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Physical Preperation Must Haves for Gymnasts - A "10 Quick Tips" Guest Post by Nick Ruddock

Today, I'm excited to bring you Part 2 of the guest post series from my good friend Nick Ruddock. In his last guest post, Nick went over some fantastic points about preventing a toxic gymnastics training culture, and instead turning it into…
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Video Quick Tip! Tall Kneeling Medball Transitional Slams

Last year I wrote a blog post on some common medicine ball exercises I use for both the gymnasts I coach and the gymnasts I treat for rehabilitation at Champion. These included med ball slams, seated overhead throws, and rotational throws. I…
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3 Drills to Reduce Rib Flaring in Athletes

There are tons of reasons why an athlete may show a dramatic rib flare during many skills, whether in sports or during strength and conditioning. In a post I wrote a few months ago, I went pretty in-depth about what reasons could lead to somebody…
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Weightlifting for Gymnasts, and Gymnastics for Weightlifters - Episode #9 of the Vaughn Weightlifting Podacast

Today I'm really excited to share an episode of the Vaughn Weightlifting Podcast that I was fortunate to be asked on. Chad Vaughn is a 2x Olympian in the Sport of Weightlifting (2004 and 2008), is one of the coaches at Power Monkey I get to…
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3 Easy Breathing Drills to Correct Over Arched Back Positions

I work with a lot of athletes struggling to correct very overextended lower back and anterior tilted pelvis positions. In itself, I really don't think a little bit of overextension and forward hip position is a huge deal. However, when it becomes…
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Sideplank Clam/Reverse Clam for Hip Strength - Video Quick Tip

I'm a huge fan of using doublets or triplets in our strength program to sneak in some much needed, but often overlooked, hip exercises for the smaller stabilizer muscles. They are so important for both injury prevention and optimal hip performance…
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Why Do So Many Gymnasts Struggle with Rib Flaring During Skills? 5 Reasons Why and How to Help

There are a few issues in gymnastics that I think every coach, athlete, and parent recognizing as a problem. One of the most common is the concept of rib flaring. This refers to a shape that has an over-arched lower back, and usually comes…
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The Best Strength Exercise Gymnasts Aren't Using - The Deadlift

With the amount of time and focus that the majority of coaches place on strength and conditioning within gymnastics, I don’t think there is any debate about the fact that gymnasts need to be strong. However, there are many different methods…
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Renegade Rows for Core Strength and Horizontal Pulling Balance

Today I wanted to quickly share another one of my favorite go to exercises when working with athletes of all kinds. It is used to build core strength, core control, and upper body horizontal pulling strength This exercise is called a renegade…
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Slider Tuck Throughs : Video Quick Tip!

This week I wanted to share a quick post one of my favorite shaping based strength exercises. It is by no means new, as sliders and these types of exercises have been around forever. Slider Tuck Through variations are something I have put into…