13 Bodyweight Exercises That Keep Me Strong After 10 Years as a Competitive Gymnast
I did gymnastics for 15 years growing up and competed for 10. To quote Stick It, "The things gymnasts do make Navy SEALs look like wusses. And we do them without a gun!" Don't get me wrong, I was no Simone Biles or Katelyn Ohashi, but I had abs of steel and a love for the sport.
I never wanted to let go of striving to compete on the collegiate level, but when I realized my body couldn't handle the strain, I had to change my perspective and find another way to stay in shape. That's when I became a gym rat (and yes, I was that girl who did splits in the corner during my cooldowns).
Before the end of every gymnastics practice, we'd do half-hour sessions of conditioning. This included a lot of bodyweight exercises that kept our arms, abs, and quads strong so that, after flying through the air, we'd land on our feet safely. Here are the moves I still incorporate into my sweat sessions today. Add a few — some of which you'll recognize — to your next workout for an extra challenge.