The purpose of this case study was to demonstrate the effect of a maximal strength training program for an elite gymnast whose body was still developing, but who needed to compete on the world class stage. A periodization schedule was followed to prevent overtraining. A cross-section of exercises was used, including core exercises as well as specific exercises designed to meet the needs of an elite gymnast. The program was designed for a 15-year-old. It maximized the strength capabilities of a young athlete while also allowing for deficiencies endemic to a male of that age. Olympic lifts were taught successfully, and the ultimate goal of a national championship was realized.
(C) 1994 National Strength and Conditioning Association