that other books do not, offering information health and injury…
Author(s): Steven Low

2. Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise (2014)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadUsing solely their bodyweight for resistance and relying on minimal equipment, readers will learn how to perform a range of exercises, such as push-ups, pull-ups, core exercises, and lower body exercises. Read this book, and develop the strongest and most capable physique ever.Complete Calisthenics includes everything you need to know, such as;Step-by-step instructions with over 500 photographs to guide you through the exercises.Nutritional advice with simple-to-follow diet plans and sample diets.Program creation to suit your needs.Complete Calisthenics is the most detailed and comprehensive…
Author(s): Ashley Kalym

3. Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy (2013)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadIncrease strength, build mass, burn fat, and define your muscles. With full-color anatomical illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and training advice, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy is the authoritative resource for sculpting your physique without free weights, machines, or expensive equipment. Targeting all muscle zones and primary muscle regions–arms, chest, shoulders, back, core, thighs, glutes, and calves–Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy presents 156 of the most effective bodyweight exercises that can be performed anytime, anywhere. With expert advice…
Author(s): Bret Contreras

4. Calisthenics for Beginners: 50 Bodyweight Exercises | The #1 Bodyweight Training Starter Guide (The SUPERHUMAN Series) (2016)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadCalisthenics for Beginners: The #1 Bodyweight Training Starter Guide► On Sale + FREE Bodyweight Workout Program, Limited Time! ◄ Welcome to the world’s most effective training program. This is a beginners guide to bodyweight exercises GUARANTEED to get RESULTS. Let’s take a closer look.The #1 Starter GuideWhen we say we’re #1 we really mean it! This is the most complete calisthenics starter guide available today. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside: Every Exercise Explained with PhotosCalisthenics experts break down every exercise into simple to follow steps with pictures. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!Also included are precise…
Author(s): Pure Calisthenics

5. Grind Style Calisthenics: A Holistic Program For Building Muscle and Strength With Calisthenics (2019)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadThe Grind-Style Calisthenics program was developed to help you build as much muscle and strength as possible through calisthenics training. Grind-Style Calisthenics employs the natural power of the Muscle Tension Hierarchy to remove the neurological barriers that are holding you back in every workout. In addition, the super simple back-filling strategy takes all of the guesswork out of your weekly training plan. The combination of these tools will give you the confidence to walk into every workout knowing exactly what to do to continue building muscle and strength. So if you’re tired of the circus tricks and muscle confusion then it’s time…
Author(s): Matt Schifferle

6. Effective Calisthenics Program For Beginners: Build Strong, Powerful & Attractive Body Using Only Your Bodyweight (2019)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadAre you ready to find an economical approach to exercise, so you can say goodbye to expensive gym memberships, and sports clubs? Do you want a set of exercises tailored to your body, that are scalable over time so that they never get too easy?Calisthenics might bring back memories of exercise classes taught by the high-school football coach, but they’re actually a group of bodyweight exercises that are one of the perfect forms of exercise – if they’re learned and performed properly.In this beginner’s guide to body weight training, you’re going to find everything you need to get measurable and achievable results,…
Author(s): Jonathan Baker

7. Street Workout, A Worldwide Anthology of Urban Calisthenics. How to Sculpt a God-Like Physique Using Nothing But Your Environment (2016)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadYour Ultimate Guide to Full Body Fitness Without Weights: The Secrets of “Street Workout” Revealed… How to Release Yourself from the Gym, Restore Your Primal Power and Reclaim Your Inner Beast… According to the Kavadlos, working out should be fun, adventurous, primal and pure. And no training style embodies those elements quite like Street Workout. The outside world becomes your total gym-you roam free to get stronger using simply your own body and the environment at hand… The great masters of Street Workout perform stunning physical feats that can intimidate lesser mortals. But…
Author(s): Al Kavadlo , Danny Kavadlo , et al.

8. Get Strong: The Ultimate 16-Week Transformation Program For gaining Muscle And Strength―Using The Power Of Progressive Calisthenics (2018)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadWhere do you belong on the strength continuum? And where do you want to be?Too often, we know what we should be doing to gain strength, but we lack direction, a plan, motivation and intelligent guidance to make appreciable gains over the long haul. We have no real goal, no proper focus and therefore underachieve—going nowhere with our strength… is a guidebook for those who are dissatisfied with their current rate of progress—and who want to effect lasting changes, fast.Your great advantage with the program is the intelligent realism of its plan.While the Kavadlo brothers have achieved…
Author(s): Al Kavadlo, Danny Kavadlo

9. Explosive Calisthenics (2015)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadHow to Lead, Survive and Dominate Physically―By Becoming “The Complete Package” As an Athlete…E  is for those who want to be winners and survivors in the game of life―for those who want to be the Complete Package: powerful, explosive, strong, agile, quick and resilient. Traditional martial arts have always understood this necessity of training the complete package―with explosive power at an absolute premium. And resilience is revered: the joints, tendons, muscles, organs and nervous system are ALL conditioned for maximum challenge. #170,040 in Books…
Author(s): Paul Wade

10. Bodyweight Workouts: How to Program for Fast Muscle Growth using Calisthenics Hypertrophy Training (2018)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should ReadIf you have always wanted to slap on slabs of muscle and build your dream physique without going to the gym for machine work, then keep reading…Bodyweight exercises are simple, efficient and effective.They require minimal equipment, work many muscles at once, and the exercises feel natural – unlike the machines found in gyms.It’s easy to pick up, easy to adhere to, and will challenge you continuously through new movement progressions. – and it is easy to be consistent with calisthenics.However, do you ever feel as if you lack the muscle mass that weight lifters…
Author(s): Andy L. Xiong

11. Stretching Your Boundaries: Flexibility Training for Extreme Calisthenic Strength (2014)

 BEST Calisthenics Books You Should Readwith the elegant lines and eye-catching flexibility of a Himalayan Yogi. move with the fluidity and grace of a great dancer. as you power into and hold the most challenging of bodyweight exercise moves. with the muscular, toned, symmetrical physique that signals the perfect marriage of form and function. All of this could be yours-with the right mindset, the right knowledge, the right mentor and the right blueprint for success. Enter -and his hard-earned skills in the world of bodyweight exercise training. This is a man who walks the walk of his talk-and then some. A…
Author(s): Al Kavadlo

Best Calisthenics Books You Should Read

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The Progressive Calisthenics Program for Everyone

Author(s): Rader, Steve
ID: 2873151, Publisher: Form Is Everything, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Calisthenics - How To Get Started: The 50 Best Bodyweight Exercises And Workouts That Build Serious Muscle: Calisthenics Benefits

Author(s): Rizzardi, Eldridge
ID: 2904329, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 14 Mb, Format: epub

Calisthenics - How To Get Started: The 50 Best Bodyweight Exercises And Workouts That Build Serious Muscle

Author(s): Rizzardi, Eldridge
ID: 2904330, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 15 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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