Wednesday, 22 July 2009


The Victorian has attained a mythical status in gymnastics. You are probably aware of the Iron Cross and its face downwards, horizontal variation (the Maltese Cross). Well the Victorian is a face upwards version of the Maltese Cross.

The ever inspiring Gymnastic Bodies website has a thread on Frenchman Danny Rodriques performing just such a move! It really is incredible.

From a paleo point of view, perhaps this kind of expression of strength veers over in to 'unhealthful'. There is a moment at 1:55 where this point is 'expressed'. But nevertheless, you have to take your hat off to the guy because he has forged new ground in most demanding event of the most demanding of disciplines.

Also, further down the thread is a link to an Adidas commercial featuring Diego Hypólito. In the film Hypólito talks about a training injury that struck just prior to a major event (the World Gymnastic Championships). His foot severely damaged, he did some weight training to maintain upper body strength during convalescence.

To cut a long story short, he took gold - which surprised him! Maybe there really is more to the 'less is more' training mantra.


Chris said...

it is an amazing move

Asclepius said...

It is...amongst a whole series of amzing moves!