How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week: The key to building muscle optimally with calisthenics or any other discipline is this chart. It shows you how difficult exercises should you choose to increase your strength, muscle mass or muscular endurance. As you can see, the optimal repetition range for hypertrophy, which is muscle growth, is between 7 and 11.


So, for example, if you are doing a bench press and primarily you want to build muscle, then you should use such a weight that allows you to do 7 to 11 repetitions maximum. If you can do more, then you should increase the weight. If you can't do that many reps you can either decrease the weight or build up strength doing less than 7 reps.

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

Of course, when using weights it's very easy to adjust the difficulty of each exercise by changing weight slightly, but in bodyweight training, we can do it as well. Here I will present a few ways to adjust the difficulty of bodyweight exercises using the most popular ones as an example: push ups, pull ups and squats.

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

1. Time of motion slows down the movement to increase the difficulty of an exercise. If you can do 30 pushups at a normal pace, you probably will do only half of it at a slower pace. And 15 slower reps will definitely give you better results regarding muscle growth, than 30 quick ones.

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

2. The range of motion changing the range of motion is also a way to adjust the difficulty of an exercise. In general, you should always aim for the biggest range of motion possible, but in some exercises, like pull-ups, the range of motion will be limited by your strength. In such cases, after you achieve the full range of motion, adjust it to get difficulty allowing you to do 7-11 reps of this exercise.

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3. Weight distribution in most exercises you use both of your hands or legs to do it, so by changing their individual share of weight in pulling or pushing movement you can increase or decrease the difficulty and thus maximum repetitions. Leaning more towards one arm in pull ups or push ups will make the exercise much harder. Just don't forget to do it on both sides.

How to Build Muscle without Gym with Calisthenics & Body-weight in one week

4. Additional weight adding weight, thus increasing your overall mass is also a great way to make exercises harder, although this method requires additional equipment. However, you should consider investing in weight vest, as this piece of equipment is very useful and makes building muscle with calisthenics much easier. As you can see there are many ways to alternate bodyweight exercises to make them as difficult as you need it to be. Just remember to stay in optimal hypertrophy repetition range and you'll be good.


Ok, so now we know how to choose repetitions and exercises. What about sets? We should do the same thing as bodybuilders 3 to 5 sets of each exercise, without mixing them. Don't do circuits like 10 pull ups, 30 push ups and 20 dips for a set. This kind of training is mostly for muscular endurance. And that's all for this post, I hope you've learned something with me. Remember that proper training is only one part of building muscle. The other one is diet, of course, but I'm not touching that subject in this post. Leave a thumb up if you found this post informational and I'll see you soon. 
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