Beginner’s Guide to Adult Gymnastics

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I love Cirque du Soleil.  

I have seen loads of Cirque shows in person.  I’ve been known to spend hours swapping epic and amazing Cirque videos with friends.  I watch these performances with my jaw on the floor.  Every. Single. Time.

Why?  Because acrobats are amazing.  They are awesome.  Most people watch an acrobat and say, “Wow!  Incredible!”

But I hit this point in my life where I didn’t want to say “Wow!” anymore.  I wanted to get up and do these awesome things.  I wanted to stop saying that I wanted to be acrobatic.  I wanted to just be acrobatic.

Maybe it was because I was finally hitting my stride with “fitness”.

Maybe it was because I had gotten over that initial hump (somewhere between Martial Arts, CrossFit and Parkour).  You know what I’m talking about.  The point where I realized how important movement is to my daily life.

Maybe I just hit a breaking point where I wanted to just freakin’ see what I could REALLY do.

Something just clicked.  I was watching an acrobat and said “I’m going to do that”.

I had big plans.  I sat myself in front of the mirror and said:

I’m going to stand on my hands.
I’m going to do a backflip.
I’m going to do a muscle up.

In a matter of a few years, I did all that and more. And, you know what?  I’m convinced that many people want to do all of these things, and just never get started.

Luckily, I was in the right environment eight years ago.  If anything were different, I wouldn’t have gotten past day one.

This article is the intro I wish I had back then.  It will guide you through the challenges associated with three skills that all new acrobats and adult gymnasts should learn immediately.

So what is holding you back?

Fear Holds You Back

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The single thing that holds people back is fear.  It’s always fear.

After doing a lot of research, and working with a lot of people, I figured it out.  Sure, no one comes out and just says “Oh no, I’m too scared!”  They wrap it up with excuses.  They say things like:

“That’s too dangerous.”
Fear: I’m scared of getting hurt.

But is adult gymnastics really that dangerous?  Most gymnasts don’t do extremely dangerous tasks on a regular basis.  The dangerous stuff is only for really advanced acrobats…and even then it’s only when they are putting on a death-defying performance.  Despite popular perception, most acrobatic skills are pretty safe.

“That must have taken you forever.”
Fear: “I’m scared that I won’t have enough time.”

Adult gymnastics doesn’t take that much time.  Most of the fundamentals is actually skill work, not strength work…and skills only require a minimum of a few minutes training every day.  If you have taken the 28-Day Handstand Challenge then you know that building up to an impressive skill doesn’t take much more than 5-minutes-per-day.  For most of us, that’s less time than it takes to run a mile, or do a couple of sets of weightlifting.

“I would look stupid trying that.”
Fear: “I’m scared of what other people might think.”

While some people may think what you are doing is stupid, you will find that most people are humbled, impressed and inspired when they see you doing something amazing like a handstand or a flip.  And when some oddball decides to be snide (which isn’t that common) you gotta remember to ignore haters!  You can’t please everyone – and if adult gymnastics and acrobatics makes you happy then you need to at least please yourself.

But there is one argument that I hear more often than any other.  I hear it SO often that it gets super special attention…

“Don’t I Need to Start When I’m Really Young?”

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NO WAY.  You can be an impressive gymnast whether you start when you’re in your 20’s or your 60’s or anywhere in between.

Sure, you won’t be able to do the most advanced skills if you start later in life.  Maybe you will never be the best gymnast in the world.  But that wouldn’t happen even if you started training at a young age…unless your parents sold you to an acrobatic troop when you were two years old.

You can still be incredible, inspiring and impressive, all the same.  Even just the fundamentals of acrobatics – the simplest of the simplest gymnastics maneuvers – are incredibly impressive to 99% of the general public.

On top of that, I honestly don’t believe that adults must learn slower than children.

Most people don’t believe that I have seen an adult learn to back handspring on a trampoline in 15 minutes.  I’ll repeat that: I have seen an adult learn to back handspring in 15 minutes.  And this person wasn’t some freak of nature.  It was a 30-year-old woman who couldn’t perform a ten-inch vertical leap without falling on her butt.  She could barely even keep her balance on the trampoline. She just had a good teacher.

I have personally worked with a 21 year old MMA fighter who achieved his first 15-second freestanding handstand in 30 days. Twenty-one is still pretty young?  What about the 29 year old powerlifter who did it in 44 days?  Or the 58 year old retiree who only needed 60 days?

