Beautiful woman that you are, sitting in your thinking chair and contemplating; starting, altering or enhancing your important fitness regiment, you’ll probably consider a few other disciplines but please don’t rule out one that most probably don’t view as realistic.

Learning gymnastics.

Many female submission wrestlers are former dancers and gymnasts, thus, since life is about trying new things, this invigorating sport might just be for you.

Let’s try and entice you.

“It might have been easier to retire, to say my knee couldn’t handle it and let that be that. At the same time, the prospect of not being able to compete in gymnastics anymore was heartbreaking.”… Shawn Johnson

Please look at Nikki Childs. Isn’t she speechless lovely?

For her bio let’s visit her not so long ago college days where is very proud of Nikki’s accomplishments.

2008: Earned First-Team All-America honors on bars, tying a career-high 9.900 in the NCAA Prelims. Finished tied for fourth on bars at the NCAA Individual Event Finals.

2007: Georgia’s leadoff competitor on the uneven bars at the NCAA Super Six Finals, scoring a 9.85. Competed on bars, beam and floor in both sessions of the NCAA Championships.

2006: SEC Honor Roll. First-Team All-American on balance beam and second-team on bars.

2005: Second-team All-American on bars and beam. All-SEC thanks to her career-high 9.9 on bars at the SEC Championships.

Club/High School: Trained for 10 years at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy under Evgeny Marchenko and Natasha Boyarskaya. Member of the U.S. National team. First on beam and floor and third in the all-around at the 2004 Presidential Classic in Ft. Lauderdale. Placed 13th in the all-around at last year’s American Classic in Ontario.

At the 2003 U.S. Gymnastics Championships she finished ninth on bars and 20th in the all-around. Also ninth on bars, seventh on beam and 12th in the all-around at the 2002 U.S. Gymnastics Championships…… article, photo article, photo

Well, that is sensational. When researching Nikki we were hoping that her gymnastics career would continue but unfortunately we came late to the party.

Her Instagram paints a very nice summary.

Our beautiful star is now married and is a former 4x NCAA National Gymnastics Champion & Atlanta Hawks cheerleader.

We share Nikki’s experience because she seemed to have so much fun being in the game, excelling at the highest collegiate level, dating star football players and almost always the star of the story.

Nice experiences seem to abound when you are part of a female gymnastics community. It’s a very social affair.

For your fitness enhancement you might truly consider learning gymnastics.

“Gymnastics demands so much of our time. We train all week and travel and compete on weekends. The people you’re surrounded by really become your second family, your best friends, your sisters. My coach was like a second mother for me.”… Amanda Borden

We have a visiting speaker who would like to provide you with some encouragement.

There Are Some Excellent Gymnastic Exercises to Consider

By Geordie Williams

A gymnast may look elegant and graceful but their moves are the result of plenty of time spent working out. They take time to complete a variety of different forms of exercise to help them get strong and fit. They also learn to control their bodies and their minds so that they can control the speed of their movements.

Conditioning drills are very big part of fitness for those involved in gymnastics. Not only do they get fit from them, but they help them with building up their level of overall endurance. That is important when a gymnastic routine is being performed. Most gymnasts though believe this is the fun part of working out and doing what they love.

Parallels help to build up the strength in the legs and thighs. At the same time they help with developing better balance. This can also help them to be able to leap higher which in turn earns a gymnast more points in their competitions. Running and leaping in circles helps with strengthening these muscles. It also increases the overall level of agility.

Developing a workout that allows all of the muscle groups to be exercised is important. A gymnast can’t just have strong muscles in one area and not the rest. No matter what types of events they take part in, the overall core of the body needs to be very strong. This can only be accomplished with a complete workout.

For the upper body, there are a couple of excellent exercises that gymnasts take part in. Both ring dips and muscle ups work several groups of muscles at one time. This helps to gain terrific results without having to do three different exercise formats for the different muscles in the triceps, the shoulders, and the back.

Ring dips involve developing upper body strength as the arms have to be able to support the body. Once the basic element of it is completed a person can practice different movements. For example moving the body upward to the waist and extending outward.

Muscle dips can also be useful but only after the ring dips have been mastered. They allow the body to be moving in a way that tightens up the muscles and helps to develop strength from the core outward.

It is best to start out learning exercises for gymnastics under the supervision of a trainer when possible. Most communities do offer some types of gymnastics classes. Many dance studios do as well. It is important to learn the basic exercises first so that you have something to continue building on. The challenge will be there but that is part of the fun – seeing how much your skills develop over time.

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Sources:, Wikipedia,, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.

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