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Old 08-21-2004, 07:21 AM   #1
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Do gymnasts do any type of weight training, or is it all emphasis on calisthenics and gymnastics movements?

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Old 08-21-2004, 10:29 AM   #2
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#2. Obviously, most gymnasts would easily benefit from using weights, but many don't know how to properly do it. I believe Coach Glassman mentioned that he built up the strength to do different types of crosses with dumbells as a kid.

Mark Reifkind also wrote a few articles on improving gymnastics with KB's:

http://www.powerathletesmag.com/arch...bsgymnasts.htm

I think weights are awesome for gymnasts, done correctly.
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Old 08-21-2004, 10:37 AM   #3
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Hi Roy,

Julia, my 5 year old daughter got bumped up to pre-teams about 2 months ago. The first class was quite a change. I assumed they would continue to focus on gymnastic skills but it wasn't the case (for this class anyway). I'd say about 90% of the time was spent on conditioning. Outside of the calisthenics/gymnastics moves they used (rope climbs, leg raises, sit-ups, running, etc.) they used light dumbbells and plates for shoulder presses, bench presses, shoulder raises, shoulder shrugs and some weighted sit-ups.

I'm sure others will have more detailed/informative responses.

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Old 08-22-2004, 08:38 AM   #4
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No, gymnasts do not use traditional weight lifting movements. Small weights (5-45lbs. may be added to the body depending on the level of the gymnast) and/or dumbbells may be used to simulate and help to develop various swings or shoulder joint extensions.

An example here would be utilizing a straight arm bench press, yes - without bending the arms, to develop the ability of the shoulder girdle to extend while under load. Another example would be horizontal parallel bar swings with up to a 45lb. weight attached to the ankles.


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Old 08-22-2004, 12:56 PM   #5
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I have corresponded via email with Paul Hamm on this issue. He told me that he does not lift weights.

However, it certainly appears that Jason Gatson lifts weights. He has a lot of muscle mass.
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Old 08-22-2004, 05:13 PM   #6
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Jason does not lifts weights. He and Brett McClure actually do the same exact conditioning as they are both resident athletes and training partners under the same coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado. The difference in their physiques is the result of genetics not training; Jason is naturally massive and big boned, just like his father.


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Old 08-22-2004, 05:24 PM   #7
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WOW! I honestly had NO idea that a person like Jason could get that huge and strong just by doing bodyweight exercises and gymnastics moves.

I am highly encouraged right now.

Thanks for sharing the info Christopher!

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Old 08-22-2004, 06:16 PM   #8
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Check out guys like Marian Dragulescu or Jordan Jovtchev. MASSIVE.
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Old 08-22-2004, 06:28 PM   #9
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Thanks for your responses. I was curious because lifting weights wreaks absolute havoc on my wrist(after two surgeries) Olympic lifts especially, unless its pretty light(i.e.95 pound C & J)

A good example here is bodyweight bench vs. tuck planche pushup on parallettes. The TPPU is WAY more difficult for me than a bodyweight bench. However, the bodyweight bench press hurts my wrist much worse.

Who is that NFL player who only trains with bodyweight exercises and sprints?

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Old 08-22-2004, 06:40 PM   #10
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Herschel Walker use to do tons of push ups, pull ups, sit ups, and dips.
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