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The One Mistake Robbing You Of Your Progress

99% of our members questioned whether they were ready to start gymnastics training with us.

The questions running through their heads were:

  • am I too old to start?

  • am I fit enough?

  • am I strong enough?

  • should I start once I get my first pull up? the list goes on...

If you're interested in gymnastics as your style of training, chances are: the "regular gym" is just not your scene, you really care about improving your body, feeling good, mobile, strong and you dream of learning cool things with your body

We have people starting at 55, 38, 26 and 13 years of age. Believe it or not, every one of them had that moment of doubt where they thought they were too old, not strong or flexible enough . When I was 12 years old I also thought I was too old...obviously I laugh at that now as I continue my gymnastics journey at the age of 33.

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So here is the mistake, why are you choosing to start tomorrow or one day in the future when you are stronger? Gymnastics is what makes you stronger! You can start in your lounge room, the park, an adult gymnastics studio?

We encourage all of these, provided you have something to follow and a way to stay accountable. Almost every one of our members does strength and flexibility classes as well as skill or fitness to ensure their program is well balanced for gymnastics training.

Here is this weeks body weight workout to kick you off:

2 min on/1 min off (18 mins) ⁣

Jump lunge ⁣

Push up ⁣

V tuck⁣ ⁣

Rest 3 mins⁣ ⁣

10 mins consistent pace for quality ⁣

Overhead sit up 10 reps⁣

Candlestick to straight jump 10 reps⁣

Bunny hop 10 reps⁣

Insight into a Dalecki Strength Gymnastics Handstand class

Do you have LEAKS in your training?


Reading Seth Godin’s blog this week Visualize the leaks had me thinking about wasted effort. Whilst Seth is referring to leaks in organizations. I started to think about leaks in training sessions.

When was the last time you saw a leaking tap in your home and simply walked past without doing anything about it?

You didn’t I’m sure.

You hate waste.

If you had walked past it would have been on your mind all day long.

However, there are leaks in your training and you keep walking past. Address them and stop pretending they don’t exist.

1. Goals

Have you set them?

Training without setting goals does not mean you won’t make any progress. You almost certainly will. 

Although, training without specific goals that are meaningful to you means that you might make moderate progress in areas that are not really that important to you. 

Example- you consistently PB your back squat, but deep down you are frustrated that you still can’t manage a pull up.

You need to identify where you want to go- and have a plan of attack to get you there.

Goal setting can be extremely challenging if you haven’t done it before. Recruit a coach that you trust to guide you through the process. 

Upon completion of a successful goal setting session you should have clarity on:

1. Where you are right now

2. Where you want to go

3. What immediate action you need to put in place & a plan to stay accountable to it


Finally- the goal needs to SCARE you. Not to death, but it needs to give you butterflies thinking about it. If you have set a goal that would likely be achieved in time with little or no effort on your part, a very low sense of accomplishment will be associated with ticking off that goal.


2. Are you bringing the right attitude to your sessions?

Each and every training session has the power to transform you. You can come out a better person and better athlete in every single session if you approach it with the right mindset.

However, if you are dragging yourself to the gym with self talk such as “I just want to get this over and done with.” That is exactly what you will get. Before you know it, the session will be over and done with. Whilst you will have gotten some physical benefits out of doing it, you haven’t taken anything away and become a better person in the process.


Before you start your workout, ask yourself

WHY am I doing this? 

After you finish your workout, ask yourself

What did I learn about my mind and body today?

What could have gone better?

What can I implement to improve next time?

Once you are aware of the leak, you need to TAKE ACTION.