12 Pieces of Calisthenics Equipment You Should Own
We decided to get a full list of calisthenics equipment you can use at your home and outside. We have tested each product and will give our opinion on which to buy.
1. Pull Up Bar:
If you were to buy only one piece of equipment for your calisthenics workouts this would be it. There are so many different exercises you can do on a pull up bar. Pull ups, chin ups, leg raises, levers, straight bar dips etc… There are a couple different types of pull up bars to get, however here are two we recommend.
For in home training we recommend this bar from amazon. We tried out a couple different ones but this was the most sturdy and did not damage the door moldings because of the thicker pads. A lot of other bars have thin pads that mark up the moldings.
If you have space outside, the best thing in our opinion is building your own. Simply dig two holes in the ground about 3 feet down. Go to home depot and buy a 1 inch bar, cement and 2 – 10 foot 6×6 posts. Put the posts in the ground and level them out, mix cement and pour in the holes. Once cement is hardened drill holes in both posts and place the bar through. To make sure it does not spin you can put a screw through post and the pole. It is a very inexpensive way to have an awesome pull up bar in your back yard!
If you have any questions or need specifics shoot us a message, we gave a very broad way to go about it.
2. Olympic Rings/TRX straps:
Olympic rings are an amazing piece of equipment for really building some serious power and strength in your upper body. There are a ton of exercises done on the rings that just cannot be replaced with any other type of equipment. You can hang the rings on anything sturdy; a tree works just fine.
An alternative to Olympic rings is the TRX system. If given a choice between the two we would certainly recommend Olympic rings. However if you want something convenient to use inside your house go for TRX straps. They have a convenient door attachment so you can do exercises with any door.
Paralettes can be used for a variety of different exercises. We like using them for handstand work. You can buy parallettes or simply make a pair for very cheap.
4. Jump Rope:
Bringing it back to grade school, the jump rope is a excellent tool for conditioning. It is very portable and can give you a killer workout. Try rounds of jump rope with 1 minute on and 30 seconds off. See how long you can go without passing out from exhaustion.
5. Dip Station:
Much like the pull up bar, you can easily make your own dip station outdoors. Head over to your local home depot and buy the same thing you would for a pull up bar.
6. Ab Wheel:
The ab rollout is one of the best core exercises you can do. You can buy an ab wheel pretty much anywhere that sells workout equipment.
7. Resistance Bands:
If you are just starting out you may need some help with pull ups and dips. Bands can help assist you until you can go un assisted. Even if you are advanced, if you are trying to work on front levers or even the planche, bands can help you without that. On top of that you can use them for mobility work.
8. Weighted Vest:
To make your workouts even harder, wear a weighted vest during the entire thing. This will make all of your bodyweight exercises a lot hard and will help you further progress.
9. Weighed Belt:
If you are looking to slap on some serious weight to some pull ups or dips, the weighted belt is perfect for that.
10. Stop Watch:
Either buy a cheap one or use your phone. It is good for timed challenges or to time rest periods.
11. Sound System:
This one is very self explanatory. Music just makes you workout harder! If you do mostly outdoor workouts head over to amazon and get yourself a bluetooth wireless speaker that you can bring anywhere.
12. Workout Gloves
Workout gloves can help if the bar outside is too hot or cold. Sure some people will call you a wimp but you are protecting your hands.