• Broke Mom Solutions,  Calisthenics | Gymnastics,  Lifestyle

    Bodyweight Training: Save Money, Prevent Injuries, and Stay Fit for Life

    Bodyweight training is surging in popularity. This trend can be seen in the form of the calisthenics fitness movement and is the foundation of CrossFit training. If you follow any fitness tags on IG, Snapchat, or TikTok, you’ve surely seen posts of people performing gravity-defying yoga stands or difficult strength and technique movements, like planches or muscle-ups. But outside of the amazing strength and skill of athletes shared on social media, anyone can undertake bodyweight training, and there are three solid reasons to do so: it costs nothing, its beneficial for all age groups and levels of fitness, and it can make you stronger than the muscle-isolating, aesthetically geared workouts…

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    Calisthenics | Gymnastics,  Exercises,  Sylvia Petro

    This Month’s Like – Gymnastic Bodies Course

    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…

  • Exercises,  Sylvia Petro

    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. Latest Handstand Practice Vid – 07/13/18: View this post on Instagram I can't do a strict HS yet, but I can do this. #handstand #adultgymnastics #bodyweight #calisthenics #functionalexercise #fitmom #fitness #success #progress A post shared by @ bsmf_ig on Jul 14, 2018 at 5:07pm PDT Back Walkover Practice:   First Attempt of Archer L-Sit Pull-Ups on Rings: Front Walkover Practice: Push-Up Variations: SylviaAs an athlete for over 17 years and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not…

  • Training

    Why Yoga?

    Whether you want to be flexible or not, stretching is essential for everyone of all ages. I obviously learned this when studying to become a personal trainer, but, I admit, I didn’t implement stretching in my routines as much as I was supposed to. However, after eight years of bodybuilding and limited to no focus on stretching, my body eventually screamed for me to become flexible. I had developed a nagging tight hip flexor, tight shoulders, tight hamstrings — everything was tight. And not in a sexy way, but in an injuriously tight muscles sort of way. Overlooking flexibility meant I wasn’t as fit as I appeared to be. To gain more…

  • Calisthenics | Gymnastics,  Exercises,  Training

    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 Lightweight, one-arm kettlebell swings: One set: 15 – 20 swings per arm Wrist circles and stretches: Three sets: 20 – 30 circles each way and floor or wall stretches in each direction Total time: approx. 7 minutes Handstands 20 minutes of practice; can include forward rolls, however, the focus is on handstand holds Handstand Eccentric Push-ups (HeSPU) 3 sets to failure or no more than 8 reps each set Muscle-Up Practice on Rings 3 – 4 sets to failure Use…

  • Exercises,  Training

    My New Training Mix vs Old

    For thirteen years (as of 2015) I followed a bodybuilding training regime. Now for the past year, I’ve been following a new training mix of athletic training: mobility, flexibility, and functional exercise. Why the change? I found flaws in my old routine. Strict bodybuilding practices, with limited focus on flexibility, mobility, or functionality, led to muscle imbalances and tightness in my body, leaving me prone to injury. So, after a binge on athletic training books and audio seminars, I modified my exercise priorities to better help me with my goal of lifelong fitness. Below is a summary of the changes I’ve made to my training. Mobility, Flexibility, & Functional Training A…