Gymnastics Mental Toughness Resources

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mental toughness resources

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.

3 ways to shut down fear in gymnastics

3 Ways to Shut Down Fear in Gymnastics

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.

fear assessment quiz

5 ways to overcome a mental block in gymnastics

5 Ways to Overcome a Mental Block in Gymnastics

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.

mental workout

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!

Night time routine

The Perfect Night Time Routine for Gymnasts

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.


how to have more confidence when you compete at your gymnastics meet
How To Have More Confidence When You Compete {At Your Gymnastics Meet}

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!

7 ways to build confidence as a gymnast

7 Ways to Develop Confidence as a Gymnast

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!

why scores don't matter in gymnastics meets

Why Scores Don’t Matter in Gymnastics Meets

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.

meet log

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.



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  • Christine August 2, 2021, 11:28 pm

    We had a ‘mental toughness coach’ come to our gym. Taking teenagers and have them face each other and say “I am fantastic” and having a emotion emoji chart so they can point to their feelings is in any way helpful then you don’t get this sport or kids.
    The backlash is horrible with “what a waste of practice” parents wanting to be refunded for the seminar and the wasted practice day.
    Sorry but these kids are crushed with homework and projects and some college hunting, a night time ritual? Ill be laughed out of a job by parents and kids. All this sounds like pandering and codling and not athlete building.

    • gymnasticshq August 28, 2021, 9:30 am

      Athletes have to build and train their minds just as much as their physical bodies. It’s really helpful when coaches, parents and their support teams are aware of this and support it too. It definitely helps with less burnout in the gym.


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