Become an Olympian?

And here come the calls… from parents who want their kids to be an Olympian… Yes, everyone wants their kid to succeed, but please start with smaller, reachable goals first so your child feels success as they are growing and learning. I turn down 80% of the people who call me for training… I only train competitive athletes. And I only train athletes with reasonable short and long term goals.

Going to the Olympics is a great goal, but only 5-7 gymnasts go every 4 years. In 2020 it will only be 4 gymnasts and maybe an alternate or two. It is easier to become a doctor or lawyer than an Olympic Gymnast. I do have a client who is on the elite level and can reasonably be an Olympian at the next Olympics, if she remains healthy, happy, and continues to train seriously.

There are MANY factors that go into becoming an Olympian besides the daily training including sleep, nutrition, hydration, parents able to help with encouragement, finances, and getting the athlete to training and competitions.

Most importantly, an athlete must have a real passion for the sport. It is incredibly difficult to train more than 30 hours a week for many years throughout childhood and teen years. And keep in mind that the family also makes that commitment. So yes, some gymnasts do get to the Olympics, but be ready for a HUGE, LONG TERM, EXPENSIVE commitment. And enjoy every moment along the way!

I also train swimmers, boxers, dancers, cheerleaders, and other athletes.

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