Abstract

Aim: Calisthenics was originally a term used to define body weightexercises [1–3]. This term is now used to define a world wide spreadsport based on body weight exercises. Therefore, the aim of this studywas to understand the effects of calisthenics (sport) on sedentaryindividuals.Methods: 28 male participants (24.2 ± 4.2 years; 67.0 ± 8.3 kg;173.3 ± 5.2 cm) were divided into two groups, a Calisthenics basedintervention group (CIG) and a control group (CG). The CGI exercisedfor 8 weeks. Each participant underwent a postural assessment,a handgrip test (HG), a push-up and a pull-up test. Each participantwas tested at baseline and post intervention.Results: The CGI improved their posture (with open eyes p\0.001and with closed eyes p \0.05), and their strength (push-up testp\0.01 with a 16.4 % increase and pull up test p\0.0001 with a39.2 % increase). No differences were shown for the HG test. Nodifferences were displayed in any variable of the CG between pre andpost measures.Conclusions: Calisthenics training is a cheap, feasible and effectivetraining solution to improve posture and strength without the use anymajor equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages84-84
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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