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u/internet_observer · 16 pointsr/Fitness

You will want to make sure you are doing a body weight routine that includes more difficult movements and not just ricidulous volume on basic exercises.

/r/bodyweightfitness is a good starting point to get you rolling but if you already have great lifts their routine might not be advanced enough for you. Overcoming Gravity is a great resource with writeups and progressions for exercises although through some extremely advanced gymnastics exercises such as planche pushups.

It should be very easy to keep your size for your upper body with BW exercises. Lower body is a bit harder, especially if you have a very big squat/deadlift. Still doable, but for the most part you still will want to add weight, and will be doing things like weighted pistols and weighted shrimp squats.

Dominik Sky and FitnessFAQs both have youtube channels with a good bit of information.

A place to do pullups is all you really need for bodyweight exercises. I would recommend picking up a set of Gymnastics Rings at some point or another though as they are extremely useful for bodyweight training.

I would increasing your flexibility training a bit. A lot of bodyweight stuff benefits hugely from increased flexibility.

Also lastly, I don't know how advanced of a lifter you are, but if you are a very advanced lifter be a little with some of the very advanced straight arm body weight exercises. They require a lot of tendon strength in addition to muscle. Even if you have a 2x body weight bench for example you will want to still do some tendon conditioning before jumping straight to an iron cross to avoid injury.

u/duzhesen · 5 pointsr/AdvancedFitness

You need to get on Instagram, brotha.

I feel like I'm rehashing a lot of what's widely available on the webs, but you probably need to start by thinking through the complexity of your question.

Yes, you can train at low rep ranges with bodyweight. That's the goal, in fact, if you train that way. But it's a unique pursuit in that the leverages required of training with maximal intensity first require what we might call an intermediate/advanced mastery of technique, form, balance, and all that jazz. In the bodyweight-training community, the top-end movements are all considered skill movements: only after mastering handstands, planches, levers can you implement the patterns dynamically, i.e. handstand pushups, planche pushups, front lever rows, one-arm chinups.

Here are some good resources for you to explore:

  • Jason Ferruggia writes about this a lot, but this is the best intro article.
  • Al Kavadlo isn't a "power" guy, but is a great entry point.
  • Baristi Workout is fantastic, and will direct you to tons of other people you should explore (like Frank Medrano, Barstarzz, etc)
  • Battle of the Bars = badass
  • Christopher Sommer runs the training service, but this is the article that started it all and is highly informative.
  • The /r/bodyweightfitness/ subreddit is a gold-mine resource, but beware the Crossfit-esque insider attitude.
  • Overcoming Gravity is arguably the most comprehensive bodyweight training book around.
  • I'm currently obsessed with Ido Portal's training methods - they're among the most unique on the planet.

    Ahhh, there's so much to explore. The problem is that there ISN'T (yet) a cohesive system for developing maximal power with bodyweight movements. IMO, Ferruggia has done the best job, merging bodyweight and barbell training for maximum development. In the end it just becomes an issue of personal preference - though you can develop immense strength and power with bodyweight training, it takes infinitely longer than barbell training. If you're a coach, and raw power is the goal, then BW training almost necessarily gets reduced to supplemental training.

    Good luck to you, have fun, and definitely consider reposting this on r/bodyweightfitness. They'll sort you out something proper.
u/eshlow · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

From Page 436 of Overcoming Gravity:

> There are some interesting correlations among the pulling exercises. The back lever, front lever, one-arm
chin-up/pull-up, iron cross, and many other pulling exercises have similar levels of strength that carry over
between each of the strength progressions. Here are some estimates on the translation of one to the other:

> Straddle Front Lever = ~50% Bodyweight Pull-up = ~ Full Back Lever
Front Lever = ~70-80% Bodyweight Pull-up
> One-Arm Chin-up = ~80-90% Bodyweight Pull-up
3 One-Arm Chin-ups = +15 lbs. One-Arm Chin-up = 3-4s Iron Cross Hold
> * 5 One-Arm Chin-ups = +25 lbs. One-Arm Chin-up = ~10s Iron Cross Hold

> Referring back to the progression charts, some of these associations are on the same level on the skill and
strength charts. This is what makes the skill and strength progressions charts useful; they allow identification
of skills that are at a similar level of ability

> Regarding the translation to the full back lever, it is a bit more variable. The full back lever can be achieved
more or less around the straddle FL progression. The straight-arm pulling variations build the shoulder
strength to execute the one-arm chin-up, but the front lever does not build bent-arm pulling strength due to
the high level of biceps stress, whereas the back lever does.

