Gymnastics exercises for home
Judy Fisk has been writing professionally since 2011, specializing in fitness, recreation, culture and the arts. A certified fitness instructor with decades of dance training, she has taught older adults, teens and kids. She has written educational and fundraising material for several non-profit organizations and her work has appeared in numerous major online publications. Fisk holds a Bachelor of Arts in public and international affairs from Princeton University.Safety is a key concern when practicing gymnastics skills at home. Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images
Gymnastics requires strength, flexibility and body awareness. It is a complex sport that is best learned under the guidance of a trained professional in a properly-equipped facility. If you’re new to gymnastics and want to learn the basics of the sport, seek out a class for beginners or visit a local gym during open hours to consult with a trainer. Watching instructional videos at home can be an informative and a practical way to supplement your training, but will not give you direct feedback from a coach while attempting new skills.
For newcomers to gymnastics, safety is a primary concern. Wearing workout clothing that doesn't restrict your movement in any way is essential. If you don't own a gymnastics leotard, gym shorts and a fitted T-shirt are suitable substitutes. Hazardous jewelry, such as hoop earrings, bracelets and necklaces pose safety risks, and chewing gum or eating during your workout are also taboo. A safe home workout space is clear of furniture and dangerous objects, and a good-quality gym mat provides stability and reduces the risk of injury.
Strength training is an important element of gymnastics, according to gymnastics trainer Roger Harrell, so exercises that build strength should figure prominently in your home workout. Push-ups, pull-ups, planks, lunges, V-ups and arch-ups can increase muscle mass in your arms, back, abdominals and legs. Because such exercises require nothing more than your own body weight, they are generally suitable for beginners and can be performed at home.