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Gymnastics Bodies – Miami

Strength guru Chris Sommer of Gymnastics Bodies is offering his popular introductory course in the Sunshine State.

Building the Gymnastic Body” (see right hand navigation) is the reference text.

Sun Jan 22nd, 2012
Carlson Gracie Jujitsu
Miami, Florida

… for all those who wish to obtain the benefits of gymnastics strength training including fitness enthusiasts, MMA, crossfit, parkour, free running, yoga, climbing and gymnastics professionals. Beginners are absolutely welcome …

details and registration

Click PLAY or watch one of his 9yr-old demonstrators on YouTube.

More Gymnastic Bodies videos on YouTube.

Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength

Here’s more information on the intriguing new book by Steven Low, of the gymnastics performance troupe, Gymkana.

This article by Steven will give you a good idea of what’s included:

Eat Move Improve – The Fundamentals of Bodyweight Strength Training

Table of Contents

Don’t be overwhelmed. It’s actually oriented for beginner and intermediate athletes of all kinds. The emphasis is on upper body strength training using your own body weight. CrossFit and Gymnastics.

It’s $49.95 on Amazon. Unfortunately there’s no Kindle edition, as yet.

Gymnastics Cross Training = mobile fitness

Jason Edward MacDonald of Gymnastike linked to this unusual video. It includes gymnasts from Temple and Springfield College.

GXT – Gymnastics Cross Training combines the most contemporary training modalities of P90X, TRX Suspension Training, Crossfit, and functional training all while emphasizing gymnastics strength movements, drills, and progressions. Gymnastics movements lay the foundation for all sport movements and skills. Getting stronger with the weight of your own body through all planes of motion is what GXT will help you do.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The “truck trainer” drives to you. Condition where you wish.

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With that rig I could go on a long road trip, and get in wicked shape en route.

Annie Mist – CrossFit champ

Update: Annie was a gymnast at Gerpla until age-16. Why am I not surprised. Thanks for the info, Gummi Brynjólfsson.

Annie Mist Thorisdottir from Iceland won the CrossFit world championships over the weekend in Los Angeles and has now been personally congratulated by President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. …

Annie Mist won the CrossFit world title at the weekend, including ISK 30 million in prize money. She won three out of ten events and came third in four events; putting her on 842 points — 43 points ahead of Kristan Clever from the USA who came in second. …

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Next Annie heard from the taxman. She owes the Icelandic supertax. They want about $111,000, nearly half the prize money.

Annie is welcome to move to Canada. Any time.

… I’m still not convinced CrossFit is a healthy competitive sport, however. Watch Annie at an earlier competition this season (VIDEO) and you’ll see what I mean.

kip on 2 ropes

via BeastSkills on Facebook

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Jim of BeastSkills.com, inspired, tried the same thing on one rope. Is this a kip? Or a fast muscle-up?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Women’s CrossFit

It’s worth watching the introduction to this video. Good question:

Why do women’s Health and Fitness magazines put skinny models on the cover?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Personally, the only magazine cover I check out is Oxygen. Those covergirl athletes are extraordinarily fit.

I’m still concerned about safety at CrossFit clubs, though the best are very safe.

CrossFit for ex-gymnasts

Formerly I said that Artistic gymnasts were the fittest female athletes.

No more. In 2010 the top CrossFit women are more “fit” than the best Artistic girls.

That’s quite new.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness methodology that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness. CrossFit combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. CrossFit says that proficiency is required in each of ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. …

Gymnastics coach and judge Jeff MacRae took me to a regular CrossFit workout at his gym in Charlottetown, PEI.

Jeff MacRae - Crossfit, Charlottetown, PEI

Conveniently, CrossFit PEI is located right beside his gymnastics club.

Jeff’s only recently taken up the sport yet qualified to National Championships for the first time in 2010. (Inconveniently Crossfit Nationals conflicted with Artistic Gymnastics Nationals.)

Jeff is certified as a “gymnastics expert” in Crossfit. Indeed he’s scheduled to teach several “gymnastics” workshops across Atlantic Canada.

Crossfit is booming. If you’ve not yet checked it out yourself, stop by your local club. My preconceptions that it would be dangerous, participants using bad technique, turned out to be unfounded. Jeff cannot recall a serious injury at his program over the past 2yrs.

building the gymnastic body

Building the Gymnastic Body ($44) is the name of a must read book by respected Arizona MAG coach Christopher Sommer.

I first met Chris at a competition in 2004, and have been a big fan of his coaching ever since.

If you’ve not met him, you’ve likely seen his very popular videos. One sample: Click PLAY or watch Bowers on YouTube.

This book is geared towards MAG though it’s useful too for CrossFit and other strength sports, for both male and females.

