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Nov 13, 2022
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Hi! I’m a 13 yr old female who has been doing gymnastics for just over a year.
The truth: i suck at it but i love it.
My dream is to compete as a D1 Gymnast but i don’t think that’s at all realistic.
at 12 yrs When i started gym i was doing one a week rec classes and i couldn’t do anything (NO cartwheel, NO handstand, Nothing)
Fast forward a year later i can now cartwheel, roundoff, backbend, handstand, beam handstand)
i don’t yet have my kickover/pullover on bars which is my biggest weakness. i tried out for my gyms bronze team in the spring and i made the cut (barely) so now i am preparing to compete for the first time in february ()
But as much as i love it, i progress slowly and i’d really like tips for how to improve quicker and any info on whether you’ve known someone who started late but still made it ?

Has anyone started gym at 12 and progressed slowly but made it.
Tbh i feel i will not be a gold until i’m a junior.. Realistically what does my timeline look like compared to the average level 8 thirteen year old thanks yall
and tips and feedback is appreciated
 
Jun 18, 2022
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Really Hard to say, sometimes it is not just personal efforts. Gymnastics is a very competitive sport for girls.
 

GymDadWA

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Dec 30, 2017
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The deck would be stacked against you but maybe you would be the gymnastic version of "Rudy".

 

Pigeon

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Mar 10, 2015
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If you are a strong tumbler you could look into Acro & Tumbling programs. It's an area that is really starting to grow.
 
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Jan 17, 2023
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Hi! I’m a 13 yr old female who has been doing gymnastics for just over a year.
The truth: i suck at it but i love it.
My dream is to compete as a D1 Gymnast but i don’t think that’s at all realistic.
at 12 yrs When i started gym i was doing one a week rec classes and i couldn’t do anything (NO cartwheel, NO handstand, Nothing)
Fast forward a year later i can now cartwheel, roundoff, backbend, handstand, beam handstand)
i don’t yet have my kickover/pullover on bars which is my biggest weakness. i tried out for my gyms bronze team in the spring and i made the cut (barely) so now i am preparing to compete for the first time in february ()
But as much as i love it, i progress slowly and i’d really like tips for how to improve quicker and any info on whether you’ve known someone who started late but still made it ?

Has anyone started gym at 12 and progressed slowly but made it.
Tbh i feel i will not be a gold until i’m a junior.. Realistically what does my timeline look like compared to the average level 8 thirteen year old thanks yall
and tips and feedback is appreciated
I did gymnastics when I was 8 until 10, quit, then came back into at 13, where I am now. It sounds like you need more conditioning, if you can’t do a pullover. Kick overs are hard at first, but get easier with a lot of practice. I struggle with improving flexibility, so I can understand what that feels like.



Try some of these strength routines, they’ll get easier as you do them repeatedly. She made them specifically for dancers and gymnasts, so they’ll definitely help.

Good luck!
 
Nov 13, 2022
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I did gymnastics when I was 8 until 10, quit, then came back into at 13, where I am now. It sounds like you need more conditioning, if you can’t do a pullover. Kick overs are hard at first, but get easier with a lot of practice. I struggle with improving flexibility, so I can understand what that feels like.



Try some of these strength routines, they’ll get easier as you do them repeatedly. She made them specifically for dancers and gymnasts, so they’ll definitely help.

Good luck!

Thank you so much!! I just got my kickover on bars!
 
Nov 13, 2022
6
34
Hi! I’m a 13 yr old female who has been doing gymnastics for just over a year.
The truth: i suck at it but i love it.
My dream is to compete as a D1 Gymnast but i don’t think that’s at all realistic.
at 12 yrs When i started gym i was doing one a week rec classes and i couldn’t do anything (NO cartwheel, NO handstand, Nothing)
Fast forward a year later i can now cartwheel, roundoff, backbend, handstand, beam handstand)
i don’t yet have my kickover/pullover on bars which is my biggest weakness. i tried out for my gyms bronze team in the spring and i made the cut (barely) so now i am preparing to compete for the first time in february ()
But as much as i love it, i progress slowly and i’d really like tips for how to improve quicker and any info on whether you’ve known someone who started late but still made it ?

Has anyone started gym at 12 and progressed slowly but made it.
Tbh i feel i will not be a gold until i’m a junior.. Realistically what does my timeline look like compared to the average level 8 thirteen year old thanks yall
and tips and feedback is appreciated
UPDATE: I got my kickover on bars!
 
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Nov 13, 2022
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Hi! I’m a 13 yr old female who has been doing gymnastics for just over a year.
The truth: i suck at it but i love it.
My dream is to compete as a D1 Gymnast but i don’t think that’s at all realistic.
at 12 yrs When i started gym i was doing one a week rec classes and i couldn’t do anything (NO cartwheel, NO handstand, Nothing)
Fast forward a year later i can now cartwheel, roundoff, backbend, handstand, beam handstand)
i don’t yet have my kickover/pullover on bars which is my biggest weakness. i tried out for my gyms bronze team in the spring and i made the cut (barely) so now i am preparing to compete for the first time in february ()
But as much as i love it, i progress slowly and i’d really like tips for how to improve quicker and any info on whether you’ve known someone who started late but still made it ?

Has anyone started gym at 12 and progressed slowly but made it.
Tbh i feel i will not be a gold until i’m a junior.. Realistically what does my timeline look like compared to the average level 8 thirteen year old thanks yall
and tips and feedback is appreciated
UPDATE: I got my kickover on bars, and i’m starting to consider specializing in vault to hopefully raise chances of making the ncaa ? what do you guys think?