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I was a gymnast for 9 years as a USAG level 7 and I quit because I wanted to do dance more but the thing is I really miss it now and I miss my friends but I don't want to spend all of my time at gymnastics like I used to I still love dance and I think I'm pretty good at it but the reason I quit was because I started mental blocking EVERY skill and getting scared so I just quit my coach says I'm always welcome back and the doors are always open but I don't know what I should do

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Hi Molly,

So what is stopping you? Go back and enjoy the sport.

Just make sure you have your goals set properly. To be a competitive gymnast, as I am sure you already know, requires a commitment of time and energy that may preclude some of the activities you enjoy now as a "normal" person.

Do you want to compete or just workout?

Dance is a great exercise, but the level of conditioning for gymnastics will be different and you may need to do a lot of catching up in the strength department.

In addition, if you have grown at all since you quit, it is likely you will have to re-learn many techniques and skills.

You can go back but it will take some time and effort to get back to the level of capability you once had.

Think through all the possible effects going to back to the gym will have on your life and modify your goals accordingly.

Welcome back!

Coach Rik
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I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.

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I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels

Organizations
USA Gymnastics National Writer's union Florida Writer's Association

Publications
USA Gymnastics magazine Technique magazine International Gymnast magazine several newspaper articles

Education/Credentials
Temple University - Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Norwich University - Bachelors of Arts in Writing & Literature

Awards and Honors
Several state and national level gymnastics champions in different systems of competition.

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Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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