re-training as an adult

  • mikey_101

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    Feb 21, 2012 12:22 PM GMT
    I'm considering joining a local Adult Gymnastic group, and just wondered what anyone on here with gymnastics traning thinks.

    I did gymnastics when I was a young boy - pretty amateur, but good enough to be selected from a local group to train at a better, more focused group.

    It was all pretty basic stuff back them but I gave up by 9 or 10 years old.

    I have been weight traning for the last 2 years, and managed to pack on 22 pounds of lean muscle.... but am struggling to make any progress or gains now.

    I want a shredded, toned and tight body - long term plan on just doing body weight excercises.

    Gymnastics seems like the likely place to strat again and get some experience doing bodyweight resistance excercise and build up my uppderbody.

    Whats your take on a 32 year old guy getting back into gymnastics?
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    Feb 27, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great idea! The only useful tip I can give as a not-so-pro gymnast would be to just be extra careful when learning new skills, by building up from solid foundations. I've had quite a few occasions in which I developed chronic injuries, either from wear and tear or just plain stupidity.

    At 32 your bones will definitely take much longer to heal and do so to less satisfactory an extent, so I'd think the best thing is to be safe icon_smile.gif Good luck and have fun!
  • mikey_101

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    Apr 19, 2012 12:37 PM GMT
    Just remembered this thread... unfortunatly I have not yet had the confidence to go to one of these training sessions!

    I feel a bit intimidated by the thought of it... not to mention old!
  • Tritimium

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    Apr 19, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    My thoughts are, go for it if you want to do gymnastics for its own sake, but if it's to get a tight body then you're doing it for the wrong reasons - simply because, for the gymnasts that I know, injuries like broken bones and sprains are commonplace, and being laid off from exercise to recover from injury is just going to set you back from the main goal of getting buff. Have you considered other sports, participating for fun?

    If you've reached a plateau in your weight training, then there are dozens of ways of mixing things up to break through it and get the physique you're after, without risking the injuries of gymnastics.

  • mikey_101

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    Apr 26, 2012 12:28 PM GMT
    Thanks for your reply.

    My initial idea was to use gymnastics training as a tool for self development for the mind and the body.

    Training for trainings sake... not for competition or anything. By body is pretty tight already and I'm looking to ramp it up a gear. Fullbody workout with focus on upperbody using bodyweight was my initial idea.... this lead me back to gymnastics, which I trained in when I was much younger at a very basic level.


    I am looking at getting rings to use at home and outside....... does anyone care to comment on these rings:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180868219479?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

    I'm thinking wood rather than plastic.



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    Jul 18, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    well, it sounds like you want more of the kalestenics (i spelled that wrong, I know) of gymnastics to stay fit- like what crossfit offers. Though, if you want to get into gymnastics again, you can always find a gym that admits adults into some kids classes OR find a gym that has adult classes (they are popping up more and more lately)
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    Jan 06, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    I did gymnastics since i was like 4 years old. I ended up going to nationals when i was 12 or 13. floor was always my best. i quit when i borke my arm very bad, and also because i was so sick of it. i did it for almost 10 years and had practice 6 days a week for 4 or 5 hours (it was an intense place) and now i would really like to get back into tumbling but it has been like 5 years since i have done gym, i can still do a handstand for as long as i want like 5 minutes, i just havnt had the opportunity to tumble and would like to start again. the place where my sister cheered has like a tumbling night that is like every minday for 2 hours for ten weeks and its $125 for ten weeks and like there are coaches ..i just dont know like if it is worth it like has it been too long? i miss it so much
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    Feb 22, 2013 1:47 AM GMT
    I've been working lightly with gym rings for a bit now--working them slowly into my workout routines more and more. My joints aren't the best unfortunately so I tend to see gains pretty slowly, but I really enjoy them so far. If anyone knows some good resources for gym ring workouts, let me know!