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Gymnastics is an activity involving performance of bodyweight exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, and grace.

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Does this exercise (maybe an RDL variation) have a name?

Imagine laying on one’s back on a bench, arms extended straight toward the back of the bench, pointing away from one’s feet. Then, bending the elbows down to grab gold off the sides of the bench, and ...
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Shoulder Stretch Lying Down, Proper technique?

Is the following a legitimate back shoulder stretch? I have never seen this stretch on any resource website until now. Sometimes when I see something on youtube, I have verify its a proper stretch ...
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Maximum skeleton muscle mass in human body

I am wondering whether there is a way or formula, which considers all elements (sex, age, weight, height etc.), to calculate the maximum skeleton mass one can obtain through the workout in the gym? ...
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What is this position called in Yoga or gymnastics?

What is this position called in Yoga or gymnastics? I am trying to figure out.
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How is a parallete planche changed by bending the elbows?

Is the primary targeted musculature changed from the front deltoids? And is the overall targeted musculature changed? (From a normal one where the elbows are extended straight, the shoulders at 90deg ...
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Would weightlifting conflict with gymnastics/parkour?

I gather that bodyweight training is superior to weight training for gymnastics (http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/03/the-fundamentals-of-bodyweight-strength-training/). However, I enjoy weight ...
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Rings performance and cardio

Does aerobic training (cardio) help a 4-minute gymnastic rings performance? In Overcoming Gravity Steven Low argues that an Olympic artistic rings performance is around 4 minutes, the same time as ...
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Shoulder Rod Stretch, Trying to gain flexibility and reached a limit

I am doing the following shoulder rod dislocation stretch. I seemed to have reached a cap on how far I can put my hands together. Right now they are 40 inches apart, at 30 degree from vertical. I was ...
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Flexible: Stretch Hips and Rotate Internal

The following 2 Exercises will Rotate the Hips External. I am curious if anyone knows any stretches to Rotate the Hips Internal (opposite direction).
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Good Active Flexibility Stretch for Mid Back

What is a good "Active Flexibility" Stretch for Mid back? Note: Active Flexibility is different from Passive/Static. Resource: Passive vs Active Flexibility Stretch "Active flexibility ...
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Gymnastics Arch Body Position: Suck in Abs and Squeeze the Glutes?

In gymnastics, I am working on the Arch Position for the back handspring. In the Arch body position, should I follow some of the same principles of the hollow body position? (a) Should I suck in the ...
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Back handspring: Hands Starting position

What is the proper back handspring starting position? I see two schools of thought, one with hands vertical straight up into a swing, the other is hands starting horizontal . See pictures below. In ...
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Shoulder Rod Stretch, Difference Using Wooden Bar Rod or Towel Rope

Whats the difference in doing the shoulder bar dislocation stretch with a regular wooden rod vs a towel/rope? (Note: I know the second picture is using a towel, but I use a rope and pull it wide tight)...
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Increase Active Flexibility

I am able to do the Front and Side splits (on the floor and against a wall). However, when just lifting my leg up in front extended casually from standing position, the most I can get it up is 90 ...
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What are the 'twisties'?

Simone Biles dropped out of the finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to experiencing 'twisties'. I understand that this is some kind of mental phenomenon that would prevent her from competing. ...
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How can the wrist wraps reduce wrist pain in handstand/push-ups etc?

I have seen plenty of people wearing these wrist wraps with the aim of reducing wrist pain in exercises like handstand, push-ups etc where their wrists are kept in an extended position with a huge ...
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Are there any advantages of round gymnastic rings over flattened?

There are round rings and similar (plastic too), but flattened at the botom. Seems obvious that second ones should be more convenient for hand, but still people mostly use round for some reason.
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Getting a planche with only psuedo planche push ups

i don't like weight training, the idea of having to travel to the gym, having to deal with people and waiting for machines or barbells sucks. plus I like training shirtless, which I can't in a gym. i ...
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What would happen if an adult was forced into a right split?

I have been reading there is no physiological reason why everyone cannot do a split. Each leg can form a 90 degree angle with the torso independently so there's no reason you can't do a split. The ...
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Why parallettes have small height?

I want to build a PVC parallette at home and I noticed that all the parallettes are very small in height( as the diminutive french suffix ette indicates , pretty obvious , I know lol ) My question is ...
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How to increase flexibility from the basics?

I am quite athletic, and I regularly workout and play soccer, but I am much less flexible. I can't even bend and put my hands near my toes (it reaches up to my shins when I feel tighness from ...
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Name of gymnastics move (or variation)

I've been looking into gymnastics and calisthenics moves recently and came across this video of this guy doing some sort of front vertical one-handed lever? I have never seen this anywhere else and I'...
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How to fix my uneven pull up?

I have a problem with my pull up; When I'm pulling myself from the bottom position my right elbow seems to be more flared out than my left, it also happens when I'm doing close grip pull up. During ...
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What should I look for when searching a new calisthenics/gym routine?

I am looking for a new calisthenics routine. I do enjoy working with just my body weight, but I feel like I need to step it up a noch. to give you a feel of my level: 1 set of 50 pushups. 10 ...
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How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics?

