Originally Posted by StrangeGator
Did deck squats for the first time yesterday. Those were pretty cool. Feel quite good today. Going to start experimenting with some body weight stuff. Guess I should try power-ups and see if I can work from there to get to a front lever. Tried doing L-Sits, but my arms are too short. I need to find some apparatus or try doing it on the steps down to my basement.
Any other recommendations?
L-sits and handstands (wall-supported progressing to free handstand) are generally considered to be the two foundational movements to gymnastics. And the German Hang is often considered to be the prerequisite to lever work (although some recommend hanging leg raises prior to levers).
For the L-sits, do you have access to hex dumbbells ? If not, try them between two chairs. Anything that serves to provide a little clearance for you.
FYI: I have found static holds like these VERY humbling. I experienced ZERO carryover from one-armed pushups to, say, planche variations, and ZERO carryover from weighted pullups to lever variations. This is presumably due to the different demands of straight-arm strength as compared to bent-arm strength.
ALL-IMPORTANT: on these static holds remember to lock your arms! Not even a little bit bent! Regress to variation that allows you to hold, for several seconds, with straight arms. Imagine that your arms are in casts.