You may have heard of the likes of Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Nile Wilson when you have watched the prestigious gymnastics events like the Olympic games, commonwealth games or the world championships. But have you ever thought what it takes for the like of these men to become as good as they are?
The average professional gymnast spends between 25-30 hours in the gym, this isn't your typical 'im off to the gym' its the sort of gym that leaves your body feeling like it needs one of the baths from the film wanted and gets your heart pumping like you're about to do a skydive from 10,000ft...
professional gymnasts tend to start gymnastics from as early as 4 years old and the top 3 things you learn as a gymnast are : -
Gymnastics teaches you the discipline of if you want something then you have to work damn hard to get it. Want to hold and handstand for longer than 5 seconds? well... that's going to take you a lot longer than you thought. the more you train gymnastics the more you begin to understand you have to be dedicated to the sport and work every day to be good! you miss a training session and you'll find the moves that you could do before just aren't quite as good. Transfer that into your life and you can accomplish anything!
Dealing with failure & Pain
Every time you step into a gymnastics centre you WILL fail...and fail...and fail again if you aren't failing then you're not training hard enough.
Pain comes from when you fail, this might be physically or mentally especially with gymnastics if you fail to do a move that you've been trying naturally you become scared of that move, but the beauty of the sport you learn to overcome the fear as soon as you develop it by jumping straight back in and trying it again.
The pain you experience from gymnastics also toughens you up, literally...
The bad boys don't look like much but when you get them boy do they hurt and if there's a 6-year-old girl in the gym that's just finished her routine on bar and looks at her hand and see this... there is a lot of tears and screaming but eventually you're hand harden up and you learn to deal with the little rips you get in life.
So what are you waiting for if your an adult or a parent get your children signed up to start one of the best character building sports there is. https://www.british-gymnastics.org/discover/club is where you can find a local club and start learning your first backflip.