My guest this episode is Christopher Sommer (GymnasticBodies on As a world -renowned Olympic coach, Sommer is known for building his. In , Christopher Sommer (the founder of Gymnastic Bodies) At any rate, Sommer’s book, Building the Gymnastic Body, was the first. An Interview with Coach Christopher Sommer. by Chris Shugart By the way, this same gymnast had an upper body that was incredibly large and ripped! T- Nation: Coach Sommer: Gymnastics training does indeed build incredible strength.

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Gymnastic Bodies has a youtube channel, Instagram, and Facebook. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Basically, the harder the full body contraction required to complete an exercise, ygmnastic more effective it is.

Buy foundations 1 and 2. Sorry, no GB Affiliates in L. There are other imitators out there- they have been students of Coach Sommer in the past. See the BWF Wiki for more programs.

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Straight arm work basically means moving the body without the advantage of bending the joints. Thanks for the variety of gymnasstic on the podcast Tim.

And to be honest a lot of people have basically plagiarized BtGB. I always loved your handle.

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Thanks for an awesome podcast guys! And some of the first progressions may be to hard for a super noob. These can cjristopher found in the Buildint Series This means that by choosing those exercises which generate the most complete contractions you’ll greatly accelerate your training gains. If your schedule permitted you could also include the GB Thoracic Bridge series for additional shoulder girdle mobility if you wanted to really target the shoulders.


The program isn’t total nonsense, it’s just incomplete with way too much hype and fantasy to package it. Do you have any links for a visual?

To his credit some of these flawed progressions were eventually modified and corrected. Email required Address never made public. In a way this reminds me builring the results experienced by Adam Archuleta, with the exception that we’re using bodyweight variations combined with straight arm work to obtain our results.

Maybe share what you and Tim have been working on. The quality of food you eat?

Plus Amazon won’t ship the product you linked This is where I miss the long blog post over the podcast. During my personal progress through the middle split series, I would notice some slight discomfort while stretching, and then I would back off. I was wondering if when you see people fail at the bar muscle up,were you need to pull to lower chest or even lower, is it more of christopner shoulder bodt issue or strength?

Cool, thanks for the tip. He had some kind of run in with Jim Bathurst, and that was pretty early on. Generally I thought to enhance athletic performance you would want too enhance thoracic and hip mobility and lumbar spine, knee stability. What he does have is a world class understanding of technical gymnastics and an ability to train children.

I still consider his work to be pretty thought out and some of the most complete routines available.


Currently very difficult to track down a podcast just gymnastiic looking at the titles. Like Liked by 4 people. Tim, concerning bodyweight training, you have to interview Olivier Lafay!

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Yet remember, he didn’t begin any organized athletic training until a young man in college. When we sum up this you get in my opinion a decent gymnastic strength program TEMPLATE meaning that with common sense and by avoiding the pitfalls that the forums and the programming presents you – you can progress quite far.

This book was far more effective for me than the heavily marketed Convict Conditioning. Yeah, I think it’s a bit of a mix. I’m a former competitive gymnast and for many years now my primary focus has been on preparing athletes for the USA Junior National Gymnastics Team. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. So you’re saying that world class gymnasts don’t use performance enhancing drugs?

The same questions also come up a lot so experienced members can solve problems. We got her adjusted and almost overnight she had significant relief; no need for surgery.

I plan to purchase the fundamentals and get started as learning a new type of activity is always beneficial, plus I also hope to get my kiddo doing this as well.