Essential Exercises for The Aspiring Gymnast

Essential Exercises for The Aspiring Gymnast

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Gymnastics is a sport that demands incredible strength, flexibility, balance, and precision. To excel in this graceful and challenging discipline, gymnasts must dedicate themselves to rigorous training. Below are some essential exercises for gymnasts to build the foundational strength and flexibility required to perform at their best.

Core Strength

Gymnasts rely heavily on their core muscle group to execute flips, twists, and holds. Here are some exercises that will help you build a rock-solid core:

  1. Hollow Body Holds: Lie on your back with your arms and legs extended. Lift your head, shoulders, arms, and legs slightly off the ground to create a "hollow" shape. Hold this position for as long as possible to strengthen your entire core. Perform this exercise on a Personal Exercise Mat from We Sell Mats for added comfort and support.
  2. Leg Raises: Hang from a pull-up bar and raise your legs as high as you can. This exercise targets your lower abs, an essential muscle group for gymnasts.

Upper Body Strength

Upper body strength is crucial for gymnasts to control their movements and maintain balance on the rings, parallel bars, and uneven bars. Incorporate these exercises into your training routine:

  1. Pull-Ups: A fundamental exercise for building upper body strength, especially in the back and shoulders.
  2. Push-Ups: Strengthen your chest, triceps, and shoulders with different variations of push-ups.


Gymnasts need to be incredibly flexible to achieve split leaps, straddles, and other acrobatic moves. Enhance your flexibility with these exercises:

  1. Stretching Routine: Regular stretching is essential for maintaining and increasing flexibility. Make sure to stretch on a supportive Folding Exercise Mat, available in a variety of sizes and colors from We Sell Mats.
  2. Yoga or Pilates: These practices can improve flexibility, balance, and body awareness.

Balance and Coordination

Balance is a fundamental component of gymnastics, and improving your coordination can make all the difference. Some exercises to work on balance and coordination include:

  1. Balance Beam Drills: Walk, jump, or perform various maneuvers on a balance beam to improve your equilibrium. Check out the upgraded 6’ Foam Pro Balance Beam from We Sell Mats for these drills.
  2. BOSU Ball Exercises: The unstable surface of a BOSU ball challenges your balance and coordination.

Lower Body Strength

Strong legs are critical for launching into flips and landing safely. Incorporate the following exercises to build lower body strength:

  1. Squats: Develop leg strength with squats, which also improves your stability and control.
  2. Plyometric Exercises: Include box jumps, tuck jumps, and split jumps to increase explosive leg power.

Gymnastics is a sport that demands unwavering dedication and a relentless pursuit of perfection. To unlock your full potential as a gymnast, it's crucial to focus on building core strength, upper body strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and lower body strength. 

Consistent practice and dedication to these essential exercises will help you perform with precision, grace, and confidence in the world of gymnastics. We Sell Mats is here to help you train and get on your way to mastering the art of gymnastics.


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