,

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…
, ,

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.…
, , , , , , ,

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…
, , , , ,

Double Box Jumps To Develop Explosive Leg Power: Video Quick Tip

Although many people are in the post season looking to get into strength cycles, I wanted to share one of my favorite drills for developing leg power and explosive quickness. Many gymnasts I work  do a ton of leg strength and  plyometric…
, , ,

Competitive Season Is Done, Now What? 5 Tips For Gymnastics Post Season

For most gymnasts across both high school and college levels, the season has come to a close or is almost at a close (with nationals being last few weekends). Elite is slightly different with the longer season, but non the less things are…
, , ,

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…
, , , , ,

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…
, , , , , ,

Video Quick Tip! Full Tuck Handstand Drill For Overhead Strength

Here is a drill that I learned a lot time ago, but have recently been using a lot more putting my own spin on it. I think it's great to work weight bearing, end range shoulder control without allowing rib flare cheating. Many gymnasts will…
, , , , ,

Treat Strength Like Skill Training - A Change In The Gymnastics Strength and Conditioning Paradigm

Today I am happy to bring readers another fantastic guest post by Rupert Egan. Rupert wrote Part 1 of this article series a while back, and I'm excited he is back for Part 2. I think Rupert brings up some crucial points here that coaches and…
, , , , , , , ,

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

This is an extremely controversial topic in gymnastics: should gymnasts use external weights and barbell work for strength. This "elephant in the room" concept is way too big of an issue to address in one blog post, but I still want to open…