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Old 08-23-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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gymnastics improvements

It's been a while since i've posted but I am still training hard! I've been working on my straddle, I'm very close to going all the way down. I've also improved in planches and hand stand push-ups. Check it out!

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Old 08-23-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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Re: gymnastics improvements

Nice, I haven't practiced it in awhile, but I use to thoroughly enjoy practicing HS lower through straddle planche. It often ended with a thud, but if I felt like I could just hold it for past a second it felt really good.

I've used a yoga ball for the same drill instead of just doing it on a height and bounce-tapping my feet off it to provide for some instability.

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Old 08-24-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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Re: gymnastics improvements

What is harder a straddle planche hold or a front lever. For a 6'2 guy?
I'm starting to move towards the advanced tuck hold for planche.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:36 PM   #4
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Re: gymnastics improvements

Simply put, a straddle planche hold.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:13 PM   #5
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Re: gymnastics improvements

Rog was just under 6 foot in college and he told me a front lever was always harder for him than a planche.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:23 AM   #6
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Re: gymnastics improvements

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What is harder a straddle planche hold or a front lever. For a 6'2 guy?
I'm starting to move towards the advanced tuck hold for planche.
That depends... although both involve all upper body muslces, planche requires shoulder/upper chest strength. Front lever mostly back.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:34 AM   #7
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Re: gymnastics improvements

Depends on your strengths. A front lever was always more difficult for me, but I was very solid on handstand work.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:14 PM   #8
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Re: gymnastics improvements

Ugh, planche just seems so much harder, though, I haven't gotten the full front lever yet either. A solid handstand just seems to be a HUGE prerequisite for a planche. I practice handstands for 30 minutes a day four times a week which is made up of: 10 min of handstands facing the wall and rolling out, 10 min. of handstands on parallettes and 10 min. of kicking up to free standing handstands and walking around on hands. That seems to be working but is definitely taking a while. I've almost completely excluded weights from my routine now and mainly work on planches (holds and push-ups), levers (holds and pull-ups), pistols and sprints. So much more fun and so much more beneficial IMO.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:49 PM   #9
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Don't neglect picking up heavy stuff. Whether it's fun or not entirely depends on how you put it together. Both gymnastics/bodyweight training and weight training are essential to get the broad fitness we are looking for.
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