What's different about a GST workout?
This exercise can be found in the GB Foundation Series.
When many people first hear about Gymnastics Strength Training™, they often wonder what is different about a GST™ workout. While they can easily picture what a CrossFit, yoga, or martial arts class may look like, they are unclear on exactly what adult gymnastics classes entail. What kind of movements and exercises are involved, and are they safe and effective?
Rest assured, GST workouts done through the GB Courses are some of the best gymnastics online workouts out there. Coach Sommer, the founder of GymnasticBodies, compiled these training programs after having worked with national-level youth gymnasts for decades. Fortunately for you, he has also spent years teaching everyday adults with no gymnastics background how to safely and effectively improve their fitness and stay injury-free.
GST workouts balance strength and mobility.
One important factor that makes Gymnastics Strength Training workouts different from other fitness programs is that strength and mobility are developed in balance, without letting one exceed the other. If you consider many activities, there is a clear priority to build one quality over the other. Powerlifters, for instance, need high levels of maximal strength in order to do perform in their sport, but this typically comes at the sacrifice of even average levels of mobility. It is not uncommon to see a powerlifter who cannot bend down and touch their toes or reach overhead to open a cabinet. While these adaptations may help them lift more weight, ultimately they will cause issues in terms of joint health and mobility.
Gymnastics Strength Training, on the other hand, includes a balance of strength and mobility in every set of every workout. Throughout the course of a GST online workout, your joints will move through their full ranges of motion, not just up and down or front to back. Your body will be asked to bend, rotate, twist, flex, extend, and more. This variety of movement and a balanced approach to training will help you get flexible while also improving your strength, something that will make your workouts enjoyable, safe, and effective for years to come.
With GST workouts you will try new things.
Another feature of online GST workouts that makes them different is that you will undoubtedly try many new things. When did you last work on your handstand, side lever, strict muscle-up, manna, or legless rope climb? Rather than becoming bored by the monotony of weights, machines, and treadmills, the GB Courses will have you on the floor, hanging from a bar, stretching on the wall and all in one workout! This variety helps keep things fun, while also making sure that you are improving your gymnastics movements.
In addition to stimulating your muscles to grow, this aspect of GST workouts will also help your brain learn new skills. The saying goes, "Use it or lose it," and this applies perfectly to using your body to move in new and interesting ways. If you have never done a bear crawl, crab walk, or inchworm before, then you need to check out GB Fundamentals to learn about an entirely new way to workout. These novel exercises will challenge your core strength, improve your mobility, and help your brain learn new skills.
Gymnastics Strength Training workouts build your body from the ground up.
Lastly, GST workouts leave no stone unturned because we methodically develop your body from the ground up. Over the past decade, Coach Sommer has observed that the vast majority of adults severely lack both core strength and basic mobility, and as such our GB Online Courses were specifically designed to address these two major deficits. Whether you are lacking shoulder extension, hamstring flexibility, or oblique strength, the GymnasticBodies online classes are guaranteed to expose your weaknesses and help you improve them.
Key Takeaway Points
- GST workouts develop both strength and mobility in a balanced fashion, rather than prioritizing one over the other.
- Instead of doing the same mindless activities every workout, with Gymnastics Strength Training you will try new things and learn new skills.
- Gymnastics Strength Training workouts are comprehensive in that they build your body from the ground up, leaving no stone unturned.