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Answering Your Strength and Conditioning Questions (Community Q&A Part 1)

Today on the podcast, we are launching a very exciting and very special series that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. 

A Q&A series answering people’s questions directly from the community. 

I am very grateful and appreciative of the SHIFT community, but I get about 100 emails, DMS, and messages per month with various questions about flexibility, injuries, strength, conditioning, all sorts of stuff that people want help with. 

I’m happy to answer them. 

I’m happy to help. 

But sometimes it’s tough to reply and get back to all of the comments and all of the messages. 

I noticed a lot of overlapping themes for the multiple questions I get asked.

So what I did was put some polls out on Instagram, email, social media and asked everybody:

“What do you want to learn about? What questions do you have? How can I help you?”

We had a ton of questions and we put them all together and categorized them into four categories:

  • Strength and conditioning 
  • Injuries
  • Flexibility
  • Culture

Each one of these podcasts is 30 minutes and I’ll be answering five of the most common and biggest topic questions that all people in the gymnastics community have asked.

So the first one today is all about strength conditioning, warm-ups, programming, doing some in-season versus offseason management, talking a lot about what exercises I like how to get gymnasts strong and powerful.

And more importantly, some common questions on what do you do when you don’t have a lot of time in the gym, or you’re not working with super high-level athletes. 


  • Kim asks: I’m a huge fan of your strength and ideas and philosophy. But it seems to be more focused on optional gymnast who are in the gym 20 plus hours per week, how can I use it with my lower level gymnast who only train six hours per week? 
  • Sarah asks: How do I keep gymnasts motivated to do strength, conditioning, and basics? And how do I deal with complaints that it’s too boring or it’s too hard and not putting in any effort?
  • Arlene asks: What is your opinion on general gymnastic strength testing versus functional testing?
  • Em asks: How do you get stronger and more consistent tumbling in athletes?
  • Mark asks: How does your approach to season change in cardio change out of season versus pre-season versus in season?

To listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher click below:

Answering Your Strength and Conditioning Questions (Community Q&A Part 1)

Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science