Voxel: You can’t get big or lean if you swing around on your hands
Gorillas reading the thread:
In weightlifting/powerlifting/bodybuilding the biggest movements use the hips as the primary hinge – squats/deadlift/clean/snatch/jerk etc, so a lot of programs use big movements to build muscle around that joint, and then use smaller movements for the other joints (bench/military press/pullup/ bicep curl etc) – but then because these movements move the joint in quite a restricted way you have to do tons of variations and different exercises to get even muscle growth around the joint and work to build the muscle that supports those joints in those movements e.g. facepulls/rotator cuff work.
In rings gymnastics the primary hinge is the shoulder joint. This means the biggest movements, straight arm pull up/muscle up/iron cross/Maltese cross/planch etc all put their primary loads on the big muscle groups that attach around the shoulders (chest/back/shoulders) and secondary loads on the muscles that support them (e.g. rotator cuffs).
You definitely get a lot of small people doing gymnastics at a high level, but that’s because shorter levers are an even bigger deal for iron cross work than they are for squats. That being said, my shoulder health and max bench press dramatically improved when I started training front lever as well.
In my mind the value of doing movements that like deadlift or squat incorporate the vast majority of muscle in the human body, but put the emphasis on the shoulder joint rather than the hip joint is huge. To link back to the gorilla- the musculoskeletal structure of their shoulders/ chest/ arms/ upper back is identical to the equivalent structure in humans, part of the reason that they look so much more developed around those joints is that they swing around using their hands.