Most gymnasts actually do SOME weight lifting. but its not their primary focus at all.
They dont need to, it doesn’t require the same neuromuscular coordination that they require.
while it’s beneficial its very low on their totem pole of strength and conditioning.
Doing a weighted chinup is EXTREMELY different from a 1 arm chin.
You have to take into account body awareness, motor unit recruitment and all the other unique cns adaptions that occur in gymnastic skills.
Perhaps our experience is different but very few coaches ive had the opportunity to train under or witness them train other athletes have them doing very much strength endurance work.
ive seen 1 arm negatives, parallette work, handstand pushups on rings, rope climbing, timed isometric holds… their work consist of holding more difficult positions for time, increasing repetitions (before increasing the difficulty of leveraged positions), and increasing the range of motion used in different skillsets (ie, handstand pushups on floor vs handstand pushups on parallettes).
The rate of injury i actually attribute to gymnastics being an inherently dangerous sport, placing the body in compromising situations, poor nutrition, and overuse rather than a failure in their strength training methodology.
You see similar lowerbody injuries in ballet as well where females are told to keep low bodyweight or bodyfat percentages and do so not using the smartest nutrition advice.
this isnt in all cases (ucla gymnastics for example has a team nutritionist who keeps track of their meals etc) but very few depending on their “level” are doing whats necessary to feed their body properly… and those habits tend to make it into the upper ranks unless forcefuly changed.
imo what they could benefit more from a T-Nation point of view is the use of BCAA’s, protien/carb drinks, pre;peri;and post workout nutrition, etc.
IMO, most athletes would benefit from a gymnastics progressions of bodyweight exercises before they should even be allowed to enter the weight room.
The weight room should be a privilege not a right. It will vary depending on athlete… i’m not expecting a 300lb lineman to do 1 arm pushups… but a corner back should have exceptional relative strength.
For me personally I train in MMA and exceptional relative strength is a great thing to have in my chosen sport… I’m getting one of these with my next paycheck