What is my favorite sport? Gymnastics of course!
In this blog post I’m going to tell you all about gymnastics and my life as a gymnast.
Gymnastics is a sport that requires a huge amount of strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. It also takes a lot of time and dedication if you want to do well. And don’t forget, there are also four different events that you have to master; vault, bars, beam, and floor. All of these things are mashed together to make the sport of gymnastics.
One of the four events in gymnastics is vault. In the event of vault gymnasts must run down a 82 foot
runway, jump on a springboard and pop off of the vault. As the levels get higher and the vaults get harder they will begin to do flips and twists while in the air. They must also stick the landing or they will receive a deduction.
Next, is my favorite event, the uneven bars. This event requires gymnasts to hold their own weight while twisting and turning on the bars without touching the ground. It requires lots of strength and coordination.
Beam is an event that requires tons of confidence and balance. The beam is only four inches wide making skills much more difficult than on the floor. Most gymnasts start with easier skills like cartwheels and handstands, and later move to harder skills like back handsprings and back tucks.
Last, but not least, floor. The floor exercise requires lots of power and stamina, along with gracefulness. A floor routine lasts no more than 90 seconds, but still may be very challenging because of the demand to maintain energy throughout the whole routine. Each routine has a certain amount of turns, leaps, jumps, and tumbling passes that are required. As the levels get higher, the skills that are required get harder and larger in number.
My Life As A Gymnast
Here is a picture of my gymnastics team from 2013. Our colors are now purple.
Gymnastics has made a huge impact on my life. Although it takes up lots of my freetime, it teaches me to be dedicated and to really work for the things that I love. I have been doing gymnastics since I was 7 years old and it has taught me many things.
I am currently on the Pickaway County YMCA Gymnastics Team, in Circleville, Ohio. I am a level 6. We have a very small space to practice, but we make it work.
I have had many ups and downs as a gymnast, but they always say, you learn from your mistakes. Last year I was finishing up the season as a level 7. I had gotten very frustrated and I thought that I wasn’t good enough, so I quit. I thought that I was happy without gymnastics in my life, but I later realized that I had made a huge mistake. I came back to the team about 3 months later and things were really hard. I had to work very hard to get back to where I am now, as a level 6. I am currently doing better than ever and I recently scored my highest score on beam, a 9.5! I am much more confident now than I ever was, and all of my hard work has certainly paid off.
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