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Steve Kaspar 12-13-2008 04:27 PM

getting a gymnastic looking body
can a gymnastic body be achieved by doing the very basics. tons of pushups monday, tons of abs tuesday, tons of dips wednesday and tons of pullups thursday. then repeated... lots of good sleep . lots of good food. no rings, or anything else. just the pullup bar/dip bar and the floor.
comments please. numbers of reps each day to get this look.
i say no, but my buddy, who is totally burnt out on driving to the gym wants to try this till summertime. he says its possible.
thanks alot
steve kaspar

Donald Lee 12-13-2008 04:57 PM


You can get very strong using progressively more difficult variations.

Chris H Laing 12-13-2008 05:21 PM


Originally Posted by Steve Kaspar (Post 45487)
can a gymnastic body be achieved by doing the very basics. tons of pushups monday, tons of abs tuesday, tons of dips wednesday and tons of pullups thursday. then repeated...
steve kaspar

I would definitely say no. Gymnasts get their bodies from doing things like front levers, planches, maltese, and iron cross.

Also, just working on one exercise one day for hundreds of reps will get you nowhere.

Tell your friend to buy rings, a squat rack, and some bumper plates, and he'll be set.

Blair Lowe 12-13-2008 07:40 PM

if you can do pullups, it means you can work levers. couple with working L's on floor and planche and other bw stuff, yes.

Steven Low 12-14-2008 09:24 AM

Strength train with decreased leverage bodyweight movements. Keep the reps low (1-5) and the number of sets medium-high (3-10ish depending on what you're doing).

It will take a lot of dedication though.

Massive numbers of pullups, dips, situps, etc. won't do it unless you're a genetic freak.

Steve Kaspar 12-14-2008 12:23 PM

examples please
can you give a few examples on what i should tell him. you want him to do the 4 or 5 movements he wants to do, and continue doing till summertime, but doing each movement 1-3 reps for 5-6-7sets? meaning doing pullups, you would do a set of 3 with a backpack on with a lot of weight in it? same way with dips? please explain with some examples if you dont mind.
thank you
steve kaspar

Steven Low 12-14-2008 12:37 PM

Check out some of the threads on this forum.

I would prefer back lever, front lever, planche, handstands work, and progressive dips and pullups work with some sort of rowing activity. Most stuff on rings.

There's a couple threads with programming. Depends on the person's initial strength. If they're looking to get strong fast then go with something like 3 reps with 3-8 sets. Start with like 3-5 per exercise and build up with need be. Program is EXACTLY like you would for weightlifting so if you have any experience or he does then it's simple.

Daniel Morgan 10-10-2011 11:57 AM

I'd say no, I think he'd need a bit more training then just that.
and in the case he could, It would take him a very long time ...these guys have been practicing their whole lives http://www.olympic.org/artistic-gymn...zontal-bar-men

Blair Lowe 10-11-2011 07:21 PM

even though you seem to bringing back threads from the grave, the answer depends on what events they work on and quite honestly body types vary even at the elite levels and much more so at the collegiate level

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