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calisthenics Syllabification: cal·is·then·ics
Pronunciation: /ˌkaləsˈTHeniks/
(British callisthenics)

Definition of calisthenics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
Gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement.
Example sentences
  • Also, squad leaders established routines with weight training and calisthenics.
  • The gym offers yoga therapy, aerobics and callisthenics separately for men and women.
  • Warm up before the weight-lifting session with stretching exercises, calisthenics, and jogging.


Example sentences
  • As I have just noted, most nineteenth-century writers who espoused gymnastics for women approved of calisthenic exercises, several of which are recognizable today.
  • While waiting for rescue and to assist in warming yourself, attempt to stretch and do small, controlled callisthenic movements, such as waving your arms or twisting your torso.
  • Bouts of moderate intensity on the elliptical machine interspersed with short periods of high-intensity calisthenic exercises, like jumping jacks and push-ups.


Early 19th century: from Greek kallos 'beauty' + sthenos 'strength' + -ics.

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