> Of course, there is still some level of specificity needed to achieve each of these skills, even when they are
ranked at similar levels of strength. Practice what you want to achieve, but in doing so know that supplemental exercises from all of these categories have some carryover to each other.

In general, there's definitely carryover from pulling strength to straight arm pulling exercises... but you also have to practice the movements as well. If you've never tried straight arm work then it's going to be more awkward and less efficient.

Also, note that even IF you have the strength for a movement, you may not have the tendon and connective tissue strength for a movement. I've seen people get injured trying back lever and iron cross because they have the strength but they don't have the elbow/shoulder connective tissue strength to support the straight arm movement. Be wary, and build up gradually for straight arm movements.

u/TheNewWay · 9 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Level 1 Squats require quite a bit of balance and upper body strength to maintain the position. While it is still beneficial to work on it, having that hold you up from progressing in actual squats doesn't make sense. I would suggest starting off at level 2 in the Squat progression, but still working on Level 1 when you can; it is nice for the mobility, balance and flexibility, but it's going to do very little for you strength-wise, at least in terms of the Squat progression.

Level 2 Pullups, as described in the book, are just ridiculously hard for most people who would be at that step in the progression. What I found worked for me was something I think I read on the Dragon Door forums: instead of working with a bar/table that is waist height, find a bar/table that is more sternum height (the bone between your chest muscles). That will make a huge difference in the level of difficulty and is a more natural progression between Levels 1 and 3.

Most of the other progressions should be good and slowly build you up to where you need to be for each step. Some here believe the number of repetitions is too high; the numbers the book has you do at times will have your muscles focusing on endurance more than strength. But I was starting it from a relatively low level of fitness, so I didn't have a problem if I mixed a little endurance training in with my strength training.

I also had a rule that I had to meet each Progression Standard three times before I actually moved on. It keeps you from moving too fast through the progressions, assures you didn't just have a fluke day or get any cheat reps, and makes sure your form can be nice and stable before moving onto the next step. If you are still feeling like you are making gains at a given level, don't be in a huge rush to jump ahead. I like to look at all the bodyweight exercises as a more long-term thing.

Also, feel free to add things to the exercises if you are interested and able to later on; I did the routine about 3/4 of the way through (getting to level 5-8 in the various exercises) before I started over with a weight vest for added difficulty. After going through back to the beginning with the vest, I'm now back to level 8-10 in everything but pullups and HSPUs, which I'm at 7 and 6 in HSPUs, and now I have been mixing it up with the gymnastic stuff from moderator eshlow's book: Overcoming Gravity

u/Darko_BarbrozAustria · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

> So, couple of questions before I get going. Can one build sufficient muscle mass through just body weight exercises or do I need to be lifting too?

Yes, I build for example 8kgs of muscles + 3kg of fat/water over the past 6 months. You will never/hardly get to look like a bodybuilder. You will have lean muscles with a aesthetic look.

> Is some of this even achievable by mere mortals or is the truly impressive stuff out of reach for a guy who until recently, was in some pretty rough shape?

Yes, everything is possible. It's all about staying active and working on it regulary. If you want to learn a handstand for example, you just have to keep working on it. There are progression videos/tutorials wich explain you, how to approach to a new move, to learn it steady and slow and to have a good form.

> How does one go about building a routine around it?

  • Check the Beginner Routine
  • Read the Book Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low - The first chapter of the book is about, how to build the routine that fits to yourself - The author is also very active in this subreddit with /u/eshlow so he can even answer your questions, related to his book.
  • 3rd possibilty: Here are some Routines , I have build before some time. Feel free to take a look at them.
u/fishyon · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

As far as I know there are two programs that you should really consider. Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low and the Gymnastics Bodies series by Coach Sommers.

I'm doing the program by Coach Sommers currently but I have experience with Steven's program as well since I have the first edition of his book.

I like Coach's program because you don't have to mess around with details, you can just buy the program (or borrow it from a friend) and get to work. Also, the mobility sections are absolutely amazing! The bad parts are that Coach himself isn't very friendly in my opinion and most of his experience is working with children. This is potentially not good because training children and training adults is totally different.

