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Increase Leg Power and Safety with Reactive Depth Jumps

After posting a very popular article on 5 of my favorite lower body power exercises, I had a lot of people contact me asking if I could break down a few exercises further. Today, I wanted to share an exercise I think needs to be a staple in…
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Video Quick Tip! Medball V Up Passes

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite new core exercises that I have been using a lot. I originally saw a version of this from the strength coaches I work with at Champion, and tweaked it a little bit for our gymnastics team. Check out…
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5 Leg Exercises to Build Explosive Power for Gymnastics

Explosive lower body power and the ability to dissipate high force are both crucial factors for gymnastics success.  On the women's side, 3 of the events are primarily leg driven with substantial benefit given to those athletes that express and…
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Video Quick Tip! The Multiple Benefits of Dumbbell Push Presses for Gymnasts

As I've talked about many times, the fears and misunderstandings about using external loading in gymnastics continues to be an uphill battle. The reality of the situation is that when the correct choice of exercises are properly taught, implemented,…
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Strength Balance in Gymnastics: Exercise Selection Matters

Strength training and athlete development are topics that are often discussed within the sport of gymnastics. Generally, this is tied in with the intent of directly increasing sports performance and gymnastics potential. As a coach myself, this…
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Video Quick Tip! Side Plank 1 Arm Rows

Today I wanted to quickly share one of my new favorite exercises I got from the strength coaches at Champion PT and Performance. As I've talked about before, it's really important that we are training all aspects of the core equally. As a whole,…
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Build Power and Core Control with These 3 Medball Exercises

Many athletes do a lot of isolated core work like side or front planks, hollow rocks, leg lifts, and so on. This type of core strength is valuable when in conjunction with teaching athletes the basics of breathing, bracing, spinal control.…
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Does Having Good Form Make A Gymnast's Squat Worse?

It's known to the gymnastics world that having good form in all skills is pretty much essential to success. You can throw all the craziest skills in the world, but if they are very sloppy the aesthetics look pretty bad, and judges likely break…
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Video Quick Tip! Suitcase Carries for Lateral Core Work

I'm a big fan of suitcase carries as they can take a more traditional side plank and turn it into an upright, reactive, and more challenging exercise. Although we do a lot of side plank variations also, suitcase carries create a very unique…
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Video Quick Tip: 1/2 Turkish Get Up to Overhead Walk

This post is in conjunction with a short video tip I put out earlier this month on overhead shoulder stabilization drills. I have been seeing a lot of young gymnasts with overuse elbow injuries, especially those that are going through rapid…