A lot of people grossly overestimate the amount of time it takes to learn the fundamentals of gymnastics. You expect to take a long time…so it takes a long time!  Or, even worse, you don’t start at all…

It also doesn’t help that most of the acrobatic and gymnastics training materials that exist today are based on progressions intended for children.  When I was doing research for The 15-Second Handstand, I found one online handstand progression that actually said to have someone grab your legs and pull.  You know, that way that you could feel yourself “getting longer”.  Good luck doing this with a 235 lbs. weightlifter…!

But what are the challenges that YOU are facing:

Fear conquering is crucial, because fear halts progress for months.
You have a busy lifestyle, so gymnastics training needs to fit into your busy day.
Most adults can’t find a good coach, so a good adult’s program will minimize spotting.

When you take the right approach, the foundational gymnastics skills can be learned in weeks, not years.  Yes, some of the more advanced skills will take several months, but the fundamentals don’t need to take forever — and the fundamentals open doors for impressive skills in the future.

Gymnastics Fundamentals – Two Step Skill Method

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Gymnasts learn how to skillfully control and master their own bodies.

In other words, most of what you need to learn falls into the realm of skill training.  You probably didn’t realize that strength is only a small component of gymnastics training…but in reality, once you have foundational strength, acrobatic feats just need to be practiced over and over and over again.  They just take consistent practice to learn proper execution!

In other words, you first need to make your body strong, then you make it capable.  First you prepare the body for the task, then learn you to perform it.  I like to call this the Two Step Skill Method, because it makes it easy to remember that there are only two steps you need to hit any gymnastics or acrobatic skill:

  1. Get Strong: Build the foundational strength
  2. Train Skills: Use the foundational strength to practice relevant skills

Here, lets see a few examples:

Handstand

Foundational Strength

60-second wall handstand

Relevant Skill Sets

Pirouette Bailing
The Cambered Hand Technique
Freestanding Balance
Kickups

Back Flip

Foundational Strength

10-15″ Vertical Leap

Relevant Skill Sets

Tucking Speed
Tuck Timing
Release Timing
Fear Conquering
Setting (Jumping) Technique

This is the basic blueprint for all gymnastics skill training. It is the foundation for the 28-Day Handstand Challenge and The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide.

In these books and videos, I first provide a few key tips to help you build a training habit for consistent training.  (If you aren’t consistent, then all of the training is for naught, so consistency is the absolute first priority.)  Then, I make sure you have the pre-requisite strength by laying a path for you to build up to a 60-second wall handstand — the foundational strength requirement for the handstand.  Finally, you just drill the skill over and over every single day.  It’s fun and invigorating, since you already have a good foundation in place!

BOOM! Within a few weeks, you achieve your first handstand like these guys.

And then you apply that same process to many other skills…

Starting Your First Gymnastics Skills

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So lets actually get started on being freakin’ incredible.

I prefer to keep things simple.  There are only three skills you need to learn to start your gymnastics journey: the handstand, the handstand press and the muscle up.

These aren’t the only three skills that you should ever learn.  No, there are dozens, if not hundreds of skills, transitions, flips, twists and holds that you can learn in your acrobatic training…but these skills provide a solid foundation for all gymnastics skill sets.

The strength and skills that you learn when conquering these three skills has significant carry-over to nearly all branches of gymnastics.  That includes hand balancing and pole dancing; bar skills and rings skill; flipping and twisting; slacklining and jumping.

Once you master these three skills, you instantly open up a door into hundreds of impressive skills.  Nearly every adept gymnast or acrobat, no matter their discipline, can perform each of these three skills.

And the best part?  All three of these can usually be learned in under a year…and in most cases, one year is a gross overestimate.  I have seen people get all three within two months.

Where will you be in your training next year?  Did you ever believe that you could have three amazing skills under your belt within 12 months or less?  I know it sounds bold, but its completely true: you just need to train consistently, and take the right steps.

Handstand

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The handstand is the gateway into all balance training including hand balance skills, transitions and variations.  That’s why I focused my entire career on handstands.  That’s why I wrote a book, and dozens of free articles on this one skill alone.  It’s that important.

The handstand requires that you build solid shoulder strength, incredible core stability and whole-body discipline.

You start with training handstands directly.

