I first learned bodyweight exercises and calisthenics in gym class in elementary school. In gym class, we mainly did push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks. I think we may have also learned to do burpees and mountain climbers. Our P.E. teacher even had us do bear crawls occasionally.
When I was a high school wrestler, we used bodyweight exercises and calisthenics as part of our warm-up and for conditioning purposes. We did push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks as part of our warm-up. Occasionally we would get into a big circle and do calisthenics at the end of practice. We would go around the circle with each wrestler picking an exercise to do. In other practices, we would do a countdown. A countdown involved doing 10 reps of push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, and laps around the wrestling room. Then we would do nine reps of each exercise. Then we would do … Read More