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William Trask

Thrive Level 1 & GB Foundations Review

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William Trask

Fundamentals: May 26th thru June 18, 2016
Foundation 1: Started June 13th, 2016
Handstand 1: Started July 12th, 2016
Stretch Series (Front Splits, Thoracic Bridge & Middle Splits): Started June 23rd, 2016

I found Gymnastic Bodies via the Tim Ferriss Podcast. See when I was 12-13 years old my brother and I saw someone do a handstand pushup. We immediately went home and gave it a try. As the oldest, I went first.  After arriving in a wall assisted handstand, my brother held my ankles and said "Now try lower your head to the hardwood floor, I'll help you back up." Having essentially no gymnastics background (except 1-yr as a 3rd grader) and laughable upper body strength, I promptly cracked my head on the floor...  Ever since that moment, the dream of a handstand push has been there, I just never had the strength or focus on the "how to" attain it.

Fast forward a couple decades, I'm about to turn 37, have three kids (8yr, 6yr, and 4yr olds) and a lovely wife, and I listen to @Coach Sommer discuss Gymnastic Bodies with Tim Ferriss. I can't tell you how much this reignited my dream of a handstand pushup! My daughter as any little girl is all about handstands and cartwheels and keeps asking me to try them with her.  So I mentally committed to Gymnastic Bodies with a goal of achieving a handstand pushup by the time I turn 40-years-old.

Starting with Fundamentals, I quickly became hooked! Thru soccer and cycling one of my limiting factors has always been my lack of mobility/flexibility. I've always wanted to practice stretching or yoga, but never was consistent and thus left with several mobility deficits identified by the Fundamentals program.

Wanting to get serious I bought Thrive and Foundation 1. I can't say thank you enough to @Jeff Serven for being strict and methodical by how he allows people to progress thru Level 1 of Thrive!  I've tried to eat well but for some reason lacked consistency and something clicked with the Thrive approach! It took awhile to advance thru every step, but my dedication to Gymnastic Bodies and Thrive has been very rewarding!

I wanted to publicly express my gratitude for Jeff and Coach for providing a rock solid program! You guys are awesome and have cultivated an awesome community here at Gymnastic Bodies. Additional shoutouts to @Ryan Bailey and @Jon Douglas who have been very helpful thru the forum. Additionally, thanks to the whole GB team that has worked on the newest web update to the program! I really like it!

 

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Daniel Taylor-Shaut
5 minutes ago, William Trask said:

Fundamentals: May 26th thru June 18, 2016
Foundation 1: Started June 13th, 2016
Handstand 1: Started July 12th, 2016
Stretch Series (Front Splits, Thoracic Bridge & Middle Splits): Started June 23rd, 2016

I found Gymnastic Bodies via the Tim Ferriss Podcast. See when I was 12-13 years old my brother and I saw someone do a handstand pushup. We immediately went home and gave it a try. As the oldest, I went first.  After arriving in a wall assisted handstand, my brother held my ankles and said "Now try lower your head to the hardwood floor, I'll help you back up." Having essentially no gymnastics background (except 1-yr as a 3rd grader) and laughable upper body strength, I promptly cracked my head on the floor...  Ever since that moment, the dream of a handstand push has been there, I just never had the strength or focus on the "how to" attain it.

Fast forward a couple decades, I'm about to turn 37, have three kids (8yr, 6yr, and 4yr olds) and a lovely wife, and I listen to @Coach Sommer discuss Gymnastic Bodies with Tim Ferriss. I can't tell you how much this reignited my dream of a handstand pushup! My daughter as any little girl is all about handstands and cartwheels and keeps asking me to try them with her.  So I mentally committed to Gymnastic Bodies with a goal of achieving a handstand pushup by the time I turn 40-years-old.

Starting with Fundamentals, I quickly became hooked! Thru soccer and cycling one of my limiting factors has always been my lack of mobility/flexibility. I've always wanted to practice stretching or yoga, but never was consistent and thus left with several mobility deficits identified by the Fundamentals program.

