The Value of Variations on the Front Lever

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

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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