If you hear 'gymnastics' you might immediately think of Olympic legends like Simone Biles or Beth Tweddle flying through the air, flipping around bars or launching themselves fearlessly over vaults. But, while gymnastics is a remarkable sport to watch, it's not just for the elites. The key elements of the sport — core strength, explosive power, balance and flexibility — are accessible to anyone. Over the last few years, amateur adult gymnastics has grown enormously in popularity and it's not hard to see why — it's a challenging training method that pushes you beyond your comfort zone and works your entire body. CrossFit has a hand in this, incorporating classic gymnastic strength moves such as muscle-ups, ring dips, and handstand push-ups into its sessions. This guide will break down exactly what gymnastics involves, which core skills you need and what the benefits are so you can venture into a whole new and significantly more airborne world of fitness.
Though I enjoyed the sessions, I found myself distracted by something else going on in the corner of the room: a group of older women in leotards—many of them, it appeared, in their seventies and beyond—doing somersaults and splits; some even lifting themselves up on rings suspended from the ceiling and doing lithe, athletic flips. I wondered: Ex—circus performers? Former Olympians? How could senior citizens be so extraordinarily bendy? Even after I abandoned Pilates and moved on to barre, then yoga, then spinning—sampling the city dweller's smorgasbord of fitness options without finding one that wholly satisfied—I couldn't stop thinking about those ladies. Did they know something I didn't?
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When was the last time you did a cartwheel? Swung upside down on the rings? Or jumped on a trampoline? But until that time when I decided I was too cool for it a decision I very much regret , I thought gymnastics were awesome.