How Gymnastic Strength Training Propelled Weightlifting Champion Jonathan Wong
What exactly has weightlifting champion, Jonathan Wong, done that has yielded such grand results? According to him, GymFit's gymnastic-based courses have helped him prepare his body for the rigorous work of lifting. As a result, his joints stopped aching and he reached his best numbers, even in the midst of a busy competition season.
“Lifting is a different kind of stress and you need to cycle through a recovery. After World Championships in Sweden, I felt burnt out. My training was bad from August to January. My body and my joints were achy. Now I lift two times each week and focus on GST three to four times each week to allow my nervous system to recover. I also make sure to include deload, both mentally and physically. Going out on my bike or spending time with family, anything to relax.” It's all about peaking at the right time for competition.
We asked him for specific exercises from which he benefits. "I have tight shoulders, so dislocates return huge dividends for me. Windmills are great for the internal rotation, with the bonus of working the obliques and hamstrings. The Thoracic Stretch Course is a huge benefit to my shoulders and the Handstand Course for my wrist prep. In the Foundation Series, I will go to the exercises that I need based on how my body is feeling." These programs relate to GymFit students of every level. It's not just strong guys like Jonathan who need to prepare their bodies. We all encounter weaknesses that weighted mobility work can remedy for a more satisfying fitness experience.