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Im 26 yrs old and never took gymnastics before. I love dance and I watch yymnastics cause im a big fan of it. I have little dance experience. I want to know can I start now and compete like the other girls do? Is there any requirements to start?

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Hi Unreica,

You wrote, "Im 26 yrs old and never took gymnastics before. I love dance and I watch yymnastics cause im a big fan of it. I have little dance experience. I want to know can I start now and compete like the other girls do? Is there any requirements to start?"

You can start gymnastics at any age.

Many private gyms and colleges have adult gymnastics programs. You should enroll in one of these. The biggest factor is going to be conditioning. You will need to build your strength and flexibility to be proficient in this sport.

As far as competition, I have heard over the years of "Senior Divisions" in some gymnastics invitational competitions. You would need to seek these out to find out what the entry requirements are.

Wherever you go, make sure the coach has USAG Safety Certification.

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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.

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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