It goes without saying that there are a lot of constraints when it comes being an aspiring adult competitive gymnast. The biggest of course is that gymnastics can't be your whole life like it was when you were a kid. No, you've got your whole life and then gymnastics is squeezed into your schedule wherever it fits. But it doesn't end there. Limited access to facilities is the other huge barrier. As it is right now, I have maybe 3 hours of usable gym time per week which is simply not enough. The hardest part about this is that it has nothing to do with my ability to gymnastics. I am willing and able, but so very limited by something outside of my control.
As frustrating as this is as an adult gymnast, this is the situation for many gymnasts out there. Just look at the plight of Men's gymnastics and collegiate programs. If you haven't checked out my site yet, GymnastiCity was originally created to establish a single directory of all of the USAG clubs in America. But since I've started, I've realized that gymnastics has a much farther reach than just USAG. There's the AAU, NAIGC, USAIGC, and so many different leagues, associations, federations dedicated to encouraging people to keep doing gymnastics. And that's what I'm all about! So in the spirit of being a gymnast without a gym, I am making it my mission to change that. Please continue to check back, read my blog, and by all means support gymnasts who are following their dreams.
Now give me a second... gotta find a gym that can host me. :)
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With the girls competing this weekend, I didn't have a ton of time to get into the gym so today was my only real chance to practice. I didn't realize how tired I'd be just from standing (and stressing out) for their whole meet, but I did get some stuff done. I mainly worked on choreo for my floor routine - which wow, do I need to build up my endurance or what? I also did some bar work - front giant on high bar was much scarier than anticipated but now that I've done it once, I got it. Also built up the mats to get some release work in.
Here's a straddle back - you should have seen my first attempts! They got a bit better at the end.
And here's a Pak salto. I competed this for my last season as a Level 10 competitive gymnast and I swear I touched my feet on the catch at every single meet. In fact, at State, my coach Lisa said she'd give me a puppy if I didn't touch my feet and against all odds, I didn't touch my feet. Lisa, you owe me a puppy. :) At any rate, it's a big goal of mine to be able to compete a Pak in my routine and NEVER touch my feet at a competition.
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