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Old 10-21-2004, 07:37 PM   #1
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The outstanding "Gymnastics and Tumbling" book published by the United States Naval Institute is available here in pretty good numbers: http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?imagefield.x=0&tn=Gymnastics+a nd+Tumbling&imagefield.y=0

This old gem is an essential tool for any CrossFit trainer and an amazing reference for any athlete.

Many of the pictures show facilities that were strikingly reminiscent of modern CF affiliate gyms.

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Old 10-21-2004, 11:40 PM   #2
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You can also check out the 1914 Army Guide to Physical Fitness, which includes some old-school gymnastics exercises. It's pretty cool! Here is the link: http://www.sandowplus2.co.uk/USA-MPT1914/mpt-01.htm

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Old 10-21-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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Coach,

Excellent Find!!

Another very worthwhile gymnastics book also found on the website link you provided is the Illustrated Handbook of Gymnastics, Tumbling, and Trampoling by William T. Boone. I picked up both of these books at a used book store last year and found them to be excellent. Here's a little bit about the contents from the back cover of Boone's book:
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Old 10-21-2004, 11:53 PM   #4
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Tyler,

I still owe you an e-mail. Your Ring Strength DVD with Jordan Jovtchev is outstanding!

John
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Old 10-22-2004, 02:50 AM   #5
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Coach, thanks for the heads up.

Tyler, GREAT link.

I used to have links to other ebooks of old school, now out of print, very old books on exercise. Unfortunately my computer tried to do too much, met pukie, and lost all my data. NOOOOOOOOO!

Ah well.

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Old 10-23-2004, 07:58 AM   #6
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I bought that book. Thanks for the link.
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Old 10-25-2004, 07:36 AM   #7
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Just be aware the techniques mentioned in any gymnastics book prior to 1980 are likely outdated. Most techniques in books prior to 1994 are also going to be somewhat outdated. Not to reduce the value of these resources, but this sport has changed dramatically.
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Old 10-25-2004, 07:55 AM   #8
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Roger, probably too broad of a question but how has it changed?
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Old 10-25-2004, 08:05 AM   #9
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That is really too broad a question. The way skills are performed now have been modified to improve the function of the skill. This is how bigger skills are possible. Some of it is equipment changes (the floor is much more responsive than it used to be) but a lot is changes in technique. The pommel horse itself hasn't changed much (the pommels are more square than they used to be) but what folks are capable of has increased dramatically. A double leg circle from a circa 1970 gymnast would be considered sub-par, low, and pendulum like now. Kurt Thomas' (the guy who got flairs named after him) original flairs were piked and low relative to current athletes. Even the move as old as a round off backhandspring (likely 1000s of years old) has been improved in the last few decades. The RO turns over more and develops more power going into the back handspring. This is what enables gymnasts to perform double twisting double lay-out back flips.
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Old 10-25-2004, 12:01 PM   #10
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As per a conversation with Coach Glassman regarding this book, he did not mention it for it's technical value as far as advanced skills are concerned; but rather was impressed with it's wealth of progressions for beginning skills and conditioning exercises.

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