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…

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…

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Compete

Bodybuilding seems to be gaining in popularity, and many die-hard gym rats train with the ultimate goal of competing. This goal provides purpose and motivation to train hard. But there’s a fraction of fitness enthusiasts who have no intention of competing – at least not in an aesthetics-based competition like bodybuilding. These people don’t care…

Things Other Women Say & Do to Fit Women

I was five years into my fitness journey when I first noticed the below-listed negative behaviors and comments from random women. At the time, I was personally offended. It was new to me, and I was taken aback by the potency of what felt like anger, hatred, or frustration emitting from the eyes and mouths…

BSMF Erik Gomez Photo Shoot

http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/cftstorres/         My physique has gone through some big changes between 2014 and now. So what did I change from when I started working out in 2002 to now, 2016? Well, I used to focus on bodybuilding techniques. Now I focus on functional training and gymnastics strength. Not only has my strength and…

My Biggest Leg Day Mistake

From 2007-2013, my “heavy” leg day exercises were done with the Smith and leg press machines. I pushed hard, lifted heavy, but over that six-year period, all I got was big, shapeless legs. This made me jealous of other women’s legs, wondering how they got them so muscular and lean. This was especially frustrating because I…

Knowledge for Long-term Health

In July, I’ll enter my thirteenth year of dedication to exercise and healthy eating. When I started exercising, I trained three days a week.  I now exercise every day. And each day, I make eating healthy a priority. Thirteen years might seem like a long time, but, as the saying goes, time flies. In my…