When the pandemic hit, they closed the gyms and said that they would reopen soon enough. At that time, no one could predict the extent of the pandemic and how bad it would hit us, and pretty much every other country in the world.
When things got worse, it became more than obvious that gyms would remain close for an indefinite time. Therefore, canceling the gymnastic season didn’t take us all by surprise.
Whether you are a pro or an amateur gymnastic, you most likely feel very disappointed and dazed. Getting out of that mindset where you are all fired up and prepared to compete and then having no gym is not an easy shift. Everyone has a different coping mechanism, and some take this change much harder than others.
Therefore, we have made a list of tips that can help you through this troublesome time to help you come to terms with this new situation. Hopefully, you will see the value in our tips and accept a new routine. Also, we’ll get you in the best possible state of mind.
Tip #1 Connect Online With Your Coach and Other Gymnasts
First and most important of all is to know that you are not alone in this and that gymnasts from all over the world have to deal with this situation. Regular online meetings can be a powerful coping mechanism. In a way, you can consider them as a support group.
All athletes, including gymnasts, are doing regular online meetings where they discuss openly how they deal with this situation individually, what they miss most, how they spend their time, how they try to keep themselves in shape, how they think it is best to structure their home training and stuff like that.
So, don’t shy away from the opportunity to connect and talk to other gymnasts.
Tip #2 Focus On What You Can Control During This Situation
So yes, the entire season has been canceled, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop training altogether. For example, when a gymnast is injured, he/she is advised to keep away from training until the injury has been healed. Sometimes that includes no training at all, while other times, some exercises are allowed.
Think of this situation as something like that- downtime because of some injury. Just that in this particular situation, you can’t get back to full training because the gym is not open. However, that doesn’t mean you are helpless.
You can focus on improving your overall physical condition, flexibility, muscle strength, and so on. There are all sorts of smaller aspects of gymnastics that deserve your attention, and that doesn’t require being in a gym.
Therefore, refocus and make the most of the current situation.
Tip #3 Watch Yourself Performing (and Others)
While you are at home, you don’t have to lay on the couch all day long and watch reruns of “Friends.” Instead, start watching videos of your past performances. There is always something to learn, something that you’ve mis