Definition of calisthenics in English:


(British callisthenics)

plural noun

  • [treated as singular or plural] Gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement.

    • ‘Also, squad leaders established routines with weight training and calisthenics.’
    • ‘Harris resented the intrusion and the new emphasis on calisthenics.’
    • ‘He was obsessed with exercising, and would often spontaneously do calisthenics whenever the four of them were hanging out.’
    • ‘Combine that with a basic training-styled cardiovascular and calisthenics session.’
    • ‘Warm up before the weight-lifting session with stretching exercises, calisthenics, and jogging.’
    • ‘He jogs, bikes and performs calisthenics to lose the extra pounds.’
    • ‘The gym offers yoga therapy, aerobics and callisthenics separately for men and women.’
    • ‘One week after her surgery, she was at the gym doing calisthenics and chins.’
    • ‘Although the way they are taught in the West often resembles simple calisthenics, yoga and tai chi run much deeper.’
    • ‘Therefore, it is not that strange that the practice of transcendence should be as much a part of the Chi Gong tradition as callisthenics and breathing exercises that lower blood pressure.’
    • ‘Try weightlifting or calisthenics to build your strength and improve your balance.’
    • ‘He and his mates are laughing and jeering at their next-door neighbour: a crazy old man, stripped to the waist, performing what looks like some kind of weird callisthenics routine in his backyard.’
    • ‘On the day of the timed run, after performing some calisthenics and stretching, we headed for the track.’
    • ‘Start with a ten-minute warm-up of jumping rope, jogging, or calisthenics.’
    • ‘Free weights, tubing and calisthenics can be substituted once exercise machines become too difficult to use because of increased size and balance problems.’
    • ‘One can never see him dancing or performing callisthenics on the stage to attract audiences.’
    • ‘These movements include push-ups, crunches, dips, pull-ups, lunges, body weight squats, back extensions or any other calisthenics.’
    • ‘I start off with calisthenics to warm up, and then I do weights and finish up with cardio.’
    • ‘Warm up for five to 10 minutes before each workout with some light calisthenics, and follow each training session with five to 10 minutes of stretching.’
    • ‘Your rehabilitation team might suggest exercises you can safely perform at home, such as walking and gentle calisthenics.’
    physical activity, movement, exertion, effort, work
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Early 19th century: from Greek kallos beauty + sthenos strength + -ics.