(via Gymnastics Coaching)
More than 180 gymnasts, including a team of ten athletes with an average age of 70.4 years-old, will descend on Byron Bay this week to participate in Australia’s third Gym4Life Challenge from 11 to 13 July.
Thirteen teams from five states around the country will perform a range of different styles of gymnastics and dance in groups of three or more to show that gymnastics is a sport for everybody, regardless of age, gender or ability. We can expect to see exciting combinations of power tumbling, acrobatics, dance, ribbons and mini trampoline. …
Nick English, a non-gymnast adult, for some reason decided to learn a “back flip”:
… As I entered the sprawling gymnastics playground that is New York’s Chelsea Piers, I tried to forget that the piers were the Titanic’s intended final destination. …
3 Exercises to Prepare Your Body to Backflip
1. Hanging tuck-up: While keeping the chin tucked ever so slightly downward, bend the knees up toward the head, crunching the core and rotating the body as far backward as possible. Perform the move very fast, as the goal is to improve flipping speed.
2. Box jump: Focusing on height, rather than depth, leap onto as high a platform as possible. Repeat as much as is comfortable.
3. Lying bent-knee leg raise : With the knees bent and the lower torso rising off the ground, lift your legs towards your head. This is like a horizontal version of the hanging tuck-up. Perform the movement with arms stretched above the head, and it will train the body to not swing them too far backward during a flip. …
Did it work?
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(Okay, I acknowledge that Jon gave me a teeny tiny spot in this video—we didn’t film the two flips I did on my own. You’ll have to take my word for it.)
read more – Greatest – Don’t Try This at Home: How I Learned to Do a Backflip in Just 4 Weeks
Gymnastics Zone posted the best summary of this issue I’ve seen:
Bottom line, … do backward roll activities very, very cautiously. The younger the children, the bigger their heads relative to the rest of the body.
If they need spot, they are not ready for backward roll.
I’ve even seen Adult Recreation gymnasts sore after doing backward roll on a hard, flat surface. :-(
It’s a tricky skill.
Downhill is far safer.
Catherine T details her struggles to get ready for an Adult Rec Competition:
On Saturday I competed in my second masters meet. Eleven months ago, after my first meet in a decade, I was filled with hope and inspiration and energy. I vowed to train every day, get in shape and not let anything stop me. And then, well, I let things stop me. Things got stressful. Anxiety. Depression. Sickness. I seemed to either have a cold or the flu from basically October to February …
You are invited to participate in a research study of participation motivations and online media usage of masters gymnastics participants (Adult gymnasts). The study is being conducted by Andrea N. Eagleman, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand. …
It takes about 15min to complete.
Adult gymnast and psychology professor, Mary McNaughton-Cassill reports back from the annual masters meet at Vancouver Phoenix, in Canada. This year it was combined with an age group meet. What fun for kids to see that this is a sport they can do for a lifetime!
… contrary to popular opinion, gymnastics is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age. While most gyms in the United States are populated by hoards of agile children, adult gymnasts are starting to infiltrate their ranks. And these older gymnasts are not necessarily the stars of their childhood gymnastics classes or elite athletes …
Awards are presented up to 10th place, special awards are given for both serious (best form and choreography) and entertaining (most pizazz, most spirited athlete, coach and judge) performances. The competitors who place in the top 3 of their events are also given cans of Canadian beer or mixed drinks along with their medals when they step up on the podium.
read more on Meet Report: Masters Gymnastics Magic in Vancouver
I signed up for the once-a-week adult class at one of the local gymnast, and I’ve been twice so far. So far, it’s been a great experience. I’m fortunate enough to live in a city that has a gym with a great adult program offering classes at a very good price ($65 for 4 2-hour sessions). …
The coach does a great job of accommodating everyone. There are people who come to the class having never been to a gym in their life. There are people like me, who did gymnastics way back when, but can’t even do a pullover now. There are also people who can do double backs and giants. There are both men and women in the class, and we train all together.
One thing that surprised me was how many skills I lost. …