Hey Gymnastics Experts!

  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    Hi, I am 23 years old, have been training in kickboxing for almost two years and been training in wushu kung fu for a couple of months. I was thinking about adding in gymnastics to my training regimen, as a beginner what moves or techniques and preparation should I practice first? And as for conditioning what can I do and how many reps and sets per movement should I perform them? I am looking to perform in freestyle competitions concerning my martial arts and yes, I know where to look for the moves and techniques, what I am asking for is where should I start. Thank you all for your help.

    feel free to p.m me if you have detailed instructions. Once again thank you all.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    Hope to hear from some of you guys! ^_-
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    Aug 30, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    Try some of the CrossFit movements, they are great overall body strength builders.
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    Aug 30, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    That's awesome that you want to add that. There are a couple questions first, are you doing it for overall conditioning, or just for the tumbling skills required in competition? That will change how and what you train. the best thing to do would be to start at a local gymnastics gym and enroll in a basic class. it may be humbling, because more than likely, you'll be in a class with kids, but it is the Best way to safely learn the basics. Normally, adults that are fearless and serious pick up skills quickly and can move up fast.
    Good luck!
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    Gmack saidThat's awesome that you want to add that. There are a couple questions first, are you doing it for overall conditioning, or just for the tumbling skills required in competition? That will change how and what you train. the best thing to do would be to start at a local gymnastics gym and enroll in a basic class. it may be humbling, because more than likely, you'll be in a class with kids, but it is the Best way to safely learn the basics. Normally, adults that are fearless and serious pick up skills quickly and can move up fast.
    Good luck!


    Well I would enroll in a gymnastics class it weren't for one of two problems, one: there aren't any schools nearby and two: they are just not within my budget, I am a graduating full time college student (bachelors in business technical management). So money is pretty airtight, and it all thanks to God I was lucky enough to barter my skills in computers to be able to do kickboxing.
  • DrobUA

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    Aug 30, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Gymnastics is basically all strength and flexibility. They used to have us do rope climbs (up prob 30 feet) without using or legs, TONS of chin ups, push ups, sit ups, have us hold our legs up in a pike without our legs falling below the parallel bars for like 5 min. You need an unbelievably strong core.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    DrobUA saidGymnastics is basically all strength and flexibility. They used to have us do rope climbs (up prob 30 feet) without using or legs, TONS of chin ups, push ups, sit ups, have us hold our legs up in a pike without our legs falling below the parallel bars for like 5 min. You need an unbelievably strong core.


    oh ive seen how tight u guys get, I have to b honest I kind of want that for myself as well. But my martial arts expansion is first and foremost, vanity is later. Oh thx for the tips too! [^_-]
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    Aug 30, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    So then are you just looking for conditioning exercises that gymnasts typically do? Or are you actually trying to learn gymnastics skills?

    I don't recommend learning actual gymnastics on your own, lol. However, you certainly can borrow from their workouts.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    nicodegallo saidSo then are you just looking for conditioning exercises that gymnasts typically do? Or are you actually trying to learn gymnastics skills?

    I don't recommend learning actual gymnastics on your own, lol. However, you certainly can borrow from their workouts.


    I am looking to learn the skills. I would very much like to add acrobatics to my kung fu training.
  • MuscleUp

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    Aug 30, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    http://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.
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    Aug 30, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    SoxMonstah saidhttp://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.


    That site is hella awesome although I take issue with some of the techniques they recommend for certain skills. Not to mention some gymnastics skills are incorrectly named icon_neutral.gif

    Meanwhile I'm very intrigued by some of their jump rope exercises.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    SoxMonstah saidhttp://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.


    Well as skill wise, I am looking to learn tumbling and some acrobatics, if you guys have seen a Wushu exhibition, that is what im looking to do.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    SoxMonstah saidhttp://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.


    P.s great site btw!
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    Aug 30, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    thebaddestdude said
    SoxMonstah saidhttp://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.


    Well as skill wise, I am looking to learn tumbling and some acrobatics, if you guys have seen a Wushu exhibition, that is what im looking to do.


