SYN Testimonials - Programmes


Kristin Bjorgvinsdottir CrossFit Reykjavik

I have always struggled the most with gymnastics in my CrossFit training and this year I promised myself to focus on fixing that.

Simon really has a unique coaches eye. Sometimes I know something is wrong, but I’m not sure how to fix it, but Simon is able to explain to me instantly and help me understand.

Getting a ring muscle up was awesome, stringing them now together is a dream come true.


Heidrun Finnsdottir CrossFit Rejkyavik

A good coach is someone who pushes you, supports you and listens to you. It’s someone who sees your potential and knows how to get the best performance out of you while making sure you’re enjoying your training every step of the way. That’s Simon.

But, he’s not just a good coach, he actually cares about all of us. He takes the time to get to know us all, and it makes us want to do the same! It’s what makes this group so great.


Sommer Reed CrossFit Markham

I came across this program while browsing Instagram one day and I am so happy that I did!

I had been working on achieving a bar muscle up for quite a while and with Simon’s help I was able to get not just one, but many within a few weeks. His drills are unique and creative and his feedback is very precise. He is incredibly responsive and so enthusiastic about everyone’s success. The rest of the group is so supportive! I’m really looking forward to what comes next, new skills and improving on some of the old ones too.


Tanja Davidsdottir CrossFit Reykjavik

I love the exercises in SYN Gymnastics! I have tried many programmes in the past but this one is the best I’ve ever used.​

In one week Simon’s programme highlighted weaknesses I never knew I had, and I considered myself to be fairly advanced. I also love the way he coaches. He shows me how I can improve every week and I always look forward to seeing his feedback.


Skye Pember

Since starting SYN Gymnastics, I have gone from frustration at my gymnastics to seeing actual results! I love that I get my own program emailed to me that includes personalised feedback on my video submissions. Looking back, I can see how far I’ve come, I can’t wait for the next 6 months and where this program takes me!


Fernanda Santos

At first I did not believe this program could help me, but I admired Simon so I tried…. and suddenly things started to happen and I became stronger and more confident to try new gymnastics drills.
The programme is awesome and I don’t have word to describe how I like Simon Nieland, he makes me feel like we know each other and to me this makes the whole difference.


Kate May

Having filled in a short questionnaire and completed a few one to one sessions, Simon instantly identified my strengths and weaknesses better than any coach ever has! The way in which he breaks down the skills really works for me and the individualised programming focuses on exactly what I need!


Daniela Marcao

The programme breakdowns are so easy everyone can follow, but you are going to have to work for it! Give it time and trust the program..15 min a day and you’ll find that your lats are alive!


Orsolya Dargai

After 2.5 years in CrossFit I was still struggling with basic gymnastic movements. I found Simon and his posts about his athletes on IG. I decided that one day I will be one of his most successful athletes. He is an amazing coach and a wonderful person. Always ready to help any of his athletes. He can easily “diagnose” my weaknesses, which is a great step forward my improvement – to know, what to work on to reach my goals. So, altogether finding Simon was one of the best things in my life.


Priscilla O’Sullivan

I sent Simon Nieland a video of my handstand push-ups for analysis to see if he could help me fix it, his feed back identified three or four weaknesses and offered advice on how I could go about improving with a detailed explanation of the why behind the weaknesses, that was my reason for subscribing to the programme, I am now two weeks in and have already seen huge improvements in my arm strength my flexibility and my confidence. Simon is the secret that should be shared. Who knew Gymnastics could be such fun!


Thora Sigmarsdottir

The best thing I have done to improve my overall game in Crossfit. The programming that Simon does is so smart and focuses on improving in some of the most difficult movements you have to master to be able to RX a typical CrossFit workout.
I am “only” doing the supplemental programming and even though there are SO MANY things I have still to improve I feel there are already so many that already have. Additionally to smart programming, Simon is also a very dedicated coach that takes good care of his athletes and always gives feedback that is of value.


Clare Green

After struggling for years to progress with my gymnastics, simon has helped in just a matter of weeks. He is a smart guy and can spot your weaknesses or faults immediately and knows exactly how to fix it! I’m excited about how far I can take my gymnastics now – for the first time ever! Simons content is excellent and so is his interaction with athletes – prompt and effective.


