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Leaping into gymnastics
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?