Foundational Strength

60-second wall handstand

Relevant Skill Sets

Pirouette Bailing
Proper Form
The Cambered Hand Technique
Freestanding Balance
Kickups

To build the handstand’s foundational strength, you need to build up the strength for a 60-second wall handstand hold.  

The best way to do this is to train wall handstands directly.  You can start by doing a normal plank position next to the wall.  If you can hold this for 60 seconds, walk your feet up the wall a little bit, and your hands closer to the wall.  Work on holding this new position for 60 seconds.  Repeat this over and over until you are about 12 inches from the wall, and then you have the foundational strength that is necessary to get started on freestanding handstands.

Once you’re there, you can transition over to training the relevant skill sets.  The most important skill to achieve is the pirouette bail, which will help you get over fear….because fear is the #1 thing that holds most people back.

All of the other relevant skill sets, including the Cambered Hand Technique make finding your balance easier.  Then it’s on to learning kickups, so that you can throw up handstands anywhere.

If you want more details on getting your first handstand, you can sign up for the 28-Day Handstand Challenge to get dozens of free articles that specifically discuss getting your first handstand as an adult trainee.

Handstand Press

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The handstand press is another gateway skill that opens up hundreds of handstand transitions.  It allows you to enter the handstand in a slow and controlled manner, letting you perform handstands on unstable surfaces (like rings) or on sketchy terrain (like the top of a stairwell).

Yes, learning the handstand press does require you to learn the freestanding handstand first.  But most people I have worked with have learned their handstand in well under 6 months.  Routinely, the majority of my students get their first 15-second freestanding handstand within 40-90 days of consistent training.  And once you have handstand under your belt, the handstand press takes balance, core strength and upper body control to a whole new level.

Now, there are actually dozens of handstand press variations, but we will keep it simple.  Start with one variation, and expand from there.

You will start with the frogstand-to-handstand press.

Foundational Strength

15-Second Frogstand
15-Second Freestanding Handstand

Relevant Skill Sets

Controlled Handstand-to-Frogstand Negative
Maintaining Balance
Harnessing Ideal Hip Position

The Frogstand-to-Handstand press, of course, requires you to hold at least a 15-second freestanding handstand.  Any less than 15 seconds means that you aren’t competent enough in handstands to learn the skills associated with the press.  In case you skipped it, you can build up to your first freestanding handstand using the methods outlined in the previous section, and it can usually be achieved in 4-12 weeks.

Also, you need at least a 15-second frog stand, which is the starting point of the frogstand-to-handstand press.  To get started on the frogstand, just place your hands on the floor, and bend at the elbows.  WIth both feet on the floor, bend your knees, and rest them just on top of your elbows.

Lean your weight forward gently, a little bit at a time.  Your knees should feel secure on your elbows as you lean forward.  Continue leaning forward until your toes are off the ground, and all of your weight is supported on your elbows and your hands.  Congrats!  You are in a frogstand…now build up to holding it for 15 seconds.

Below is an awesome demonstration performed by Ido Portal:

Once you hit these two goals to build your foundational strength, you’re ready to transition into skill training.  That means drilling controlled negatives.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a negative, it just means doing the move in reverse.  So, instead of starting in a frogstand and pushing up into a handstand, you start by kicking up into a handstand, and lower yourself gently down into a frogstand. Performing negatives like this teaches your body the skill at a rapid rate.

By repeatedly drilling negatives, you will quickly learn how to maintain balance; you will learn how your hips should move in relation to your hands; you will learn to master your own body.

It also builds a ton of strength, too.

Muscle Up

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In general, a muscle up is when you start in a hang from a bar or rings, and pull yourself up and over your hands into support. Muscle ups open the door to dozens of more difficult skills.

The strength that the muscle up builds can be easily applied to nearly every branch of acrobatics and gymnastics…not just the ones that require a set of rings or a sturdy pull-up bar.  Advanced gymnastics, pole dancing, slacklining and flipping skills all benefit from the lessons learned through muscle up training.

The best way to train muscle ups is on a pair of rings.  Rings can be purchased for as little at $50-60, or you can get wooden rings (my preference) for as little as $70-80.  Rings make learning the muscle up easier; progress comes faster.  You can hang them from a doorway pull-up bar, or from a tree branch outside.

Rings present so many benefits to gymnastics training, that its criminal to not have a pair if you are serious about undertaking gymnastics.

