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Hakim Solovyov
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Gymnastic Bodies Foundation One 38 Fixed

As a point of reference, I am fairly skinny, though not as skinny as you are. I started foundation at 150 lbs (5'11", 180 cm) and have gained 10 pounds (of muscle, not fat) over the past 9 months on this program. It is designed to improve strength, not necessarily build mass, but improve body composition and definition. You probably won't get big on this program, as that is a disadvantage in gymnastics. Most exercises are geared towards max strength more than hypertrophy (based on rep numbers). I would personally highly recommend it, and i think for us small guys this really goes to our strengths with the bodyweight work.

Gymnastic Bodies Foundation One 38


If gaining mass is your primary interest for the moment, you may want to look in to an alternative, like Starting Strength. Mark Rippetoes clients who came in at similar weights as your own apparently say 40+ pounds of gains in their first year, with many getting 60. If you're interested in doing gymnastics after that, you're not going to be disadvantaged as there are many high level gymnasts around the 150-160 range.

Can one use gymnastic exercises to build muscles(I don't mean as effective as muscle building program with weights, but can bodyweight exercises still make me build muscles just at a slower rate?)Thank you guys

The intent of this article is to demonstrate that the foundation of EIM has roots from antiquity [antiquity ends with the death of Galen in 210 Common Era (CE) (3)] and to recognize physicians and philosophers who have contributed to EIM concepts. A secondary intent is to complete the historical record on the contributions from ancient civilizations to the emergence and acceptance of EIM. It must be acknowledged that aspects pertaining to exercise physiology have been previously discussed in historical articles (57, 58); however, their specific emphasis to and relevance for EIM are new and regarded as original contributions.

I say then, that this question [regimen] is a most excellent one and allied to many others, some of the most vital importance in the art [medicine], for that it can contribute much to the recovery of the sick, and to the preservation of health in case of those gymnastic[athletic] exercises, and is useful to whatever one wish to apply it.

If the BJ Miller podcast is the best about living, this one is the best about training. I recently almost started gymnastics training with a coach but I felt to ridiculously under prepared that I felt I needed some.pretraining.

You can do most all the beginning work at home without much equipment. A few items will be essential but a onetime purchase of a doorway pullup bar and gymnastic rings pay for themselves over the course of using them over a number of workouts

I am also interested in this please. I am a golfer and have been doing prolotherapy/platelettreatment on my right elbow. This keeps flaring up when I try progress with GST foundation training. At the moment I am taking it very slow, setting my target on very slow foundation training over the next 200 days. If there is any advise on rehab/strengthening of elbows it would be appreciated. Maybe share what you and Tim have been working on.

Sorry- Also, on the podcast I thought I heard that you would be providing sample videos/links on how to perform some of the movements that you and Coach Sommer discussed, however, the link you attached above for gymasticbodies just takes you to the fundamentals purchase page. Not sure if you have to purchase to obtain those or not. Thanks again

Hi Tim Really liked this episode but it is very hard to visualise some of this stuff without videos or images. The link does not have any videos, images etc as you have described only a discount coupon for gymnastic bodies.

Currently there is not a reliable and valid measurement tool to evaluate the specific physical fitness abilities needed for successful competition in either men's or women's gymnastics. Previous studies have examined possible correlations between a gymnast's level of competition or intensity of training and various singular physical fitness traits.3,12,40 Nelson and co-workers3 investigated the relationship between gymnasts' flexibility and strength and varying training intensity levels. The gymnasts at the highest level of training were reported to be the most flexible, had a slender body type, weighed less, and demonstrated higher amounts of both functional and absolute strength especially in the upper body. In 1989, Faria et al41 examined the relationship between anthropometric and physical characteristics of male gymnasts and overall competitive performance success. These researchers concluded that the top gymnasts were stronger in both absolute upper body strength and upper body strength relative to bodyweight, possessed greater overall flexibility through the hip region, shoulder girdle, and back, and possessed the least percentage of body fat.41 Neither of these studies used a standardized measurement tool to determine an overall fitness score or explore the relationship between age or body weight and physical abilities.

