Why do gymnasts need dedicated strength training?
Gymnasts need a moderate amount of stress on their skeleton to build bone density.
Jumps are one part of it, weightlifting with perfect form is another.
Doing too much can be a bad thing, but gymnastics without a base of strength is trouble guaranteed.
The dose makes the poison, but such thing as a healthy, competitive gymnast can exist if treated with care.
The bottom line is this: don’t wait to get hurt to start strength training.
Better movement quality
You’ve seen articles pop up in the news about this: kids are fatter and more sedentary than ever.
The children from the 1970’s supposedly moved very well.
While I wasn’t there to confirm this, it’s true that millennials can’t even get into a deep squat position without falling on their face.
Start with learning how to pick up a weight off the floor with a flat back, followed by lunges and hip hinge variations.
If a gymnast can’t master basic movement patterns, you can’t expect them to do back extensions and pirouettes with impeccable form.
Good movement needs to be the only movement allowed, starting from the basics at an early age.
Sounds easy, but no one does it.
Health and lifestyle
The benefits of having a positive early experience with strength training go far beyond gymnastics.
The competitive life of a gymnast lasts the blink of an eye, and you want to keep on working out after that.
When gymnastics ends, many girls can’t find joy in regular exercise.
This leads to problems managing their health and their weight because of lack of habit or motivation.
Building good manners in the gym and a taste for general exercise can prevent this problem.
Make gym training an enjoyable experience and it’s benefits will carry on for decades.
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