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How to Teach Yourself Gymnastics

Wondering how to teach yourself gymnastics?  It's totally possible to learn a lot of moves in gymnastics without a formal coach, as long as you have great resources to use from those with experience. Anyone can teach him or herself gymnastics. You can begin practicing and honing the necessary strength, flexibility, balance  and endurance right at home. The more physically prepared you can be, the easier and faster the skills will come.

how to teach yourself gymnastics - step 1

how to teach yourself gymnasticsBeing a gymnast is something that can happen instantly once you get started on the path!

The first step in teaching yourself gymnastics is to create a training schedule for yourself. You need to make sure your training will be consistent so that you get as physically prepared as possible. Physical fitness is the key to making learning gymnastics skills easy! Go ahead and plug those workout days into your calendar so that nothing else interferes.

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Don't be afraid to start small! Working out for half an hour twice a week is far better than working out for several hours in a row one day and doing nothing for the rest of the month.

how to teach yourself gymnastics - step 2

how to learn gymnastics yourselfIf you can gain access to a gym, wonderful - but you can also use park benches, playgrounds and an open yard for training!

You're going to need to create a training plan of some type. If you are looking for at-home resources or exercises to work on during open gym at a gymnastics club (meaning non-structured gym time) check out these resources.

You can also look for classes or teams here if you would like or need some coaching from time to time. Even one class every couple of months could really make your home-based training more efficient. If those aren't an option, consider attending an adult gymnastics camp to get a few pointers.

You will likely want to supplement time working gymnastics skills with additional time spent on fitness in order to maximize your progress and ensure that your body is physically prepared for the demands of the sport. Crossfit can be a great place to learn a structured workout that caters towards gymnastics type movements. Sometimes gymnastics skills are even worked as part of the workout of the day. Other athletes may benefit more from yoga or pilates training. Many full workouts are available for free on YouTube.

When in doubt, you can never go wrong spending extra time on basic strength training and flexibility work! Endurance training can also be wonderful since having better cardio means you will be able to take turns faster for skills and you will recover faster between turns. Anything you can do to improve your fitness will be well worth the effort and will show up in your gymnastics skills. 


Chellsie Memmel posts gymnastics conditioning on her Instagram! Check it out.

how to  teach yourself gymnastics - step 3

learning gymnastics on your ownGetting into a group atmosphere, even on Zoom, can do wonders for your motivation.

After you've learned some gymnastics, it's time to show it off! Whether you choose to get into competition (even beginners and those training at home can compete!) or you just want to video your skills with your phone, be sure you take the time to perform what you have learned! That is, after all, half the fun. You can always post your skills in our Facebook Group Just Like Fine Wine...Adult Gymnastics for some awesome feedback and recoginition. Instagram is an awesome place to show your skills, too - tag us @adultgymnasticscamp and we may Repost!


By now, it sound be clear on how to teach yourself gymnastics! If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out.


Disclaimer: Adult gymnasts and coaches give advice and suggestions on this page. By reading and implementing the information, you assume all liability for injury. The advice given is for educational purposes only. Please check with your in-person coach and ensure that you have the proper pit, mats and/or spot available before trying any suggestions. If you don't agree to these terms, do not attempt anything that you see on this page.

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