… Building the Gymnastic Body allows you to go deep within the world of gymnastics strength training. Extremely comprehensive and detailed, with nearly 200 exercises (many of which have never been seen before by the general public) and well over 500 photographs, it is a complete developmental template for building the essential foundation of strength required for all gymnastics success. Whether you are a competitive athlete looking for an edge, a fitness enthusiast or just beginning a healthier lifestyle, Building the Gymnastic Body is the answer you have been searching for.

CHAPTER ONE – Gymnastics as Conditioning

CHAPTER TWO – General Information, Tools of the Trade – 9, Basic Gymnastics Terminology – 11, The Selection of These Exercises – 15, Handstands & Press Handstands – 16

CHAPTER THREE – Basic Strength – 21

CHAPTER FOUR – Fundamental Static Positions; L-sit – 26, Straddle L – 30, Manna – 35, Back Lever – 41, Front Lever, Planche – 49

CHAPTER FIVE – Upper Body Pressing; Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises, Push-up Variations – 61, Dip Variations – 68, HSPU Variations – 76, Multi-plane Pressing Variations – 83

CHAPTER SIX – Upper Body Pulling; Row Variations – 91, Pull-up Variations – 96, Curl Variations – 103, Multi-plane Pulling Variations – 106

CHAPTER SEVEN – Combined Pull/Press; Muscle-up Variations – 113, Other CPP Variations – 118

CHAPTER EIGHT – Core; V-up Variations – 123, HLL Variations – 127, Lower Back Variations – 132, Oblique Variations – 138, Straight Body Variations – 144

CHAPTER NINE – Legs; Deck Squat Variations – 156, Single Leg Squat Variations – 159, Hamstring Variations – 165

CHAPTER TEN – Program Design Options; Static Strength Training – 171, Basic Strength Training – 175, Integrated Training – 178, Managing Intensity – 179, Group Training – 182

APPENDIX A – Tips for Increasing Pull-ups – 185

APPENDIX B – Static Strength Only Training Results – 186

APPENDIX C – 120 Muscle-ups in 15 minutes – 187

Here’s a review of the Book and companion DVDs from Robb Wolf.

Everything is available through GymnasticBodies.com.. Click through the link on the top right of every page for more information. Every gym should have a copy.

2009 Crossfit Games, Aromas, California

Coach, Judge and Baseball nut Jeff Macrae sends us this link:

The CrossFit Games are now on in Aromas California and there are some BEASTS of athletes there. The individual competition started today with the athletes performing 5 workouts today and the top 16 moving on to the finals tomorrow where they have to complete 3 more! It’s pretty intense and the competition itself has grown immensely as this is only the 3rd year for it. There is even talk of it being televised on VS. next year.

2009 Crossfit Games

Jeff gives a shout out to Megan MacLellan from PEI who is competing.

1-finger chin-up

Back in 2007 I linked to the video of some guy CLIMBING A ROPE WITH ONE ARM.

My GOD.

That’s tough.

Later that year I mentioned the insane video to coaches at Woodward West Gymnastics Camp. Cisco turned to me and said, “That’s me.”

Click PLAY to see Cisco doing 1-finger chin-up on a Ring, or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Don Eckert of saltocafe for posting this.

when gymnastics was beautiful

Linked from the My Daily Near Death Experience crossfit blog: Soviet Gymnastics

Montage of when gymnastics was beautiful *sigh* …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Crossfit abdominal conditioning

As Crossfit advances as a sport, I’m seeing more and more similarities between their conditioning and gymnastics. In fact, many of the best Crossfit coaches do a lot of gymnastics conditioning.

From one article:

nicole1.jpgOne of the questions I get asked most often is: What exercises do gymnasts do to train their abdominals? People are always in awe of the strength gymnasts possess. Gymnasts are small athletes, but pound for pound some of the world’s strongest.

Gymnastics is an extremely demanding sport which asks its athletes to do things the body physiologically just shouldn’t do and core strength is a major part of any gymnasts conditioning routine. Without a rock solid core there is no way these athletes could perform the skills and routines they are required to do.

Below are 5 common exercises gymnasts use to train their abdominals. Please note that these exercises are fairly advanced. Make sure you have the necessary basic abdominal strength before attempting them. …

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read more – 6 Pack Abs – Gymnast Style Abdominal Exercises – Shapefit.com

photo – Nicole – CrossFit.com

advanced chin-up variations: double pull-ups

As a response to the clap chin-ups post, Katrina from CrossFit Lethbridge in Canada linked to this challenge.

Click PLAY or watch Chad “Action” Brandt on YouTube.

There must be many more variations we could share, all leading up to the type of challenges done in the Ninja Warrior TV show. Those defeated even Paul Hamm and Jordan Jovtchev.

Leave a comment if you have seen other challenging pull-up variations.