Beginning Gymnastics as an Adult

  • bearcatgymrat

    Posts: 2

    Jun 01, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I am a 23 year old student, about to graduate.

    The Olympics are coming up and I always find myself admiring the incredible bodies of the male gymnasts. Not necessarily in a sexual way, but in a "Holy shit, that dude is jacked" way. I've done some research and read that there are a great deal of benefits to be reaped from doing gymnastics as an adult. Improving all areas of fitness from strength to flexibility and injury recover/prevention.

    I would love to hear from anyone in the RJ community about gymnastics, how to start, alternative programs, etc.

    Also, I'm moving to Dallas soon, so any information for that area would be particularly helpful.

    Thanks guys!
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    Jun 01, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    I hooked up with a 40 year old gymnast once (I was 35 at the time). Never felt a body so tight.

    Disclaimer: He'd been doing gymnastics since age 12, and professionally since age 18.
  • armyjockboi

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    Jun 01, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    Also, I would love to learn how often should I strech for flexibilty and what type should I be doing.
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    Jun 02, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Well, you say you're moving to Dallas, which is basically the unofficial capital of gymnastics in the United States. Many of the best gymnastics programs in the country are in Texas, in Dallas especially. It's interesting, because it's actually quite tough to find gymnastics facilities in most major cities. Gymnastics clubs are almost always located in suburbs or small towns.

    It's never too late to start gymnastics. People overemphasize that it's a sport for the young. Fortunately, adult classes have become more popular in recent years, though they certainly are still few in between and limited.

    I recommend you do a gym search on the USA Gymnastics website. Just type in "Dallas, TX" or the zipcode you're moving to. It'll give you a list of gyms in your area that are members of USA Gymnastics.

    http://usagym.org/pages/usagymclub/findagym.html?prog=m

    Most gyms have a direct link to their official site, so check them out and see what kinds of classes they offer. However, I recommend calling gyms directly so that you can get the most recent and accurate information because a lot of gyms don't update their website regularly. Also, many programs change, get dropped, or added. Ask about adult classes, tumbling, or private classes that they might offer.

    Of course there are other gyms that you can find in the phone book or on Google that aren't members of USAG. I simply recommend gyms that are members of USAG because they generally have higher standards in facilities and coaching. At least you'd know what you're getting yourself into and where you're money is going.

    It'll probably take you a while to find gyms that offer what you're looking for. When you do, go check them out. Get acquainted with the staff, some of the coaches, and observe the facilities before deciding on a gym.

    I've been in gymnastics most of my life, so if you have any more questions, just post them here or send me a message! icon_cool.gif