I need gymnastics advice please.

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    May 15, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    So I decided to take up gymnastics. I just took my first lesson. It was pretty intense but it was pretty cool and fun. The coach said I wasn't bad for a first timer and the other students were commenting about how I was doing better than them when they started. I guess I'm a graceful bitch. icon_smile.gif

    But anyway I'm interested in someday getting on the parallel bar and rings for strength training and apparently they don't let adult students on them. Most of the gyms in my area cater to children. Are there gyms that will let adult students on the bars and rings?

    And also I'm an ectomorph and it's really hard for me to gain weight. I'm supposed to do strength training but I hate lifting weights. It's boring, that's why I looked for alternatives. Gymnastics is a pretty aerobic exercise and that's supposed to be a no no for me but idc cause I like it. Soo that's why I wanted to get on the bars and rings. Can I still gain mass? I'd be happy being a muscle twink but I wanna gain some mass. And I don't wanna be a beefcake, just have a swimmer's body.
  • MikeW

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    May 15, 2013 2:23 PM GMT
    Generally speaking, muscles grow as an adaptive response to the demands made on them. It depends on what you do, how often you do it, and whether or not your diet is sufficient in the proteins and carbs necessary for growth. Adequate recovery is also necessary.

    As for using gymnastic equipment, you may just have to call around in your area and see what different clubs offer. You might also be able to find a gymnastic club at a local university that allows non-students to participate.

    Short of that, there is an online group called "Gold Medal Bodies" that offer on-line programs for floor work, parallettes, and rings at both the beginner to more advanced levels. You might want to check them out. It is conceivable there might be other GMB members, even trainers, near you.

    Good luck.
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    May 15, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    Most gyms have parallel bars and chin up bars. You can do push ups and hand stand anywhere. Most cross fit studios have rings.
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    Jun 02, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    You can actually buy your own adjustable rings online and train yourself with the resources of the internet. I'm not kidding... that's what I did initially before joining a club and team. All it will take is a lot of motivation...

    You say you are an ectomorph... I definitely am too. To combat that all you have to do is eat. I eat six meals a day. It sucks, but now I'm gaining mass at a steady rate.

    P bars is scary as fuck I have no idea why you'd want to get on them. Also... when training gymnastics start slow and steady. You won't be a Steven Legendre over night... You can really hurt yourself.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 24, 2013 9:08 AM GMT
    at 27 your Olympic dream has passed. You will need to weight train if you plan on doing most of the gymnastic events and apparatus.icon_idea.gif