Any recommendations on training books?

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    Jun 25, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    I am 25 and I really want to learn some really good body weight gymnastic exercises. I am a big believer that you don't need equipment to use your muscles.
    I am currently deployed until October but I want to try gymnastics when I get home. I know it is crazy at such age but I want to do it so I don't care what anyone things about it. I bought a set of rings that attach anywhere but I would love to find some exercises that will help me. I am in decent shape but I am always trying to improve more. My Google searches are coming up short and I would love to know if there is any specific training books/websites that you recommend for exercises to build my strength and flexibility.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!
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    Jun 25, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    There's no such thing as being too old to do gymnastics. Don't let anyone ever tell you that! There are plenty of much older people who remain physically involved in gymnastics even if they aren't competing. Regardless if you're doing it for competition, recreation, or exercise, it's no one's place to tell you that you can't do it just because you're older than many gymnasts. Besides, 25 is still young for a guy. Different story for women, though.

    I'll have to do some research on this because I've never read any book on gymnastics except the Code of Points! Or rather I've never actively sought out gymnastics conditioning exercises through books. I guess I didn't have to since I was in gymnastics for a long time!

    Is there anything in particular you're interested in? Personally I don't recommend training actual gymnastics by yourself. For one thing, it helps to have the right equipment and an actual coach to keep you safe. It's far too easy to get hurt doing even simple things in gymnastics because the margin for error is really small!

    I can give you a pretty good list of stretches that increase flexibility. However, it's something you have to do EVERY DAY if you want to maintain that flexibility. Of course, that depends how flexible you want to become ;) Gymnasts usually avoid working with weights when it comes to strength training. It's all about being able to work with our own body weight.

    Let me know if you have any questions! I get excited whenever people take an interest in the sport.
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:39 AM GMT
    Well, I have to get my body ready as best as I can by myself becuase I am deployed. So really it is just preperation and interest. That is why I was looking for a book or something on the body weight training and stretches to help my body get used to the kind of demands I want to put on it. I really don't like weight lifting and I would rather become flexable and strong using my own body that I have. That is what grabbed my interest in it in the first place.

    As far as any suggestions until I can do some training with professionals to guide me, I am open to anything. Like I said I just want to get my body prepared as best as I can for when I get back home. I have been doing yoga exercises for 6 months now and though I am not able to bend my body in all different ways yet, I have noticed my flexability improved significantly.

    And besides all of that I have a little bit of vanity and I would love to develop a hot gymnist like body icon_biggrin.gif.

    Let me know if you can help in anyway. Thanks!!
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    Jun 27, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    The forums and articles on Gymnastic Bodies are great. I recently got the book promoted on the site and love it. It's full of many great exercises and progressions.

    http://www.gymnasticbodies.com/
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    Jun 28, 2010 11:49 AM GMT
    Thanks that is exactly what I am looking for on that website. Thank you so much. I am going to order the book and get a good look for myself what it has as far as exercises and stretches. Any other advice for getting started in this sport?

    Thanks!

    Peace and progress,
    Charles Scott
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    Jun 28, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    Oh wow, I've never even heard of this book before. It looks pretty neat. Thanks for posting that icon_smile.gif I might have to check some of these out to see what I might've done before when I was in gymnastics or bitch at my former coach for not thinking of these things.

    As for your interest in actually starting gymnastics, you can check for gymnastics clubs in your area. One way to do that is to go through the USA Gymnastics website where you can search for a USAG-affiliated club in your area. Here's a link to the search: http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/pages/finda/club.html?prog=ms

    I didn't get anyone when I put in Lynnwood, WA, so perhaps you should try a zip code instead. If you live in a small town near a bigger city, you might want to try the bigger city. If not, you can always go to Google and search for gymnastics clubs in your area, too. Cascade Elite Gymnastics Inc and Seattle Gymnastics Academy are two clubs that come to mind when it comes to that area of the state.

    I recommend calling the gym telling them you're interested in gymnastics. Ask if they have any adult, recreation, or tumbling classes. Most people taking gymnastics are little kids, but a lot of gyms these days are catering to adults interested in the sport.

    I'll be upfront and say that gymnastics can be an expensive sport. Paying for classes isn't cheap. If this is a hobby you can afford every month, by all means go for it! Otherwise, you might have to shop around or reconsider. But I definitely don't recommend attempting gymnastics skills on your own because that is not safe.

    I hope the gymnastics training exercises work out for you!
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    The book definitely has a bit of a self publish feel to it considering you can't buy it anywhere but the site, the photos and a few spelling errors. I've only been doing gymnastics since January and used the book supplement my training.

    Most of the book is sets on conditioning exercises and progressions for static holds (planche, L-sit, etc). The photos and explanations are great. I'd also echo that any tumbling or active moves should only be practiced with a professional instructor. All that said I say go it. It's challenging, but definitely achievable, rewarding and so much more fun than lifting weights at a gym.
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    Jun 30, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Thanks for the encouraging words! I will see how things go when I go back home. Hopefully everything will work out and I will be able to pursue this further. Until then, I will work on my conditioning and prepare my body the best that I can on my own.
    Don't worry, I won't try anything too dangerous on my own. So I won't attempt any high flying activities on my own.
    I ordered the books and the dvd's from that site and I hope that it will prove useful. I also have a pair of freestyle rings already and am slowly learning new strengthening moves as well as yoga everyday to help with flexibility.
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    Jul 07, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    You definitely have the right stature for the sport. Glad to see your taking a conditioning approach at this point in time. A "coaching" situation is essential as you move forward however. Every gymnastic needs a spotter, it's not something you should do on your own. Good luck man. Rings Rock icon_exclaim.gif