Developing Elite Gymnastic Strength: Upper Body and Core

Chris Lofland

Gymnastics Workout

North Richland Hills, Texas, United States



This cycle of the gymnastics workout program concentrates on upper body and core strength with some unilateral leg exercises worked in. You will apply the rolls and balance work you have done in past cycles to more than just the floor and strike a good balance between basic skill and strength work.


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Week 8

Day 1

Shoulder stand on rings - 15 minutes practice

3 sets of:

  • 3-7 quick kip bar muscle up
  • 7 high box jumps
  • 15 weighted sit ups


Day 2

4 sets of:

  • :30-1:00 ankle stretch
  • :10-:30 wrist support
  • :30 bridge


Day 3

5 x 4 alternating forward roll to pistol + jump

5 x 4 candlestick roll to pistol + jump

3 x 6 weighted step up (no push off with bottom leg)


Day 4

4 sets of:
3-5 skin the cat
10-20 scarecrow stretch
:30 weighted standing pike stretch


Day 5

3 x max effort strict muscle up + max effirt kipping muscle up

100 hollow rock
100 superman rock
*Partition the work any way you want.


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