Gymnastics strength and conditioning is changing faster than ever before, which is amazing to see.
Cultural barriers around gymnasts lifting weights, using mixed models of gymnastics specific and general strength work, and more science based practices are finally making their way into mainstream gymnastics.
I firmly believe that this will be the biggest change we see in gymnastics during the next 5 years.
I believe more and more club, NCAA, and elite gymnasts will adopt the use of weight lifting and periodization for their programs.
So many of the coaches and athlets I consult with at this level are now jumping head first into using this ‘new school’ methods with very good results.
Annmarie Alf is a Sports Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer who has done some amazing working in this space, most notably having worked with the Chinse Women’s National Team for 8 years.
( Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS )
Author: Annemarie Alf
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