Gymnastics training - where to start?

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    Nov 04, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    I've always been interested in learning some gymnastics, or at least working up a gymnasts build.

    What's a good, cheap, way to start? I know the best option would be to go take some classes, but I really can't afford it.

    What are some good exercises? Weight training, or just working with body weight? Any ideal benchmarks (ie, being able to do a certain number of pull ups) I should aim for?
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    Nov 04, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    You know i always love the gymnast's physique-theyre not too big or too lean, their bodies are well proportioned, perfect. and theyre usually short, how hot is that? i looooove short buff guys....
    Anyway, yeah, i think its not too late for you to consider taking some classes. that should do it. icon_wink.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 04, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    GwgHussein saidI've always been interested in learning some gymnastics, or at least working up a gymnasts build.

    What's a good, cheap, way to start? I know the best option would be to go take some classes, but I really can't afford it.

    What are some good exercises? Weight training, or just working with body weight? Any ideal benchmarks (ie, being able to do a certain number of pull ups) I should aim for?


    Your weight is the benchmark.

    Do stuff with your weight.

    Pushups against the wall
    Hanging crunches (holding the bar, not using the stirrups)
    etc

    If you can get a pair of rings/TRX doing fly's of various sorts (I's T's and Y's) will help you build up to some of the harder strength stuff without trying to do it straight off.
  • tbeaux

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    Nov 04, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    I was part of the Elite Gymnastics in Spain and I did a bit in America, but I am not 100% sure how hard it was over here compared to there. Besides the weight lifting, I did alot of functional strength. If you get a set of rings, pulls up on rings, muscle ups, i gained alot of strength just by doing skills. Um. Try doing things in super sets like a whole bunch of pushups, and sit ups.

    That's just to start hope that helps a bit.
  • helios01

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    Jun 01, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    is there a certain body type that can do gymnastics or can anyone start at a 18 + age? I am interested in learning to do a backflip so gymnastics seemed like a starting point. i know i am fluffy and that will set me back but i really wanna be flexible, lean and be able to do a backflip... too much? lol. AM i too old?