What are common complements

Why Take Joint Supplements?

Why would an athlete who Calisthenics or any other type of bodyweight training practiced, taking certain supplements to support the joints?
In this post we will see the importance of nutritional supplements for an athlete who Calisthenics practiced as the main discipline.

The trend of calisthenics

Calisthenics is a very old discipline that has seen new light in recent years. Calisthenics training takes place in the early 2000s and spreads after videos that American athletes posted on You Tube. They trained in parks by performing scenic bodyweight exercises and showing extremely defined bodies and remarkable muscle volumes. In Italy, the discipline comes a little later and immediately takes on a different connotation, where the training aims to develop skills that are not only spectacular but also very precise and cultivated from a technical point of view, such as:

Front lever,
human flag (flag).

Over time, the discipline has evolved and in addition to skills, endurance has also been added, in which athletes compete in a very short time on running tracks made up of basic elements that even consist of ballast. For example:

pulling up,
Hand stands,
push up,
Build muscles, etc.

Thanks to the experience of athletes and coaches who are fully committed to this discipline, today calisthenics training finds an opportunity to be practiced both for those who choose it as the main discipline and as an integral part of the training of other sports.

Calisthenics and working together

Although more and more coaches have recently started to develop more balanced training plans, the specialty of calisthenics is that almost all movements are performed on the upper body. Many skills like the planche are performed with your arms outstretched; others like Hefesto require you to operate in extreme joint conditions. Then there is the dynamic work in which a movement is very often performed quickly and ends in a position with arms outstretched or even the bars are released and grasped again.

To relate all of this to the fact that the equipment for calithenics is mostly iron or wood (which makes it very stiff) and that training often takes place outdoors, even in the cold; It is clear that a calisthenics athlete needs to support the joints by:

adequate training planning both for individual sessions and over time;
excellent nutrition;
a corresponding addition.

Let's see how we can meet this need with the help of specially formulated supplements.

Food supplements for the joints

Among the specific nutritional supplements to support the joints we find - in addition to the classic collagen preparations - certified mixtures that are rich in natural elements and specially developed to support the joint well-being of calisthenics athletes to the maximum:

ChondrActiv ™ (type 2 hydrolyzed collagen + vitamin C + zinc + biotin)

A mixture of hydrolyzed collagen type 2, the main component of the body's own cartilage tissue, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid. We often find it on the market enriched with vitamin C, zinc, biotin. This formulation guarantees nutritional protection aimed at maintaining the integrity of connective tissue and lubrication of the joint itself. In a performance area where joints are put to the test by weighted exercises with loads that can reach 80-100% of BW, or exercises like single-arm pulling with additional weights, the above nutrients can make a difference in maintaining joint health in the long run View.

Boswellia extract + vitamin C + hydrolyzed collagen type 2

Boswellia extract has anti-inflammatory and analgesic adjuvant effects and, when combined with hydrolyzed type 2 collagen and vitamin C, can also be of great help in post-injury periods or recovery from trauma. The spectacularity of the typical skills of calisthenics and the ability of advanced athletes to make them seem simple, often forces beginners to learn the movements independently, excessively overloading the affected structures and causing trauma to occur. . In a collaboration between professionals in the sector who work to ensure that the athlete can resume training after the onset of trauma, a supplement containing this mix of elements can be a very valuable ally.
Glucosamine + MSM + Chondroitin Sulphate + Turmeric + Ginger + Piperine

This extraordinary blend is commercially available in the form of a dietary supplement, mainly used by martial arts and MMA athletes. However, it also makes sense to take it if you are into calisthenics as this discipline includes a good number of upper body plyometric exercises. It's not uncommon for calisthenics athletes to try their hand at acrobatics, which consists of a dynamic part also performed in the air, followed by landings on hands on the ground or on tools. This leads to the fact that in a very short time a great deal of effort is exerted on the joints, which through contact with the tool distributes all or most of the kinetic energy gained in the movement. This makes calisthenics very similar to the effects given and received in martial arts training.

We have undoubtedly only dealt with a few aspects that make supplementation of the joints essential for an athlete who practices calisthenics as a tool to accompany a well-structured exercise program and a balanced diet. Calisthenics is still a developing discipline that is interpreted differently and is subject to change. However, the aspects covered have remained almost unchanged and can certainly help both beginners and advanced users.

Article in collaboration with Dr. Tiziano Nardini, food technologist