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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On another gymnasstic, he also did an easy weighted chin with 75 pounds, and certainly looked as though he could’ve done quite a bit more. I enjoyed your posts on the forum. Trainer isn’t just for exercises; they are there for accountability, challenge, the social factor, figuring out what you need next, correcting your form, motivating you, and sometimes just to kick you in the butt.

I could not agree more. The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: The first thing to address is, why talk about the person and not the program? Read the Frequently Asked Questions page!

“Coach” Christopher Sommers of Gymnastic Bodies – A review : bodyweightfitness

It was generally deemed to be too advanced for average sedentary adults to really follow. Utter BS and demonstrably not true in the real world!

Or are the arms floating while simultaneously attempting to elevate buulding heels? I was suppose to have a meeting with Naterman this last weekend while he was in town, but our schedules just couldn’t line up. As such it is important to train the spine to articulate with power from arch to hollow and from hollow to arch. Please share examples of movements which can be performed on the field of play with a stiff spine as I am not aware of any.


The reason that is not the case is because Sommer doesn’t know how to program for adults or account for variables such as limb length and weight. That’s called poor programming. Just because a sport requires you to do something that over time causes damage does not mean therefore it is advisable.


A common error is that strong people want to focus on increasing strength and tymnastic mobility most men fit nicely into this category. Makes me want to run out and find someone doing this sort of training in Sydney. Ready to set another goal! And it delivers, every time. Also amazing how much shoulder extension affects the component parts e.

In fact, without an somjer contraction every muscle tight and strainingthe advanced bodyweight exercises are simply impossible to complete. The straight-arm work is enormously difficult and puts tremendous strain on the biceps resulting in incredible growth. T-Nation recently sat down with Christopher Sommer, a gymnastic coach who’s responsible for building many of those amazing physiques you see on TV. These static holds, in disadvantaged leverage positions and performing dynamic movements into and out of these positions, are the secret to developing the enormous strength of world class gymnasts.

Building The Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training

buildkng I’ve encountered a few GB followers over the years and have maintained contact with chritsopher. So, more than ever, people wonder how GMB and GB compare, and why they might choose one over the other.


When you have a Chance Tim Ferris, shot me an email. No training thru pain and very gradually work on improving ROM. I have not heard too many strength and conditioning coaches promoting lumbar flexibility. This definitely needs a video supporting material.

They have amazing self-dominance, control, power, poise, balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and general athleticism. And then we all think the same thing: And is it possible for someone who didn’t start doing this stuff at christophr four? Old GB member here. Love you guys for the work you do! Nobody can deny the important of consistent hard work in attaining fitness goals. Neither Jonathan nor I are saying you are wrong. No trivia or quizzes yet. Excellent exercise progressions, good evidence based advice, the book gives multiple progressive strength and conditioning tasks to practice and perform but falls short in terms of programming.

Gymnastic Bodies & Christopher Sommer Review | GMB Fitness

I have an increased range of motion in most cases due to having hyper-mobile joints and need to stabilize my joints. Where was this information 10 and 15 years ago? A few items will be essential but a onetime purchase of a doorway pullup bar and gymnastic rings pay for themselves over the course of using them over a ggymnastic of workouts.