Steven's book is fine too and I believe the new edition tackles things not in Coach's program such as the Human Flag and some other cool skills. In my opinion, the first edition isn't really put together that well compared to Coach's product in terms of content and design. But the 2nd edition may have fixed these issues. He doesn't have as much experience as Coach but he is a much more friendly character and helps people out on many different forums.

Hard choice since both will get you to a planche but choose wisely! Have fun!

u/Hotblack_Desiato_ · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

There are a few bodyweight-based programs, all of them are fairly similar, but they take a different slant on things.

You Are Your Own Gym is built around military-style calisthenics. There are variations of all the different movements that are based around making them easier so you can do fifty of them and experience that brand of misery, or to make them more difficult and strength-focused. YAYOG has a very nice set of apps that go with it as well.

Convict Conditioning is another bodyweight program based around six different movements (handstand, pull-up, push-up, leg-raises, back-bridges, pistol squats). The progressions are pretty nice, but the way it's presented is like it was written for fifteen year-olds. 2edgy4u, and such.

Overcoming Gravity is a gymnastics-based program, but is also a huge firehose of information about fitness in general. It's a great resource for designing your own program, but if you're a beginner, I don't think the sheer volume of information would be helpful.

All of these would require a pull-up bar. There's the classic Iron Gym, or this thing if the Iron Gym ends up being too low, and if you can screw something into a wall somewhere, I suggest this one.

u/egonon · 2 pointsr/askgaybros

Make your diet your foundation - your progress will be hindered without good nutrition.

MyFitnessPal is popular for seeing exactly what you're putting into your body. It's geared for weight loss, but still handy for anything nutrition-related - I use it to help manage a disease. It can even generate menu plans for you if you just want to set a target but not plan. The food database is massive, and you can add your own stuff to it as well if you have favourite meals or recipes.

For books, there's You Are Your Own Gym (challenging even at the basic level), Convict Conditioning (easier, but ramps up) and Building the Gymnastic Body. All three include all or mostly body weight exercises, and tend to be referenced a lot by body weight fitness enthusiasts. My personal preference is for the first book, but ymmv.

I also like Nerd Fitness, which includes a lot of home-based stuff.

EDIT: Greasemonkey will allow you to grab scripts to use with MyFitnessPal and alter it for specific types of diets and info, if you want to. I've seen scripts for keto, paleo and a few others. Not required, but kind of a cool option. The database also includes user recipes for all kinds of exercise/diet plans that you can add on.

u/psicicle · 10 pointsr/Fitness

A superior book to CC and BtGB IMO is Overcoming Gravity.

To address the post, for upper body I believe bodyweight and weights are fairly similar in effectiveness. However if you are looking to strengthen connective tissue, it seems to be done better (and in particular it is necessitated) by straight-arm bodyweight holds.

In my experience, benching HAS carried strength over into bodyweight movements (planche and handstand pushup) which I did not expect given that many bodyweight training proponents state that this does not happen.

For lower body movements, free weights are just better. You just can't really disadvantage leverage sufficiently as far as I know to get a decent stimulus.

u/4io8 · 1 pointr/loseit
  • Walk. Seriously its like it flicks the on switch of your metabolism. Your energy levels go up and your appetite goes down. Do it regularly, for at least half an hour at a time (but any walking is good). Getting a pedometer and aiming for 10,000 step can really motivate you.

    These three books are about doing strength training at home. They are a fantastic to build up serious strength in a way that's actually better than doing it at the gym in a lot of ways.

  • Overcoming Gravity

  • Enter the Kettlebell

  • Convict Conditioning
u/doubleapowpow · 1 pointr/crossfit

I personally think that the best way to be a better crossfit athlete is to gain as much knowledge of specific sports - gymnastics, weightlifting, track, powerlifting, etc. On that basis, I'd recommend

I think Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshanski is a great (super dense) read for any training.

Kelly Starrett has two notable books, most specifically becoming a supple Leopard.

u/King_Tofu · 1 pointr/Gymnastics

Hey OP, I know this is late but the book you used, "Building the Gymnastics Body: 7 Summits!" is that the same as building the gymnastics body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training? I plan on phasing my barbell workouts to gymnastics because that seems more fun. Thanks in advance!

u/sandsteelpaul · 1 pointr/crossfit

I find that my new coach's look like a deer in headlights when I ask them to scale simple moves. You'd be shocked at hard this for some people (in least I am shocked.) You are referring to this book right? Do you (or anyone else that would like to chime in, please do) think it's better than Free+style I've taken crossfit gymnastics cert, but I like to have good references available for my coaches.

