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Doomed From a Higher Bodyweight?


#1

I dream about performing planches for extended periods of time and repping out single-leg squats but I would like to accomplish these by steadily increasing gaining more muscle.

Now, every time I see someone do a planche or a single-leg squat, they're always gymnast-type people who have readily no muscle mass (with the exception of ross enamit, whom I admire greatly) so would there ever b a point when I would just have to suck it up and admit that too much muscle would hinder my ability to do such exercises?


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#3

If you keep you body fat within reason and do plenty of heavy low rep work to improve strength and build the efficiency of your nervous system, having a good amount of muscle won't hinder your athleticism. Some of the Cirque de Soleil performers are quite jacked, and they perform gymnastics-type feats of strength that make one legged squats look like triceps kickbacks.


#4

Strong is strong regardless of weight. Performing the planche as you wish requires great levels of strength and a lot of consistent and frequent practice.