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    Parents Xcel Bronze Training Schedule (hours)

    How many hours a week do your bronze girls practice? Our gym offers either 2 or 3 hours a week. I feel this is not enough time in the gym to develop their skills and prepare them to level up. As the competitive season moves along, I feel like the other teams are improving their skills and...
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    WAG Inequitable training hours

    Hi! I have a question about how gyms handle training hours between squads. At our gym, there is a [seemingly] "favourite" squad who has always had the privilege to get more training hours and special opportunities over other squads at our gym. For example, when the squad was training for level...
  3. gymtwins

    Parents Level 2/3 training hours

    My daughter is currently in level 2 and will move to level 3 once she gets her front hip circle. I'm curious how many hours others at similar levels train? She is 7.5 and doing 9 hours/week.
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    Off Topic L4 20 hours thread reply

    I think 20hrs is too much for a L4... I only did 12, and as a gold training platinum still do 12. Even the L6 and diamonds at our gym do 16 hours and they score well, with a lot qualifying to regionals and nationals!
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    Parents Level 4, 20 hours a week

    I'll start this off with, I'm just a preteam mom that knows nothing. Isn't 20 hours a week a little much for level 4? Level 3 practices 12 hours. Is that normal? Would you look for a gym with less hours for your preteam child?
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    Parents Too many training hours!

    Does anyone else struggle with the training hours required, and if gymnastics is the right sport for your kid? My daughter (who will turn 10 this summer) is training level 6 and moving to 15 hours a week (5 days/3 hours). I struggled last season with 4 days a week, and if I was doing the right...
  7. JBS

    WAG Limiting Skill Repetitions vs. Limiting Workout Hours

    This is a conversation that I am splitting off from a different thread as there is so much more to think about than just limiting hours. This is one of the most important things that modern high level coaches need to coach for. This discussion is exactly what the title sounds like...
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    WAG Wanting more hours in the gym/undertraining

    So my gym competes in CARA gymnastics, which is like a mix between rec and Xcel. The compulsories practice for 4 hours a week, and the Optionals do 6. I had to move in the middle of the year (and I obviously had to switch gyms) so the highest they would take me is Pre-team, which practices 3...
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    WAG Weekly Practice Limits - 16 Hours

    My dd is a 10 Yr old finishing up lvl 8 and training for lvl 9 and Hopes. Her gym just posted a notice that no gymnasts will be allowed to train more than 16 hours per week. Is there any research out there supporting a limit like this? I just can’t see how an athlete can acquire the more...
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    Parents Is two hours to much for a four year old

    Hi all, I have no gym experience I sent my 4 year old to a recreational class and she got invited to a development squad which is 2hrs on a Saturday and has girls aged 4-6 she is the youngest. The previous coach said she has what it takes to be an elite gymnast. My child is lovely but she’s 4...
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    Parents USAG Recommended Hours

    Does USAG put out a recommendation of hours for each Level? I have heard this referenced by our coach/owner but I cannot seem to find such a thing. Gyms in our area seem to be kind of similar but varying in optional hours required.
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    Parents Heel pain(severs apophysitis ) with increased training hours

    Hello all, first post here! Just took my young gymnast(6yo) to the sports medicine doc with heel pain. She recently increased her training hours from 4 to 9 since joining the gyms level 3 team. I was told she is experiencing “severs apophysitis” or basically pain in her growth plate area...
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    Parents Too many hours (gymnastics) / switch sports

    My 11 year dd complaints about the too many hours gym practice, and even she consider switch sports with less hours. Right now 25 hours / week level 6. Is it too much? And Her school has lots of homework.
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    Coaches training hours for TOPS and elite pathway gymnasts?

    For any coaches/clubs who have elite pathway programs, training TOPS gymnasts or are training young gymnasts with a lot of potential, how many hours do your girls train a week? I have 5 girls on my team (ages 6-8) who seem to have a lot of potential and i’m trying to get a sense of what it takes...
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    Parents Low practice hours/wanting more time in the gym

    Ok so, my DD is an XG, and she has just about all her XP skills, but is opting to compete gold for at least the first part of the season. She only practices 6 hours a week, (3h/2d) which from my understanding is quite low. We were supposed to get an extra day for XG in the summer, but that idea...
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    Parents Training hours and cost

    I am curious, how many hours a week does your upper level optional gymnast train and what is the monthly cost (excluding meet fees, leotards, travel, etc.)?
  17. gymgal

    WAG When does your gym go to 20 hours/week for training?

    Trying to get updated information. If you are in a gym that does not go to 20 hours, indicate never. If your gym offers variable hours, pick the lowest level that 20 hrs is offered. This does not include parent initiated privates. I suppose it should include gym required privates though...
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    Parents Training hours during school time.

    How do you feel about elementary aged kids missing school for practice? My daughter will be training level 4 next year and one of her scheduled gym practices is a school day 12-4. I hate this. I expressed concern to competitive manger and they are not willing to change time, not willing to let...
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    Parents Cutting down hours

    We’re winding down the season here and discussing renewing our commitment to gymnastics for another year. We have just regionals to go (and possibly nationals). DD13 has a big dilemma - she wants to do everything! She has been doing 2 hours a week of rec. climbing this year and loving it! She...
  20. Mom2Angie

    Parents Questions about Training Schedule/Hours for Optionals

    Hi parents! My daughter is currently wrapping up her level 7 season and will be training level 8 this summer. She trains 16 hours now; 3 weekdays 4-8pm and Saturdays from 9-1 and will be adding another day next year. We've contemplated switching gyms but the 2 other options in our area have...