Mastering the Hollow Hold Position

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Never suffer from a lack of core strength again! Thanks to our hollow hold progressions, you can quickly overcome this commonly overlooked area of the body. Many athletes make the mistake of attempting exercises that are too advanced without first establishing a proper base of core strength. As Coach Christopher Sommer often says in GymnasticBodies Seminars around the

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The GymnasticBodies Connection: A Competitor’s Journey

GymnasticBodies athlete and strongwoman competitor lifts weight in competition.

With the multitude of activities and sports that we engage in, many adults are on the search for healthy ways to balance what our bodies can handle and the things we love to do. We also discover that although the training techniques we utilize to achieve success in different avenues varies from sport to sport,

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Obliques: The Missing Link in Your Core

GymnasticBodies athlete uses a well-rounded core to hold a side lever.

The 'core' is an incredibly overused term in the fitness world today. Every magazine cover and internet ad has a new secret tip for "training your core" that more than likely misses the point completely. At GymnasticBodies we use the word 'core' to refer to the entirety of your midsection, including your abdominals, hip flexors,

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Healthy Wrists: Why They Matter and How to Earn Them

GymnasticBodies athletes demonstrate wrist strengthening exercises.

Typing at a keyboard. Texting on a phone. Driving in the car. Your wrists are involved in almost every physical movement that you do, both inside the gym and out. Despite the ubiquity of wrist movements in daily life, most people do not spend nearly enough time taking care of their wrists. As the adage

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What to Do When You Lack Motivation for Training

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Bumps in the road...we all come across them every once in a while in our training. It is only natural to have ups and downs along the path, and you are just as likely to experience days where you stroll into the gym ready to crush your workout as you are down days. Days when we

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Shredded Core: 1 Move To Get Yours

GymnasticBodies athlete performs an L-sit for core strength.

In the fitness world, we are constantly searching for the best core drill to help us create a defined six-pack set of abs and a powerful supportive core to boot! Did you know that one of the best at-home exercises you can do to develop a mighty set of abs actually has its base in

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Why Handstand Training Results in a Better Quality of Life

GymnasticBodies athlete shows off his handstand wall run strength.

No matter who you are or where you start, handstand training can improve your quality of life, posture, strength and confidence, even if Gymnastics Strength Training acts as a hobby in your free time. You might say: “But wait… I’m out of shape, a little overweight, and haven’t even tried a handstand in decades!?” Lucky

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The New Wave of Fitness: Creating a Functional and Aesthetic Body

GymnasticBodies female athlete demonstrates lat strength and core stability with a tuck planche progression.

When it comes to aesthetics, building muscle, and flat out “looking good naked,” there is a lot of confusion as to what workout program or style of fitness will help you accomplish your goals.  On one hand, the purpose of an activity such as bodybuilding is to get as big and shredded as possible. However,

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Beat the Status Quo: Train for both Strength AND Flexibility

GymnasticBodies female athlete demonstrates shoulder mobility and core strength with a reverse plank.

The status quo in the fitness world is that strong people like to lift weights, and flexible people like to stretch. This can lead to serious problems, however, because flexibility without strength is just as limited and prone to injury as strength without flexibility. Many powerlifters, for example, train all year just to add 10 pounds to their bench press

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3 Simple Drills to Improve Your Overhead Lifts and Handstands

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates a Shoulder Flexibility Stretch.

It’s no secret that the hours we spend at a desk each day leave most adults with limited shoulder extension and range of motion. The tight muscles in the biceps and chest (pec minor), play a BIG role in keeping the shoulders chronically tight, making overhead positions especially difficult or inaccessible. But here’s your relief!

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