Gymnasts are always asking me what they can do at home on their own to improve their skills. There are lots of ways to work on your strength and flexibility, as well as other skills that need little or no equipment. In addition to learning from your coaches, I think it’s important to learn from and get inspired by other gymnasts. There are some great gymnasts with Instagram accounts who I think can help motivate you when you might be struggling. I reached out to some of these gymnasts to find out what kind of exercises they do at home to get better.
An answer I heard a LOT was handstands. In fact, I already did a roundup on some gymnasts who make handstands a part of their normal workout routine at home. But what else can you do? Keep reading below for some great suggestions!
Katie (@prestige_lou) is a 9-year-old gymnast training HOPES, competing Level 8. Check out her account for some great video content.
Brooke (@brookiecookie.gymnast) is a 9-year-old gymnast training Level 7/8. Follow her for more at-home training ideas and motivating content.
Karina (@gymnast.karina.x) is a 14-year-old gymnast. Follow her to get inspired by some great skills videos!
Splits, crunches and push ups!
Violet (@itsflippinviolet) is an 8-year-old gymnast training Level 4. Check out her account to see some of her routines and other great content.
Akira (@_akirajade_) is a gymnast in Australia, whose sister is also a gymnast. Follow her account for awesome photos and videos that will inspire you no matter what level you are!
I hope some of these suggestions keep you motivated when you’re not at the gym surrounded by your teammates and coaches! If you are looking for more exercises you can do at home, I’ve made a list here. And if you want another source of motivation and a way to track your progress — check out SkillTrakker. Let me know what you like to do at home in the comments below!