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Forum: Exercises 03-12-2007, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,458
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The recommendation of 60 seconds of total work is...

The recommendation of 60 seconds of total work is designed to primarily be implemented with the entry level planche training progressions.

Yours in Fitness,
Coach Sommer
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Forum: Community 10-31-2006, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,975
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The demands of high level competitive gymnastics...

The demands of high level competitive gymnastics and training some of our nation's top athletes, continues to cut heavily into my available editing time. Since the end of July, I have spent nearly a...
Forum: Exercises 09-22-2006, 06:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,599
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Theoretically, yes. However in actuality, it is...

Theoretically, yes. However in actuality, it is usually much more dependent on whether the athlete's joint preparation and active flexibility work have kept pace with their muscular development.
...
Forum: Exercises 09-20-2006, 10:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,807
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The first volume will be available shortly, with...

The first volume will be available shortly, with probably far more information on bodyweight training than you ever wanted to know; including a plethora of highly effective variations.


Yours...
Forum: Exercises 09-20-2006, 10:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,446
Posted By Christopher Sommer
You may find this former post of mine regarding...

You may find this former post of mine regarding the correct execution of ring dips helpful:

" . . . Ring dips are a very challenging movement. However the following tips may make your practice...
Forum: Exercises 09-17-2006, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,807
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Ross, If you are having difficulties...

Ross,

If you are having difficulties disengaging the shoulders during leg lifts, the following tip may prove helpful; simply reverse your grip from an overhand to an underhand. The lats will...
Forum: Exercises 09-07-2006, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,840
Posted By Christopher Sommer
I believe that this is the information that you...

I believe that this is the information that you were searching for. In addition, you may be interested to know that one of my upcoming books, available in the very near future, details my entire...
Forum: Exercises 09-04-2006, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,764
Posted By Christopher Sommer
My website and first book are nearly ready. In...

My website and first book are nearly ready. In the meantime, this article provides some basic progression information for front lever and planche static holds:
...
Forum: Exercises 09-04-2006, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,107
Posted By Christopher Sommer
I find it interesting to note that when engaged...

I find it interesting to note that when engaged in most athletic activities, the spine naturally articulates over a rather vast range of movement. Yet in our physical preparation for engaging in...
Forum: Exercises 08-30-2006, 01:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,107
Posted By Christopher Sommer
This movement is called a Jefferson Curl. Prior...

This movement is called a Jefferson Curl. Prior to the mid to late 70s, this was a relatively common weight lifting and power lifting pre-hab exercise. Along with Mr. Kono, Fred Hatfield (aka Dr....
Forum: Equipment 07-14-2006, 09:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,825
Posted By Christopher Sommer
No, it is neither the nature nor the intent of...

No, it is neither the nature nor the intent of the volumes to produce Elite level gymnastics.

What they are is an in depth progressive exploration of the various intricacies of high level body...
Forum: Equipment 07-14-2006, 07:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,825
Posted By Christopher Sommer
That single book has morphed into 5 separate...

That single book has morphed into 5 separate books that are, in my opinion, the most comprehensive examination of gymnastics/bodyweight strength training ever written.

The first volume will be...
Forum: Competitions 07-08-2006, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,512
Posted By Christopher Sommer
10 min 20 sec. This is a rather rugged...

10 min 20 sec.

This is a rather rugged element when done for extended periods of time; however we have found that it is possible to post some rather impressive times IF you have been performing...
Forum: Exercises 06-27-2006, 01:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,038
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The pain is from the one-way valves in your...

The pain is from the one-way valves in your forearm capillaries (name?), that control direction of blood flow, not being conditioned to the sudden acceleration of your arm swing during the intitial...
Forum: Exercises 05-22-2006, 12:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,543
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Ross, The body rows will help to an...

Ross,

The body rows will help to an extent, however the angle of strength developed is limited primarily to a horizontal plane. The sternum chin is an exercise which requires pulling strength...
Forum: Exercises 05-05-2006, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,085
Posted By Christopher Sommer
It is nice to see that people are still enjoying...

It is nice to see that people are still enjoying and profiting from that article.

A nice intermediate step between the frog stand and the tucked planche that you may find helpful is, for lack of...
Forum: Exercises 03-08-2006, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,767
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Try this progression: ...

Try this progression:
http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/329/


Yours in Fitness,
Coach Sommer

OlympicBodies@aol.com
http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/229/ ...
Forum: Exercises 03-07-2006, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,578
Posted By Christopher Sommer
While in the handstand, my recommendation is that...

While in the handstand, my recommendation is that you should picture your hand as having three sections: the palm, the fingers and the heel of the hand. When on balance, you should feel your weight...
Forum: Equipment 02-28-2006, 12:30 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 34,443
Posted By Christopher Sommer
There are several misconceptions regarding...

There are several misconceptions regarding Tyler's rings that I would like to address:

1) While Tyler was indeed the first to specifically target the general fitness market; portraying him as...
Forum: Injuries 02-11-2006, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,894
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The following is a former post of mine on this...

The following is a former post of mine on this subject which you may find helpful.


"Probably the most over-used part of a gymnast's body is his hands. Rips, blisters and torn callouses are an...
Forum: Exercises 02-11-2006, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,451
Posted By Christopher Sommer
It has very little to do with "cheating" and...

It has very little to do with "cheating" and everything to do with whether or not you would like to progress to more advanced ring strength skills down the road.

If, in the future, you would...
Forum: Injuries 02-08-2006, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,089
Posted By Christopher Sommer
In my career, I have been fortunate enough to...

In my career, I have been fortunate enough to have produced some incredibly strong, powerful and skillful gymnasts and I must say that I agree completely with Jason. A little forsight and prudence...
Forum: Fitness 02-06-2006, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 20,884
Posted By Christopher Sommer
The following young man decided to comprise his...

The following young man decided to comprise his training entirely of static holds. This was definitely what I had intended when I wrote the article in question, but the results are very interesting...
Forum: Exercises 02-02-2006, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 17,731
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Generally I recommend becoming proficient at the...

Generally I recommend becoming proficient at the initial movement, then gradually adding weight to create overstrength and then moving on to the next progression with bodyweight only. My most...
Forum: Exercises 02-02-2006, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 17,731
Posted By Christopher Sommer
Yes, they are the same. It is simply a habit on...

Yes, they are the same. It is simply a habit on my part, I referred to them as single leg squats for years before I met Pavel.


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