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1. (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.
2. (used with a sing. verb) The practice or art of such exercises: Calisthenics is recommended to relax the muscles before a run.

[From Greek kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + sthenos, strength; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

cal′is·then′ic adj.
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Adj.1.calisthenic - of or relating to calisthenics
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Then Evie comes out, and does some calisthenic exercises on a machine that is tacked on to a greengage-tree--they put everything to use--and then she says 'a-tissue,' and in she goes.
Upon arrival at a restaurant, they did 100 burpees -- a taxing calisthenic -- ate at a buffet, and did 100 more burpees before hiking in a downpour to the Killington ski resort.
He was seen to masturbate before some challenges and would frequently lapse into a meditative state, followed by stretching of a peculiarly calisthenic kind.
4) Koehler's physical training manual, A Manual of Calisthenic Exercises, (5) was published in 1892 and became the first Army-wide publication providing leaders with guidance to methodically improve the physical fitness of individual Soldiers.
Normally, I would take this in the literal, calisthenic sense, but Dyson could just as well be referring to the term popularly applied to aTunde Adjuah's brand of music.
No, this picture from the ECHO archives shows Liverpool women police cadets doing their calisthenic training circa 1959.
Its musical athleticism and calisthenic discipline are equaled only by its relentless creative drive and its will to express it in a distinct musical language.
The loop featured a mix of Mars-themed films, such as Space Camp, 2012--detailing the calisthenic and other preparations undertaken for the mission by the large cast of collaborators and helpers drafted into the project--and more general introductions to the Sachsian weltanschauung, including Ten Bullets, 2010, the most celebrated in a series of kaleidoscopically persnickety short movies that the artist has been releasing in recent years.
The program of aerobic and calisthenic exercise aimed for 75%-80% of maximal heart rate according to the Karvonen method and consisted of 10 minutes of warm-up exercises; 40 minutes of aerobics; 15 minutes of exercise targeting the abdomen, hip, and leg muscles; and 5 minutes for cool-down and stretching.
And probably because of some recent college reading, I would think of Fitzgerald's description of the dances at The Breakers in Palm Beach, upon whose veranda "two hundred women stepped right, stepped left, wheeled, and slid in that then celebrated calisthenic known as the double-shuffle, while in half- time to the music two thousand bracelets clicked up and down on two hundred women.
Sophomore Robert Thelen earned the title of Iron Cadet following a competition earlier this month that involved repetitions of military calisthenic exercises, running laps, sprinting and negotiating an obstacle course.
To prepare for the "aerobic, almost calisthenic," work in Hubbard Street's repertory (like Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, which requires a lot of running), Dincolo takes ballet class and does yoga.