Speaking of which, here's a link to list of our favorite books.

u/DoomGoober · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

There is no best routine for everyone. It all depends on your goals.

The RR is not the best routine for everyone. It's just a pretty balanced good routine for a lot of people.

But honestly, you already sound intermediate/advanced. You can look at the RR as a good structure (paired exercises, push-pull, vertical-horizontal) and try to borrow it's structure but modify for your strengths and goals.

If you really want to learn, I would recommend you read Overcoming Gravity 2nd Edition. That will teach you how to make your own body weight routine.

u/TylerJ86 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Well here are two great places to start. The first is all free online stuff and if you really get into it and want to learn more OG2 is an awesome resource you can ask someone to buy you for Christmas.

u/two7s_clash · 0 pointsr/yoga

I tried out dd to eight limbed pose (my most successful) as well as the crane transition. And I totally busted my ass trying to jump into the single legged crow one, don't think it even counts!

I have only a limited experience with lifting and yoga. I started a very basic lifting program, and found that it made me tight and bulky in a way unhelpful to my practice. However, I have had great success doing a bodyweight workout 3 times a week. Again, very basic: all different types of push-ups, chinups, pullups, dips and situps. Its made a huge difference in my practice. I've been trying to incorporate at least one gymnastics style session into the mix, for instance, I really like this one: I've also messed around with some of the old school Scandinavian gymnastics exercises that Krishnamacharya incorporated into his system of Yoga (a lot of these poses pop up in Ashtanga), there are some cool things there for strength training:

u/vikasagartha · 1 pointr/climbharder

There's this u/eshlow chap who hangs here. He wrote this awesome book called overcoming gravity about gymnastic training. I've found gymnastic training quite beneficial for climbing, overall strength, and injury prevention. There's a dedicated sub --> r/overcominggravity. There's really good progressions + programming for creating a routine.

u/wiz0rddd · 4 pointsr/Athleanx

I would recommend this book instead: Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (Second Edition)

Good luck!

u/spicyhotwings · 2 pointsr/overcominggravity

Generally with people who have an anterior tilt of the pelvis, from tight quads, they have a curvature in their lower spine, called a lordosis, here is a highlight of the imbalance between the short and weak muscles, however best to get it assessed with a practitioner, such as PT, or therapist to know if that is what you have.

A method for testing the hip flexor and quad range of moment is by doing a thomas testing:

In general, massaging and stretching the short muscles, will help to unbind them, reduce their tonicity and promote greater ROM, however if a person is stuck with a certain muscular pattern, unless that is addressed, then the way they originally use muscles will reoccur and likely their over use of the quads will continue. To readdress (dis)functional muscle patterns, full body exercises, that reinforces and exerts stress and tiredness on specific weak muscles, such as gluteus and hamstrings are beneficial, like single leg squats, single leg dead lifts, nordics etc. but it looks like you're actively working on your weak muscles.

Some exercises highlights, focusing on hamstrings:

For stretching, you can get plenty of books on the subject, for example, the following gives instruction and anatomy overlay.

Stretches to - promote thoracic extension (lying on towel), lumbar flexion (lying side twists, knees to check, or childs pose), hip extension (thomas test, deep lunge) and knee flexion (lunge with foot grab).

What happens if someone has tight quads and hip flexion is that during running, they would want to stride and land with their feet away from their body more, this drives with their quads and puts a lot of pressure on their knee, this restriction means that they are less able to propel their leg behind them, to drive with their glutes and hamstring, which ideally means that their foot lands more under their body, with their knee bent less. Overall this what the aim of the imbalance correction should do.



u/Ohboohoolittlegirl · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Ok. Well, he probably knows better than me.. If he was an olympic trainer/athlete, he should know what to use better.. This was also a useful resource for me, that your trainer should know and use if he really is an olympic athlete;

u/Filet-Minion · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (Second Edition)

Edit: Sorry, I guess I glossed over the part where you said street workout related. This isn't so much street workout, but still such great info.

u/caulfield45 · 33 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Anyone interested in a community on this should check out /r/bodyweightfitness

There are also some good books with similar progressions and ideas like You Are Your Own Gym or Overcoming Gravity

u/Professor_Red · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Bite the bullet and get the bodyweight bible, Overcoming Gravity 2nd ed. by bwf's /u/eshlow

Pricey, but the absolute best book on bwf par none. Check out his subreddit, /r/overcominggravity/ , for some of the basic info out of the book.

u/adriannezy · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Oh my bad. It's called Overcoming Gravity. Sorry!

