Conditioning Tips

I like to time most of our conditioning to ensure that we get through it efficiently. Doing timed exercises together also makes it much more difficult to cheat, as I can watch all of the gymnasts simultaneously. I also don't have to worry about them doing fewer reps than I assigned (e.g. 30 v-ups instead of 50) because when timed, they continue to do the exercise until I tell them to stop. This doesn't work well on exercises such as pullups since some are unable to do them on their own, so I'll usually mix in one or two untimed exercises on bars with the rest of the timed exercises.

Below are a few samples of timed exercises.

(If you have conditioning tips you'd like to see posted, email me.)





  • 10 pullups
  • 30 tuck ups on bars
  • 60 second arch ups
  • 60 second calf raises
  • 60 second handstand hold
  • 60 second hollow body hold
  • 60 second heel drives
  • 60 second lunges
  • 60 second push-up position hold
  • 60 second v-ups
  • 60 second arch hold
  • 60 second squat jumps
  • 30 second regular push-ups
  • 30 second star push-ups
  • 30 second military push-ups
  • 30 second bicycles
  • 30 second scissors
  • 30 second tuck, straddle, pike ups
  • 60 second opposite arm/leg lifts
  • 60 second wall sit