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Calisthenic exercise

United States calisthenics is a type of exercise consisting of a variety of simple movements usually performed without weights or other equipment that are intended to increase body strength and flexibility using the weight of one's own body for resistance.

In Australia, calisthenics is a competitive women's performing sport, with girls from as young as three participating.

Calisthenics is composed of free-arm (similar to gymnastics), aesthetics (a graceful form of dance), rhythmic (similar to ballet), folk dance, singing, marching, club-swinging and metal rod exercises.

The history of calisthenics is linked to gymnastics.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Calisthenic exercise", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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