I’ve been doing a lot of work on gymnastics articles lately, and I’ll share a secret with you: strength is required for success in gymnastics.
As coaches, we can provide lots of technical tips, and you’ll need them at some point, but to get a first muscle-up or pull-up or handstand push-up, you have to have strength. There’s no way around that.
So we focus on that: strict work, gymnastics focus sessions, weighted pull-ups, couplets, accessory work, spotting and scaling. All of that is designed to bring up strength levels. Once you’ve got that strength, we can iron out technique to get your chin over the bar or your hands on top of the rings.
But strength comes first. Whenever you see a block of gymnastics time in a class, know that you’re usually doing strength work–and it will pay off.