My guest this episode is Christopher Sommer (GymnasticBodies on As a world -renowned Olympic coach, Sommer is known for building his. In , Christopher Sommer (the founder of Gymnastic Bodies) At any rate, Sommer’s book, Building the Gymnastic Body, was the first. An Interview with Coach Christopher Sommer. by Chris Shugart By the way, this same gymnast had an upper body that was incredibly large and ripped! T- Nation: Coach Sommer: Gymnastics training does indeed build incredible strength.

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It seems like we had pretty similar experiences. Many of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, athletes, investors, poker players, and artists are part of the book. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There are several ways to organize your training week, but one split is superior for the vast majority of lifters. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thorough and precise detail!

The program isn’t total nonsense, it’s just incomplete with way too much hype and fantasy to package it. The gmnastic goes for many people I know that were even better sports men.

Kelly Starrett and Stuart McGill worry about load under flexion extension and are both extremely credible sources who show you can do most movements including sports with a stiff spine so, why would we need to do Jefferson curls?


It was all a bit weird to me.

The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

Utter BS and demonstrably not true in gmynastic real world! One of the arguments is that weight training will make you inflexible and GST will maintain your flexibility. There are too many ways thw skin the training cat. Best example already mentioned: Once serious injuries arise and lead to permanent structural changes, the rules change as well.

With all that muscle you’d think they’d weigh more. If you lift all geared up and the rom is 3 inches, sure your mobility is going to suck.

During my personal progress through the middle split series, I would notice some slight discomfort while stretching, and then I would back off. Bodyweightfitness is for redditors who like to use their own body to train, from the simple pullups, pushups, and squats to the advanced bodyweight movements like the planche, one arm chin-ups, or single leg squats. There was literally nothing on programming effectively for years.

Thank you so much! Where are the videos you referred to in the podcast? First off, some context for this review. I, like many others, sure would like the verification of the knee stability exercises. Yeah, that’s my point.

This work does not excuse him bullying people who I know to be very stand up guys and I am disappointed by this. I can echo the things that were said here.


If the program works for you, stick with it, just be aware of what the program is and how it’s run and be honest when other people ask you about it. Can you imagine a soldier unable to chase someone down simply because his legs are fried from the day before? Despite my growing doubts, I decided to attend a second seminar. Conclusion must be that if you choose to do JC you must keep good form. Is there any way you can share the knee program?


As a whole, the health of all humans seems to be going down the tube and getting mobility as part of exercise will help.

How would you recommend balancing Foundations rope prep work with maintenance training a sport bouldering that requires significant pull power through the elbows? The dead fish factor. I’ve never been to a seminar and Sommer can be an arse on the forum and in interviews but he’s not that bad, he came here and did an AMA that was solid.

Building The Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training by Christopher Sommer

He had some kind of run in with Jim Bathurst, and that was pretty early on. What a value loaded episode!

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Yeah, I’m in the same situation as you.