How are Sisal ropes compared to Manila ropes in Gym Climbing, in terms of hand feel as well as other characteristics? I wish to learn and slowly build capacity for Gym Rope Climbing. Let's assume ...
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How can I perform high-pull ups?

In order to try muscle-ups I am trying to do High pull-ups but I can't take my body above the chest level.I can do up to 15 normal BW pull ups.
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Why I can't touch my toes and how to fix it?

I cannot bend down and touch my toes,I could reach only till my shins...I am 21,5'6 and play sports regularly.I cannot even reach my toes when sitting. It's not a new problem, I've always not able to ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs "normal" pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Looking for a thorough gymnastics book

I want to learn gymnastics: handstands, pike, planche, bridge, etc. There's a tiny gymnastics group in my town, but my schedule won't let me train with them. I can use their equipment as needed, ...
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how to get over the fear of doing a backhandspring

I'm 11 yrs old, and have been doing gymnastics for about 2 1/2 years. I'm a level 4 gymnast, but I can't get over the fear of jumping into my back handspring. Since I only go to the gym one time a ...
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How to perform a ring muscle up?

What would be a good progression to transition from where I am currently: Horizontal Ring Row and Ring Dip to a full ring muscle up (As opposed to a bar muscleup, which is an entirely different focus/...
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Progressing into iron cross

I'm wondering how one can progess into an iron cross. My shoulders are strong enough for stuff like handstands, muscle-ups and human flag, but this movement is very different. I'm wondering what kind ...
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How to overcome fear?

I assume this is a very atypical question for this community, but I believe it's on-topic, so, I'll go ahead with this. I was hoping someone could help me resolve the problem of overcoming fear. To ...
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L-sit on paralletes vs floor

I am a beginner who wants to L-sit, should I begin the appropriate progressions on the floor, or on parelletes (I have both)? Paralletes seems slightly easier. Thanks.
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How can I set up gymnastic rings?

I am a gymnastics beginner who doesn't want to join a club, nor do I have rings, or a bar for pull-ups, front lever (progressions). However I do have paralletes. I was wondering they cheapest, ...
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Can i be taller after 23 and how to gain muscles [closed]

i am 23 years .I want to be taller,on this age i cant get be taller?I would like only six inches.I dont want to wear shoes or anything to make me seem like i am taller.My body can obtain 6 inches or ...
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How do I improve my tracking while flipping?

I have been attempting to get the hang of various flips off of the diving board into the pool. One of the problems I run into is that I'm very bad at tracking where I am in a flip so as to know when ...
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Finishing an aerial

I've been working on an aerial (cartwheel with no hands), and I'm close to getting over yet I have to keep putting my hands down to avoid falling on my face. Part of it is fear, but largely once I'm ...
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I am a track athlete, Does gymnastic help a track and field athlete, in terms of getting faster, pole vault and throwing?

I do the decathlon and am very weak in the pole vault, do you guys think that gymnastic will aid in strength and help increase my athletic ability. Does it aid in speed also I want to really know
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Thickness of gymnastics rings

I want to buy some wooden gymnastics rings for my home gym. I have found models with 2.8,2.9,3.0,3.1 and 3.2 cm diameter. Since I have small hands my first idea was to go with the 2.8 cm rings. ...
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Helping a preschooler overcome fear and encourage trust [closed]

I run a preschool gymnastics program at a large gymnastics facility in my area. I have been the director for 4 years and have been teaching dance and preschool gymnastics for 9 years. Not once in my ...
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Can't do handstand presses

I'd like to be able to do handstand presses but can't. I can't even lift my feet off the ground or even get that close. What muscle groups do I need to develop in order to be able to do this move? ...
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What is this exercise/pose called?

Standing on one foot, other foot above the head, back arched, hands reach over the head, grasping the foot. So legs are in a 'splits' position. I wanna look into how to progress into such a position, ...
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How do male gymnasts train in order to get muscular?

Having learnt a bit about weightlifting programs using barbells and other stuff, now I wonder how male gymnasts train in order to become muscular and strong. Do they use weights in the same way as ...
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Safe training regime to work towards center and front splits

I want to improve my flexiblity to be able to to center and front splits. Is there any safe exercise program to follow which will lead me to this goal? During the week I have time to stretch for 10 ...
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What's this move called in gymnastics?

This is what I've seen as stunts in movies. I have no real visual examples but I might be able to explain in words? It's when you run forward then start to flip. First both hands on the floor, then ...
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How do gymnasts and dancers remain so slim, yet so agile and strong?

Having a very small percentage of body fat definitely helps, but even so, how is it possible to do backflips etc. being so slim, while people with huge muscles can't even lift off the ground. What ...
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Developing strength and ability, versus attrition

I'd like to increase my strength and ability in more gymnastic areas of fitness, but I also don't want to have long-term pain, either now or when I'm older. I've put my whole body weight on my wrist ...
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hand balancing on canes

According to http://legendarystrength.com/hand-balancing-stands/ "[canes] actually make balancing easier while giving the appearance of more difficulty". Is that true?
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Sore Muscles from Gymnastics

Its only been about 2 days since my first gymnastics class and all my muscles are extremely sore. Should I still go today even though I'm still this sore?