Beginners Guide to Gymnastics

Gymnastics is one of the oldest sports of all time, and one that has kept its popularity today. Olympic Gymnastics tickets are some of the first tickets to sell out every four years. So, how can you go about becoming a gymnast? Read this article and you will be on the right track for a future enjoying all the joys gymnastics has to offer:

Types of Gymnastics

It’s very important before you go off and start doing anything, that you know there are very many types of gymnastics. The seven types of gymnastics are: Women’s Artistic, Men’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Tumbling, Acrobatic and Group/Team Gymnastics. It’s important that you research all of the types and choose one that interests you; the next steps will depend on what you choose at the base level. It’s important to note that at the moment, only women are competing in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Where to Start

So now that you have found the type of gymnastics that you’re interested in, how do you pursue this passion? The first thing to do is to go to your local gym and ask them if they have any classes pertaining to your interests and also to your age group. It’s also important to consider how much the class will cost, how many hours a week you’re expected to go, and whether or not they compete. If you’re simply a hobbyist, you might want to stay away from any professional competitions. Keep in mind if you’re starting gymnastics at an older age that it will be very difficult if not impossible for you to compete on a professional level.

If you’re younger, between the ages of 5 and 7, there are many opportunities for you that may be found outside of the gym. Many private organizations offer classes that strictly allow children of this age to learn gymnastics and dance, this is probably the best way to go if you’re child is between these ages.

Stay Focused

Being a gymnast isn’t easy. It’s very stressful both mentally and physically. You must realize that you will make many mistakes as a gymnast and that you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself from every little mistake, but that you should learn from it and take it as a positive criticism or experience.

Finally, something very important to remember is to have fun. If you’re not having fun, then maybe gymnastics isn’t for you. You can get frustrated and the sport can get competitive, but at the end of day, you should enjoy being a gymnast.

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