Men's gymnastics have gained popularity after the success of USA's teams at the Olympics. Male gymnasts are most successful when they begin training at a young age, for example between ages 6 and 9, but training can begin at any age. Male gymnasts tend to reach their prime between ages 21 and 28, due to their strength. Becoming a male gymnast at any age requires physical fitness, skills training and an understanding of the sport.
Begin a fitness routine that includes strength, power, endurance and flexibility training. In order to successfully train in gymnastics, you need to have an appropriate strength-to-weight ratio. This means that your weight must not exceed the amount you are able to lift comfortably. Cardio and weight training will help you to achieve your ideal weight and develop a high level of strength as well as endurance. Flexibility training will help you decrease muscle tightness, improve range of motion in joints and prevent injury from strain.
Research men's artistic gymnastics and be certain that you understand the six events in which male gymnasts compete-floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal, or high, bar. If you intend to compete, you will need a minimum level of proficiency in each of these areas.
Find a reputable gymnastics training facility in your area and register for classes. While you might find that there are some skills in gymnastics that you can do in the comfort of your own home, it is important to have a large area free of obstruction and access to safety equipment. In addition, an experienced, trained instructor will make learning more effective and safer. Ask to see copies of the program's insurance certificate and evidence of certification for the instructor who will be teaching you.
Train as often as your instructor suggests and follow any conditioning programs you are assigned at home to further develop your fitness level and ability to learn skills quickly and safely. Regular training is the key to succeeding in gymnastics. If your instructor does not assign you a conditioning program for regular use at home, request one.
- Be patient. Training to even a low level of proficiency in gymnastics takes time. Do not push yourself to the point of injury or exhaustion.