Bridget Gibbs

So glad I joined up to SYN Gymnastics when I did, it’s allowed me to achieve things I never thought I could do (NEVER thought i’d get Butterfly!) Gymnastics has always been a huge weakness for me! It’s structured and he’s super knowledgeable and he makes it so easy to follow!!


Michelle Hill

This is an online program with a community feel. Simon is accessible and has honest, constructive feedback. His drills are cleverly designed to break down complex movements. I love the aha moments when it all comes together. Highly recommended if you want to build strength and technique.


Fifi Thysell

The perfect supplement for any program. 10-15 min extra a day to keep the gymnastic fear away. No but honestly, it’s really encouraging to do all these drills which have perfect instruction videos- always. It’s both fun and challenging and it makes you feel like there’s hope to become not-sucky!!
Never come across a coach that ACTUALLY cares like Simon does, he cares for every single one of his SYNers


Mart Shicktanz

The point is: This is personal training, even though it’s online.

This is awesome training:
You’ll benefit from Simon‘s incredible knowledge and on-point-comments – he sees the origin of a problem, not just the symptoms. His weekly themed video analysis on common mistakes are pure gold! The programme is flexible and always adapts to your level. (I even started this in a gym without knowing anything about CrossFit!) It’s strategic and puts one brick on the other: You will always know, why you do this or that and where this will lead you.

And this is personal:
Simon actually cares about your progress, he encourages, challenges, guides everyone in the group to the goals and out of the comfort zone to achieve things you’d never thought you can reach.
The international group of athletes on all levels is a great support as well, inspiring and motivating!

Gymnastics has always been my major weakness where CrossFit Is concerned and as a competitive athlete I needed help in a number of the movements.

I was following the SYN Gymnastics Instagram page and thought the progressive videos were a fantastic help. I saw a post advertising the seminar and decided to attend both days to see if Simon could help me further!

The weekend was amazing, well structured and packed full of tips and advice.

The warm up routines for each movement were great and I still use these now in preparation for when certain movements come up in a WOD.

The progressions were hard but really set us up correctly once we began carrying out the full movements.

A highlight for me was the butterfly pull ups as prior to the day I resembled a floppy fish but on the day managed a set of 5 which looked pretty awesome!!  These have continued to progress !

I didn’t manage an elusive RMU during the weekend BUT I took away the progression skills which I practiced at home and can now say I have my RMU confidently!

I recommend Simon massively to help you whether it’s to get that first pull up or to link your RMUs he has a wealth of knowledge and a really good eye for picking up even the smallest of inconsistencies in your technique which otherwise wouldn’t be noticed.

The value for money was great, the two days in my opinion was a bargain!

The other people attending the event were very supportive too and I still keep in contact with many of them now!

Thanks for your help!!


The seminar gave me the opportunity to learn techniques to better our program and spearhead our lessons with applicable takeaways.  I gained a lot of value and insights from the basic model and the principles taught in the SYN Gymnastics seminar. Simon was approachable and ready to give me a fast answer from all kinds of questions. Working on the basis of the gymnastics gives me now the easiest way to face any new skill. If Simon is around your town do not doubt a second, his seminar is worth it 100%

Gabriel Bonilla




" I found Simon's gymnastics videos on Instagram by chance and started following his profile, as the content seemed to be very interesting and of high quality. I was than super happy and surprised when I found out there will be a seminar in Milan! What a better way to learn than in person, having the opportunity to meet Simon, ask questions and have a whole picture of some of the movements I wanted to learn.

And I haven't been disappointed. The seminar delivered exactly what I have expected! It was organized to details, I understood so many things and learned so many progressions!! I would recommend it to anyone who does crossfit, or anyone who is interested in gymnastics or just want to put their fitness on another lvl! Thanx Simon for the awesome experience and knowledge!


When it comes to gymnastics workshops in the field of CF, SYN GYMNASTICS is an absolute MUST.
Rational and sustainable progressions.
High quality work in terms of articulation, flexibility, prerequisites and technique.
This seminar is a true GAME changer for athletes and coaches who want to take their performance and skills to another level.
Absolutely recommended!


I attended the SYN Gymnastics Seminar at CrossFit Defy in Toronto, Canada. Having seen Simon’s content on Instagram, I signed up for the seminar and it was even better than I anticipated.

