For many gymnasts the day begins very early. In some cases as early as 4 or 5am. The regular regiment of the gymnast in training is a very strict diet and a very defined sleep schedule. The gymnast in training will begin their day running both for distance and for speed. Possibly a light jog to get warmed up and then it is off to do distance running to help with conditioning and stamina. The road work is finished off with some wind sprints to help develop the proper breathing that is so critical to any gymnastics routine.
A gymnast will also spend a decent portion of their day doing stretching and muscle relaxing exercises. For the gymnast it is extremely important to be as flexible as possible not only to help in competition but to also help prevent injury. With the routines that many gymnasts do it is a necessary precaution to be as limber as possible to avoid pulling or tearing a muscle and to also help protect the gymnast should something go wrong in a routine and their physical conditioning is called upon to prevent serious injury.
Many people may not know it but gymnasts also spend a part of their training day lifting weights in the weight room. The strength required to perform many of the routines and exercises you see gymnasts involved in comes not only from their hours of work on their gymnastics equipment but also from hours of work in the weight room making sure they strengthen the correct muscles. It is so critical that a gymnast be involved in a specially designed weight lifting program because it is possible to add too much bulk to the wrong places and this could cause injury just as much as lack of strength where it is needed. Training to be a gymnast is as much a science as it is a sport.
Gymnasts work very hard for many years to get the results that we all see on television. In order to appreciate the lengths to which the gymnast goes to in order to master their craft you only need to spend one day in training with them. A gymnast’s training routine is as much of a physical test as that of any finely tuned athlete.