noun plural but singular or plural in construction(Medical Dictionary)
Medical Definition of CALISTHENICS
: systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
usually singular in construction: the art or practice of calisthenics
Variants of CALISTHENICS
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.