This Month’s Like – Gymnastic Bodies Course

I initially took interest in Gymnastic Bodies’ courses in 2015. I’ve been lifting since I was 17 and focusing on bodybuilding. Since then, I’ve learned that while hypertrophy (muscle growth) is great, it has to be coupled with flexibility and functional movements to keep the body progressing and to prevent injury. After thirteen years of…

Handstand Progress

Aug. 12th, 2017 The few of you who follow this channel and visit my website: brokesinglemomfitness.com, know that I recently embarked on a calisthenic strength journey. Prior to last year, I did 8 years of aesthetic training. Now, I’m working on calisthenic strength, specifically gymnastic strength. My handstands aren’t perfect, but I’m learning. It’s never…

Handstand Progress

I can finally get up into a handstand on almost every attempt. Mind you, I can’t hold for long, but it’s progress! Again, I’m learning completely on my own. My teachers are a book, Overcoming Gravity, and YouTube. SylviaMEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over 15 years, and…

Lower Body – Adult Gymnastic Strength Routine

Exercise Type: Calisthenics/Gymnastic Strength/Balance Level: Intermediate Goal: Skill development & muscle retention/gain Warm-up 3.5 minute jog around gym 60 sec – 120 sec of dynamic stretches: alternating lunges; side, front, side, repeat – holding a few seconds in each position Total time: approx. 5 minutes Bosu ball pistol squats 3 sets: 6-10 reps This movement can be…

Memorial Day Workout – Upper Body Adult Gymnastics

Exercise Type: Core/Calisthenics/Gymnastic Strength Level: Beginner to Intermediate Goal: Skill development & muscle retention/gain Warm-up 3.5 minute jog around gym Forward and backward shoulder circles: One set: 20 – 30 circles each way Light-weight one-arm kettlebell swings: One set: 15 – 20 swings per arm Wrist circles and stretches: Three sets: 20 – 30 circles each…

3 Rules to Push-Up Mastery

A proper push-up (knees off the floor) is a basic exercise, but for many, the movement is difficult to learn. Women especially complain of difficulty with this exercise. But, I’ll tell you, performing a correct push-up has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with discipline and dedication. Rule 1: Get off your knees…

Forearm Stand Progress

I’ve been working on different handstand variations as part of the Gymnastic Bodies course I purchased. It has been about three months since I started the course. I still can’t do freestanding handstands, but my favorite progression leading up to it, the forearm stand, is below. My goal is to lift my head with ease…

This Month’s Like – Strength Wars

On weekdays I listen to podcasts from professional coaches, like Mike Boyle on my Experts & Motivators page. On weekends, I watch an hour or so of fitness videos from random athletes and professionals. One weekend while watching Kai Green — or some other athlete, among the recommended videos was a battle between a calisthenics athlete…