[I’m actually partnered with a few online stores that sell rings, so I could link to them here and get a cut of sales…but I would rather you buy a pair of rings because that’s what best for your training.  I don’t want you to second guess their importance because you think I may be trying to make a quick buck on selling you rings.  Seriously get yourself some rings!  I never met a gymnast or acrobat that didn’t own their own pair.]

But, if you don’t have a pair of rings and want to get started, you can practice on a pull-up bar with clearance that allows you to get over the bar.

You start by working on big pullups and deep dips.

Foundational Strength

5 explosive chest-to-ring/bar pullups
5 chest-to-rings/bar dips
False Grip

Relevant Skill Sets

Behind-The-Bar Pulling Technique
Muscle Up Transition

The muscle up is definitely more strength-oriented than the other two fundamental skills I mentioned…but the benefits of learning to muscle up are so amazing that it’s nothing short of necessary.

Of the three skills in the beginner’s gymnastics list, the muscle up is the most difficult, and will take the longest, but it still shouldn’t take longer than a year. Even if you can’t do one pull-up today, its entirely possible that you will have a muscle up within a year.  Yes, it’s really true.  Most people can get to 5 pull-ups within a few months.  Going from 5 pull-ups to the muscle up is actually not that big of a jump!

While I would love to give you a step-by-step guide of training the muscle up, the main point in this article is to show you how to break down the most important skills into foundational strength and relevant skill sets.  I would rather not reinvent the wheel and write my own muscle up tutorial here when Jim Bathurst of Beast Skills already wrote one of the best muscle-up guides available on the web.

Gymnasts and acrobats do flips!  What about those!?

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Flips are awesome too!  And you should train them (so you can backflip after your TEDx talk like my friend Zac Cohn, obviously).

I love flipping.  In fact, I learned my first backflip when I was 23, and built up to performing them outside — on concrete.  I’m definitely not against flips.

Flipping is a skill that I classify as dynamic gymnastics — or a skill that requires fast movements, and quick adjustments.  Other dynamic gymnastics skills may include things like jumping, vaulting, twisting, handsprings, flashy kicks or even swinging from bars like a monkey.

You don’t need to flip and jump around to be an gymnast…but if that’s what you want to do, then you should definitely go for it!

The problem with dynamic gymnastics is that it is very difficult to learn these skills (1) on your own and (2) without a gym.  The good news is that if you want to learn dynamic skills, seeking out a gym is pretty easy (see the next section for more details).

And who will be in that gym? Other people who can help teach you these skills. Working on skills together in a gymnastics facility or circus school is actually an awesome way to make friends and speed up progress.  You may even be able to pay for one-on-one coaching sessions, which is a lot better than any online tutorial.

That aside, I haven’t found a single online resource that teaches dynamic gymnastics in a manner that I consider safe or effective.  I actually don’t think it’s even possible to learn dynamic skills from a book.  It’s just the sort of thing that you need to learn in person. (If you know something I don’t, though, let me know!)

Where Can I Get More Info?!

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If you’re looking to get more info on becoming a gymnast or acrobat, then I have a few resources to recommend.

Find other acrobats – I alluded to this a little bit already, but finding other like-minded gymnasts will greatly enhance your progress.  I find that people at gymnastics open gyms, parkour meetups, and some CrossFit gyms tend to be acrobatically-minded.  You may not even realize it, but a lot of cities have circus schools dedicated to teaching adults various gymnastics and circus arts.  Lucky for you, I know of a worldwide circus school directory.  If there isn’t a circus school near you (or if that sounds too intense), you can check out opens gym in your area. Just go to Google Maps and type in “gymnastics”.  Most of the places that come up will provide an open gym session thats in the range of $10-$20/session (that’s about €7-€15 or £6-£12, if you live in Europe/UK).

Find a good instructor – If you are going to pains to find a good gym, and you have some cash in your pocket, then a good instructor can really help to accelerate your progress.  A good instructor is invaluable when training dynamic gymnastics like flips and twists.  Even though most of your static gymnastics training will be on your own, an instructor can give you great feedback on other skills like handstands in a weekly session.

Do some research – If you’re the bookworm type (like me), then you may find these books, blogs and articles useful for getting started for static gymnastics skills, like the three fundamental skills I list in this article.  Some of these resources are paid, but all have some sort of free component.

