Ep 105: Can Adults Start Gymnastics? Crystal Hatch Shares Tips, Tricks & Even Handstand Cues

You guys! I have been stoked about this podcast for MONTHS.

When I first began adding gymnastics (I use that term loosely) in my training, I received several requests on Instagram for handstand tips, parallette tips, and more.

But here’s the thing. I’m still learning these skills myself and am in NO WAY capable of coaching those tips through a blog post or IG video.

Is it just me or is gymnastics suddenly blowing up in the fitness world?

I love seeing more calisthenic style workouts (bodyweight) and love trying new things myself.

What I love even more? Realizing how hard moving/holding your own body can be. Bodyweight workouts go far beyond squats, pushups and burpees!

Gymnastics is amazing due to the fact it requires zero equipment but is hard AF. If you think you have to use weights to improve your strength… check out @gymnasticbodies and try any of those moves. It’s humbling!

So back to this podcast, and speaking of Gymnastic Bodies…

I wanted to talk handstands, splits and cartwheels with an expert. Dan and I learned about GymnasticBodies from Tim Ferriss over a year ago and have loved learning from them. So I researched and found this woman…

Crystal Hatch at Awaken Gymnastics (and affiliated with GB). This woman is amazing. Kind, passionate, and knowledgable, she’ll definitely sell you on at least trying a handstand.

In this podcast…

> The benefits of gymnastics for adults. Whether you’re an athlete or a woman just trying to stay fit for a healthy life, gymnastics can improve your strength, range of motion, imbalances and more.

> Forget height. Think that because you’re tall, you can’t do anything “gymnasticky”? Think again. You’re not trying to go to the Olympics, you’re trying to have fun, stay fit and be badass. Those things can happen whether you are 4’11 or 6′ tall.

> Tips on mastering handstands. Of course I had to ask! Crystal shares some great cues, exercises and tips to help improve handstand balance. Basically… practice your ass off (but there are a lot of other golden nuggets too).

> How can you get started? Don’t have a lick of experience? That’s cool. Find out how you can start from ground zero.

Want to learn more and connect with Crystal?

Instagram:

@gstBabe
@AwakenGymnastics

Facebook:

Facebook.com/awakengymnastics 

Website: 

Awakenadultgymnastics.com
GymnasticBodies.com <- If you are not in Denver, head here. Dan and I started with their Fundamentals Program and think it’s a great place to start.

Final Request: 

I have a huge favor! If you love the podcast, make sure to head over to iTunes to leave a review and subscribe. I would really appreciate it and I enjoy reading your feedback! I read every single one 🙂

Have an amazing day and leave some love for Crystal… In fact, answer me this:

When was the last time you did a cartwheel or handstand?

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