In recent years, calisthenics has reemerged as a proper method in its own right for getting fit. But the question still remains as to whether or not it's a good method for building muscle. The fact of the matter is simply this: when it comes to muscle building, the same principles that apply to any other form of training apply to calisthenics. You must progressively overload, be consistent, and eat a proper diet. Still, there are some things you should know that are specific to calisthenics.
Let's face it. Few people actually WANT to work out. Even the people who have done it for decades with a fervor that few would understand have days more often than not where working out feels like a needless chore. It's the nature of the beast. When you work out, you're beating your body down so it can grow stronger, and often the payoff is so far in the future that a lot of us don't see the point in committing to the lifestyle.