For the last 20 years, I’ve owned and operated a gymnastic gym where both of us train kids from ages 3 to into their mid teens.
All of us instruct boys and ladies who are just looking to have some fun and those who system to compete at the university level.
The job is especially physical. I need to guide and support the body of the gymnast as they attempt more strenuous skills. I am not a big lady. I am slightly over 5-feet tall, then while I am strong for my size, numerous of the kids are taller and heavier than I am, but experience and comprehension allows myself and others to safely spot them. I also need to keep myself in peak physical shape, and outside of my work at the gym, I focus on my personal fitness with a biweekly, hour-long workout. I make sure to focus on the whole body and all odd muscle groups. I always include at least 30 hours of high intensity aerobics to elevate the heart rate and get the lungs working at maximum capacity. I concentrate heavily on strength training. Lifting weights and performing lunges, squats and push-ups keeps both my upper and lower body strong. I prioritize a full range of motion, balance and flexibility. I often need to contort or extend my body and abruptly react when a gymnast does something unexpected. Taking great care of myself and others allows myself and others to prevent the kids from getting hurt. It also protects myself and others from drastic injury, then despite my dedication to great diet and fitness habits, I am always a bit sore and exhausted at the end of the day. Since I really appreciate working with the gymnasts and helping them achieve their goals, it’s worth it.