Gymnastics Rings: Beginner Flow 2

This is the second basic flow I've learnt on the rings. Pretty tough at first to do a few consecutively, especially when my palms get sweaty. I've learnt the trick is to keep the rings close and tight.  Benefits of a Ring Flow Greater muscular 'time under tension' - because you are transitioning from one … Continue reading Gymnastics Rings: Beginner Flow 2

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Gymnastics Rings: Beginner Flow 1

Phase 3 (week 10 onwards) of the GMB Rings 1 program starts us on some basic Rings Flows! These are a combination of movements done sequentially without breaks.  Benefits Increases muscular 'time under tension' Stimulates greater neuromuscular coordination More volume done in less time - more time efficient than doing reps! Overall more FUN than … Continue reading Gymnastics Rings: Beginner Flow 1

Gymnastics Rings: The Baby Muscle Up!

Many of us struggle with Muscle Up progressions, especially on the rings. Sure with a bar you can swing your way up over the bar but with rings, it's not as easy to 'kip' while maintaining the false grip. Enter the BABY MUSCLE UP. I learned this during phase 2 of the Gold Medal Bodies … Continue reading Gymnastics Rings: The Baby Muscle Up!

5 Tips to Achieving the Tuck-to-Tuck Shoulder Stand

I first learned this exercise when I started the Gold Medal Bodies Rings 1 Phase 1 level B program. And I gotta say it's one of the hardest exercises I've learnt to date! I still can't do more than 5 reps in a row and am still working on form but its improving with practice! … Continue reading 5 Tips to Achieving the Tuck-to-Tuck Shoulder Stand

Training Cycles: How Often To Train?

Over the past few years I've been putting a lot of thought into this topic and experimented with a number of options. How many days should I train before resting? How many days should I rest? How strict should I be with my planned training cycle? In this post, I will list a few of … Continue reading Training Cycles: How Often To Train?

Training Methods: Modifying Holds for Reps 

Accidentally discovered a new method of training for the back lever while playing around with my warm up today! Before this I was training with mostly eccentric lowering and trying to hold the various lever progressions (straddle/tuck) for as long as I could. This morning I tried reps for fun and realised it's a good … Continue reading Training Methods: Modifying Holds for Reps 

Beginner Rings Exercise Tutorial 3: The Plank

DESCRIPTION + BENEFITS Another one of the fundamentals to master, the plank builds strength primarily in your core and secondarily in the muscles of your shoulder girdle. It is also good for conditioning the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints and is a great regression from the Support Hold if you still have difficulties with that. … Continue reading Beginner Rings Exercise Tutorial 3: The Plank