 Simon’s knowledge of CrossFit Gymnastics movement is so specific, thorough and broken down all the way to the basics - as a coach I truly appreciated his attention to detail.  He has a great eye for analyzing movement, and letting you know what pieces are missing, or how you might be cheating a movement that will eventually lead you to plateau.  Excited about what I learned in the seminar, I started his online individualized program right away, and it has been a game changer!  There are lots of Gymnastics courses you can take, trust me I’ve done them, but SYN Gymnastics is the best!


I took Simon’s seminar back in September in Ocala, FL. A friend of a friend had spotted him on IG and a few of us started following him. The seminar was so much more and better than I had envisioned. The breakdown of gymnastics skills was amazing and just what I felt like I was missing. The CF community around me didn’t really emphasize good form for gymnastics skills that much and when I listened to Simon and went through the breakdowns at the seminar it just all made so much sense. I signed up for one of his online classes shortly after and I’m loving it!


I had found out about your Instagram and programs from my Icelandic friend, Kolla. I'd been doing CrossFit for nearly 5 years with a brief pregnancy break, but was still scaling or frustrated by most gymnastics movements, especially pullups. I kept saying things like "I'm a lifter" to qualify my lack of skill and strength in moving my body. I saw your Pull Ups for Days open up and was keen to finally try to fix my movement. After following the free one, I became aware of how MUCH I was missing overall in my movement, I was hooked and knew I had to keep going on the program AND when I saw you'd be in Florida, I knew I couldn't miss it.

I signed up for both days of the seminar, even though I was a little timid that my strength wouldn't permit me to participate fully - I was wrong! Each day had warm ups, progressions, and partner work that let me explore the full range of activation and action. It brought a new awareness to the exercises I had been seeing in my program and on your Instagram - I could *feel* exactly what it was supposed to be. I could also see and receive the right corrections to elevate what I had been doing. It was the perfect combination of *why* to go with the *what* and *how*, working inside out to connect to gymnastics practice. The setup of the day also let me do things I never attempted in a regular Crossfit space. I had never been able to do much on rings or muscle up work, but you had the pieces in place so I could try them and have a shot at what I am working towards with all the pieces.  Definitely an eye opener after years of being relegated to dips and push ups every time muscle ups appeared in programming.

I'm not perfect, not particularly fit, and not a specialist so normally I am quite shy to try things in case I fail miserably, but the layout of your coaching also made me feel safe and comfortable to be bad at things so I could see what I need to work on.  After the seminar I was easily able to carry over the connections I had made and bring them to my workouts. I've seen some considerable strength gains because of attending and understanding the correct activation.

I know this wasn't short, but I have a lot to say to everyone about how your program and seminar changed the game for me!

Thank you for the work you put into this as well - not only was it a game changer for me, but I wouldn't hesitate to go again. There's so much you can tweak and perfect that I know I'd be able to find more movement gold in it.

Ciara McCarthy - London, UK

Seminar 1 - Bicester, UK

I’m aware that I need to build for strict movements, and I wanted Simons exercises and his coaching eye. I was not disappointed!

I got my first Bar Muscle-Up, strung 3 Strict Ring Dips together, just by activating correctly and got close to a Ring Muscle-Up which honestly I thought would be impossible.

I do Simon’s L2 programming and I highly recommend both!

Lander Telmo - Bilbao, Spain

Seminar 5 - Barcelona, Spain

As a coach, I highly recommend the SYN Gymnastics Seminar.

The content of the course is applicable to classes and to most of the membership that you find in CF gyms. All of the movements were relevant and Simons analytical breakdown of them was invaluable to me as an athlete. You can tell he is very experienced.

Ariadna Roca Vila

Seminar 5 - Barcelona, Spain

I had the privilege to attend (and translate!) Simons Seminar in Barcelona.

I’ve been doing CF for 4 years and always struggled with gymnastics. Simons breakdowns were useful, but he made me aware of things I didn’t even realise that were holding me back.

I loved the course so much I am now putting it all together with the L1 programming.

Ben Hollister

Seminar 7 - Cumbria, UK

I wasn’t prepared for the quantity or quality of the knowledge bombs: non-stop learning and delivered with skill and a real depth of knowledge.

Simon is a very accomplished instructor who understands how to get learning across and has acres of the stuff to feed you.

It is very clear that he not only knows the ‘how’ of gymnastics but the ‘why’ as well: the movements are all broken down into logical progressions and the nuances explained.

No short-cuts, no snake oil, no apologies for hard work: but do what he says and good things happen. Excellent Seminar.