We don’t see much of that today. And yet, there are other kinds of gyms popping up all over. Most people have heard of CrossFit Training. And now we hear the comeback of natural movement training. I’ve talked about that quite a bit.
What I’ve seen more recently are many of the old school bodyweight exercises making a comeback, including one that once was part of the Olympic Games.
Here are those three:
I love doing handstands and finally getting the right balance for free-form handstand push-ups. The thing about doing handstands is that it is easy to get up into one. The hard part is holding it. It takes both strength in the upper body and the core. They have to work as one. Beginners should start with their feet against a wall. And then start balancing away from it. It will take a little time. You may be able to hold one after about three weeks. If your upper body and core are strong.
This exercise really challenges your upper body and core. Especially your back. Additionally, it take arm and grip strength. Rope climbing was once an Olympic sport in Gymnastics until 1932. Today, we are seeing rope being introduced into some gyms, such as CrossFit. Beginners can use their legs to assist them. Once you get the strength, use only your upper body.
This current exercise in the Olympic Gymnastics was once in every single gym in the country. In fact, we would see them in children’s playgrounds. I remember as a kid grabbing onto them to practice my strength (and to have fun swinging). The advent of strap training has its roots from these rings. You can do ring push-ups as well as the standard ring training. You have to use all your upper body strength to get up into an upper starting position. Make sure you can do pull-ups & push-ups easily enough before using the rings.
Bonus exercise: Pistols or one-legged squats.
This exercise is a great lower body developer. It is a killer on your quads and glutes as well as your core. Going at it on one leg also requires good balance and strength. You are putting your whole body weight on that one leg. Unless you are already strong in doing two-legged squats, don’t attempt these. I would suggest starting off holding onto a table for balance, until you develop sufficient strength in each leg.
Have fun with these old school exercises as you get stronger and stronger, functionally strong.