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plural noun: calisthenics; plural noun: calisthenics: exercise to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement.

Most athletes think of calisthenics as boring exercises performed while wearing military fatigues or middle school gym uniforms. Not surprisingly, most of us can’t summon much enthusiasm for such old-school movements as the sit-up and the jumping jack.

But those same calisthenics prescribed by generations of drill sergeants and gym teachers have been rebranded in recent years as body-weight exercises. Much of what constitutes CrossFit, boot camps, and obstacle race training is simply calisthenics, except with better marketing and packaging.

The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words kallos (beauty) and sthenos (strength). Indeed, there’s a timeless beauty to training for strength and flexibility via pushing, pulling, lunging, and lifting movements using little to no equipment. When performed in a continuous, rigorous fashion, calisthenics train up your strength and aerobic capacity.

And in an increasingly mobile, time-pressed culture, it’s important to have training options that can be performed anywhere, anytime and with little equipment. Good old calisthenics provide those workout opportunities. Here are four such calisthenics workouts.




Almost all low-income men in the United States live in urban areas, and about half of them live in 10 states. But the concentration of low-income men varies. Some states and metropolitan areas with smaller low-income male populations have larger than average low-income shares. In some metropolitan areas, low-income men are concentrated in the central city, while in others, they are spread out across the metropolitan area. These variations in geographic distribution have implications for the provision of services and design of programs to engage disconnected low-income men.


How much physical activity do you need?

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.

Adults need at least:

2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and

muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

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