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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…

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    Forearm Stand Practice

    I suck at handstands, so I decided to focus on improving my elbow stand. (I know I need to point my toes.) #elbowstand #handstand #bodyweight #calisthenics #fitmom A post shared by Sylvia Petro (@sylviapetrofit) on May 24, 2018 at 5:02pm PDT Pre-handstand #forearmstand #elbowstand #balance #flexibility #bodyweight #fitmom #fitness #calisthenics A post shared by Sylvia Petro (@sylviapetrofit) on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:24pm PDT SylviaAs an athlete for over 18 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…

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    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 Ring…

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    Forearm Stand Progress

    I’ve been working on different handstand variations as part of the Gymnastic Bodies course I purchased. It has been about three months since I started the course (as of this post). I still can’t do freestanding handstands, but my favorite progression leading up to it, the forearm stand, is below. My goal is to lift my head with ease every time and hold it for up to 60 seconds. July 10, 2018 https://www.instagram.com/p/BlEjOITHAA5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link May 24, 2018 https://www.instagram.com/p/BjLeUt_ly2M/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link SylviaAs an athlete for over 18 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,…