I don't really know any, but I'm sure they don't actually follow a typical bodybuilding bulking diet do they?
How exactly do they reach such high levels of hypertrophy?
I mean obviously not all of them, but ive seen quite a few that look really, really jacked (i don't just mean lean, they have decent size too) yet they don't seem to go about it the typical bodybuilding route, but they are getting similar if not better results
If anyone knows someone or has been involved in gymnastics, what goes on in a typical day of these guys? How are their workouts etc.? Is it due to the high amount of stretching involved?
Thread: How do gymnasts get so muscular?
02-17-2006, 11:09 AM #1
How do gymnasts get so muscular?
02-17-2006, 11:12 AM #2
My wife was into gymnastics for 20 years, now she just teaches it. She was never overly muscular but her flexibility is incredible. I think its the fact that they practice and work at it practically every day for hours at a time. They just get so used to it that they build up their muscle endurance and don't seem to fatigue like the average person. And most of them really arent that big. They are just fairly lean have good definition.
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02-17-2006, 11:19 AM #3
It's because they lift heavy weight everytime they practice.
By changing the angle of your body while doing pushing and pulling movements you can use more weight then what most people precieve to be possible using just bodyweight.
02-17-2006, 11:20 AM #4
Well I know they aren't exactly gigantic, but take a look at this guy:
I find that a pretty amazing level of development considering the guy is probably not following a typical bodybuilder lifestyle, especially diet-wise.
There are guys in the pics section eating 4000+ calories per day and squatting/deadlifting till the cows come home and they don't look close to the guy pictured above
02-17-2006, 11:21 AM #5
they are incredibly muscular because you have to be incredibly strong to do what they do as much as they do. i remember my coach in high school told us there was an nfl player who did 500 pushups and 500 situps every day and otherwise just played football. the first day he ever used a bench press he just about set a record.
try doing some of their routines... you probably wont be able to. if you try ever day for 5 or 6 years your muscles will develop incredibly and you will
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02-17-2006, 11:27 AM #10
Frequency, the same reason mechanics have big forearms, lumberjacks have big upper backs, soccer players have big calves and rock climbers have big lats.
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02-17-2006, 11:50 AM #13
Gymnasts spend huge amoumts of time overloading muscles while in a stretch position(iron cross, swinging around the high bar). Prolonged loading of a stretched muscle has been shown to induce hyperplasia(muscle fiber splitting) in animals, increasing muscle mass by up to 300%
When force is applied to a stretched muscle, myosin/actin overlap becomes misaligned, reducing crossbridge formation, and increasing microtrauma to the sarcolema. This increased trauma directly activates MAPK p38 pathways, which are directly involved with sattelite cell activation in the muscles. These sattelite cells, once activated, can then either bind with existing muscle fibers(hypertrophy), or bind with eachother(hyperplasia).
This concept of "stretch overload" is the basis behind X-reps, as well as the extreme stretches required in DC training.I don't know either lol
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02-17-2006, 12:21 PM #17
1) They didn't just as kids say "hey, I want to be a gymnast someday when I grow up" and bam they were there. They were one of thousands and thousands of kids who wanted to by gymnasts. These are the best of the best. Thus they have THE BEST GENETICS.
2) They are probably at the tallest 5'8", maybe 5'6". It doesn't take long to make a 5'6" or 5'8" frame look "big". He is buff looking there, but don't be suprised if his arms are only 15".
3) They have trained since they were very little, doing very extreme and stregth conditioning training. Much like an olympic lifter. The Olympic lifters do mostly their Olympic Lifts, yet get great results though years of training for stregth. These guys are strong as hell, especially per body weight, from years of training/eating/genetics.
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02-17-2006, 12:36 PM #19
Oh im not underestimating them, im just really interested in the different approach they seem to take.
In bodybuilding, well especially here there's the less is more mentality, and like many have mentioned a lot of these guys work out like crazy and they are getting excellent results.
Not to mention they don't seem to follow traditional bulking/cutting cycles
they just seem to workout hard, forever, and it gets them impressive results
02-17-2006, 12:37 PM #20
They're gymnasts. They work hard. And the majority of them don't break 5'10". Muscular arms on a guy who's 5'4" are going to look a hell of a lot bigger than on one who's 6'2"."I'll bet you're the kind of guy that would fcuk a person in the ass and not even have the goddam common courtesy to give him a reach-around." - Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
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02-17-2006, 01:35 PM #26
one of the guys i went to school with was a gret gymnast, won loads of comps and stuff. went to uni at loughborough(sp?) to do sport something, and be on the uni team for gymnastics, but ended up having to quit profesional level as he had a slipped plate or something in his lower back.
now he teaches it.
he was buff, could lift alot, and had great balance. i have mad respect for them, cause fo the dedication that goes into it.i will transform myself.
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02-17-2006, 03:23 PM #28
The gymnasts you see on TV are the WORLD'S BEST. They are genetically gifted athletes who have been training hours on end for years and years. Most that reach that level are training long before they turn 5. I won't even touch on the 'natural' issue; other than to say, in any sport where strength is a factor, people will benefit from steriods....
I did gymnastics for years, in high school and in college. Doing the workouts and training we did some guys got pretty muscular, some guys didn't. Find pictures of a less than olympic gymnast - like a high school varsity team and most of them look small. Small and rip, maybe. Small and strong, certainly (for their bodyweight anyway).
Really though, there are very few workouts you can't simulate with your body weight and the gymnastics equipment, or at least find something else to target the same group.
02-17-2006, 04:37 PM #29
Allright so heres the deal. All those things you hear about not training a muscle more than once a week, that doesn't apply because we will work handstands, planches, L-sits 4 or 5 times. Then, you do that for 10 years, you are most likely sure to see results.
You also have to see what events the gymnast specializes in. A ring specialist will have much bigger arms than someone who does primarily floor. Most gymnasts do not think much about building muscle. If anything, they want to be lighter because its easier to flip and control your body.
02-17-2006, 04:48 PM #30