Training Tips

  • Before participating in any organized sport, athletes should see their doctor for a pre-participation physical.
  • Focus on overall training and conditioning, rather than a specific move or event.
  • Add cardiovascular training (running and jogging) to prevent fatigue during workouts and events.
  • Include all muscle groups when training.
  • Build core strength as part of an overall workout routine. Many gymnasts focus on the arms and legs but neglect stomach muscles.
  • Work on areas that can improve performance—balance, strength, speed and flexibility are all important aspects of gymnastics.
  • Learn proper technique and use it, even during practices. Using good form and technique will improves skill level and reduces risk of injury.
  • Allow plenty of time before practices and events to warm up. The body needs time to get blood flowing to cold muscles. Light jogging, followed by proper stretching can help prevent pulled muscles and sore bodies.
  • Allow time to cool down after practices and competitions. Perform long, slow stretches to keep the body from tightening up and to decrease stiffness and soreness.
  • Check with the coach to make sure the athlete has the proper body type and size to eventually move on to higher levels of gymnastics—consider what type of interest or level of the sport the athlete may want to pursue.