Wanting to get serious I bought Thrive and Foundation 1. I can't say thank you enough to @Jeff Serven for being strict and methodical by how he allows people to progress thru Level 1 of Thrive!  I've tried to eat well but for some reason lacked consistency and something clicked with the Thrive approach! It took awhile to advance thru every step, but my dedication to Gymnastic Bodies and Thrive has been very rewarding!

I wanted to publicly express my gratitude for Jeff and Coach for providing a rock solid program! You guys are awesome and have cultivated an awesome community here at Gymnastic Bodies. Additional shoutouts to @Ryan Bailey and @Jon Douglas who have been very helpful thru the forum.

GymnasticBodies 3-months.png

 

Cheers to your commitment and for being focused. Good on ya!

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Ryan Bailey

Wow!  Congratulations on the progress and awesome job with all your hard work!

Thanks for the shout out,

Ryan

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Jon Douglas

Good job mate! Can't mistake those changes! :)

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Julia Quigley

Wow! Great work. I love the progressive smile through your photos. If your last photo had a thought bubble it would be "f*ck yeah I know I'm hot."

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Suzanna McGee

Wowie wowie, congratulations @William Trask!!! Discipline and consistency is REALLY showing in your pictures, and I bet in your strength too. Great job, keep it up!!!

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William Trask
11 minutes ago, Julia Quigley said:

 "f*ck yeah I know I'm hot."

 

hahahaha!

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Jeff Serven

Nice work! Good for you!

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Patrick Rentz

I'd be curious to know how many people have dropped some weight upon beginning Foundation. I knocked down my weightlifting from 3-4x per week to 2x per week, and have been doing F7 2x/week, stretch series, and HS1+HS2. I've been tracking my calories for over a year now, and I kept them the same as I began Foundation (a few months ago), and dropped from 160lbs to 154lbs. I guess I'm actually doing more work - maybe the conditioning elements in F1 are sparking something that my weightlifting was not. Granted, I don't know the breakdown of muscle/fat lost, but within 3 months I lost any small amount of fat I had around my belly (almost identical to @William Trask first and last pics above).

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Suzanna McGee
51 minutes ago, Patrick Rentz said:

I'd be curious to know how many people have dropped some weight upon beginning Foundation. I knocked down my weightlifting from 3-4x per week to 2x per week, and have been doing F7 2x/week, stretch series, and HS1+HS2. I've been tracking my calories for over a year now, and I kept them the same as I began Foundation (a few months ago), and dropped from 160lbs to 154lbs. I guess I'm actually doing more work - maybe the conditioning elements in F1 are sparking something that my weightlifting was not. Granted, I don't know the breakdown of muscle/fat lost, but within 3 months I lost any small amount of fat I had around my belly (almost identical to @William Trask first and last pics above).

I am 6 feet and about 158–160 lbs. 51 years old… Just like you, I dropped my weightlifting from 6 days a week to maybe just one now… I do F7 2–3 times a week, and H1/H2 2–3 times a week. (One week I go 3 handstands, 2 foundations, other week 3 foundations, 2 handstands). I do all 3 stretch series too. I have not dropped much weight per se, as I don't think I will be able to (I am where I want to be, without losing any additional muscle mass)… but I have definitely "rearranged" my body. It used to be my goal with weight training, but it happened with the GST. I got leaner in my abs, and I am growing more shoulders and upper body. My legs have always been solid and lean, so I will just keep them there, I hope. I eat about 3,000–3,500 calories a day (I am a raw vegan), and have always logged my food and my training, as I like the numbers and to see how my body responds to different stimuli. I definitely see a huge (positive) difference in my body structure, and I like it.   

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Isabel V. Gemmingen

@William Trask

Congrats on the visible progress and thanks for sharing!

I have been thinking about getting thrive for some days, I am so going for it now, I definitely want that smile on my face too, lol

Your doughter is going to love all the new tricks!

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William Trask
On 9/25/2016 at 9:06 PM, Jeff Serven said:

Nice work! Good for you!

Thanks Jeff!  

Sure I put in the work, but I feel it is a bigger reflection of how Thrive is designed and gymnastic strength training.  Thanks for all your efforts putting Thrive together and I'm looking forward to Thrive level 2.

 

@Isabel V. Gemmingen yeah I'm making decent headstand progress which my daughter is thrilled about.  Enjoy Thrive, be patient and consistent!

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