Additionally, he asked me where I got the most injuries, and that was easy – right shoulder, left knee, both ankles
As a gymnast with sights set on the summer olympics, I can say without question that the competition is brutal! I always felt that in order to be the best, you have to practice more and train harder than anyone else would ever fathom. Before class, I would drill on my tumbling exercises and routines for hours. I made sure I was totally well rounded with these skills, and then I began my schooling with a ton of injuries due to the awful habits I created in my solo efforts! I started doing a little research and found that my ability to compete would be improved with some formal training. I found in the next neighborhood over, there was this personal training center! The personal training gym offers sport fitness programs, and even had a coach that was a former olympic gymnast! Imagine that. So, I decided to reach out and see if I could set up some training with the coach there. I’m thrilled that I did! My old misconceptions about a trainer not showing me any new tactics was just that – a foolish notion! I wanted to try something else, so this trainer worked with me focus on areas of the body that tumbling simply didn’t stress but definitely tested. Additionally, he asked me where I got the most injuries, and that was easy – right shoulder, left knee, both ankles. All of the above took a beating in every training session! My trainer developed exercises to work those areas, build muscle and flexibility, and allow me to perform even more effectively as a gymnast. The people I was with and I also did core exercises to help with our tumbling! I even got arm drills that highlighted parts of our arm that our tumbling never touched, so now I’m definitely feeling stronger and far more capable. Later this year, I’ll begin trying out for the Olympic team and we’ll see how far I go!