Calisthenics and bodyweight exercises: different concepts or scientific synonyms?

Leury Max da Silva Chaves, Gabriel Vinicius Santos, Cauê La Scala Teixeira, Marzo Edir Da Silva-Grigoletto


 Bodyweight exercises (also popularly known as calisthenics) is a classic training method and its practice has been widespread since the 19th century, but little evidenced in the scientific literature over the years. This type of training aims to promote multi-system adaptations using body weight as an overload with no or few implements [1–3]. This characteristic makes exercise with body weight easy to apply, in addition to having an excellent cost-benefit ratio when compared to other training possibilities that require machines or materials [4,5].

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