What is a Straddle Planche?

When you first enter the world of Gymnastics Strength Training™, there is a lot of vocabulary to learn that might be a bit unfamiliar. One common term that is typically unknown to beginners is the “straddle planche.” Here we will break down what a straddle planche actually is and what some of the benefits are to working towards being […]

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Front Splits for Flexibility in GST™ and Daily Life

When many adults think of gymnastics, images come to mind of super flexible youth gymnasts who are easily able to bend over backwards or comfortably drop into full splits. Most adults, however, think of this as extreme when in reality being flexible is natural for the body. Only through disuse and injury does an adult […]

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Side Lever Block: Building the Human Flag

The Side Lever, or the Human Flag as it is sometimes known in fitness and calisthenic circles, is one of the seven fundamental exercises in the GB Foundation Series. Side Levers provide a unique training stimulus on the body: you are simultaneously pushing and pulling from the shoulders, and you are both stretching and strengthening your obliques. […]

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Russian Dips: Build Strength for Muscle-ups

  Russian L-sit dips Gymnastic Bodies Athelete Max Riley getting after his Russian dips in L-sit during our #gymnasticbodies training day over the weekend.This variation really limits any forward travel of the chest during the decent and press phase, which greatly reduces the involvement of the chest and places much more stress on the arms […]

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Thrive Nutritional Pyramid

I am a pro supplement guy but in terms of nutritional results a pyramid can only be as high as the base is wide. The base of nutrition looks like this:     At the base level no amount of supplement or prebiotic will produce any results until you eat it with a solid diet. High […]

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A Little Bit of Prehab Goes a Long Way

GymnasticBodies Master Affiliate Awaken in Denver, CO has classes almost every single day centered on shoulder and hip prehab. These sessions are typically filled to capacity, with beginner and advanced students alike all piling in to catch some of the action. So what is prehab, and why do you need it? Background Christopher Sommer, founder […]

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Make Progress Using Box Headstand Push-ups

When compared to the world of weightlifting, Gymnastics Strength Training™ has one major complication: how can you progress towards an exercise that you simply cannot do one of yet? Consider the example of a Hollow Back Press. Without the helping hand of an expert coach, how do you begin progressing towards this clearly advanced movement?

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Muscle-ups from the Top Down

2016 is an Olympic year, and this summer’s games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Come August, millions of people from around the world will watch in awe as elite-level gymnasts display their incredible strength, skill, and athleticism. One of the most iconic events each Olympic Games is the Rings competition in men’s gymnastics. Whether […]

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Is There a “Healthy” Sugar?

Pure, White, Deadly. This is the name of a book John Yudkin wrote back in 1972 and sums up the definition of sugar. Sugar is a substance that actively is trying to invade your home (the body).  So you’ve jumped on the bandwagon of labeling ‘white’ sugar as bad for your health but what about HFCS? What […]

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Soreness, Pain, and Injury Prevention

Whenever you begin a new training program, no matter whether it is GST, bodybuilding, powerlifting, or something else entirely, you will inevitably encounter moments of soreness, pain, and even potential injuries. The goal, of course, is to minimize any risks while maximizing the positive outcomes, such as building muscle, learning new skills, and becoming more […]

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Quote: Comfort Zones

Nothing Truly Great Ever  Came from a Comfort Zone

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Quote: Vision without Action

Vision without Action is a Daydream Action without Vision is a Nightmare  

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Reverse Leg Lifts

“Bodyweight is just for your upper body! You have to use weights for legs.” This attitude is a common myth that often comes up in conversation when discussing Gymnastics Strength Training. It is understandable that the fitness layperson might think this, though, given that the average calisthenics program includes nothing but bent-arm strength exercises such […]

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Why You Need the Straddle Pancake Stretch, and How to Do It

Stop what you are doing right now and try this. Sit down on the ground with your legs spread wide in a straddle. Now keeping your back flat, fold at your hips so that your upper body flattens to the floor. How did you do? If you are like most adults, your performance in this […]

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Planche Leans Get You Strong

The Straddle Planche is one of the seven elements found in the GymnasticBodies Foundation Series, and it is a prime example of Fundamental Straight-Arm Strength from the GB Curriculum. Without a solid straddle planche on the floor, there cannot be more advanced ring work such as a maltese down the road. Given its primacy in Gymnastics Strength Training, […]

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