in defence of gymnasts training with weights

Dave Tilley:

… gymnastics still fears using external waits for kettlebells as part of their strength work.

The reality is that gymnasts under proper supervision with the proper technique are at a low risk of losing their flexibility, getting bulky, or getting hurt.

In this post, I hope to dive into some of the myths and misunderstandings that still exist in gymnastics, and talk about why I’m such a fan of using a more hybrid based model of traditional gymnastic strength and nontraditional strength.

Gymnastics and Lifting Weights: Don’t Fear Plates, Kettlebells, and Barbells.

For sure body weight resistance is best for specific conditioning. But I agree that supplementary general conditioning with free weights, kettle bells and even barbells should be considered for some kids, some phases of the year. Especially for female gymnasts who are not likely to get bulky.

I was particularly impressed / surprised with this video Dave edited …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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