My Difference Between Bodyweight Exercise Calisthenics Exercise

I make a distinction between bodyweight exercise and calisthenics exercise.

Bodyweight exercise is any exercise using only the weight of your own body as resistance to develop strength, power and/or endurance.

The upper body, trunk and lower body can be targeted for improvement... and often more than one section of the body will be involved in the proper completion of the movement.

Calisthenics comes from the Greek kalli meaning beautiful + sthenos meaning strength... Beautiful Strength.

A modern day definition is any systematic, rhythmic bodily exercise performed usually without apparatus... or a type of exercise using explosive movements to develop muscular strength, power and/or endurance.

I have purposely separated bodyweight exercises and calisthenics exercise because while both forms of exercise can be used for the improvement of strength, power and/or endurance... calisthenics exercise can be used to effectively target the cardiorespiratory system and burn fat as well.

In the future, exercises will be split up according to this distinction... and when talking about the two together I will us the term bodyweight calisthenics exercise.

Bodyweight Exercise For

Muscular Strength

Power &


Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Calisthenics Exercise For

Muscular Strength

Power &

Bodyweight Calisthenics Exercise For Both

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