The recreational gymnast

I was waiting with one of my ( very patient) gymnastic coaches  to train in the corner of a club that I don’t often go to. We were watching   a class . It was “alright” . Nothing spectacular, but nice. The interesting thing, was the dialogue from my coach. “that poor bitch ” ( referring to the coach) “Everyone starts off like this. Dumped with the recreational  gymnasts” .

Gymnastics is a unique sport, Id almost say its the nearest thing to spiritual dedication that there is.  ( Btw any physical activity that claims to be spiritual, isn’t. Mastery of static poses, yoga meditation etc is easy peezy by comparison. It takes work, sure , but sitting on your bum navel gazing is  a lot easier  than tumbling).  It is also based on principles of selection. To be successful you need certain natural flexibility and , the ability to throw yourself backwards onto your hands. While Long Term Athlete Development concepts suggest the later starting  of   dedicated sports, gymnastics is the exception. Get in their early and specialise if you want to be any good. But here is the reality. If you go to gymnastics for 3 hours a week , you are classified as recreational. I think you have to get yo 6 hours a week before people treat you seriously.

This isnt’ a criticism of gymnasts, more a plea to adult learners to moderate their learning targets . In gymnastics even the  most basic skills are hard and difficult to master.



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