Starting gymnastics in your 20s.

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    May 22, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Howdy everyone. I'm new to the site so first off, hello.

    Anyways, I've got a question regarding starting gymnastics in your 20s. Is this still possible? I've called a few gymnastics gyms in NJ and they seem to just say that they only train mostly young girls. So would it be better to just go into something like capoeira?
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    May 24, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    You can do gymnastics at any age! I've seen people as old as 50 and 60 in gymnastics. You just have to look for places that offer "adult classes". It requires a bit of investigation to find out which gyms and clubs offer such classes. However, I can help you with that if you want icon_smile.gif

    In any case, definitely try out some classes if you want! Not just in a gym, but also various parks & recs and YMCA programs offer adult gymnastics classes. You just have to look around.

  • SoDakGuy

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    May 24, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    Go do it! I have friends that started in their late 20s and they look & feel better than ever.

    DO IT. icon_smile.gif
  • sevencloud

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    May 24, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Hey I don't know if you'd care to but you can check out the vids on my profile. I started doing gymnastics last May and I think I progressed well. The gym i go to trains people in their 50s and some of those old timers can bust the back tucks like a superbowl half time.

    It you really want it, go for it, find it, and do it. I did and I'm so much happier about my skill level now. If you're having trouble finding a place, you can always look into groups of people who are into it but may not be comercially publicized.

    I'm learning parkour and freerunning from a bunch of guys who I met in a park one day. So you never know what you'll find if you still your feelers out.
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    May 25, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. I'm hunting for a gym right now actually. I'll let you guys know and hopefully I'll have some decent progress.
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    May 25, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Good luck! I'm heading back to it and I'm 42!
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    May 25, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    If it helps at all you can do anything at any age....I have never been a gymnastist but I do aerial silk and started at 24 and my trainer started at 40....and she was with major circus companies for the past 20 years
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    May 25, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    Heck, even though I stopped training and competing like four years ago, even I'm considering returning to gymnastics just for the fun of it. I definitely don't feel like killing myself in long practices to prepare for competitions anymore. Those days are over for me. But it'd be nice to play around for an hour and a half a few times a week!
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    May 25, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    I think it would be fun. Getting a gymnast body would just be gravy on the side. Actually getting a gymnast to hook up with would be gravy on the side.
  • nooceansleft

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    May 25, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    CAPOEIRA IS NOT GYMNASTICS.

    But still, you should do it. Wicked fun and crazy good for you.

    Plus as an added bonus, most people don't get into it until their late teens/early twenties so you're not at too much of a disadvantage. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    If your're doing the sport for fun, there's definitely no "ideal" time to start. Start whenever you feel like it! Besides, you're actually young! Not only that, but you're a guy. Most guys aren't too good in gymnastics until after they've finished puberty, whereas puberty can make or break girls in gymnastics, which is why so many of them tend to be teens.
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    May 25, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    Coming from still working/doing gymnastics...

    It's great when adults start, it also makes the staff happy when we get to work students above the age of 18. I know that I always enjoy working people who I can joke around with.
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    May 25, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    I took it in my 40s to kill time while my daughter was in a child's class. Was fun when it didn't !@#$%^&*()_+ hurt! icon_eek.gif
  • Starboard

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    May 25, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    There are lots of exercises you can do on your own...pullups, pushups, handstands, handstand pushups, planche progressions are all great gymnastic exercises that you can do with little or no equipment. Lots of videos online to help you out as well. http://gymnasticswod.com/
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    May 25, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    Not sure how far away from Manhattan/NYC you are in NJ, but at Chelsea Piers they have adult beginner gymnastics classes. Hoping to go to those when I move to the city next month and try gymnastics for the first time
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    May 25, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    gymnasts are hot as hell. icon_biggrin.gif the number one reason I watch it when I catch it on tv.
  • Starboard

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    May 25, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    For your "reading" pleasure:http://www.gymnasticbodies.com/store/library/building-the-gymnastic-body.html
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    May 25, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    This article is all over the web
    http://www.mrlowbodyfat.com/?p=1009
    I just can't find it on dragondoor.com

    Maybe a place to start while looking for classes?
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    May 25, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Also check out this. Who other than Dominique Dawes to encourage you? icon_biggrin.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_weekend/20110513/ts_yblog_weekend/adult-gymnastics-youre-never-too-young-to-start
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    May 25, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    There have been a number of successful gymnasts who started after the age of 10 icon_smile.gif