My One Minute Workout

Recently someone asked me a question over at allexperts.com about endurance for their floor routine. I told them it was a different type of endurance that was needed than long distance running, and to try doing some conditioning for the amount of time her floor routine lasts. Since then I’ve thought more about it and decided I would take my own advice to help with my rings routine. I timed the routine in my video from the Rocky Mountain Open and it was a little over a minute long. Then I tried doing all sorts of different exercises to see how long I could do them before really slowing down. Here are my initial results from this morning (in the order I did them, with a couple minutes between each one to figure out what to do next):

  1. Handstand Pushups against a wall – ~45seconds
  2. Handstand on the rings with straight arms but feet wrapped around the straps for support – ~35 seconds
  3. Planche hold with my feet propped on a chair – ~30 seconds
  4. L hold (hanging from a pull up bar) – ~30 seconds
  5. Front Lever to pull up position and back on pull up bar (several times) – ~25 seconds

Now I really understand why it’s difficult to do anything with good form in the second half of my rings routine – I’m pooped by then! So in the next week and a half before my next competition I’ll do my best to improve those numbers. 🙂

About Robert

I competed in gymnastics for 16 years through college at Arizona State University. After 10 years and 5 (now 6) children, I have returned to gymnastics as a competitor. I am a lifetime gymnast. :)

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