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Christopher Sommer - Creating Excellence through Gymnastics


Coach Christopher Sommer is a world-renowned gymnastics instructor and long-time US Jr National Team Coach with nearly 40 years’ experience at Regional, National and Olympic level. He is known for building his athletes into some of the strongest, most powerful gymnasts in the world. Coach Sommer is the founder of Gymnastic Bodies, a hugely popular gymnastic strength training system. His book, Building the Gymnastic Body, is a groundbreaking training guide designed for non-gymnasts to improve their strength and mobility with routines used by world-class athletes.


00:00 | Trailer
03:42 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
06:04 | Brian’s introduction
06:40 | UK Olympic Gymnastics has improved dramatically
09:11 | General public does not take care of their posture, the effect of which shows as they age
09:46 | Significance of healthy natural play combinted with little structure, creating flexible young bodies gradually
13:24 | Competitive gymnastics training is different from the type of gymnastics that Chris currently teaches
16:15 | Advice for those who want to improve their running performance and become faster
19:22 | Chris was astounded at how inflexible adults are
25:14 | Chris wants to see your best effort in the gym as well as you open, honest attitude and desire to continuously learn
33:42 | Best advice he received when it comes to starting a business
35:35 | What it takes to coach and to train an athlete like Allan Bower for 16,000 hours over 12 years
40:30 | Innate talent, without excellent attitude and dedication, will not succeed
44:13 | Using gymnastics as a vehicle to create young men, men of character, with skills for life
46:14 | Winning an Olympic medal is not going to open up a future of opportunities if you are a schmuck
50:00 | What he learned from observing the various training methods of other countries
51:24 | Why females have to work harder than the males
53:05 | In any walk of life, it is the fundamentals or the basics that must be addressed
57:33 | Chris’ views on the use of steroids in sports
1:04:33 | Most injuries do not happen in the muscle, but on the joints
1:07:00 | Mobility is key
1:12:46 | What high rep work consists of
1:14:05 | Chris’ conversation with Dr McGill, following his podcast with Tim Ferris
1:18:15 | Ways to loosen the biceps and pec minors
1:19:29 | Most adults think their body aches and pains are normal, until Chris prescribes corrective exercises
1:21:10 | Chris’ views on CrossFit
1:27:11 | Chris’ views on Yoga
1:28:05 | An article for Pavel Tsatsouline led to Gymnastic Bodies
1:34:49 | Constantly evolving: “My ego is not on being the authority of all”
1:35:38 | What a lot of people don’t know about Chris and Ido Portal
1:39:11 | The natural movement
1:41:24 | Chris’ thoughts on diet and veganism
1:53:17 | What is Chris’ biggest challenge now
1:56:17 | Chris’ daily routine
1:57:20 | Success Secrets
1:57:49 | Honesty with his staff
1:58:43 | Best and worst days of his life
2:01:26 | Who has been the biggest influence in his life
2:05:22 | What scares Chris
2:06:16 | What keeps him awake at night,2:09:37 Phone call to the 20-year old Christopher Sommer
2:12:18 | Best advice he ever received
2:14:53 | Advice to the young person who is watching the interview
2:18:22 | Chris likes that success is hard, that it thins the hard and self-selects
2:21:25 | Final thought-provoking words
2:22:23 | Brian is summing up.


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