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Calisthenics Training Programs
Workouts from remedial through advanced
Authored and published by Owen Johnston
This book is part of my full guide, also available for free at my website:

Owen Johnston –
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Calisthenics Training Programs - workouts from remedial through advanced
Fitness Instruction, 5th Edition
Authored and published by Owen Johnston
Edited by T.O.D. Johnston
© Owen Johnston, 2017. Licensed under the Attribution NonCommercial
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You are encouraged to share the book, print it out, and upload it to other sites. I want
to change the world one life at a time, and help people ditch the gym! You can build muscle
and strength with bodyweight. Work out for free anywhere! Don't buy the scams and
misinformation sold by the fitness industry.
“Every day, we change the world, but to change the world in a way that means
anything, that takes more time than most people have. It never happens all at once. It’s slow.
It’s methodical. It’s exhausting. We don’t all have the stomach for it.” - Mr. Robot
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About the author
I have over 10 years of teaching experience, including martial arts instruction, strength
coaching, and personal training. I have worked with many types of athletes, including
professional boxers, amateur wrestlers, karate students, and gymnasts of varying levels of
ability. Visit my site for more information, free downloads, and strength training playlists:


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This book is intended for people of good health and physical condition. The training
methods and advice in this book may not be for everyone. Always consult your physician
before starting a new exercise program. I am not a physician, and as such, nothing in this
book should in any way be taken as medical advice or a substitute for medical advice. Also,
this book should not be used to replace advice from your personal physician.
Physical activity always carries with it a risk of injury. When you practice the training
methods in this book, always practice proper safety precaution, use proper technique, and
apply common sense. The author can not assume any responsibility for any injury, illness, loss
or damage that may result from following the training methods in this book.
Lastly, this book is not a replacement for formal instruction. Be sure to seek out a
competent, qualified instructor who may carefully observe your progress and provide
feedback. This book is intended primarily to be a supplement to, not a replacement for, formal


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Table of Contents
Calisthenics Programs
workouts from remedial through advanced



Calisthenics Progressions




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Owen Johnston –
Calisthenics Programs – Remedial Through Advanced
Training tactics included
This article contains workout programs for beginners, as well as for intermediate and
advanced athletes. There are various types of programs covered, including skill work, strength
training, bodybuilding, and weighted calisthenics. There are dozens of separate workouts!
Visit my YouTube channel to view my training videos and playlists:


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Table of contents
Ditch the gym!



Training programs:
Remedial calisthenics training program
Strength training programs
Bodybuilding programs
Skill training programs
Abbreviated calisthenics programs
Bodyweight + sandbag programs
Weighted calisthenics programs
Poor Man's Strength Training programs
Karate Training programs (guides included)







Additional Information:
Example workouts
Training tactics
(For bodybuilding, strength, and skill)
Calibrating exercises and workouts
(Tougheners, regressions, drop sets, equipment)


Owen Johnston –
Ditch the gym – build strength and muscle with your own bodyweight!
“Getting your ass away from the gym is probably the number one thing you can do to
start kicking your gains up a notch.”
― Paul Wade, Convict Conditioning 2: Advanced Prison Training Tactics for Muscle
Gain, Fat Loss and Bulletproof Joints
Before joining a gym or buying expensive exercise equipment, look at what you already
have available to you in your neighborhood. With creativity, just your own bodyweight, and
the right training progressions, you can get in a challenging workout any place. You can train
in your own home, yard, or a local park.
Calisthenics exercises range from very easy to very challenging, depending on how you
change the leverage and position of the exercise. There is potentially an endless number of
exercises you can perform. Calisthenics is also very minimalist. You need nothing beyond an
overhead bar for pullups, a wall, and a table, which can be found in your environment. If an
overhead bar isn’t available, think outside the box. Playground equipment, low sturdy tree
branches, hand rails on walkways, and even a door may suffice.
Progression with weight training is simple; add weight to the bar as you get stronger.
With bodyweight training, you have to change the exercise itself to make it easier or harder. A
well designed bodyweight training progression will gradually go from easy exercises to very
It is important to take at least one day off from training each week. A physical activity
that is not too taxing, such as walking or stretching, is still fine on days off. Schedule a deload
week after every 4-6 weeks, or more frequently if needed, to recover and rebuild. You can use
one or more deload protocols or just take an “active rest” week. In either case, focus on
mobility work and therapeutic modalities.
Deload protocols include but are not necessarily limited to:
Less volume (sets / reps), less frequency (training days per week), less intensity
(regressions of any kind), less variety (less exercises)
Active rest:
Ideas include but are not limited to pickup games of your favorite athletic sport, taking
a Yoga class, getting in some light walking, and yard work or household chores. If you're in
good physical condition and accustomed to a high workload, you can build up to training 6
days per week while still engaging in an athletic sport. Of course, in this case, it is even more
important to pay attention to your body. Get plenty of sleep and quality nutrition.


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