Hierarchy of Gymnastic Skills

I just lost this post, so I’m writing it for the second time … moment of sympathy please. Anyway …

One important aspect to understand first – we are all different. No two people have the same genetics, we have different jobs, lifestyles, mentalities etc. The below is a general hierarchy of skills in terms of least to most difficult and thus a good order to learn them. This does, however, depend on the individual.

Secondly, this doesn’t include every single possible skill out there (clearly) and thirdly, it only includes static holds and general strength skills I.e. no somersaults, back flips etc.

All movements are assumed strict unless stated otherwise.

Understood? Good. Please proceed …

  1. Front support hold
  2. Frog hold
  3. Push up
  4. Ring row
  5. Ring dip hold
  6. Ring support hold
  7. L-sit*
  8. Pull up
  9. Chest to bar pull up
  10. Handstand push up (wall assisted)
  11. Bar muscle up (kipping)
  12. Ring muscle up (kipping)
  13. Ring muscle up (caveat – I highly recommend learning a strict ring muscle up before kipping, but keeping to the theme of this post, a kipping muscle up is easier).
  14. Free standing handstand (with good form, no movement, and a 10 second hold)
  15. Back Lever**
  16. Front Lever**
  17. Bar muscle up
  18. Press to handstand*
  19. Free standing handstand push up
  20. Planche**

* This would be broken down into tuck, straddle and pike – in the case of an L-sit, straddle may actually be just as difficult as pike depending on your strength/flexibility in awkward positions.

**These exercises would be broken down in the following order of complexity; closed tuck, open tuck, one legged (one leg tucked, one leg straight), straddle, straight.



Jacked Gymnastics

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