Definition of callisthenics in English:


Line breaks: cal¦lis|then¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˌkalɪsˈθɛnɪks
(US calisthenics)


[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
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    • 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.



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  • 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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