What’s your physical expressive culture?
Unlike beginning weight training, coordination for body weight calisthenics requires a certain level of humility. Personally, having adept knowledge in conventional weight training as well as in the body weight arena, I can say that the two offer different benefits. Weights are relatively easy when compared to the coordinated movements our bodies are capable of in body weight training. It’s easy to bite off more than we can chew. A humble approach grants the student a degree of forgiveness when expectation and reality collide.
As to which system is right for you? The choice is VAST! The system that I created is a marriage of methods and approaches using only body weight movement. With basic, intermediate and advanced exercises that can be practiced progressively. All movement expression however is a matter of personal taste. It’s important to find out what inherently clicks with your physical expressive culture, to make sure you’re naturally inclined to enjoy it. We’re working on more than the physical benefit from movement, we’re developing psychological parameters of confidence, and positive mojo!
Whatever the system you’re going with I recommend committing to it every other day as a beginner (3-4 days/week). This has proven to be the most successful approach in terms of compliance and consistency, which is the key to success. If you’re going too hard or going too much (as a beginner) it can lead to a quick burn out. It’s just far easier to start slow with things that you can realistically do while working slowly and methodically to increase the workload capacity.
Support systems cannot be underestimated. Starting out in body weight movement/expression can be the most difficult part of the journey. Choose people that can guide you constructively. Attitude goes along way. Even if a teacher is a master at his craft, if the approach doesn’t inspire you, it’s best to keep looking. You want good energy in your corner.
So go into it with a humble approach, a thirst to learn that system. Develop a consistent workload of 3-4 days per week, and a strong support structure. These are the basics.
After you develop years of practice, the one system you ultimately practice is your own.