New to gymnastics, where to begin? Can you be self-taught?

  • Cyclopath

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    Feb 22, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    I have absolutely zero previous gymnastics experience, but I'm heavily interested in learning. Two goals of mine are to walk on my hands and do a standing back flip. Without access to a gym or trainers, do you think I'll be able to teach these to myself without imparting serious injury? Where's a good place to start, and how long do you think it might take?
  • calibro

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    Feb 22, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    chinese, eight-year-old, gymnast says you're a great great grandfather
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    Feb 26, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    just be careful

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    Sep 02, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    Best place to start is a gym with a foam mattress. Also, get a coach who can show you the proper form. Your coach can help protect you from injury.
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:44 AM GMT
    you can teach yourself handstands without a coach. But you will probably break yourself trying to teach yourself a back flip without a coach
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    Oct 20, 2013 3:52 PM GMT

    hey


    an alternative and sorta easier thing would be joining a cheerleading team ,as you might get to do it with people within you're age range instead of doing it with little kids.

    with cheerleading you get to learn the same skills but it might be a bit cost effective ,since you may join a college team or club .With gymnastics you might have to work on all areas like aerobic ,rhythmic etc instead of just the tumbling.

    it took me like a year to get a standing back handspring (still do weird shit at times,but oh well ) and usually you start off with cart-wheels , rounds-offs ,then front handspring's then progress to back handsprings etc just to help with the power and form


    But it mostly depends on YOU ,since at times its a bit scary and it also depends on the coach's techniques icon_biggrin.gif


    YOU COULD ALWAYS YOUTUBE IT AND TRY IT ON A TRAMPOLINE :-)

    But GOOD Luck

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