At RxFIT, we refer to any bodyweight movement as a gymnastic movement. Although we have chosen to use this word ourselves, it can be quite limiting. We want to practice and train movements found in many sports outside of just competitive gymnastics.
Climbing, yoga, calisthenics, and dance are a few of these sports we admire for the body control they develop. Even an air squat in our programming is considered a gymnastic movement.
The reason we love training push-ups, pull-ups, dips, rope-climbs, muscle-ups, handstands, back-bends, and so many others is because of the results they yield. The strength of the upper-body and trunk are especially developed by those athletes that don’t neglect these basics of “gymnastics”.
As an example, find a professional gymnast, dancer, or rock climber and measure their body composition. Not only are they lean, but they are strong as nails. They are also more flexible, coordinated, and agile than almost any other athlete.
I contend that every day should include some gymnastic-styled movement, even if that’s just stretching. Don’t overcomplicate things. Just do it.
This week, I will write about different variations of the gymnastic basics, starting with push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups. Then I will write to you about how to get your first muscle-up, how to climb ropes with and without your feet, and how to walk upside-down on your hands.
20 Air Squats