Definition of callisthenics in English:

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callisthenics

Pronunciation: /ˌkalɪsˈθɛnɪks/
(US calisthenics)

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
Gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement: three women swung Indian clubs while performing callisthenics in unison
More 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.

Derivatives

callisthenic

adjective
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.

Origin

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

More
  • calligraphy from early 17th century:

    This is from Greek kalligraphia, from kallos ‘beauty’ and graphein ‘write’. In callisthenics (early 19th century) (US calisthenics) kallos is combined with sthenos ‘strength’.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cal¦lis|then¦ics

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