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Gymnasts Who Lift Weights and Have Off Seasons - How to Build "New School" Gymnastics Strength Programs

I'm incredibly excited to get this blog post and free lecture out to the gymnastics world. While I fully understand the need to use traditional gymnastics specific physical preparation programs, I firmly believe that a more hybrid approach…
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SHIFT's New 200+ Free Gymnastics Video Database Is Now Available On Youtube!

Got another big announcement this week! Over the last 6 months, I filmed an insane amount of gymnastics exercise videos for my favorite strength, power, flexibility, and injury prevention exercises. I did this because people contact me all…
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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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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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Why I Don't Use Ankle Weights With My Gymnasts

To start, I'm aware this is another controversial topic in gymnastics. I have spent quite a long time organizing my thoughts and how to present them in a positive, constructive article. As a younger coach, I used to do a ton of ankle weight…
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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…