Henrik Schröder

Gymnastics Sweden

My name is Henrik, I am 21 years old and I am an elite artistic gymnast competing for the Swedish national team. I started gymnastics at 6 years of age and since then it has been my biggest passion in life. I am a Swedish junior champion in all around, Swedish senior champion in pommel horse and has competed on big international competitions such as European championships and world cups.

What does Forever Better mean to you?

I believe that ”Forever Better” suits in very well in the sports of gymnastics and my personal lifestyle. In gymnastics their is always something that you can improve on and always develop. Whether it is in the gym or outside of the gym, I am constantly looking to find ways on how I can improve as a gymnast and as a human being. Right now I have put a lot of focus on my recovery and also my mental health. 

How does your training routine look like?

I practice around 25-30 hours a week and the routine varies depending on where I am in the season. However, I always start with one hour warm up where I make sure that every body part is ready to go. The warm up consists of foam rolling, jogging, resistance band routine, basic strength and some stretching. After warm up I will hit the events for 2 hours of technique training. And the last hour is for strength training. Before I leave the gym I like to take a couple of minutes to cool down and roll out my muscles. 

What are your goals for the future?

My biggest goal and my childhood dream is to compete in the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo. Qualification is on world championships next year, so that’s where my focus is at right now. I also would like to be crowned the Swedish champion in all round next year.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

I really could not live without my resistance band. I have bunch of them-At the gym, at home, summerhouse and some to take with me on training camps and competitions. I think they are a great piece of equipment for increasing blood flow into the muscles and strengthening the tendons and ligaments. 

Why is Rest and Recovery important to your performance?

In gymnastics you use almost every bone and muscle at the same time and everyday. So for me it’s really important that they function properly in order to get the most out of my workout. At the level I am right now it’s the details that make the distinction between making a skill or not. And the difference between a sore and a well recovered muscle can be that detail.