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3 Thoughts To A Key Article - "Women's Worlds Team Defying The Norm: Is Sixteen No Longer The Peak?"

Gymnastike put out a great article this week "Women's Worlds Team Defying The Norm: Is Sixteen No Longer The Peak?". I think the concepts behind this article are crucial for all of gymnastics to consider. This idea of age being just a number,…
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Swinging/Muscle Up/Kipping Advice To CrossFit Athletes From a PT and Gymnastics Coach

A few months ago, I started this series on some of my thoughts on injury prevention advice for people training gymnastics movements in CrossFit. In Part 1 I talked about general concepts, and in Part 2 I offered some ideas related to handstands.…
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Mobility Exercise's To Boost Shoulder Health In Male Gymnasts (Part 1)

Although I do spend more time in women's gymnastics, I want to start offering more information to help take care of the male gymnasts out there. Growing up and training, I had my fair share of injuries and wished that I had some ways to proactively…
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Brain Spill #2: Thoughts on Movement Variability, Pain Science, and Overuse Injury

For some reason my reading has taken me a lot into the concepts of movement variability, the role of coordinative and elemental variability, and how this all plays into in skill performance.  I've always been curious about how athletes like…
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How Many Impacts and Hyperextensions Do Gymnasts Actually Take?

Another set of the age old questions in gymnastics; "How much is too much?", "How much is enough to get a skill?", and "How much until we get nervous about injury?"A big concept that myself and other gymnastics healthcare providers talk about…
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5 Minute Hip Mobility Warm Up

I recently put together a series of hip mobility drills for an Olympic Weightlifter friend of mine. I'm personally a big fan of making a warm up as active and dynamic as possible, rather than just simply resting passively in stretching positions.…
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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…
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(Handstand) Advice To CrossFit Athletes From a Gymnastics Coach, Physical Therapist, and Former Gymnast -Pt 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series on basics and progressions, check it out here.  The handstand is a straight up fundamental of gymnastics. The majority of gymnastics skills have some degree of a handstand basic built into it. If you're…
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Advice To CrossFit Athletes From A Gymnastics Coach, Physical Therapist, and Former Gymnast (Part 1)

After coming back from my first week teaching at Power Monkey Camp, I finally took some time to put an article series together related to some thoughts on gymnastics in CrossFit. I really stand behind Dave Durante’s approach to gymnastics…
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Guest Post By Rupert Egan: Gymnastics Periodization To Maximize Performance (Part 1)

Today I'm super excited to start a guest post series from my friend Rupert Egan. I originally starting talking with Rupert last year regarding strength and conditioning concepts for gymnasts. I recently had the chance to spend a week with…