    Are you taking any sort of martial arts or wushu training currently? If so, have they not taught you any acrobatics?
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    thebaddestdude said
    SoxMonstah saidhttp://www.gymnasticswod.com/

    Great site with progressions. Not sure if you have access to some equipment though.


    Well as skill wise, I am looking to learn tumbling and some acrobatics, if you guys have seen a Wushu exhibition, that is what im looking to do.


    Are you taking any sort of martial arts or wushu training currently? If so, have they not taught you any acrobatics?


    Ok, I am about to crucify myself (forgive me lord). I am learning from a home study course and its basically strikes, applications, and forms of what I learned in a DVD set. Gmnastics is gonna b done in my outside time from kickboxing and Wushu. Currently I am an orange sash, I went from blue to geen to orange already.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 30, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    I forgot to mention the extent of my flexibility is the vertical splits and as fot acrobatics I can do cartwheel, dive roll and roundoff
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 03, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    Would this site also be good as a start?

    http://www.flashmavi.com/gymnastics
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    Sep 04, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    I was a gymnast from age 9 until mid-college and its one od those sports that's really hard to start when ur older. Gmack is right, you might be taking classes with kids. You used to be able to join recreational mens gymnastics clubs in certain college programs so you could at least learn with college aged guys. But recently they put an end to all collegiate programs because it was making no money :-( Also, college cheerleading programs do some gymnastics training if you want to learn all the flips and stuff. you could only go to practices where they are doing tumbling and not all the cheering
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 04, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    blatalian77 saidI was a gymnast from age 9 until mid-college and its one od those sports that's really hard to start when ur older. Gmack is right, you might be taking classes with kids. You used to be able to join recreational mens gymnastics clubs in certain college programs so you could at least learn with college aged guys. But recently they put an end to all collegiate programs because it was making no money :-( Also, college cheerleading programs do some gymnastics training if you want to learn all the flips and stuff. you could only go to practices where they are doing tumbling and not all the cheering


    Hey thanks, but I attended DeVry university (just completed my bachelors actually). N well if I dont succeed in gymnatics it wont b from lack of trying.
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Adult gymnastics classes have become more popular in recent years, however, they're definitely quite limited in availability. Basically you can only find them at the most prosperous gymnastics clubs.

    You're too old to go the route of parks and rec and basic classes for boys, but ask about adult classes, private classes, open gym, college gymnastics, or tumbling that you can consider. Quality and pricing vary considerably, so be sure to ask about the fine details and be realistic of your expectations.

    You can gyms in your area or nearby localities through USA Gymnastics gym search:

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

    Type in your city or zip code, and you should get a list of gyms that are members of USA Gymnastics. Most of the entries give a brief summary of the classes/services they offer and even provide a link to the gym's website. However, I highly recommend calling the gyms directly or stopping by in person for the most up-to-date info because many times they don't put much detail or updated info on their page.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 04, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidAdult gymnastics classes. . .


    Thanks, but as soon as my financial situation changes I'll use the flashmavi website I found till then. Helps with the basic floor gymnastics (which is what I am going for anyway).
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 08, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    UPDATE!

    Ok so here is a list of the first set of skills I will be learning on my own.

    Handstands & Planches

    Gymnastic Handstand
    Handstand Hop
    Handstand Turn
    Handstand Bridge
    Straddle Handstand

    Wish me luck, and if you guys have any advice on how to learn them the best way, pls pm me. Thanks! ^_^
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    Sep 08, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    thebaddestdude saidUPDATE!

    Ok so here is a list of the first set of skills I will be learning on my own.

    Handstands & Planches

    Gymnastic Handstand
    Handstand Hop
    Handstand Turn
    Handstand Bridge
    Straddle Handstand

    Wish me luck, and if you guys have any advice on how to learn them the best way, pls pm me. Thanks! ^_^


    LOL! What is a 'gymnastic handstand'?
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 08, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    Lol, just a simple.handstand lol.
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Sep 29, 2012 12:24 PM GMT
    UPDATE!

    Not that this should interest anyone this is mainly an online journal for myself, so far I have pretty much mastered the handstand and can perform on command and I am close to mastering the handstand hop. I hope to be done with the handstand portion of my freelance gymnastics training real soon. Wish me luck!