As a gymnastics coach, I have witnessed the numerous benefits that adult gymnastics can provide. From improving overall health to building confidence and becoming part of a community, gymnastics can be a transformative experience for adults of all ages and abilities. However, there are also challenges that adult gymnasts may face, such as fear, finding the time, and the lack of adult gymnastics classes.
In this article, we will explore the benefits of adult gymnastics, the challenges that may arise, and offer some tips for getting started.
Table of Contents
- Benefits of Gymnastics for Adults
- Challenges of Adult Gymnastics
- Tips for Getting Started as an Adult Gymnast
Benefits of Gymnastics for Adults
At the gym I co-founded, we’ve always recognized the benefits that gymnastics can bring to adults as well as children. We have over 100 regular adults that come each week to attend classes for all ability levels including beginners trying the sport for the first time. Here are just some of the benefits I’ve seen.
Physical activity is essential for maintaining good health and preventing illness. Gymnastics is a fantastic way to get in shape, as it involves a full-body workout that includes strength training, cardio, and flexibility. Regular gymnastics training can help improve your balance, coordination, and endurance, leading to better overall health and fitness.
Gymnastics classes typically include thorough warm-ups that help improve flexibility and prevent injury. Increased flexibility can also help with daily activities such as reaching high shelves, tying shoelaces, and bending down to pick things up.
If you’re thinking that the flexibility needed to do gymnastics will be too hard for you, there’s no need to worry!
Not everyone wants or needs to learn the splits to do gymnastics. Even a basic warm-up, done regularly will increase the range of motion and elasticity of certain muscle groups.
For those wanting to take it further, then with more intense stretching, it’s possible to get splits, Japana and other skills that need a high level of flexibility.
If an adult is more interested in getting a good handstand or back handspring, then stretches like Bridge that opens the shoulder angle will be more appropriate.
Achieving personal goals and learning new skills can boost self-esteem and mental health. Gymnastics is an excellent way to build confidence as you learn new skills, overcome challenges, and reach your goals. Additionally, the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering a new skill can lead to a more positive outlook on life.
Become Part of a Community
Gymnastics is a community of athletes and clubs, and becoming part of this community can lead to new friendships and social connections. You can find adult gymnastics classes at local gyms or community centers, and these classes are a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
There are a ton of great communities online that revolve around gymnastics for adults. Search for them on Facebook or google or hit one of the links below.
- Facebook – Just Like Fine Wine Adults Gymnastics Group
Challenges of Adult Gymnastics
As with many things in life, Adulthood brings way more challenges than childhood! Here are a few things that may need to be overcome in order to get started in gymnastics as an adult.
Adults are generally more fearful than young children when it comes to learning dangerous flips and other gymnastics skills. It is essential to work with a coach who understands your fears and can help you overcome them. Starting with the basics and gradually building up to more challenging skills can also help you overcome fear.
Gymnastics is also about breaking advanced skills down into smaller, achievable building blocks. This will help with technique but also helps overcome the fear of attempting a hard skill before you feel ready.
A great example of this is a back tuck somersault. A good coach will teach a backward roll and a correct take-off technique before allowing a gymnast (of any age) to perform a back tuck.
Even once some of these progressions are understood, a gymnast will start on a Trampoline or Tumbl Trak to build up confidence before moving onto a floor mat.
Finding the Time
Busy lifestyles can make it challenging to find time for physical activities like gymnastics. However, making time for gymnastics training is essential for achieving your goals and improving your health. Try scheduling a regular time each week for gymnastics training and stick to it as best you can.
The Lack of Adult Gymnastics Classes
Not every gymnastics center offers classes for adults, which can make it challenging to find a suitable class. However, some centers do offer adult gymnastics classes, and it’s worth asking around or doing some online research to find a suitable class. Alternatively, you can look for private coaches who offer one-on-one training.
Tips for Getting Started as an Adult Gymnast
Once you’ve got a class figured out and have got the confidence to get in the gym, you will need to consider a couple of things before you get started.
Prepare your Body
Before starting gymnastics training, it’s essential to prepare your body by doing light stretching, jogging, or cycling. If you are doing little to no exercise before starting gymnastics, it’s important to build up your strength and endurance gradually.
Start with Basic Gymnastics
Learning basic skills like forward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands first can help you build a solid foundation for more advanced skills. Starting with the basics also helps you overcome fear and gain confidence as you learn new skills.
Here are some tutorials that I’ve written for beginner gymnasts:
(always seek professional guidance in person when learning gymnastics).
- Forward Roll Tutorial
- Backward Roll Tutorial
- How to Hold a Handstand for 30 Seconds
- Basic Bar Exercises
- Beginner Vaults
- Basic Gymnastics Shapes
Gymnastics for adults offers numerous benefits, including improved health, increased flexibility, improved confidence, and the opportunity to become part of a community. However, there are also challenges to consider, such as fear, finding the time, and the lack of adult gymnastics classes. By following the tips provided in this article and working with a knowledgeable coach, you can overcome these challenges and experience the many benefits of adult gymnastics training. Whether you are a complete beginner or have previous gymnastics experience, there is always something new to learn and achieve in the world of adult gymnastics. So, take the first step and start your gymnastics journey today!
If you are still wondering whether you are too old to start gymnastics, read my article here which will hopefully give you added motivation!