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Calisthenics The Way To Exercise

Calisthenics is an amalgamation of two greek words "Kallos" which means beauty and "Sthenos" which means strength. Sooner it found its way into the Australian sporting culture and is reckoned as one of the unique Australian sport of 1800's originated in Victoria.

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It has moves which are incorporated from the European physical culture or gymnastics. The basic idea was to make the men, women, and children residing in the city to be healthy. Calisthenics are supposed to be a unique artistic activity which has a combination of controlled exercises and gymnastics, marching, singing, simplified ballet, folk, and modern dance. Children are mainly attracted to it because of the variety and challenges offered in the many facets of Calisthenics. Participants compete with one another regardless of their age disparity.

The activity is planned as such most of the activities are performed by all. After several generations of exclusive female membership, calisthenics now accepts boys in the younger age groups. The stream of music slowly found its way into the Calisthenics and has now become an integral part of the sport. Calisthenics was introduced into Victorian State Schools in the 1930s. Public classes began way back in the 1880's. It has been a long journey so far for calisthenics from its simple inception. The first and second World Wars saw the gradual disappearance of male competitors. Calisthenics as we know it today evolved in the late 1940's.

The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne exposed calisthenics teachers to the international trends of gymnastics presentations. This exposure led the way for the incredible growth and development within the sport. Calisthenics is an enjoyable team and solo sport that encourages physical development, coordination, and self-discipline through a series of light dance, march, ballet and gymnastic routines. Some items incorporate the use of apparatus, all of which are musically choreographed and may include singing and acting.

Calisthenics promotes teamwork and friendship; it also helps improve participant's department and overall grooming, which continues to help them throughout their life. Calisthenics participants develop an appreciation for music, rhythm, and melodies of all kinds. Performances at competitions involve wearing stunning costumes, helping to make each performance dynamic and exciting both for the participants and the audience.

Participants learn between 5 and 8 routines each year. Each routine lasts between 1.5 - 4 minutes, dependent on the age of the participant. All routines are taught and performed with the emphasis on teamwork and uniformity and are designed to develop strength, flexibility, fitness, poise and confidence. There are many different disciplines or routines that are taught in Calisthenics, and this is why it is considered such a diversified sport. Calisthenic core items, which are taught every year and form the basis of Calisthenics skills are Figure March, Free Exercise, Rods, Club Swinging and Aesthetics.

Calisthenics, or bodyweight exercises, have been a major component of fitness in athletics, military, law enforcement, and daily fitness for home workouts without equipment. Calisthenics encourages its participants to be fit, happy and active at a level appropriate to their needs and capabilities. Calisthenics helps participants with self-esteem and confidence in a friendly and caring environment. Due to the nature of calisthenics, participants learn how to be a member of a team, to savor the pride of winning and to show dignity in defeat. Most importantly we hope that all participants meet new friends and enjoy themselves throughout the year.

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