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Old 08-23-2004, 04:43 AM   #11
Larry Lindenman
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Roy, on the bench press are you letting your wrists bend back? If you are that is the problem. Your wrists should be nutral. Try it with the bar only, it's a little strange at first but you should be able to lift more once you get it. Also this is an area where if I'm pushing alot of weight I use wrist supports.
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Old 08-23-2004, 07:27 AM   #12
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Some gymnasts use weights, many don't. As coach Sommer stated the most common use of weights for gymnasts is to add weight to bodyweight excersises. It used to be more common to do some free weight lifting as part of gymnastics conditioning, but more and more it's simply overloaded bodyweight excersises.
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Old 08-23-2004, 08:10 AM   #13
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Perhaps it will help to review this question from a more specific point of view; I know of no high caliber international gymnasts who use a traditional weight lifting program.

They may include the odd exercise here and there, but overall the concentration will be on gymnastics specific exercises.


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Old 08-23-2004, 12:48 PM   #14
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How do you do a straight-arm bench press?
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Old 08-24-2004, 09:14 AM   #15
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Unrack a relative heavy barbell while laying on the bench. Now extend the shoulders as far forward (up towards the ceiling) as possible; this will result in the chest feeling pulled in or "hollow" at the top of the movement. Be sure to keep the elbows completely locked at all times. Return to the starting position.

This exercise may be done either slowly with maximum weight or with a rapid tempo (a slight hopping motion of the weight is very beneficial here) with a relatively lighter weight. Be sure to focus on as complete an extension of the shoulders as possible.


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Old 08-24-2004, 10:29 AM   #16
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Christopher, What kind of diet does most gymnast follow?
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Old 08-24-2004, 11:58 AM   #17
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There is what I would like for them to follow and then there is the reality of what they actually eat. There is a very good thread on the Olympic diet in the nutrition section.

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Old 08-26-2004, 06:15 AM   #18
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Coach Sommer,

The question is - what would you like for them to follow?

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Old 08-27-2004, 01:34 PM   #19
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Here's an interesting little article on the subject:

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/08/16/ol.../graphic.shtml
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Old 08-27-2004, 06:12 PM   #20
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John,

Nice article--thanks for posting it.

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