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How to Have Your Best Competitive Gymnastics Season Part 2 – Pre Season

Today on the podcast is part two of the four-part series that has been highly requested by my online group The Hero Lab, about how to get the most success out of the competitive year in gymnastics.

Planing for the gymnastics competitive year can often become overwhelming when trying to figure out what you should be doing differently throughout the year.

My goal with this lecture series is to share everything I think is super important from my experiences but blend that with the scientific evidence and say to the everyday coach and parent, here’s what you can do practically, to help your athletes be as successful as possible. 

In the first lecture, I discussed the foundational concepts of the competitive year.

In this episode, we deep dive into how to approach the preseason.

How do we get ready for skills? 

Turn those skills into combinations? 

What workouts can we do to help build routine endurance and build mental confidence to help get ready for the meet season? 

I talk about strength conditioning and how to turn the strength gains from an offseason into explosive power that will show up in routines.

Sharing all the things that I think are really important from research, some of my favorite workouts, programs, and templates that I’ve used successfully with my own gymnasts but also Club, College, and Elite teams I have consulted with around the world. 

I discuss:

What are the main goals of a preseason?

The best cardio routines you should be doing to get your athletes ready for harder routines.

What you can do in the preseason to really prepare athletes physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The hourglass analogy.

If you would like to see the full 4 lectures and slides head to my online group Hero Lab:


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

How to Have Your Best Competitive Gymnastics Season Part 2 – Pre Season

Hope it helps!

– Dave

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