Developing Elite Gymnastic Strength: Upper Body and Core

Chris Lofland

Gymnastics Workout

North Richland Hills, Texas, United States



This cycle of the gymnastics workout program concentrates on upper body and core strength with some unilateral leg exercises worked in. You will apply the rolls and balance work you have done in past cycles to more than just the floor and strike a good balance between basic skill and strength work.


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Week 1

Day 1

Handstand balance work - 15 minutes


3 Sets of:


Day 2

4 sets of 1:00 holds:

  • Left split
  • Right split
  • Middle split/pancake


Day 3

3 x 10-20 tap swing on rings

5 x 5 ice cream maker




Tabata jumping switch lunge


Day 4

4 sets of:


Day 5

3 x 5-10 candlestick pulls


As Quickly As Possible (AQAP):


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