Episode 230 – Coach Sommer (Gymnastic Bodies)


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Featuring guest Coach Christopher Sommer of Gymnastic Bodies.

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  1. Tom Perich
    July 2, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Huge fan of Chris and gymnastic strength training. I’ve been paleo for 4 years and tried numerous strength training methodologies in that time. All delivered some benefits but nothing has delivered ththe way his courses have. 20-30 min a workout, very hard, tons of results. Combine paleo with gymnastic strength training and you have a great way to lose and maintain weight. You see Chris’s workouts and the initial ones seem easy and then they quickly get to a point where you can’t imagine doing that. Then, following his progressions you find that you’re quickly doing what you thought was impossible. It’s not cheap, it’s not fun at first, but then you see results and it gets fun fast.

  2. Brian Cerasuolo
    July 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Can you talk about some of the work you plan to be doing for your hip flexors and psoriasis?

  3. Tami
    July 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    LOVED THIS POST!! I am a runner and I do crossfit and everything you spoke about makes so much sense, thank you. I also work for an orthopedic vet so I am trying to come up with some exercises that I can apply to the dogs as well!!

  4. David ONeill
    July 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

    On the strength programme your athletes use for 2-3 month periods. Say for example, the Deadlift – how many reps and sets are you talking about? Also are you working of a % of your 1rpm?

    • Bipocni
      July 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      This is lifted straight from his book (apologies Coach)

      He would have his athletes find out max hold time for say, L sits. Then he would have them do as many sets as it takes to reach 60 seconds total at 50% max hold time.

      Stick to exactly that for 12 weeks, rinse and repeat. For an L sit, work up to a 60 second hold. For advanced planche progressions (tuck and beyond) a 15 second max time is acceptable.

      If you can’t get at least a 5 second hold for your training time, continue working an easier progression.

      • David Velez
        July 10, 2014 at 4:10 am

        I do not understand what you mean by “do as many sets as it takes to reach 60 seconds total at 50% max hold time.” Could you please give an example?

        • Darcie
          July 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm

          I assume it means: if you can do an L-sit for 10 seconds max, you would do 12 sets of 5-second L-sits, which would get you to 60 seconds total.

  5. David ONeill
    July 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Question more specific to weight training?

  6. James Neidinger
    July 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I remember talking about the tissue recovery rates with some other coaches, is there any chance we can get some data resources for the rates on different tissues?
    cheers in advance

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