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  1. Sarzis is offline

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    Recomended books on Gymnastics and Calisthenics?

    Hello!

    I recently joined a Crossfit box so for the first time ever I have access to rings, which people only ever use to do muscle-ups to show off how fit they are, so they are avaiable most of the time, alongside most of the equipment (except barbells, people love the fucking barbells).

    I would like to know more about gymnastics and calisthenics to add them on my free day to develop muscle awareness and strength, so I'd really appreciate some tips on which books are a must-read for total beginners.

    Some books that have caught my attention are:

    - Overcoming Gravity: A systematic approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight exercises, by Steve Low.
    - The Science of Gymnastics, by Monem Jemni.
    - Gymnastics Basics: All About Gymnastics, by Annie Kreighton.
    - Breaking Parallel: A guide to Crossfit Gymnastics and Body Movement, by Jeff R. Tucker.
    - The Naked Warrior, by Pavel Tatsouline.

    Any help is appreciated! Thank you.
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    For gymnastic strength training, Coach Sommer's Building the Gymnastic Body was good to my untrained eye, and comes well-recommended among the S&C and CrossFit communities.

    I would highly recommend not filling up all 7 days of the week with working out. CrossFit and lifting take a lot out of people. Rest days are productive.
    What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Xenophon's Socrates
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    Coach Sommers also released a new book called Foundation One.

    I dabbled in gymnastics for a couple of months (nothing major just advanced frog stand etc.) but I didn't find any structure in its training and progressions, my only resource was Building The Gymnastic Body.

    Supposedly Foundation One changes that.

    Very structured and tells you precisely what to do.

    It's pretty real goddamn motherfucking expensive though.

    The statement has lots of curse words in it because it's expensive. 75 dollars or something.

    This criticism of the book BtGB is of course from a beginner's point of view. It's only relevant if you are a beginner too.

    Good luck.
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    To OP, I haven't read any of the books you listed except for pavels book, which in my opinion is good for calisthenics & can be used to supplement main workout (read the grease the groove chapter).
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    Holy freaking Christ. I just saw the prices on BtGB and Foundation One ( $130-120 and 75$ respectively).

    I'll definetely get The Naked Warrior, but as a beginner, and after comparing your comments to the reviews on Amazon, I don't think the BtGB is a good purchase for me because of what you have already said (and it was repeated on Amazon). Plus, it seems the FO is just one of four books (to be published), that you can only buy on their webpage, so I don't really trust their reviews. So I'll think on it.

    In the meantime, if you have more books to recommend, It'd be really great!
    Thanks a bunch, guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarzis View Post
    Holy freaking Christ. I just saw the prices on BtGB and Foundation One ( $130-120 and 75$ respectively).
    Just a little correction:

    BtGB is cheaper.

    30USD

    https://www.gymnasticbodies.com/foru...gital-edition/

    This is directly from the main site.
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    Gold Medal Bodies: Rings One. I know it's $95, but you get a lot of bang for your buck (video tutorials and training program, good customer service).

    http://www.goldmedalbodies.com/products/rings-one/
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    I'd second The Naked Warrior. Convict Conditioning, one and two by Paul Wade, also.
    Convict Conditioning has steps for complete beginners on how to start training and work your way up to 6 really effective calisthenics movements. Movements that seem like they'd be pretty useful to someone who wants to get into gymnastics.
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    I haven't seen any books by him but i always mention this guy when gymnastics comes up:



    That said, his videos are pretty cheap online and have very common sense progressions imo.

    http://dominiclacasse.biz/index.php

    Demo for the beginner series:

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