Gymnastics – optimal number of training hours

All coaches agree there’s never enough time to include everything they want in any training plan.

We need to set priorities.

And not waste time.

GAGE is one club I’d highlight as having very efficient training.

I’m hopeful that COVID-19 reset results in many Gyms reducing training hours.  Setting more modest, achievable goals.  Goals less performance / ranking based, more personal development.

Injuries reduce the number of effective training hours.  Fewer injuries over the career = more effective hours.

… but to answer the question, I’ve always admired Shawn Johnson’s plan.  She trained maximum 24 hours / week during High School with one training / day.  And became the best gymnast in the world.

If your goal is not to become one of the best gymnasts in the world, training hours should be fewer than 24 / week.

Aimee posted Simone’s hours on Twitter.

Keith Russell often talks about finding the best coach / hour

With less training time, less equipment, who’s the best coach?

Click over to Facebook to see Dave Tilley’s opinion.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

2 thoughts on “Gymnastics – optimal number of training hours”

  1. Just a little thought: to me the videos you have been posting about gage it looks like The gymnasts are all robots. No time to talk, quick turns and no discussion. I wonder where the line is between abusive coaching (making robots) and letting girls have fun even though they are on a high level. I do not know much about gage and just make the opinion looking at the videos you have been sharing. I guess that the girls train many hours which might give them no time to hang / play with friends outside of gymnastics.

    Wondering what you think about this.


    1. I spent 4 days at GAGE a few years ago, quite suspicious on arrival.

      By the time I left, I felt it’s the safest and most innovative club I’ve ever seen.

      Last day I FINALLY saw one gymnast in a boot, the only major injury. … She had done it outside the Gym.


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