Definitions for calisthenicsˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks
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cal•is•then•icsˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks(n.)
(used with a pl. v.) gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor.
(used with a sing. v.) the art, practice, or a session of such exercises.
Origin of calisthenics:
1840–50; cali-, var. of calli - + Gk sthén(os) strength + -ics
the practice of calisthenic exercises
"calisthenics is recommended for general good health"
light exercises designed to promote general fitness
"several different calisthenics were illustrated in the video"
Gymnastic exercises, especially morning exercises, done to keep one's body healthy.
A system of such exercises.
Origin: From κάλλος + σθένος.
the science, art, or practice of healthful exercise of the body and limbs, to promote strength and gracefulness; light gymnastics
Calisthenics are a form of exercise consisting of a variety of simple, often rhythmical, movements, generally without using equipment or apparatus. They are intended to increase body strength and flexibility with movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting or kicking, using only one's body weight for resistance. They are usually conducted in concert with stretches. Calisthenics when performed vigorously and with variety can benefit both muscular and cardiovascular fitness, in addition to improving psychomotor skills such as balance, agility and coordination. Groups such as sports teams and military units often perform leader-directed group calisthenics as a form of synchronized physical training to increase group cohesion and discipline. Calisthenics are also popular as a component of physical education in primary and secondary schools over much of the globe.
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