Gymnastics is an incredibly social sport. Without communication, the sport just wouldn't be the same. If you are going to compare gymnastics to other sports, you will almost certainly find it difficult. Gymnastics requires you to focus and listen to every part of your body, as well as everything your coach is saying. Not only that... everything your team mates are saying, the cheers from the spectators, the feedback from the judges and the encouragement from your family.
You wouldn't necessarily imagine that by going in to train, you are really going in to have a personal conversation with your body and all its little muscles, nerves and neuron pathways... but you will be! You might not consider you will be learning by observing others attempt skills of their own... but you will be!
On top of all that, you will have endless opportunities to talk to your coach. Your coach will have a treasure trove of knowledge for you. Open communication about how you are progressing with a skill or drill will only help you to IMPROVE your over all gymnastics. The coach is the "eyes" so to speak, and the gymnast can't always "see" what their body is doing in a skill. A coach will be able to guide and help a gymnast who is willing to adapt, learn and listen to help them achieve their goals.
We all love having a good catch up with our friends, even if we only just saw them yesterday! The more you enjoy who you are training with, the more likely you are to feel motivated. Get to know ALL of your team mates. I know that can sound scary, but trust me it will do everybody involved a whole world of good. We've all had that uneasy feeling before, when our best friend isn't at class for the day... and you feel lost and uneasy. That can really impact your progress, motivation and enjoyment of gymnastics. Unfortunately we can't always guarantee we will have the same training partner every session. The more you speak to all your gymnast friends and enjoy what each of them has to offer... the more cohesive the class will feel!
Remember that everybody is there for the same reason: The enjoyment of Gymnastics.
No matter a gymnasts own personal motivations, it all can be simplified to the very basic foundation that is, ENJOYMENT for what they do.
What do you think of this weeks blog post, do you agree? Leave a comment to let me know of any positives to SOCIAL sports I may have left out!
Signing off for now,