Do you wanna be as strong as Arnie? Do as he says. As he says in his autobiography, which is only 650 pages long.
Chill, it was a joke. Modern problems require modern solutions. A 650-page book is a dumbbell, but we go light. We go bodyweight.
We go calisthenics.
Books don’t make you stronger on their own. But books show you the shortest path to building the body of your dreams.
Do you want to start getting results today? Pick the right book and follow it.
As Bruce Lee said, he’s not afraid of him who knows ten thousand kicks but of him who practices a kick ten thousand times. This book is your kick-start to calisthenics—the only kick you will need to practice to become a real athlete.
The all-inclusive training plan covers strength, endurance, and flexibility and uses nothing more than your bodyweight. No matter what fitness goals you have, it’s got you covered.
Want to train at home? No problem, it will help you get the most out of it. From box squats to handstand pushups, this step-by-step guide will address every single muscle in your body, including those you didn’t have the slightest idea about.
If you’re looking for a simple and effective start, calisthenics for beginners is the right way to go.
Bruce Lee was right, yet he was wrong, too. Practicing just one move is great, but it’s also great to know why exactly you practice it.
This book adds a bit of science to our muscle-building soup. A tiny little pinch: 600 illustrated pages of a highly systematic approach to the physiology of training, injury prevention, workout routine building, and so on.
This is the type of book that contains all the answers to all your questions, filtering away the internet fluff. It will become the gem of your bodyweight training library. Basically, it can become your only book—the ultimate calisthenics manual.
Some call it the “exercise Bible”, others call it a life-changer. One thing is true: If you’re a diligent student, Overcoming Gravity will be worth every single penny.
(And yes, in this case we didn’t go light, but it’s worth it.)
Six inches wide, this book shows you the way to get a ripped six-pack in just six months and helps you eliminate the six biggest diet flaws in the meantime.
As the adage goes, nothing is good or bad but by comparison. Is this book the best? No. Is it good? Yes. If it were a movie, it would probably get 6 stars out of 10, which means it’s a good one.
It combines a beginner training course with some in-depth information about the science behind calisthenics. It will make you stronger—and cleverer. That’s a good mix, isn’t it?
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. Why not? This book has a good cover. A shirtless brawny man, his hands grabbing parallel bars and his legs facing a blue sky. It depicts the idea behind calisthenics—freedom, strength, and body control.
It is a good book with a beautiful cover. Why not give it a try?
— Hey, I don’t need another theory book, this ain’t a science class!
It’s not. Now tell me, why do your arms hurt after doing another set of pull-ups? Just because your muscles are tired? Could this be somehow connected to tennis?
My friend, you might have tennis elbow, and this has little to do with playing the eponymous ball game. For this particular case, to the Google!
Want to learn how to prevent other injuries? To the book! What is your musculoskeletal system made of? Bones, muscles… Alright, what about ligaments, tendons, and cartilage? What about your joints? Your body is way more complex than you might imagine.
If you pursue longevity rather than just fast gains, you must take everything into account.
This book is in-depth but practical. It offers you 156 exercises you can do anywhere, and each exercise is prefaced with detailed anatomic artwork, explaining what you should and shouldn’t do.
This book is not for those who just want to go with the flow and do as some random YouTuber says. It’s for those who want to be responsible for their health—today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
If you treat being frail as a crime, you might seek the help of someone who knows how to treat such evildoing. Of someone who knows physiology, biology, and forensics.
The last is optional, yet it came attached to Ashley Kalym’s biology degree. Which is actually quite good; after all, it helps you separate the wheat from the chaff. Or, as Ashley Kalym could’ve said, the sweat from the chafe.
Most likely he has never said that, but he definitely has a rock-hard approach to unpacking calisthenics. His book is good for athletes of all levels, from elementary to advanced. Illustrated with over 500 instructional photos, it includes all the essential information on bodyweight training and nutrition.
Explore the second edition of Ashley Kalym’s Complete Calisthenics.
This is not another beginner’s guide, no. This is a rocket that smashes your training plateau, grabs you by your abs, and shoots you from a beginner to intermediate athlete in no time.
Is it gonna be easy? Hell no. It will cost you sweat, pain, tears, and blood. But it will be effective, safe, and FAST—with pure calisthenics.
This book is your kick-starter guide. It will show you what calisthenics is and what it can do for YOU, how to warm up, how to eat, how to burn fat and get shredded, and how to finally stop being a newbie.
All wrapped up in HD photo demonstrations.
If you’re ready to break through the wall blocking your progress, jump on board NOW.
No equipment? No worries. You don’t need anything to stay active—this is what calisthenics is all about.
This book grants you absolute freedom. No more restrictions. No matter what age or gender you are, you’ll get what you’re looking for. From now on, you’re the master of your own fitness. No one will tell you which gym to go, what garb to wear, and how many reps to do.
Want to strengthen your back? You’re welcome: Homemade back, exercise number 59. Feel like watching an epic movie? Gladiator, exercise 51. Hungry? Make me a Sandwich, number 69.
Need fundamental solutions? DNA: rewrite, section 38. Well, this one sounds a bit like an exaggeration. Still, thumbs up for creativity and 5 stars for usability.
No-Equipment Workouts is definitely worth reading if you want abs of steel. Guess which exercise that is?
This one is for those who accept no compromise. For those who make the most of it, no matter what they do.
For those who want to challenge their limits and build as much muscle and strength as possible with calisthenics. Is something holding your progress back? This book will break through the barrier. It will eliminate all the guesswork from your training and back it up with bulletproof strength-building routines.
From the moment you open it, you won’t put it down. “Nobody understands bodyweight bodybuilding as well as Matt” — this is what they say about the book.
Are they right? Find out right now.
Books for beginners? Forget about them. This one is on just about the opposite side of the spectrum. It’s for winners in the game of life.
What is the point of having muscles if you can’t use them to generate power? Is there a reason to be brawny but uncoordinated? To have a massive back but minuscule mobility?
This book challenges you to not just become big or strong—but to become explosive. To achieve blinding speed and ungodly power. To not just survive, but to win. To be a leader but not part of the herd.
Explosive Calisthenics is for those who have the biggest, most brutal balls. Even if you are a girl.
Do you believe in fate? Or, let’s reword it: can you expect someone whose name is John Powers not to write a book about bodyweight training?
What’s inside? The Powers part is predictable and solid: It shows you tried-and-true ways to become lean and muscular. What about the John part?
The John part is… Wait, but who is a regular John? He’s a busy man who works hard pursuing his dreams. He’s part of why America is great. He’s a decent person of countless origins, yet one thing stays the same:
He values his time.
Be like John. You think you need hours to start losing weight? You don’t. You want to see that fat melting away? Get it done; listen to someone who has years of experience in creating grueling but short workouts.
You want to be stronger and leaner but lack time? This is John’s secret weapon: The 20-minute dream body exercise book.
Books don’t make you strong—actions do. So, why books? Why not listen to Google or YouTube?
It’s simple: Books value your time. Many people have wasted years following the wrong advice on the internet.
But remember, just as a good book can skyrocket your progress, a bad book can bathyscaphe it. Read good books, like these 10 Calisthenics Books That Can Rebuild Your Physique.
Which book did you like the most? Leave a comment down below!
P.S. For more books on training, check out The 9 Best Bodybuilding Books Every Aspiring Bodybuilder Must Read.