When it comes to gymnastics earlier is better. That doesn’t mean that just because you didn’t start until you were in your early teens you have no chance at it, but it’s recommended you don’t leave it any longer than the age of twelve to get started.
We shall discuss the optimal workout techniques for an aspiring gymnast, as well as the lifestyles of famous Gymnasts, along with the various types of gymnastics. First however, let’s talk about gymnast classes.
You may feel that you don’t need a class to improve and wish to train yourself, whilst this is by all means possible, attending a class comes with plenty of benefits.
First and foremost, you will be taught by trained professionals who will put your safety first and fun a close second. They know precisely what someone of your skill level is capable of, and people who are self-taught might find themselves pulling a muscle far more regularly, or worse.
Another large benefit to classes that is sometimes overlooked is the sense of camaraderie. Even if you are an adult looking to try out gymnastics, the sense of being together in a group truly helps as it’s human instinct to compete to be the best, and when it comes to children Gymnasts this is even more true, as having every stretch and warm up together with music playing is considerably more fun than stretching on your own.
What is Gymnastics?
When you think of gymnastics, you may picture women doing flips on balance beams, or men flying through the air on still rings – but did you know that these routines only represent one of many forms of gymnastics?
The most popular and widely-practised form, artistic gymnastics is split into women’s and men’s gymnastics. Women compete on four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, while men compete on six events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar. The sport consists mainly of the use of various gymnastic equipment, as well as the use of the floor for different exercises.
Rhythmic gymnastics is the performance of various gymnastics moves to music. Only women compete in the sport, which combines elements of ballet and gymnastics in the performance of five separate routines with the use of one of the five apparatuses: ball, ribbon, hoop, clubs and rope. There are also group routines consisting of two to six gymnasts, performing with a maximum of two apparatuses of their choice.
Aerobic gymnastics involves routines performed in pairs, trios, or groups of up to six people. These routines usually emphasise strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness, rather than acrobatic or balancing abilites. Routines typically last 60 to 90 seconds and are performed on the floor.
Now when it comes to the most fundamental abilities you need to possess, it’s usually best to start off with learning how to do a basic handstand. Practice building your core body strength until you’re able to hold a handstand for at least 10 seconds, and once you’ve done that begin transitioning into the handstand press.
This is where you lower your body down whilst still maintaining the handstand, then pushing yourself back up. It may take a few months to fully grasps this, but once you do any other skills will be far easier to learn.
Pull ups, cart wheels and pushups are all great ways to help you get started too, but the most vital skill is tenacity.
You must get into the habit of training at least six times a week. Your muscles will ache and you’ll probably want to quit, but developing a habit means that once you’ve been doing it for a few weeks it’ll be a regular part of your day. Plus, it’s surprising how quickly we lose our flexibility once we stop training.