<![CDATA[kalistenia.com - Blog]]>Wed, 15 May 2024 11:35:07 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[From Ancient Roots to Modern Mastery: The definition and origins of Calisthenics.]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2023 17:08:06 GMThttp://kalistenia.com/blog/from-ancient-roots-to-modern-mastery-the-definition-and-origins-of-calisthenicsPicture
Calisthenics are derived from the Greek words "kallos" meaning beauty, and "sthenos" meaning strength. 

They focus on using your own body weight to perform movements and exercises, offering a unique approach to fitness and strength development.
Also referred to as bodyweight training, calisthenics have a rich history dating back centuries.

The origins of this discipline can be traced back to ancient Greece, where fitness
and strength were highly regarded. The Greeks
 believed that the pursuit of physical excellence was key to achieving harmony in both the body and the mind.

As a result, gymnastic exercises and bodyweight training became integral part
of the Greek education system. 
These exercises were aimed at developing strength,
​agility, and overall physical prowess.

During the Renaissance, various European cultures embraced it as a means of physical conditioning.

​Over time, calisthenics spread beyond Greece and
became popular across different cultures. 
In ancient Rome, they were practiced in military training to prepare soldiers for battle. 

And now, people like you and me are filming ourselves doing pushups and muscleups with a smartphone to put it on Youtube and share it with the community.
But also, some pros like Chris Heria, Frank Medrano, and Andry Strong are pulling crazy stunts, pushing the discipline to the limit.