Our gymnasts may not think conditioning is the most fun part of practice, but it is one of the most important!
Proper conditioning is necessary to build and maintain strength and flexibility, which are crucial to the sport. To make these exercises more enjoyable, we offer the TRYfit Program that comprises a variety of activities to challenge our gymnasts and work their bodies in new and exciting ways.
Great conditioning routines choreographed to fun music to make our athletes strong and happy.
We will turn the exercises into a contest to see who can do the most in a certain amount of time, or who can do something the fastest. We’ll have handstand contests, for example, challenging our gymnasts to see who can hold a handstand the longest. The winner is rewarded by letting her pick the next conditioning exercise.
Another fun option for conditioning blends cardio and strength-based moves, with the added bonus of building camaraderie among the athletes. We divide the gymnasts into groups and set up a relay race course with various pieces of apparatus in the gym. For the race, one person from each team does the circuit while the remaining gymnasts do a cardio activity, like stationary cycling. The circuit may include strength-based activities like performing pull-ups on the uneven bars, jumping over balance beams, crab walking down the mats, leg raises from a pull-up bar and sit-ups.
We will set up challenges such as leaping into the foam pit, handstand walking down the mat or jumping onto and running the length of the balance beam. While some of the activities may be similar to a relay race, the goal here is for athletes to focus on doing their best and beating their own time, rather than competing against their teammates.
Turning a conditioning session into a game increases the fun factor. Example of games: crab soccer by setting up two goals and using a pair of rolled-up socks for the ball. All players maintain a crab stance as they work to get the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Another game is the monkey roll, where gymnasts are divided into groups of three. Each athlete gets into a push-up position, shoulder to shoulder. The person on the right rolls under the middle person, while the person on the left simultaneously jumps over the middle person. The sequence continues with the constantly changing positions.