Need Help With Creating Gymnastics Conditioning Plans?

Professionally designed gymnastics conditioning plans from a Certified Personal Trainer, former JO and Adult Gymnast give your team the winning edge.

Gymnastics conditioning plans are one area that a lot of gyms "wing," but at a cost. You would never hire someone off the street to coach your level 10 athletes. Why, then, would you allow someone who isn't an expert in exercise physiology design your team's conditioning program? Just having been an athlete yourself isn't enough. Gymnastics is arguably the most physically demanding sport in the world, and we are dealing with young developing bodies. They deserve the best information you can possibly gather to optimize their health and results as well as the time they are investing in the sport. 

Why else is having scientifically based gymnastics conditioning plans so important? Well, it's one of the only things you can control in gymnastics.


     ...You can't control when someone hits a growth spurt and it throws off their skills.

     ...You can't control when someone has a bad meet at the absolute worst time.

     ...You can't control when someone gets sick the morning of Regionals.


But...You can control the conditioning plan. You can control the physical and mental preparation.

The two go together.

gymnastics conditioning plansGymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics performing their core circuit.

How a Strong Conditioning Plan will Help Your Team

1. A strong athlete will learn more quickly. The limiting factor when learning many skills is going to be strength. Don't make strength the reason your kids don't pick up skills.

2. A strong athlete will score better. Strong athletes hold better shapes. They are not so gassed during their routines that they can focus on form.

3. A strong athlete will tend to stay healthier. Whether it fewer crashes because the athlete can keep his or her body in control, or nagging injuries that can be prevented with a balanced conditioning plan, strong balanced athletes are less likely to miss time due to injury. Balance means the body doesn't have weak links--you can't always tell by looking.

4. A strong athlete has less fear. Many cases of fear are due to a deep-seeded understanding that the body isn't quite strong enough to handle the skills being attempted. By strengthening the body and gaining experience in the positions demanded, fear is reduced.

What About Flexibility?

gymnastics conditioning planGina Paulhus competing at the AAU Winter Nationals in the Ladies Division.

Any conditioning program worth it's weight includes a flexibility component as well. Flexibility is also about more than just 'looks.' Flexibility and mobility need to be addressed separately. Mobility is how the joints move. Flexibility is the range they can get to. Both are important for gymnasts. Depending on the gymnast's age and body type, different flexibility and mobility issues need to be addressed. I can offer plans to cover all needs.

1. A more flexible gymnast learns skills faster.  If the athlete's body can easily attain the positions needed, the skill becomes much more achievable and consistent.

2. A more flexible gymnast scores better.  180 leap? No problem. Open hips on your giant? Easy. Good shapes on tumbling? No big deal.

3. A more balanced flexible gymnast stays healthier.  More is not always better. There is an optimal level of how flexible a gymnast needs to be since stability and flexibility are usually two sides of the same coin. We don't want to sacrifice stability in the pursuit of extreme flexibility. We do want to maintain balance in the body, both with left/right side and with upper and lower body.


Ready to Get Serious About Your Team's Conditioning Plan?

gymnastics conditioning plansGina has been a personal trainer and a gymnast for over 20 years.

Start with a Free 15 Minute Discovery Call where you can explain the needs of your team to me and I can let you know what I think is best in terms of next steps. You can book an audio or video call on My Calendar.

If you prefer, you can submit a request for an email price quote for plan construction for your gym or athlete. Simply fill out the form below to get started. We never use your information for anything but the follow up quote.

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Gina Paulhus also offers Corrective Exercise for Gymnasts, including gymnasts with Diastasis Recti, Hernia, or Pelvic Floor Issues.

Did you know that young kids can get hernias and diastasis recti? Pelvic floor issues often develop in the tweens and teens. The deep core system and the pelvic floor are important parts of our core's overall functioning, and if we don't address these muscles, we are leaving lots of strength on the table. Not to mention, issues like these can cause many young woment to leave sports altogether. What a tragedy!

You can read more about these individual programs here:

Special Core Corrective Exercise Programs for Gymnasts

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