Gymnastics

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    Feb 19, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    Hi everyone,


    I'm 21 years old and I always really wanted to do gymnastics my whole life but never really had the time. I'm thinking of starting this year but I'm wondering if it's too late to get that flexibility and muscle mass needed to do all those movements like back flips and stuff like that. Is it too late? And would I have to do it like every day to catch up the time?
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    Feb 19, 2014 10:11 PM GMT
    It's totally doable. I'm not sure what other "stuff like that" you're after but most acrobatic elements like handsprings and saltos don't really required that much muscle mass or intense flexibility. If you want to do rings or pommel horse, that's a little different. Most people are pretty happy to just throw tricks on floor/tumble track.

    Find a good adult class for beginners. They'll work you through gymnastics-specific stretching and start with basic moves. These help you progress to more advanced skills. Good coaches will put you through progressive drills with plenty of spotting available. You'll probably be surprised how quickly you can improve your flexibility. You should stretch at home at least everyday and can take classes as often as you'd like. It can take a while to build up to skills like back handsprings but many older than you have been able to learn.