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 the weight rack and spending limited to no time on flexibility, nagging shoulder tightness and mobility issues urged me to expand my exercise repertoire and try something new. I finally purchased the Gymnastic Bodies Handstand One course in 2016, and I’ve since dropped bodybuilding for calisthenic strength and functional exercise.
After ordering Handstand One, I incorporated gymnastic strength moves into my weekly training routine, three days per week. I didn’t lose any of my hard-earned hypertrophy from bodybuilding. Surprisingly, my muscles have gotten fuller and longer-looking — a welcome change for a short person like me. Now, two years after starting Gymnastic Bodies, I have a five-day weekly calisthenic training schedule. I’ve graduated from basic dead-hang pull-ups to pulling 65lbs, doing l-sit pull-ups, archer pull-ups, and now practicing one-arm pull-ups. I’ve learned pistol and deck squats, and pistol-deck squats. I have greater muscle endurance while doing strength moves than in my bodybuilding days. I didn’t know I was capable of half of the above exercises. I look forward to my body evolving further into a stronger, more versatile version of itself. The impetus was Gymnastic Bodies.
April 17th – week one:
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Initially published on Apr 23, 2016 - Updated and republished on June 18, 2018
MEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over 15 years, and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the road to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; informing readers about mastering both of those building blocks is my goal.