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Top 5 Best Equipment for Faster Calisthenics Progression

  • by Gravgear Team

One of the biggest beauty of calisthenics is that you don’t need equipment to work out. That doesn’t mean calisthenics gears are useless. They are great to make you progress faster and prevent injuries.

In weight training, external equipment such as dumbbell is a must. There you no way to train without the external weight. As opposed to that, bodyweight training equipment is more of an assistance tool rather than a necessity. You can live without them for sure, but with the correct gear, you are likely to progress much faster, and safer.

Here is our pick of the top 5 calisthenics equipment.

Weight Vest

This is the ultimate test of your calisthenics capability. Can do 15 pull-ups without breaking a sweat? Try to do with a weighted vest. Your number will drop dramatically on the first try. But keep doing it you will gain significant strength in no time.

Calisthenics is all about lifting own bodyweight. We adjust the training difficulty by changing the leveraging because we can’t change our bodyweight freely. With a weight vest, bodyweight workout has become even easier to customize.

Comparing to all other weight forms, a weighted vest is unique in that it can make everything weighted. Thus everything becomes a resistance workout. Muscle building and fat reducing at a better rate.

Grav Weight Vest is compatible with all training styles. It is compact (only covers upper torso) and does not limit your range of motion. It also attaches to your body with a snug fit with comfort. So you can perform your favourite bodyweight workout, at a harder difficulty. Running, jumping, handstand, push-up or whatever.

Wrist Wraps

Our wrist is often the limiting factors to many cool calisthenics skills like planche, muscle-up and handstand. To execute those exercises with proper form you need strong yet flexible wrists.

Wrist wraps do only one thing and do it well: compress and stabilize the wrist joints. The first you will notice after putting on a pair of wrist wraps with proper tightness is that your grip strength is doubled. You are able to hold the bar longer, do more reps, trying a more challenging progression.

Wrist wraps can effectively prevent hyperextension, which is the usual cause of injury. This happens a lot when you are placing the wrists in an awkward position. Planche progression is a good example. Your wrists are the main joint to control the leaning forward center of gravity.

Grav Wrist Wraps introduce the support your wrists need in the simplest form. It has no thumb loops, no velcro fasteners. It uses a long piece of cotton and lace at the end.

Do not baffle by the simple design, it can generate more compression than you needed and support your wrists. Just grab and twist for quick tightness adjustment on the go without redo the wrapping.

Gymnastic Rings

Nothing beats a pair of gymnastic rings in calisthenics training. It is a portable gym that you can bring around and build crazy strength anywhere. It is so famous solely because of one of its characteristics: instability.

Do you ever feel you can do push-up and pull-up so effortlessly to the point they became boring exercise? Try them at the rings. The instability will make you trembling and shaking like never before.

To combat it, your body will start to recruit all the muscle fibres it could and building nerves adaption rapidly. This stimulates your body coordination and muscles at a much deeper level. And this is how you getting closer to superhuman strength.

Grav Gymnastic Rings are not your usual rings, it was made to optimize your workflow and last a lifetime.

  • You can adjust both rings to the exact same level within seconds with carabiners with numbered loop straps
  • No more wasting time guessing and adjusting straps, focus more on the workout.
  • Super comfortable grip with treated wooden rings that age well like fine leather.
  • Withstand up to 400kg.

Resistance Band

One biggest stereotype of resistance band: it is for the noobs. Big no.

A resistance band is one of the most versatile tools that you can use for:

  • Making your calisthenics exercise harder for bigger gain, or easier for faster progression.
  • Dumbbell replacement, use it as external weight.
  • Conditioning work

Resistance band is a godsend for calisthenics. Sometimes the gap between two progression can be too far apart, and a resistance band is a great tool to fill the gap.

For example, you might be learning for your first pull-up. You can do a negative pull-up perfectly but you still don’t get the ‘feel’ of how to properly retract the shoulder blades at the bottom and bring your body up. Connect your feet to the bar with a resistance band, your body weight is lightened. Now, you are able to complete the pull-up with a full range of motion, learn the proper technique, gain the necessary strength. Eventually, get rid of the assistance.


Parallettes does basically two things:

  • elevate your hand position from the floor
  • giving you a neutral wrist position

Why this matters? In calisthenics, you spend all your time on the floor (besides on the bars and rings) doing all kind of pushing exercise like push-up and handstand. Parallettes put your wrist in a straight posture so you don’t have to press them hard on the floor. Think push-up and handstand.

They also introduce variation to calisthenics exercices. Variation is good for muscle growth. The elevated hand position means you can do push-up with lower depth than on the floor. Deeper stimulation to the chest and shoulder and bigger gain.

Parallettes also make certain workouts easier. L-sit is a great example. Doing l-sit on the floor is a lot harder than on a pair of parallettes, because that movement requires strong abs and hip flexors.

Why Choose Gravgear

Unlike most the other sports stores, we sell only what we use. Gravgear is built by a team of fitness advocate. To be precise, we all love practising calisthenics. So everything we well, we make sure they are what we going to use on daily basis.

We have a high standard and never settle for subpar quality. “Premium everything” will always be one of the biggest mission when we are designing our gears. Just like any training, we value quality over anything else. We invest in good craftsmanship and premium component. That is the secret of creating practical equipment that not only feels good but also lasts a lifetime.

All Gravgear product is covered under a lifetime warranty. We make bold statement about our gears and we make a bold promise to defend them. If you ever found any manufacturer defect that causes a malfunction of our gear, we will swap it with a new set. No need to fill a troublesome application form. No need to provide an order number or showing an invoice. Just snap a picture and send it to us at!


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