exercises, such as push-ups and sit-ups, to develop a strong, trim body; simple gymnastics
Origin of calisthenics; from Classical Greek kallos, beauty + sthenos, strength + -ics
the art of developing bodily strength and gracefulness by such exercises
- (used with a pl. verb) Gymnastic exercises designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical well-being: Sit-ups, trunk twists, and other calisthenics are demonstrated on the video.
- (used with a sing. verb) The practice or art of such exercises: Calisthenics is recommended to relax the muscles before a run.
Origin of calisthenicsFrom Greek kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + sthenos, strength; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek κάλλος (kallos, “beauty”) + σθένος (sthenos, “strength”).