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Gymnastics Strength Programs - 5 Must Have Pieces for High Performance

Today on the podcast I am happy to bring to you a lecture I gave for the Nevada Club Congress that was hosted by Cassie Rice at her gymnastics club. I was asked to come on and talk about some strength and conditioning ideas and principles.  So…
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The 3 Steps for Building Explosive Speed and Power in Gymnastics

Explosive speed and power are what many gymnastics coaches are looking to achieve when they train in the gym. Whether it's through improving technique by working drills, improving strength by doing physical preparation, or improving speed…

5 Must Use Plyometric Exercises for Gymnastics Knee and Ankle Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation for gymnasts with hip, knee, and ankle injuries can be extremely complex, and often frustrating. Research shows that up to 71% of gymnastics injuries occur in these body parts. Although it's mind-boggling to consider, it's…
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Building Gymnastics Power and Speed with Ellie Black's Strength Coach, Scott Willgress

It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of Ellie Black, particularly her approach to strength and conditioning programs. She regularly uses external loading, weights, and "non gymnastics' type strength programming to compliment what she does…
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Complete Gymnastics Shoulder Performance - How To Develop Flexibility, Strength, and Power

I've really been looking forward to posting this, as it has been something a ton of people email or message me about. High-level shoulder performance is absolutely critical for gymnastics. For one, it is the main joint that supports proper handstands,…
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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…