It's very popular on r/bodyweightfitness. I haven't read it, but I do follow a lot of Convict Conditioning. Overcoming Gravity is supposed to be a little more in-depth.

I would also recommend Beast Skills and Ryan Ford's Demon Drills.

The FAQ in r/bodyweightfitness should also be a help.

u/BrickEater · 2 pointsr/Fitness

ive never read it... so credibility is a bit out the window but Overcoming Gravity is suppose to be a great resource.

u/Guiltyjerk · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Call this my bias, but I have to suggest Overcoming Gravity as the single best read regarding bodyweight training, the author is a regular poster over at r/bodyweightfitness

u/lostintravise · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

My recommendation, /u/cannatown: bodyweight/gymnastics-focused, Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low is very comprehensive in terms of understanding the how's and why's of putting together a strength plan. Does not touch on nutrition, though, but it looks like you've already made up your mind on that (which you shouldn't! lots of valid opinions on both sides of the aisle, there).

u/blairje · 3 pointsr/climbing

This thing is a freaking textbook full of info but it is great applied to climbing.

u/The_Eleventh_Hour · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I commented on the Youtube, but yeah, work on your handstands, everything else looks really solid. Keep on keepin' on.

Also, you may want to buy this:


I'm a gymnastics coach. This is a bible to me.

u/LeChTo · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You should get something like this for all your stretching needs. I have this one, it was a good addition to my existing knowledge, filling gaps and whatnot.

u/[deleted] · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I just wanted to reply for those people who do not understand what "BtGB" means:

Building the Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training. Author: Christopher Sommer.

Here's a link to the Amazon page for the book:

u/rmh86 · 3 pointsr/answers

I used this book for some calisthenic training and a big part of the strength training is isolated holds (holding a levered position for a duration of up to 15 seconds) to build up strength.

u/batkarma · 4 pointsr/Fitness

You can do SS, they have 15lb barbells at most gyms.

In the meantime, check out /r/bodyweightfitness. As the program picker in the sidebar points out, Overcoming Gravity is a great guide, with the it's own subreddit /r/overcominggravity that the author visits regularly.

Use the kettlebell to do snatches, turkish get ups and kettlebell swings.

u/spaceyjase · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Something you may wish to consider is Overcoming Gravity (Second Edition), by /u/eshlow (web). It will allow you to construct your own routine from the information in the book (and there's lots of it!).

u/thefirm1990 · 9 pointsr/Fitness

check this out

It list all adult gymnastics classes by state. You can also try picking up books like overcoming gravity or just head over to /r/bodyweightfitness they could probably help you out. Gymnastics is not the easiest thing to get into when your older but it's definetly worth trying out.

u/phusr · 1 pointr/overcominggravity

That is very interesting. The thing I often wonder about Amazon is who is selling the product. The $50 option wasn't there when I did the search. If you look at the sellers one is selling it for $50 and the other is $110. Someone must of gotten it in stock.

u/TurnOneYeti · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Overcoming Gravity is $50 bucks new on amazon (500+ pages). Anything a little easier on the wallet?

u/Velocitea · 5 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

>untrained novice

>plateau after some relatively short period of time

I'm not sure what you mean by a relatively short period of time, but many bodyweight exercises can take years to progress fully in.

Example exercises, from the book Overcoming Gravity.

u/mippyyu · 4 pointsr/Fitness

The book has a 1 star review that confusingly says that it's a good book and well worth the money.

u/SaneesvaraSFW · 1 pointr/kungfu


Bonus: The author regularly posts and replies in /r/bodyweightfitness

u/bornfromash · 2 pointsr/crossfit

I'll add:

u/IchMagReddit · 5 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Books are usually a good way to ingest lots of information on a certain topic.

