Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gymnastics resolutions

Since the New Year is here, many people find it to be the perfect time to make resolutions to improve all aspects of their life.  Of course, one of the most popular areas that people target is health and fitness. For those who attend a gymnastics school, the goal setting can get even more specific.

When it comes to resolutions to get better at gymnastics, whether that means improved performance in competitions or increasing flexibility overall, setting goals to better yourself in this sport is an excellent way to get started. Here are some popular resolutions that range from beginners to advanced levels, and some that can benefit everyone in between, whether you attend a formal gymnastics school or a class at the gym.

Be consistent. Make attendance in your classes or any other sport you participate in something you take seriously. Go to every single class unless you are sick or injured. Commit to your gymnastics classes, as well as other complementary workouts.

Increase flexibility. If you’re starting to lose your split, then it’s time to get focused on flexibility drills. Set aside specific times to stretch every day and practice your split at home whenever you can.

Improve grace. If you’re doing great on all the power and strength drills, get an objective assessment from someone you trust on how graceful you are. If you need some work, schedule some more practice time for routines, or add something in to the mix that can specifically benefit grace, such as ballet classes.  

Move forward consistently. Focus on the progression of your classes and improving your gymnastics performance at competitions. If you’re thriving on the beams, don’t get lackadaisical—set your  sights on the next techniques and maneuvers that you want to conquer and master. Look towards what is next, whether it’s honing your vaulting skills or upgrading on the bars. 

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