Gymnastic-Based Exercises

Two gymanstic-based exercises that I really like right now are:

  • Hanging Knees-to-Elbows--This is a new one that the army will be testing for their combat readyness test. Seeing it included caused me to take a second look at it, and I love it. To do it right, you have to work on shoulder stability, engaging your back muscles, and using your stomach muscles to pull you into position. 
  • L-Sits--I've been bored with my Dip Holds for a while, but I like to work on stability in my shoulders. L-Sits give me something to work on at the same time I work on my stability.
These two exercises make me feel strong. Some workouts and exercises leave me beaten up, but these build me up.

Here's a workout that I do that I really love because it is gymnastic-based and hits all my priorities.

  • Hits all 6 of the big movements (squat, hinge, push, pull, rotate, carry).
  • Includes warm-up, strength, skill, and conditioning.
  1. Warm-up: 2x Squat and Curl, Glute Bridges, Kettlebell Halos
  2. Strength: 3x Kettlebell Swings/Pull-ups
  3. Skill: Knees-to-Elbows 2x5
  4. Conditioning: Sandbag Bear Hug Carries 2x


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