I purchased the beginners program (no sponsorship here) and started "week one" last Saturday. What appeals to me about calisthenics is the reliance on body weight exercise rather than gym equipment. I appreciate that Frank in particular doesn't look swollen and inflamed in a way I typically perceive serious body builders. The idea of functional fitness has always appealed to me rather than committing to the idea of lifting some artificial amount of weight on a dumbbell that likely has no transferable use to everyday life.
After three workouts (today is my first rest day) I'm very much in the learning phase. I can't say I'm enjoying it fully, but I do appreciate the challenge. Most of the exercises tend to progress in sets of four and are required to repeat until failure (when your form isn't correct anymore) and I find that my failure rate comes quickly for upper body exercise while my legs tend to be able to endure much longer. Over confidence in my legs actually led to very sore legs however as I likely did way too many repetitions of squats and lunges on day two.
Day three was a HIIT day (High intensity intervals) which led me to an anaerobic pain cave very familiar to any runner that does speed work on the track. I'm grateful to have a rest day.
Other than the new gym routine I've been cycling a fair amount, but find myself not enjoying it like I enjoy running. The day I can lace up my sneakers again can't come too soon. In the meantime the 8 week beginners calisthenics should keep me focused until I rejoin the boxing club this summer.