My initial interest in the Gymnastic Bodies’ courses began in 2015. By then, I had 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. In 2015, my nagging shoulder tightness and limited flexibility urged me to expand my exercise repertoire and try something new. I purchased the Gymnastic Bodies’ Handstand One course in 2016 and soon dropped bodybuilding for calisthenic strength and functional exercise.
After ordering Handstand One, I incorporated gymnastic strength moves in my weekly training routine, three days per week. After months of this, 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 also have greater muscle endurance than in my bodybuilding days. I didn’t know I was capable of half of what I’ve accomplished after my purchase of Gymnastic Bodies. I look forward to my body evolving further into a stronger, more versatile version of itself. The impetus was Gymnastic Bodies.
April 17, 2016 – week one:
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