Calisthenics: The art of building strength, power, agility and health by using only one’s own body for resistance. From the ancient Greek words kálos (κάλλος), which means “beauty”, and sthénos (σθένος), meaning “strength”.

Calisthenics can be performed using light resistance for multiple reps to build stamina and cardiovascular conditioning (Low Tension Calisthenics), or they can be performed at a high level of resistance to build strength and power (High Tension Calisthenics [HTC]).

Of course, combinations of the two can be used to build High Intensity Interval Training type workouts for developing work capacity.

The cornerstone of High Tension Calisthenics are the Big 6 Dynamic Movements:

  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Squats
  • Handstand Pushups
  • Leg Raises
  • Back Bridges

These are further supplemented by the static holds:

  • L-Sit and Hold
  • Back Bridge and Hold
  • Human Flag
  • Dragon Flag
  • Planche
  • Reverse Lever
  • Front Lever

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