High intensity interval training with body weight: the new calisthenics?


  • Alexandre F. Machado
  • Rodolfo de Alkmim Moreira Nunes
  • Rodrigo Gomes de Souza Vale
  • Roberta Luksevicius Rica
  • Aylton Figueira Junior
  • Danilo Sales Bocalini




HIIT; Prescription; Physical Exercise; Bodyweight; Training.


Background: Physical training based on body weight was practiced by the Roman military in ancient Rome. The use of old calisthenics has been reproduced with high-intensity interval training in several studies in the last years. Objective: The aim of this study is to do a review to identify the variables of calisthenics applied with high-intensity interval training method with the purpose of suggesting a strategy to apply in the training sessions. Method/Design: The search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online), LILACS (Literatura Latino-americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde [Centro Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Información en Ciencias de la Salud]), PUB MED CENTRAL, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases. Results: From the results, common points in the prescription of calisthenic HIIT with regard to “all out” load are observed. Conclusion: Based on the review results, it is suggested a guideline based on a single stimulus time of 30 seconds and differentiated recovery time for different practitioner profiles, as well as regarding the selection of exercises.


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Machado, A. F., Nunes, R. de A. M., Vale, R. G. de S., Rica, R. L., Junior, A. F., & Bocalini, D. S. (2017). High intensity interval training with body weight: the new calisthenics?. Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.17784/mtprehabjournal.2017.15.448