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Building The Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Paperback, 195 pages
Published 2008 by Olympic Bodies LLC
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May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fitness
Kudos to Sommer for introducing gymnastics as a means for developing fitness in everyone -- not just professional athletes. It is a shame that his book is not much more than a watered-down encyclopedia of gymnastics movements. It includes brief descriptions of progressions toward the more difficult exercises, but doesn't offer much programming or any of the foundations required to begin training (i.e., mobility, prehabilitation). Instead, Sommer frequently refers to his other books for these thi ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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Gymnasts are just about the perfect athletes. They have amazing self-dominance, control, power, poise, balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and general athleticism. For this reason if you go to the 'gym' and are thinking of adding this to your routine- don't. Throw the gym out and do something worthwhile. If you have never done body weight training get Mark Lauren's Bible of Bodyweight training and start there...

Excellent exercise progressions, good evidence based advice, the book gives
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best body weight training book I've read so far. I've heard good things about 'Overcoming Gravity', but haven't had the pleasure of reading it. My other bodyweight program experience was Convict Conditioning, which was a joke. This boom is written by a real live gymnastics/calisthenics coach, the techniques work.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome book, one of the premier bodyweight-style training programs around in my opinion. This book was far more effective for me than the heavily marketed Convict Conditioning.
The author is the real deal, has succesfully trained high level gymnasts, and his protocols work.
Tom Roberts
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Superb bodyweight training as used by gymnasts. The author is a pro who's also successfully coached ranked gymnasts. If you want real life bodyweight training that'll get you results, read this book. For effective strength training in general check out Starting Strength and Tactical Barbell.
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just heard about this book and very amazed
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Tanvir Muntasim
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full of uncommon insights into how one can train in a very particular way to cultivate strength and flexibility, the gymnastic way.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this book is the real deal for body weight strength enthusiasts. Skip the 'Convict' fables and get this. This book is for adults.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Some nice gymnastic progressions, but the programming section was very disappointing and id not explain why some training methods should be used.
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