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n. Chiefly British
Variant of calisthenics.
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(ˌkælɪsˈθɛnɪks) or


1. (Gymnastics) (functioning as plural) light exercises designed to promote general fitness, develop muscle tone, etc
2. (Gymnastics) (functioning as singular) the practice of callisthenic exercises
[C19: from calli- + Greek sthenos strength]
ˌcallisˈthenic, ˌcalisˈthenic adj
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or cal•lis•then•ics

(ˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks)

1. (used with a pl. v.) gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor.
2. (used with a sing. v.) the art, practice, or a session of such exercises.
[1840–50; cali-, variant of calli- + Greek sthén(os) strength + -ics]
cal`is•then′ic, cal`is•then′i•cal, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.callisthenics - the practice of calisthenic exercises; "calisthenics is recommended for general good health"
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
2.callisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitnesscallisthenics - light exercises designed to promote general fitness; "several different calisthenics were illustrated in the video"
exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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calisthenics (US) [ˌkælɪsˈθenɪks] NSINGcalistenia f
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, (US) calisthenics
n sing or plGymnastik f, → Fitnessübungen pl, → Kallisthenie f (dated)
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[ˌkælɪsˈθɛnɪks] nsgginnastica svedese
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It's amazing to see how far the Bahraini community has grown and progressed in the callisthenics industry," commented vice president of World Calisthenics Organization, Kenneth Gallarza.
In this episode, Anna finds out how a modern makeover of the callisthenics fitness craze of the 1980s can build muscle, without hours on the weights in the gym.
In the first of two programmes, Anna finds out how a modern makeover of the callisthenics fitness craze of the 1980s can build muscle without having to spend hours on the weights in the gym, while Amar tests out exercises to fit into even the shortest of lunch breaks.
In addition, the facility includes a dedicated section for Callisthenics, while allowing visitors to rent out essential equipment for kickboxing, table tennis and badminton.
The Block is accessible by water taxi and has a dedicated section for callisthenics, allows visitors to rent kickboxing, table tennis, and badminton equipment.