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Olympic Gymnast physique

Postby Jorge » Apr 27, 2006 22:43

I have always had this question and nobody has been able to give me a convincing answer.

We all well know that in order to grow muscle and gain strength one needs to allow rest (day or days off) within your strength training. Olympic Gymnasts are no skinny fellas and they train their muscles every day in one form or the other. Why is this?

Anybody?
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Postby ACEDC » Apr 28, 2006 00:03

Because they are young and they are badasses. Youth gets away with things. I used to. Now I'm older and if I don't do things the right way, I pay for it. Some of us are just not super human.
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Re: Olympic Gymnast physique

Postby dragon » Apr 28, 2006 08:23

Jorge wrote:We all well know that in order to grow muscle and gain strength one needs to allow rest (day or days off) within your strength training.


To gain size i agree,but to gain strength i don't.
There are some powerlifters who bench press 7 days per week.

BUT...

They never train to muscular failure.They lift so often to get their bodies accustomed to lifting.That's their only goal.

It depends what you want to achieve and what discipline you participate in.
To a bodybuilder,a martial artist is over training their legs with the amount of kicking they do.But a bodybuilder is trying to increase leg size,a martial artist is trying to improve their kicks.

The same applies to gymastics.

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Re: Olympic Gymnast physique

Postby timbarly » Sep 29, 2011 03:25

Is it worthwhile to be in competative gymnastics? I know that of course encouraging my child to take part in activities that she likes- and that are healthy- is "good" in of itself. However, does anyone have an opinion on whether it is really a worthwhile investment of time (and money) for my child to spend so much time in her competative gymnastics class? Also, how does that compare to cheering? Someone I know suggested that she could take a cheer class- either along with, or in place of gymnastics.
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Re: Olympic Gymnast physique

Postby dragon » Sep 30, 2011 10:13

That's a tough question to answer.I think it has to be put into perspective.....To give you an exaggerated example-

If your child has only done 5 gymnastics classes and you want to spend millions on personal trainers,suppliments,physios,taking her out of full time education so she can concentrate on her gymnastics,etc....Then no.It wouldn't be a worthwhile investment of time or money.

If she is at a young age you could encourage her to participate in many different things to see which she excels in and more importantly,which she enjoys.

As long as it isn't hindering her in any way-Injuries,affecting her grades at school,etc then i don't think you need to make any big decisions for her.Just let her have fun with it and see where it leads.

Hope this helps,

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