Updated: Feb 8
Gymnastics is considered to be one of if not the worlds most challenging sport because it requires a combination of strength, flexibility, coordination, and control.
A gymnast must perform complex maneuvers on equipment such as the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, which are challenging to master.
Mastery requires a high degree of focus, discipline, and dedication; let's not forget fun.
Each movement must be executed with precision and control.
Maintaining focus and staying mentally sharp can help a gymnast execute their routines successfully.
Discipline is required in gymnastics because it is a highly demanding sport that requires consistent and dedicated training.
Gymnasts must continually engage in practice to master the various skills/techniques required to complete skills and to compete at any level.
This requires a great deal of self-control and determination to stick to a rigorous training schedule, even when faced with obstacles or setbacks. Gymnastics is definitely a "long game" and each athlete will run into their own obstacles or setbacks and have to work through and or around them to continue their growth.
While a gymnast is in the midst of his or her obstacle or setback it is imperative that as a parent you simply encourage and support the athlete throughout their development.
Every gymnast will learn and develop at different rates and there is no number of years that determines where an athlete should be.
Some gymnasts start the sport very young and while this is optimal it is not too late to start and have a successful gymnastics career.
Here's what we know; contrary to popular belief, anyone can start gymnastics at any age. Some may not be able to perform to the same degree as someone who is younger that started years earlier, but it is never too late.
There have been many famous gymnasts who started at the age of 12-13 and still managed a career in this sport. If you athlete has a serious interest in the sport then the answer is simple, stick with it and keep training.
Diet; it is wise for competitive gymnasts to maintain a healthy diet to stay in peak shape mentally.
This, of course, also ensures peak physical performance and an athletes ability to perform the physical conditioning required to perform gymnastics successfully.
All of this requires a high level of discipline and commitment to the sport.
At TGC we understand this and make our training environment conducive for all to thrive.
How? Skills are broken down into smaller actionable movements that make skills attainable, challenging and fun to learn.
Events are developed using these smaller actionable movements in what we call stations (you can also refer to these stations as "centers"). A few of the children in classes have referred to them as such so I thought the familiar term would help.
These skill breakdowns allow for development of skills that are otherwise very technically challenging to master.