For example, if somebody wanted to learn something about gymnastics he could read Overcoming Gravity. You won't find any TV show that featuers the same amount of knowledge about this topic as this book does. Sure, you could also learn the same stuff by listening to people, or watching youtube videos or something, but books are "better" because they contain more information on the same spot than your typical TV show, YT video or conversation do.

u/Chefbexter · 2 pointsr/pics

You might want to check out this book. It's all about figure skating, gymnastics, and the tough requirements to stay competitive that lead to skipping menstruation and stunting one's growth.

u/VoandesHolador · 10 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

As I said on another thread, he's all about marketing, man.

His form sucks hard. He uses his physique (which is really good, no doubt) as a tool to charge other people, but if you see his videos, you're going to realize his technique sucks.

I was one of his subscribers, but when I started to really dig for knowledge in calisthenics, I realized how he doesn't know whatta hell he's talking about.

If you wanna spend money on something really good, buy the Overcoming Gravity 2 book.

u/kdz13 · 5 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I used the FAQ of /r/bodyweightfitness But I've heard good things about Overcoming Gravity

u/skny3dmodel · 1 pointr/overcominggravity

$110? Are you sure? lists the book at $49.93 Canadian currently with shipping.

u/csreid · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I know people here like Overcoming Gravity a lot. I think that probably fits your criteria.

u/bking · 1 pointr/videos

It's a pretty common problem with competitive gymnastics and figure-skating. The coaches go as far as delaying puberty and altering diets to reduce the development of breast tissue, which would make them top-heavy. The coaches make bank, but the girls end up pretty useless once they can't perform any more.

u/Levski123 · 4 pointsr/Gymnastics

Aside from what was recommended you could try

This book is sure to give you the low down

u/YouAlwaysHaveAChoice · 2 pointsr/crossfit

If you are interested in gymnastics, I highly recommend getting Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low. It has all the progressions, sample workout regimens, rehab and injury prevention info, and a ton of other stuff.

u/otp1144 · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

the best treatment is to remove them all by hand unfortunately. but you can supplement that with this to kill off any eggs or juvenile lice you find.

You can also increase salinity in the tank by dosing with 1lb per every 100 gallons of this. this will raise the salinity by 0.12 which will help the fish heal any wounds, weaken any remaining lice, and increase slime coat production.

u/Cardagain · 1 pointr/IAmA

Are you male or female? I'm an adult male that wants to take gymnastics classes. What should I look for in picking a gym and instructor? Are the horrible wrist pushups really necessary for building up the wrists? Have you read Building the Gymnastic Body by Coach Sommer? If so, what did you think of it?

u/EsholEshek · 1 pointr/Fitness

Never Gymless

Building the Gymnastic Body

Convict Conditioning

These all have routines in them. Or you can ask at /r/bodyweightfitness.

u/abodyweightquestion · -7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Why is Overcoming Gravity so damn expensive? I'm not above paying for a book, but twenty eight quid is a bit much for me...

u/zbeptz · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

You should check out his book Overcoming Gravity. It's almost 600 pages of details.

u/mark90909 · 8 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Doorway pull up bar, paralettes, rings, foam roller, lacrosse ball, slack line, agility ladder, yoga matt, some shorts and a vest to workout in, a subscription to GMBs, meggings, Overcoming Gravity 2 just came out

u/vagif · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The Bible of this subreddit is Overcoming Gravity

u/BePatient7 · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Although strengthproject has some decent youtube tutorials I can't speak for any of their books.

If you are going to buy any book on bodyweight training, get Overcoming Gravity.

If you're are patient, the author is releasing a second edition of the book sometime this year.

u/tolos · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Overcoming Gravity

I'm only 1/6 through the book, but it's answered a ton of questions that I've had. Here's an intro to routine construction, the book goes into much much more detail about programming. Lots of explanations, lots of detail on progressions, and the author (/u/eshlow) is around here and /r/overcominggravity answering questions.

u/oteu · 1 pointr/newsokur


u/nicholaszero · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Steve Low, author of the Fundamentals of Bodyweight Training article above has written extensively on progressions and programming for bodyweight training. I think the most important thing he's said is the need to train bodyweight exercises in antagonistic pairs, so that you don't overdevelop in one way and cause structural problems while pursuing one particular feat. His example that has stuck with me was the need to train something like the manna and skin the cats to match the constant training of exercises such as pullups and pushups. I've added both manna progressions and skin the cats, and my shoulders feel stronger and more mobile than they used to.
I haven't read the above article in few years, so I don't recall if he does into the specifics of how to pair your exercises, but I know he's written about it in his book, "Overcoming Gravity".

u/BullHorn7 · 11 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Antranik, Tykato, FitnessFAQs, TheBodyweightWarrior, Gregory Scott Fitness, GMB Fitness.

