There is a lot of gear in the gymnastics world and whether you are a toddler just starting in a recreational class or already a more advanced gymnast moving up the AAU or USAG levels and wanting to find the best gymnastics gear for home practice we are going to show you all the gear you might need and tell you why it is important.
What gymnastics gear does a beginner need?
Table of Contents
- 1 What gymnastics gear does a beginner need?
- 2 What to look for when choosing gymnastics gear.
- 3 Conclusion – The importance of gymnastics gear in gymnastics.
When you start gymnastics there are a few things you are going to need. Take a look at the following sections to see some gear that will help you progress in gymnastics. We have tried to list the gear so that the top sections show the gear you are most likely to need when starting gymnastics and lower down you’ll find more advanced home gymnastics gear.
Most importantly a leotard should be the first item on your list. When you attend your first gymnastics class you are going to want to dress correctly and wearing a leotard is also comfortable and is designed so that you can move freely and perform all gymnastics skills without feeling your clothes are restricting your movement.
It is a good idea to make sure you have a gymnastics bag to carry all your gymnastics gear to class. The bag doesn’t have to be fancy and you can always use your school bag or drawstring bag from a sports store, but it’s nice to be able to keep all your gymnastics gear together in one place. Here are a couple of bags you might like.
Gymnastics hand grip
When you begin to use the kip bar or horizontal bars in your gym you should consider buying a hand grip as soon as possible. Gripping and swinging on a gymnastics bar can cause damage to your hand, so you need to protect your hand. A gymnastics grip reduces the friction on your hand and can help improve your grip. Here are some gymnastics grips we think are good quality.
Gymnastics gear for home practice
There is a lot of gymnastics equipment for sale that can be used at home. You should make sure you have enough space for any equipment you are planning to use at home and be sure to make sure you are supervised, speak to your coach and only practice what your coach has advised you to practice at home. We have already reviewed most home gymnastics equipment n other more detailed articles. Click the gymnastics section at the top of the page to see them all.
A gymnastics bar is one of the more challenging pieces of gear for use at home because of it’s size and the increased danger of performing on the bars compared with floor exercises. Be sure to make sure you have a big enough landing mat and large area around the bar. Also make sure you are supervised at all times. Here are some gymnastics bars we recommend for home use.
Gymnastics Mats & Cheese Mats
A gymnastics Mat allows you to practice all your gymnastics floor skills in the safety of your own home, or you can fold it up and take it on holiday or to a friends house. Practice all your floor skills, stretch and if your mat is big enough create some fun routines. A cheese mat is also great for home practice, especially when learning the back handspring and gymnastics skills that require the incline support to help you flip over your body more easily. Here are some of our favourite gymnastics Mats and cheese mats.
Most home balance beams are floor beams so they aren’t raised up like the beam at you gymnastics class. These are great for improving your balance and practising beam skills to build up your confidence without the fear of falling from a height. Here are some home balance beams that we really like.
What to look for when choosing gymnastics gear.
Make sure you read the product descriptions clearly when you find gymnastics gear for sale because you need to make sure the mat will fit under your gymnastics bars, that beautiful leotard will fit your daughter or the gymnastics bag will hold everything you need it to.
Recommended age and ability level
Most gymnastics gear comes with an age rating so you can easily check if it suitable for a gymnasts age. In order to check the equipment is suitable for helping gymnasts progress and benefit from it, be sure to speak to a gymnastics coach first so they can advise you on whether the gear you are looking at will help your gymnast at their current ability level.
Conclusion – The importance of gymnastics gear in gymnastics.
Even though learning gymnastics is possible without any of the gymnastics gear we have shown you above, a lot of the equipment will help make your time practising gymnastics a little bit easier and give you the best possible chance to improve and enjoy gymnastics.