The Value of Variations on the Front Lever

Try using ropes and rings to tax your core, your grip, and your willpower.

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Andy McKenzie is an expert in bodyweight and core training.This week, Andy explains the value of performing the front lever on various apparatus.

Most people use a calisthenics bar, but if you want to keep your shoulders healthy, strengthen your grip, and challenge your core, it's worth switching up your tools. The front lever becomes a different beast altogether when you do it on a rope or on gymnastics rings.Using a thicker rope will activate your grip strength even more.

Aim to pull your elbows down to your hips while keeping your arms straight. You can take it a step further by swinging your legs over your head in a skin-the-cat manouevre.Find a bar, a set of rings, a rope, or any other hold you can grip on to, and get practicing.

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