Gold Medal Bodies Programs
How do you go about chucking tricks? How can you muster up the courage to roll end over end and literally crash on your garage floor? The same way you can and should: you study, you learn, you ease into it.
I don’t make this stuff up. I don’t tell myself, “I’m going to do x, y, and z with zero practice and zero knowledge! Hope I survive lolz!” I learn from people more experienced than me. YouTube is a nice start. But the tutorials are often inconsistent because each move has a different demonstrator.
If you’re serious about things, I suggest Gold Medal Bodies and their floor programs. Gold Medal Bodies isn’t a stranger. They wrote one of the most read, shared, and useful posts here: Becoming a Handstand Beast.
Floor One is their first floor program and more suitable for beginners. It teaches you some balance maneuvers, basic tumbling exercises, and full body control. This resource is absolutely massive. There are three categories of movements inside: strength, balance, and coordination.
Some of the things you’re looking at learning:
- Keeping your wits while jumping and spinning, and landing under control
- Handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs
- L-sit progressions
- Forward and backwards rolls
It’s a fully comprehensive resource. Click here to learn more about Floor One.
Floor Two is the follow up to Floor One. It’s more advanced. No doubt about it. It’s the flashier of the two and closer to my tricking “home.”
It squeezes the juice behind macacos, snakedowns, and other aerial tricks. Even stuff like floor circles. Tap into your inner breakdancer, yo.
If that isn’t enough, I got another to take a look at it:
- You get my Tricking Primer guide for free when you buy
The primer is something Gold Medal Bodies asked me to contribute, and I’m all about spreading the name of tricking. So I went out in the freezing cold weather and shot tutorial videos for the basic tricks. I will never forgive Ryan for this, by the way. My fingers are still cold. There’s also write-ups for each basic trick in a coolio PDF.
Between Floor One and Floor Two, you’re looking at a power level > 9000. (Approximate value.)
I’m a huge fan of what GMB is doing from both an information and business conduct standpoint. They actually *gasp* encourage you to e-mail them. You won’t be disappointed with their product or lovely service. Their tutorials are comprehensive with safe progressions and ample preparation. And they even take into consideration options for those that are less comfortable with the skills.
They also have some different ring training products and just a bunch of stuff that’s helped me on the gymnastics end of things.
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I recently switched all of my pressing exercises over to thick bar training a la Fat Gripz. Power cleaning with a thick bar (to assume a standing press position) is quite the challenge, but it’s a seriously fun challenge.
I also do curls with Fat Gripz. My elbows remain healthy, which is rather uncommon for a lot of people that do straight bar curls. (I also do a bunch of bodyweight training and ring work, which also tends to aggravate elbows…again, nothing.) Part of me thinks thick bar training is to thank here.
I’m not sure the thick bar is delivering anything a straight bar wouldn’t, since I don’t really use them to train my grip (which is why I touted their benefit in the original article), but I can’t say that they hurt anything.
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