The 28-Day Handstand Challenge – Yup, tooting my own horn here.  I’m an acrobat and amateur gymnast myself, and have spent a lot of time developing a handstand program that gets people to their first handstand quickly, safely and effectively. It took me over a year to nail down my first handstand, so I know it can be intimidating. But with the 28-Day Handstand Challenge, most people make huge progress within the first week (it’s free, but it only goes into detail about building the foundational strength).

The 15-Second Handstand: A Beginner’s Guide – If a paid guide is more your thing, then you may be interested in a comprehensive step-by-step program.  This guide takes the foundational strength of the 60-second wall handstand and teaches to achieve your first 15-Second freestanding handstand hold.

The Fundamentals of Bodyweight Strength Training – Easily the most comprehensive free article on bodyweight strength training, written by Steven Low.  This article includes a ton of information on static gymnastics skills.  This article teaches timeless lessons about building the foundational strength for nearly every static gymnastics skill out there.

Overcoming Gravity – If you want to read about bodyweight strength in a much more comprehensive book (over 540 pages!), Steven Low, covers hundreds of gymnastics skills and variations in his book, Overcoming Gravity.

Beast Skills Tutorials – Like short, step-by-step tutorials?  Then Beast Skills is right up your alley.  While some of the content hasn’t been updated in years, Jim Bathurst has written over a dozen tutorials on many gymnastics and acrobatic skills, including those covered in this article.

Drills and Skills – Despite the simple design, Drills and Skills has one of the most complete listing of acrobatics/gymnastics skills that you can learn on your own, at home.  It even includes some dynamic gymnastics skills (but I still don’t think it’s anywhere near as effective as just finding an open gym).

So, what do you think?

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The ball’s in your court. 

Have you tried to learn acrobatic skills in the past?  What was your experience like?  Have a criticism of the method or skills I propose?

Think I am being too conservative on teaching flips through the internet?  Do you have a resource I am missing?

Let’s hear about it!

-Chris

photo credit: big top, stormtrooper flip, baby, elbow lever, rooftop handstand, muscle up, lego explorer, lego handstand

22 Responses to “Beginner’s Guide to Adult Gymnastics”

  1. Marcelo September 5, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Fantástic!!! Is not about being acrobat, it’s about how my body can move better!!! Thanks for pricelless information!

    • Chris Salvato September 5, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      Thanks Marcelo! But I have seen your videos – you are definitely acrobatic! Keep moving better!!

  2. Hans Hageman September 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    You provided a lot of value with this article. It’s given me a template to think more deeply about my training and what’s possible for a 55 year-old husband, father, and small business owner.

    • Chris Salvato September 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      I’m glad you found it helpful Hans. I hope you get started on handstand training and surprise yourself.

  3. Lizz February 2, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    Hi my name is Lizz and after your article you have really gave me a big sigh of relief. I love to dance and it always have loved being flexible .Since I was young I knew I had the power to add more my dancing it started as just loving the tricks but when found out there was a way to add tricks to the skill I’ve been in love ever since ,then I soon learned I could add my flexibility but I never took classes I made bad grades in school so my mom never rewarded me for it . So year after year since I was in my early teens I practiced every day splits all of it but the I had to survive on my own after leaving my moms and I didn’t have the money ,open gyms and cheer classes was the only classes I took and the once a week or 2week classes ,everything else o learned from youtube when starting, to make a long story short I got discourage but your article is going to push me to get back in it full force ,that’s a passion for you !

  4. Conall April 25, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Excellent article! One I can very much relate to. While being fit in general and looking good is always a plus. Functional movement and having real control of your body is something I value highly. I’m 22 and while I realise I’m still very young I’ve been wishing I got into gymnastics type training at a much younger age. I’ve made great progress with my handstands and presses over the past few months. It really is just down to making sure you put in a bit of time every day. I’ll be using the good weather over the next few months to learn to tumble 😀 Good luck to anyone else that reads this, whatever your goals are. practice practice!

    Thanks Chris

    • Chris Salvato May 7, 2014 at 5:42 am #

      Go to an open gym, too! Learning to trick outside is a lot more difficult. 🙂

  5. Doug Haldeman June 17, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Great article. A back handspring has always been on my bucket list, and at 44 I feared that it might be out of reach. I perform as a juggler and love learning new skills. As a desk jockey by day, my flexibility is horrible. This article motivated me to start making progress! It will be good to show my kids that they can learn too.

