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Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (Second Edition) Paperback – November 18, 2016
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This initially consisted with a lot internet reading, youtube watching and self practice, while I did improve I feel like I could do better. So I set out to find a book (or program) that breaks down gymnastics training progressions. The first edition of the book sounded good, but disorganized - after a little research I found that the second edition was only a few weeks away from release. I so decided to wait and get this book as soon as released. What can I say other than wow... I had NO CLUE how much I didn't know when it came to the subject of body weight training/skills progression. The amount of information in detail, the coverage of all topics relating to the subject.. just wow - this book is worth every penny of the $50 I paid.
The best part is that not only does the book expertly cover topics of gymnastic progression, but also programming workouts to reach a progression goal, injury awareness/avoidance/rehabilitation, and so much more.
The author is the real deal. This is a guy who did gymnastics a college level and went on to get his PhD in Physical Therapy. He clearly has a deep passion and understanding for the topics covered and I'm really impressed with what he put together. I've also visited his reddit sub and while I've never personally asked him a question, the author is in there answering questions all the time - if you're considering learning more about body weight fitness and or gymnastics progression look no further, this is the book.
The strength gains that I have made are nothing short of phenomenal. I have increased my big 3 lifts by over 50 lbs, without even working on them! I am able to do single leg squats, handstands, L-sit ring muscle-ups, single-arm push-ups, straddle back lever, tuck planche, and even the elbow lever, as pictured on the cover. I could not do anything close to this before I bought this book. However, the progressions outlined in the book for these exercises are by far the hardest thing that I have ever done physically. It does not compare to any off-the-shelf program in terms of shear difficulty, so be prepared to fail, alot.
The author does, however, teach you the necessary concepts of how to tailor your program specifically for your goals and abilities, which will enable you to progress, without injury, much faster and achieve far greater results than anything you can buy from an infomercial. Although, it does require a bit more work on the user's end in terms of programming and assessment. Short of finding an actual coach, this book delivers in way that I hitherto simply would not have believed possible.
PS: I would recommend buying an ab wheel, rings, parallettes, pull-up bar, dip bar, and a 20 ft rope. These are the tools I am using in my progressions, in addition to barbells for certain exercises, i.e. push press to develop strength for the handstand. I wouldn't say that all this equipment is absolutely necessary, but it is a tremendous asset. If you're on a budget, I'd say just buy, or make, some rings. Rings are mandatory IMO.
UPDATE: After 9 months of gymnastics training, I have lost about 60 lbs total, going from 237 lbs down to 177 lbs, and going from 24% body fat down to 11%. I am currently working on the inverted muscle up aka "elevator" as well as the iron cross, and I am very close to achieving both. Aside from hurting my leg due to falling off my p-bars, I have not sustained any injuries and all of the programming and progression advice in the book has paid off tremendously. Of course I have been training between 1-5 hours per day, 6-7 days per week, and using a very strict diet/sleep schedule, so my results may not be typical for most. My life has been completely changed and I can only imagine what another 9 months of training will bring.
You will be surprised at how many things you were missing out on prior to reading this book. I find myself reading this all the time. I saw all the recommendations and this is the first time I’ve ever made an investment on any fitness type book, and it was well worth it.
I contacted the author of the book too and he helped me with some questions I had and cleared up any confusion. Knowledgeable author, with the strength to show for it, and a resourceful book.
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Great way to approach gymnastic strength training for the average individual.