Troy still has a few tricks

Last year I started working out again. As I lost weight and got a little stronger, I started doing some of my old gymnastics moves in the gym during my warm up (I was on Syracuse University’s gymnastics team in 1984).

It took me months of trying to get this particular move back. I kind of take it for granted; but I noticed some time ago that it really impresses people, so I figured I’d make some videos of it.

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About Troy

Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.
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  • Deborah Mello

    Very impressive, Mr. Johnson!


    Thanks Deborah!

  • Michael Calcutti

    That’s just a hollowback press. Can you still do it on Rings? I can.

    Hi Troy,
    How’s everything? Make sure you go to Syracuse University site for Letter Winners:

    Your name is there. Something to copy and keep.

    Hope to hear from you,


    • Troy

      Hey Michael yeah I saw that link. “Just” a hollowback press. How many folks do you know our age who can do that? Man I have not touched a set of rings since 1984! But I’m sure if I worked at it for a few months I could get it back. Do you still have a 24″ waist?