  6. Gogona June 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I can’t believe, how much I agree with you! All your arguments and reasoning are EXACTLY my thoughts. So, that’s what made me start this sort of training about ten months ago. And now I can say, it’s my very first fitness experience, where I never get bored and rush to my classes like a crazy!
    I found this page via Google (I was curious if adults have a chance to learn tumbling) and although I’m still a bit sceptical about our abilities, your article does motivate me to be patient and keep going. Not mentioning its informative value.
    Thank you!

  7. George November 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I started training gymnastics at 40.im now 43 and tonight I performed my first roundoff double handspring tuck on a spring floor.the two most important things for me are.a coach who understands the fear issue.fear is the biggest obstacle for me.the what if I land on my head?my job,my family,my future.a coach who can get you past all this and teach you to clear your mind is necessary.number two is flexibility.stretch more than you ever have.every day no excuses. It has been a long journey filled with joy,excitement,pain,many X-rays,and great self satisfaction.anything is possible,if you truly want it. Good luck.

  8. Melissa January 13, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    Thanks so much for this! I have been slowly making it up as I go along, having done plenty of high level team sports, I’ve always seen the girls who have martial arts or gymnastics background always tend to be able to pick things up faster, move their body better, its like their body has elastic memory.

    Anyways, I had been taking my yoga practice sort of higher faster stronger approach, now Ive got these principles!! I am of the opinion that at 28 I can still learn to do all of those things!!

    Im in NZ at the moment, so we’ll see if there is a gym here but until then I still think I’ve got about a good 6 months of individual at the park and playground work to do!
    Thanks

  9. James January 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Superb article!! As a 17 years old male with no gymnastic or dancing background, I thought I would never be able to start a life that would include gymnastics. However, this post has given me the strength to give it a try and follow my dream. I have always wanted to do gymnastics although always thought that it was too late and unfortunately living in the Isle of Skye, there was no way of trying it out – and if I were to do so it would be very difficult as I would have to travel 100’s of miles to find a coach and gym that would accept me, so I always refrained from starting. As I am coming of age to move away, I believe now would be a great time to start and with the help of this article I believe I can do it! I’ll begin the handstand, and continue with the handstand press and muscle up and hopefully, by the time I am moving to the city I will be good enough to start! Thank you so much for this:)

  10. Abdul March 10, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Thanks so much Chris! I remember reading this a couple years ago and this was a big motivation for me to begin training in gymnastics at 23. I’ve been loving it ever since and have pushed myself to limits that I thought were unreachable.

  11. Shona Kay Sinclair March 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Hi Chris it would be great if you could come to new Zealand and start adult gymnastic classes.

  12. Lulu September 18, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks so much for this awesome and amazing post! I’m totally inspired now, and have been working up the courage to try this for the past year. The issue is I’m studying abroad in Guangzhou, China right now. I tried to ask around about gyms with acrobatics and most are just for children. Do you have any recommendations?

  13. Blessing Ukauwa November 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks for your guide, I will always be greatful. Your guidance happen to be the first i’m receiving. Thanks a lot.

  14. Tatiana January 11, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    This article came just in time! Thanks! Please keep writing things that encourage adults not to be afraid. Awesome!

  15. Thomas Rones March 5, 2016 at 12:02 am #

    The fear thing is so true… we had a trampoline when I was a kid and I could only do flairs, not backflips. there’s something about going straight back that’s a bit nerve-racking.

    I think I need a gym to actually get good at anything though, I don’t have the discipline to do it on my own because it’s like… well why am I actually doing this anyway?… I need the peer pressure 🙂

  16. Meez August 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm #

    It’s great and so useful article and i love it so much. Thanks for been such a wonderful motivator for me. I used to be a gymnastic long time ago. but now I’m thinking honestly not to lit it go again.

  17. Chelise August 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Reading this article has given me the courage to push aside my fears and follow my dreams. I’m 20 years old and I have not done a flip since I was 11 because of fear. From today 10th August,2016 I am going to learn to do a flip on my own and a handstand and all those amazing things that wow me when I look at gymnastics and I thought was impossible for me to do because of my age. I have no fear and I’m ready.

  18. Kelly Reid December 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Thank you! Im 37 and a disabled veteran and i started 2 months ago. Ive felt so alone in my journey. I feel like i have hope now. But….will i ever get my middle split lol

    • Chris Salvato December 22, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Assuming you don’t have any lower limb problems, you can definitely get the middle split if you work at it! But it will take time… 🙂

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