Calisthenics Definition

Gymnastic exercises designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical well-being.
Sit-ups, trunk twists, and other calisthenics are demonstrated on the video.
American Heritage
Exercises, such as push-ups and sit-ups, to develop a strong, trim body; simple gymnastics.
Webster's New World
The art of developing bodily strength and gracefulness by such exercises.
Webster's New World

(in the plural) Gymnastic exercises, especially morning exercises, done to keep one's body healthy.


Origin of Calisthenics

  • From Greek kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) sthenos strength segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κάλλος (kallos, “beauty”) + σθένος (sthenos, “strength”).

    From Wiktionary

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