Below are 10 things about gymnastics (in pictures) that will make you want to sign up for gymnastics today. Gymnastics is a great sport with many benefits, that are demonstrated by the pictures below!
1. Gymnastics teaches exercise habits that will help you stay healthy for life.
I know very few former gymnasts that have not stayed very active after they quit gymnastics. That’s because gymnastics helps you to create the habit of working out and staying fit. Studies have shown that regular exercise as a child increases the odds that you will stay physically fit and healthy as an adult.
2. Gymnastics helps you develop flexibility.
I used to do gymnastics with the (former) gymnast in the instagram picture above. Now she performs with a circus troupe and teaches acrobatics.
There are a ton of different hobbies that utilize flexibility, including acrobatics, yoga, dance, cheerleading and surfing.
3. Gymnastics makes you a well-rounded athlete.
The lightest man to ever complete the Russian kettlebell challenge “Beast Tamer”, Andrew Speer (pictured above), credits his success to gymnastics training. The challenge had him perform a pistol squat, a single-arm press, and a pull-up each with a 106 pound kettlebell.
He says that gymnastics helped him build his “stamina, stability, balance, power and brawn”.
4. Gymnastics makes you confident.
Since gymnastics is an individual sport, once you have put in the work to perfect a routine, you will know that you have done all you can to prepare yourself for success. This creates the confidence you see in Aly Raisman’s stance and facial expression before she starts her floor routine.
5. You will learn cool tricks that will impress your friends, long after you have quit gymnastics.
The picture above is of Nastia Liukin doing an aerial at an LA Angels game. After you have learned a cartwheel, handstand or an aerial, those will be skills you can do outside on the grass whenever you want.
6. Being a member of a gymnastics team will provide you with a sense of camaraderie, mutual trust and friendship from your teammates.
This picture is from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but most gymnastics teams have members that care about each other and root each other on. All the hours you spend working hard in the gym, will help you bond with your teammates.
7. You will make lifelong friends in gymnastics.
Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson are #friendshipgoals in the picture above, but in gyms everywhere gymnasts are making life-long friends! I know my sister has been best friends with one of the girls she met at gymnastics for at least 14 years now, and at this point they have both graduated from college and have jobs. You will create strong bonds with the girls you do gymnastics with, because you will have both trained hard together.
8. Gymnastics will teach you how to focus mentally.
Gymnastics is a sport that requires mental focus, which is a skill that carries over into many different aspects of life. You have to know how to tune everything out in order to execute a flawless beam routine. Later in life the ability to tune everything out will translate into perfectly executed presentations or sales pitches.
9. Gymnastics gives you the background you need to be a great dancer.
What proof do I have for this ? All of the Olympic gymnasts that have competed on Dancing with the Stars have placed in the top 4. Both Shawn Johnson (the youngest winner in DWTS history) and Laurie Hernandez finished 1st, with Nastia Liukin, Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman all finishing 4th. Shawn Johnson even placed 2nd in the all-star edition of DWTS. Compare that to Keyshwan Johnson, who plays football for the NY Jets who finished last, and Monica Seles, a champion Tennis player, who was the second person eliminated when she competed on DWTS.
To win on Dancing with the Stars, you need to have rhythm and grace! Gymnastics teaches you both.
10. Gymnastics makes you strong.
Sam Mikulak, above, is a 2x member of the US Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. There is no doubt about it, that gymnastics will make you strong. Gymnastics uses muscles in your whole body. Would you rather be weak, or strong ?
That should have you convinced you need to sign up for gymnastics! Check out the directory to find a gymnastics gym near you.
Are you already a gymnast, but are motivated by all the pictures above and want to improve? Check out 10 Reasons Simone Biles is So Successful (Numbers 5-10 You Can Do Too!)