calisthenics


cal·is·then·ics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \-niks\

: physical exercises that are done without special equipment

Full Definition of CALISTHENICS

1
:  systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
2
usually singular in construction :  the art or practice of calisthenics

Origin of CALISTHENICS

Greek kalos beautiful + sthenos strength
First Known Use: 1827

Rhymes with CALISTHENICS

cal·is·then·ics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CALISTHENICS

1
: systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
2
usually singular in construction : the art or practice of calisthenics

Variants of CALISTHENICS

cal·is·then·ics or British cal·lis·then·ics \-iks\

calisthenics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Systematic rhythmic bodily exercises (e.g., jumping jacks, push-ups), usually performed without apparatus. Calisthenics promote strength, endurance, flexibility, and general well-being by placing regular demands on the cardiovascular system. The exercises, initially conceived as primarily for women, arose in the 19th century in Germany and Sweden. Catharine Esther Beecher in the U.S. advocated women's calisthenics. As their health benefits became known, they became an activity for both sexes.

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