When it comes to learning gymnastics, strength training is vital to make sure you can do it safely and properly. Many people start gymnastics young and so build up this strength as they grow up. However, if you want to go down the competitive route in particular, then strength training is a must for gymnastics.


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  1. Proper Form
  2. Bodyweight Is Key
  3. Keep The Exercises Equal
  4. Do Similar Exercises
  5. Work On Your Balance

Proper Form

Having proper form in gymnastics is one of the core features of learning. Without proper form, you are at risk of causing yourself an injury. Therefore, when learning the exercises, take your time, make sure your body is in the correct position and place. This way, you are doing it safely whilst making the most of hitting all of the muscles each exercise strengthens.

Bodyweight Is Key

man doing gymnastics on a pommel horse

When it comes to doing exercises that build muscles outside of gymnastics, using your body weight is key. Doing exercises that use your own weight instead of added weight will build your muscles in the right ways. Most exercises in gymnastics involve being able to support, lift and hold your own weight, so be sure you can hold yourself before adding anything extra.

Keep The Exercises Equal

If you are doing a workout of push exercises, make sure you do the same amount of pull exercises. There is no point in building muscle in your arms and ignoring your legs. Most gymnastic exercises require both your arms and your legs to be a peak strength. Otherwise, you won't be able to perform the exercise and execute it as needed.

Do Similar Exercises

man doing exercises on gymnastics rings

To make sure you are hitting the right muscles, it can help to do strength exercises that match gymnastic exercises. For example, pull-ups will work the same muscles as ring dips, and box jumps on a plyobox works similar muscles to pommel horse exercises.

Work On Your Balance

woman balancing on a gymnastics beam

Balance is probably more important in gymnastics than any other exercise. Performing a move and keeping your balance on a beam or rings and other equipment will prevent you from sustaining an injury. Yoga is a good form of exercise to improve balance from home or at the gym. You can do it in your own time, and many of the positions will help improve your strength too, so it's a win-win.


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