All of them post here regularly/semi-regularly.

/u/eshlow wrote the book Overcoming Gravity on which the Recommended Routine is based off.

I'm sure there's many more that I missed, sorry in advance.

u/Fifth_Down · 3 pointsr/Gymnastics

This IMO is the best book ever written on gymnastics.

Unfortunately the author died after completing only the first part of the series.

u/kasnirafe · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

"Overcoming Gravity" by Steven Low has everything that you are looking for. Regarding nutrition, I found this article to be very informative

u/greebly_weeblies · 2 pointsr/leanfire

Kettlebells, jumprope and bodyweight exercises for fitness!

There's a bit of cost to kettlebells, but they're compact, indestructible and kick your ass. Jumprope will take wear and tear if you're on concrete but are fairly cheap if you need to replace, and will also kick your ass.

If you're doing bodyweight exercise, have a look at Steven Low's "Overcoming Gravity".

u/Giraffe_Milker · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

It's not the only thing I'm working on, but as far as tuck planche is concerned I do 5 sets for as long as I can hold it, and I do that 3-4 times a week. The full routine:

Tuck/Adv Tuck PL 5 x hold to failure

Straddle Front Lever 5 x hold to failure

Wall Handstand 3-5 x hold to failure

Adv Front Lever Pullups 3 x 8-10

Straight Bar Muscle Ups 3 x 2-4 (working on increasing the reps)

Tuck PL Pushups 3 x 4 (working on increasing the reps)

Lots of stretching for the lower back, shoulders, hips, and hamstrings on the off days. This routine is almost straight out of Overcoming Gravity, which I highly recommend:

u/chivere · 1 pointr/news

Piggybacking on this comment to provide more information on abuse in gymnastics. I've been following this a lot.

Former USAG team physician, Larry Nassar

Sex Charges for Olympics Doctor Larry Nassar Are 'Tip of Iceberg'

16 more women accuse former USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual abuse

You can read the full complaint from one of the first gymnasts to sue him here. IMPORTANT: It's fairly easy to deduce her identity from this document, but please respect her desire to remain anonymous in association with this incident and refer to her as Jane Doe. You will probably find page 16 most... disgusting. A choice quote:
>"Under these circumstances, the Perpetrator (DOE 1) introduced his bare hand to Plaintiff's vagina and anus, on multiple occasions, in Plaintiff's assigned sleeping quarters, as she lay on the edge of her bed, alone and without any supervision or a chaperone."

At MSU: Assault, harassment and secrecy - Nassar was also team physician for MSU's gymnastics team after "leaving" his position with USAG.

Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar charged with sexual assault - Nassar has also been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl in his home.

Another gymnast is also suing the Karyolis, with Marta Karyoli having been the national team coordinator for USAG from 2001 to the Rio Olympics (she has now retired), on the basis that the Karolyis turned a blind eye to what Nassar was doing, and also accusing them of non-sexual abuse. Former Romanian gymnasts have also accused them of physical abuse.


Transcript of an interview with McKayla Maroney, 2012 Olympic gold medalist. It's a little rambling but she talks about non-sexual abuse and the unhealthy environment she endured as a gymnast.

The Karolyis’ Tainted Glory

Georgia judge to unseal USA Gymnastics sex abuse records

Jury trial scheduled for Jeena Nilson; accused of failing to update sex offender registry - Sex offender volunteered at daughter's gym

Further Reading

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan

Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu

Just to be clear, this is certainly not only a problem in US women's gymnastics. It's getting a lot of attention due to IndyStar's excellent reporting, USAG's poor handling of incidents, and the fact that there are so many female gymnasts in the US (this is also why you don't hear very much about male gymnasts--there are not nearly as many here but I'm certain there are problems there too) that this in particular has become a massive problem. There is abuse in other countries' gymnastics programs and in other sports--anywhere that adults in a position of authority may have access to children without supervision.

If your kids are in sports, investigate what procedures are in place to protect them!