Gymnastics is not only a physical sport, it’s a very mental sport as well. It doesn’t matter how decorated a gymnast is, gymnasts are athletes who need to be aware of the mental aspects of the sport. It’s important they learn their own personal clues for when they need to take a step back and focus on improving their mental toughness. We put together this resource guide for mental health and toughness as a quick way to locate some resources on the topic.
Fear. Everyone experiences it. Learn where it comes from, what it looks like (signs and symptoms), and what you can do to overcome it. There is an exercise to see if what you’re experiencing is fear too! Remember – just like with most things, overcoming fear is not usually an instant thing to do, it takes time and practice to build your mental toughness. Check out this Fear Assessment Quiz and see where you stand.
In this article, you’ll learn that at some point in every gymnasts career, you will have a mental block of some sort. Find out exactly what a mental block is, where they come from, and different strategies to help overcome a mental block. Regardless of the reason, you WILL get through this! It may take time and taking a step back, focusing on the basics, mental workouts, etc. but keep trying! Our Mindset & Meet Journal is an amazing resource to help track your goals and build confidence as a gymnast.
The Mental Workout All Gymnasts Should Be Doing and Other Strategies for Becoming the Best Gymnast You Can Be
This article acknowledges that there is no “one size fits all” solution to overcoming a mental block. We are all individuals and what works for one may not work for another. Mental blocks have a bunch of different sources but, regardless you’ll find a lot of information to help your gymnast through a mental block. Loaded with many different resources, strategies, tips and a mental toughness workout, this is definitely a must read! There’s also a free Gymnastics Goals Worksheet you can download!
Whether we like to admit it or not, people typically thrive from a routine, particularly kids! A nightly routine can be very beneficial for a gymnast’s mental health. Gymnasts need plenty of sleep and rest in order to be able to fuel their bodies appropriately for the sport. Here you’ll find a six step routine to help you wind down for the night with some additional resources to help set up your nightly routine. A good night’s sleep, which starts with a good routine to wind down, is crucial for any athlete.
Confidence is a trait most athletes strive for. Here you’ll find strategies to help when your confidence wavers during a meet. It’s a lot easier to be confident when you’re not in the spotlight, so it’s important to build up your confidence for when you are at meets. Confidence, just like with mental blocks and fear, is something that requires time – don’t be hard on yourself if it takes a little time for you to master this skill!
Gymnastics is undoubtedly one of the most difficult sports. In other sports, the athlete has a whole game or more time to shine, however in gymnastics, you literally have 1 shot to make it count. Confidence is a skill that gymnasts most develop in order to make that shot count. Make sure to download this Confidence Bundle with printable worksheets to help build your confidence and learn how to have more confidence as a gymnast in this article.
Make sure to use a variety (or all) of the methods because sometimes one may work better than another!
You’re probably thinking we are crazy for saying that scores don’t matter in meets, but hear us out! There are a lot of aspects of scores that you just can’t control and there can also be a lot of variance with judging. This article will give you some things to focus on for meets that aren’t related to scores and focus on the things that matter for gymnasts who aren’t at the elite level. Check out our Meet Log below as well and our Mindset & Meet Journal that give a variety of ways to “judge” yourself for your meets.
Self love and a positive mindset are essential to help you build your confidence as a gymnast and get over mental blocks and fears more quickly. We hope you’ve found this resource guide helpful and keep it handy if you’re having a challenging time in or outside of the gym.