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…

Updated: Coregasm?

The “weird trick” to a six-pack that is probably not advertised in those annoying sidebar ads is the coregasm. Yes, coregasms exist. Although, I wouldn’t call them a trick, or the real secret to a six-pack. Still, if you’re part of the 10-40% of people who have experienced or are prone to getting coregasms, they can keep…

Exercise Videos

Below are videos from my current transition from bodybuilding to gymnastics. See my progress below, and maybe challenge yourself to some of these movements. Back Walkover Practice:   First Attempt of Archer L-Sit Pull-Ups on Rings: Front Walkover Practice: Push-Up Variations: SylviaMEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over…

Women’s Beginner Upper Body Strength Workout

Exercise Type: Strength/Resistance Level: Beginner Goal: Muscle development & endurance Baseline set & rep schemes for strength exercise: 8-10 reps – this specific rep range (if done with a properly challenging weight) stimulates muscle growth. You must lift a weight or choose a resistance level challenging enough that you cannot perform more than 8-10 reps. 12-15 reps – this specific…

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…

Sample Weekly Workout Schedule

Having a weekly training schedule organizes training days to ensure that you’re working each muscle group, each skill or whatever your goal is, with enough frequency for results, while also preventing overtraining. If you’re broke or have a limited budget and can’t have a personal trainer write you a routine, I created the below sample…

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…

4 Rules to Pull-Up Mastery

Mastering pull-ups is difficult for everyone. Some people even have it on their bucket list. That’s a bit dramatic. But I get it. I felt like I was going to pop a blood vessel when learning the movement. While this exercise is difficult for both men and women, women cite more difficulty with it. Part of…

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…