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I am a 32 year old woman. I currently go to an adult gymnastics class once a week. I can do tumbling handsprings, Ariel's , front tucks. I also do bars, beam and vault . My question is am I too old to compete with the rest of the girls who are on the team? Does it go by age, or what level you can compete at ?

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Hi Denise,

The bottom line is anything is possible, whether it is likely to happen depends on your specific goal with regard to competition and you level of commitment.

Commitment is like a bacon and egg breakfast: the chicken has an interest but the pig is fully committed.

Competitive gymnastics at any level requires a much greater degree of fitness than the average person needs. Before starting any new training regimen, get a physical exam by a medical doctor. Then, contact a qualified gymnastics coach and have him/her give you a strength, flexibility, and skill evaluation so he/she can develop a workout regiment appropriate to your goals.

Put in the time. Repetition of skills with qualified feedback is the key to success. That means you need to be in the gym a minimum of 3 - 5 days a week for 3 - 4 hours per workout. Spaced repetition of workouts is a fact not an option.

Those are the basic concerns.

Good luck.

Coach Rik Feeney

P.S. You may also have some social concerns with the difference in ages between you and your other teammates or competitors.  

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Rik Feeney

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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.

Experience

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.

Past/Present clients
Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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