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Upper Body Strength

Discussion in 'Skill Directory' started by Abbey, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. Abbey

    Abbey New Member Gymnast

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    I'm 16 years old and just joined my high school gymnastics team after a 6 year break from the sport.

    I still have all of my splits and my bridges and basic skills that can be done with muscle memory and flexibility. But anything that requires strength is a problem.

    I'm pretty overweight. I'm about 5'4" and weigh 160 pounds. Bars has always been difficult for me, but now is worse than ever. I can't even do a chin-up, let alone a pullover.

    Does anyone have any good upper body exercises for beginners? Literally everything is hard so I need good modifications.

    For example, instead of push-ups, I could do 50 wall push-ups a day.

  2. xcelmomsilver

    xcelmomsilver New Member Proud Parent

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    You could try modified push ups also known as "girl" push-ups or just hold a plank keep working hard!
  3. triplethreat+1

    triplethreat+1 Member Proud Parent

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    Tricep dips- start with using something at waist height and go lower as you get better. Instead of chin-ups, do chin up hold (hang with flexed arms), then reverse chin ups (start with flexed arms then slowly lower). I also really like doing toes to a bar, but horizontal. Then you can do on an incline when you get better.
    Handstand holds against a wall are good, if you have trouble with that do it with tucked legs and knees/feet on a block to help support yourself.
    These are mostly things you can work on at home too if you are not getting enough time in the gym. Good luck!

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