10 Exercises You Can Do at Home to Improve your Gymnastics Skills

I’ve put together a list of 10 exercises you can do at home to improve your
gymnastics exercises at home

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gymnastics skills. Maybe you take a gymnastics class once or twice a week and you want to take your gymnastics to the next level without having to pay for more gym time. Or maybe you are already on a gymnastics team and want to keep improving your gymnastics while you aren’t at the gym. There are many ways to improve outside of the gym and here are some exercises that can help you do that.

  1. Spider-man Against the Wall: Spider-man against the wall is a way to work on your handstands. The handstand position is one of the most important positions in gymnastics. Gymnasts do handstands on floor, on beam and on bars. Cartwheels, round-offs, back-handsprings and front-handsprings are all performed by passing through the handstand position. Spider-man against the wall is basically a handstand against the wall, but it’s a way to practice handstands with correct form. To do spider-man against the wall stand with your back against a wall in your house. Put your hands on the floor in front of you, and one at a time put your feet on the wall. Walk your hands closer to the wall as you walk your feet up the wall, until your stomach is touching the wall and you are in a handstand position. Keep your head neutral but look at your hands with your eyes. Hold this for as long as you can before coming down. While you are in the handstand concentrate on tightening up all your muscles and think about pulling your feet up to the ceiling. This is a great way to practice good form because the wall forces your body to be absolutely straight.
  2. Sprints: Practicing sprints are a great way to improve your Vault skills, and you can practicing running fast anywhere. Great vaults are quick and powerful, so the faster your run–the more power you will have during your vault.
  3. Splits: Working on your splits is a way to improve your flexibility at home. The split shape shows up frequently in gymnastics; the split shape is seen in leaps and jumps. The better you can do splits on the ground, the better you can do them in the air.
  4. Pull-Ups: Another great exercise for improving your gymnastics skills at home is pull-ups. You can practice your pull-ups at home by installing a pull-up bar in one of your doorways. A pull-up bar (here is a great one from Amazon for less than $30) is a great piece of home gymnastics equipment.
  5. Scales: Practicing your scales at home will help you improve your balance, flexibility and strength which are all crucial for gymnastics. If you aren’t sure what a scale is, stand on one leg and lift the other leg directly in front of you for a front scale or directly behind you for a back scale. Try to stand as long as you can without losing your balance.
  6. Jumps: Improve your jumps by practicing straight jumps at home. Keep your body as tight as possible and jump as high as you can while maintaining your body position.
  7. Leaps: Gymnasts are required to do leaps on both beam and floor in their routines. Practice makes perfect so practice your leaps at home. Concentrate on keeping your legs straight and coming as high off the ground as you can. Also make sure the angle you make with your legs is even on both sides.
  8. Turns: Turns are requirements in both floor and beam routines, just like leaps. You can practice your turns at home on the carpet or on the kitchen floor wearing socks.
  9. Conditioning: Any conditioning exercises that make your muscles stronger will help you improve your gymnastics. Gymnastics is one of the few sports that uses most of the muscles in your body. Push-ups, Sit-ups, calf-raises are all great exercises to increase your muscles strength.
  10. Your Routine: If you have a gymnastics routine, you can practice it at home without the tumbling skills. This is called a “dance-through”, when you do the routine practicing just the dance elements. The more you practice your routine, the less likely you are to forget it at a meet. So practice, practice, practice at home!

I hope these exercises help you improve your gymnastics at home. You might also be interested in 5 tips for improving your gymnastics score.

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  • Dai'Na Brown July 20, 2012, 12:18 am

    i have a important question if your a first time gymnast will alot of injuries be constine

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    • grace July 2, 2013, 5:40 pm

      no

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    • Sharlene April 2, 2014, 10:28 am

      I’m a beginner and i had to stop gymnastics from the bars because i broke my ankle but look at me now I’m back in gymnastics

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  • Gymnast August 18, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Why won’t my coach move me up? I can do mostly everything in level 4-6

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    • Marcy January 20, 2014, 2:43 pm

      What level are you in? I know a lot of coaches like myself like to make sure their gymnasts perfect the skills rather than just know how to do it. It also depends on the gym you go to. There are some out there that keep their gymnasts in 1 level for way longer then they need to be just so they can do good at competition….

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  • gabbie November 11, 2013, 3:17 pm

    cheers the tips got me a 1st place i owe you one

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  • Angel Mason March 5, 2014, 1:17 pm

    When i was in gymnastics i had an injurer and my doctor said i couldn’t do it any more so i was wondering when is it ok for some one to come back to gymnastics??

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    • Annie July 29, 2014, 7:42 pm

      Hi Angel, when i trained i was in that same position and I was conditioning but then as i thought i could never train again i decided to stop. but after a year i decided to get back into shape and asked my doctor if i could train again. He said ‘As long as you be careful and dont do too many things that will risk hurting your knee again’ (as i hurt my knee) i joined a gym and started to train again i couldnt do most things to start but i gradually got better.
      Don’t worry if its hard at first but make sure you’re not hurting yourself.
      I hope i helped
      Annie xx

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  • Destinee May 19, 2014, 10:48 pm

    I recently took a break from gymnastics because of a knee injury. I am going to a camp in July to help me get back into shape for the next season, I am a level 7 and was wondering what types of conditioning and stretches should I do to help keep me in shape and limber.

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    • gymnasticshq May 20, 2014, 10:43 am

      Hi Destinee,
      I would say definitely keep doing splits, and bridges and stretch every day to stay limber. Here are some conditioning ideas: Use a pull-up bar to do pull-ups, leg lifts and windshield wipers (leg lifts where you move your legs from side to side). Work your abs by doing crunches, sit-ups, v-ups. Also do supermans (where you lay on your stomach and lift your right arm, left leg, then the reverse and then both arms and legs together) to work your back. Work your legs by doing squats, squat jumps, toe-raises and mountain climbers (assuming you can with your knee). I would definitely also do sprints for vault and for a cardio workout. I hope that kinda gets you started. Good luck with camp and I hope your knee is healing!

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