The procedures and methods used in this study allowed the researchers to evaluate the GFMT within the context of its intended use as a field-test to assess a gymnast's overall fitness level while minimizing the impact of gymnastic skill on testing scores.43,44 As such, testing was conducted in a manner consistent with the sport in an environment familiar to the individual athletes. Each item on the GFMT was administered at a separate station by different testers to reflect the common practices of field-test administration. Testers were intentionally provided with detailed instructions for administering each item but did not undergo extensive or additional training. Results are therefore felt to reflect the application of the GFMT within the setting for which it was intended to be used.

Last year, Kabaeva came back to the limelight after a video of the former Olympic gymnast gleefully dancing at the Divine Grace gymnastics tournament was made public. According to the Daily Mail, the video was taken weeks before Putin invaded Ukraine.

Without a doubt, strength and conditioning is one of the most important aspects to the sport of gymnastics. It is a foundational pillar that must be present in training for performance success, optimal health, and a reduced risk of injury risk. It falls under the larger umbrella category of Physical Preparation. Alongside strength and conditioning, other key areas are technical development, flexibility, recovery, and more. They complement other important mental areas of training like managing fear or emotions, developing focus, and resilience.

The sport of gymnastics has evolved significantly. It is now substantially harder than it ever was twenty or even ten years ago. Alongside this, the equipment and technology used also have advanced. Although these advances are useful for pushing the frontier of gymnastics skills that can be performed, they also bring about exponentially more force being placed on the bodies of gymnasts. This brings more risk and more need for baseline physical preparation.

When you look at the global landscape of gymnastics one thing is clear: younger gymnasts are doing harder skills, at higher repetitions, many more hours per week, and in some cases competing more times per year. A vast majority of these athletes are very young kids or adolescents, who are far from being fully matured. Due to all these circumstances, adequate physical preparation for gymnasts is paramount.

I will openly admit I have not coached a nationally ranked, Division 1, or elite level gymnast. I understand this level of gymnastics performance is unique to the majority of what many gymnasts look to achieve. I am fortunate to have worked with or consulted with many gymnasts and coaches who do fall into this category. I am lucky that my last five years have allowed me the ground-level experience to work for this level of gymnast.

Ten years ago, when working only as a coach, I firmly believed that only gymnastics specific conditioning was required. 95% percent of the strength programs I wrote for gymnasts I worked with comprised of what I did as a gymnast growing up. They were full of bodyweight press handstands, pull-ups, rope climbs, leg lifts, push-ups, squats, lunges, box jumps, and sprints.

Like many other coaches and people involved in the sport, I swore by using only gymnastics specific bodyweight conditioning. I was openly opposed to the use of external weights, general strength exercises seen in mainstream fitness media, or other means of conditioning.

Even though I was learning from many people outside of gymnastics, I continued to study some of the highest-level JO, elite and collegiate gymnastics programs. I bought and analyzed many of the most popular educational products on gymnastics strength and conditioning I could find. I then reverse-engineered many gymnastics strength programs I had written before and spent an abundance of time analyzing other gymnastics strength programs people offered online, at lectures, or in clinics.

The more that I treated gymnasts as a medical provider, studied current strength and conditioning, and learned colleagues that I had met, the more I realized how misguided my thoughts were. I realized that all these injuries and issues related to limited power were not because gymnastics was hard, or gymnasts were not trying hard enough. The truth was found in our approach being nowhere near what science and expert opinion outlined as the best ways to prevent injuries, develop strength, increase power, and plan training.

I started to learn how the unbelievably high rates of overuse and traumatic injury in gymnastics came down to a simple equation: tissue in the body was being loaded at a significantly higher rate than it could handle (1-7).

Despite many factors playing into how much load was being applied, or how much capacity tissues had, the basic equation of load was out of balance. At a foundational level, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones were breaking down because the load being placed upon these tissues repetitively during skills or routines was too high for them to handle. (8-14)


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