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Leap­ing into gym­nas­tics

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Ial­ways wanted to be a gym­nast. As a child, I loved watch­ing com­pe­ti­tions on TV and I begged my mum to let me join a club. Suf­fice to say, my dream didn’t quite come true. I never did join a club or don a leo­tard for my coun­try, but I have been ex­posed to some gym­nas­tic­sstyle train­ing that’s helped sat­isfy my child­hood yearn­ings a bit.

Gym­nas­tics is a re­ally dif­fi­cult dis­ci­pline, re­quir­ing huge amounts of over­all strength – par­tic­u­larly core strength, flex­i­bil­ity, sta­bil­ity and power. This means a gym­nast’s train­ing reg­i­men has to be in­cred­i­bly var­ied, from build­ing mus­cle en­durance and im­prov­ing jump height to work­ing on bal­ance and mo­bil­ity. Th­ese skills can then be trans­ferred to meet the chal­lenges of each piece of ap­pa­ra­tus.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sug­gest­ing you start prep­ping for the 2020 Olympics (un­less you want to, of course, and in that case who am I to stand in your way?) but there are some as­pects of this type of train­ing that can re­ally help boost your gains in the gym. Be­low, I’ve shared some of my favourite moves that mimic a gym­nas­tic­sstyle work­out to add an­other di­men­sion to your train­ing. Flip­pin’ great or what?

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