Muscle-ups: Just the Beginning of Ring Strength

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates how to do hold top support in muscle-up progression.

The muscle-up is often seen as the ultimate test of upper body gymnastics strength in various fitness circles. There is just something about combining a pull-up with a dip that excites many people about the muscle-up, and rightfully so. However, rather than viewing the muscle-up as ending the journey, we should look at this exercise as opening the door

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Top 3 Exercises for Your Lats

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates lat strength with a wide-grip pull-up.

Your lats are some of the biggest muscles in your entire body and developing them is extremely important for your success in Gymnastic Strength Training. Without strong lats, more advanced strength exercises would not be possible. In this post, we will go into detail about what the lats do and how you can train them

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4 Ways to Improve Your Pull-ups

GymnasticBodies athlete perform ring rows.

Pull-ups are a very telling exercise. Without knowing anything about someone's level of fitness, if you see them knock out multiple reps of full range of motion, strict pull-ups, you can accurately guess that they are a pretty strong and athletic individual. GymnasticBodies training approaches pulling work in a specific order so, for those of

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Defy Gravity with the Ultimate Plank

The straddle planche is a key position in gymnasticbodies training, and it all starts with the plank.

Imagine a move where your upper body floats in the air, your legs elevate off the ground, and your entire body is supported only by your hands. You are defying gravity, as those who witness your skills swoon at the jaw-dropping feat of what looks like a superhuman feat. Impressive, right!? We are all captured

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Prep Your Muscle-up With This 1 Underrated Exercise

GymnasticBodies Russian Dip builds amazing muscle-up strength.

If you’ve got your sights set on developing the muscle-up, then you’re in the right place! One of the best ways to prep your body to execute this skill is to develop sufficient bent arm strength (BAS) to handle the transition. And, like any amazing goal or accomplishment – the key to success for everything

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Solve the Handstand Push-up Riddle with This 1 Powerful Exercise

GymnasticBodies athlete shows how to perform a box headstand push-up for handstand pushup training.

Strap in for this simple, yet highly effective overhead pressing progression that will not only take you a step closer to a handstand push-up but also prepare you for other beastly pressing variations. With the tips provided here, all of your overhead positions with benefit, including those found in Olympic Weightlifting, rock climbing, and handstand

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Muscle-ups from the Top Down

The rings top support is a critical part of muscle-up mastery.

It is not uncommon to see someone who can easily knock out tons of pull-ups and dips try a muscle-up and fail miserably. Despite all their strength they still remain below the rings with nothing to show for the effort.  Rather than seeing these athletes resorting to kipping, which inevitably results in subpar results, we

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Planche Leans Get You Strong

GymnasticBodies female athlete uses upper body and core strength to hold a planche lean.

Millions of fitness enthusiasts all over the world train the plank position, but the question of where to go from here remains largely unresolved. Yogis jump straight into crow pose, with their knees resting on the shelf created by their bent elbows, but this does not translate into the straight-arm strength required for more advanced strength training.

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Upper Body Mastery: How to Properly Build Your Muscle-Up

GymnasticBodies athlete performs a muscle-up on rings outdoors.

Why is it, do you think, that so many people who can do strict pull-ups and dips, may not be able to come close to a strict muscle-up? The answer is pretty simple, and the reasoning behind this article: it’s because a muscle-up is more than just a pull-up and a dip. Specifically, a properly

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Get Your Perfect Pull-up: Expert Advice For Better Results

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates upper body strength with a pull-up.

Everyone does pull-ups in one way or another nowadays, whether they are strict, banded, kipping, jumping, or some other acrobatic variation that involves multiple pieces of inventive manufacturing. The question, then, is not whether or not you are training pull-ups, but rather are you training pull-ups correctly. There are many factors to consider, such as

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