– Oh my god! – This week, we’re training like gymnasts. – Simone Biles and Aly Raisman
are incredible atheletes. – I was in gymnastics and I
was advancing pretty well, but when the teacher
looked away one class, fell on my head and my mom took me out. – [Stacie] Nope, you went the wrong way. – I think I have a little bit
of a different perspective today because I was a competitive
gymnast to the age of 18. And so I’m just really excited to get back in a gym and have some fun this week. – I’m just hoping to get
more in tune with my body and figure out what those beams things do, because they don’t look that scary, but they’re probably really
scary, let’s be real. – This week, I’m gonna
put you guys through a lot of core and basic training. So you guys are gonna learn
all the fundamental parts, all the things that you don’t even realize a gymnast has to do. The basic movements, all the stretching, all the conditioning. – The first day was really hard. – Our coach was really great and she didn’t baby us and
she took us very seriously. – [Stacie] Girls, when you’re ready, get back up and join us. Sit, and jump back. Good, extend, now squeeze your legs, hands come down and legs come over. – [Michelle] I found
myself getting frustrated a lot because we were at the gym, there are all these little girls doing backflips and making
things look so easy. And I was having trouble
with simple stuff. – Jumping into gymnastics at the age of 23 was not the easiest thing in the world. In fact, it was probably
one of the hardest things I’ve tried in my life. – I was always mad that I could
never get a round off right, there was just something about it, my legs wouldn’t come
together at the same moment and it was so frustrating. And I was doing it throughout the week and I still wasn’t getting it. – It was surprising how
much of it I retained, just from muscle memory. Like my body was just like
doing it and I was like, “Oh, I can still do that? “Like, weird.” – Coming into the second
day I was really exhausted and also really nervous about fatigue and just having fun. I feel like my stomach is ripping apart. (sighs) – I hated beam, always. I think that’s a lot of
people’s sentiment about beam. – Working on the beam reminded me of those Victorian-era movies where the women have to learn manners by
carrying a book on your head and I can’t believe that, at the Olympics, these girls are doing
back handsprings and flips when I was just having
trouble walking across it. That’s hard. – [Kelsey] It was hard,
mentally to trust myself. – [Stacie] Are you okay? – Mid-week I was a little bit more tired but I was still having a good time learning new skills every day. – So yes, in artistic gymnastics, someone invented running full-force to a stationary object. – It looks so counter-intuitive, like, trampolining into the unknown. I know, but… Okay, that’s fine. – Arms are straight,
kicking up to a handstand and holding our hollow shape we worked on to a flat back. – [Selorm] She was really pushing us to do what we needed to do. To accomplish what we were
capable of accomplishing. – [Stacie] Get your arms
all the way squeezed and get your body completely straight. Hands down. Gotta get those legs up more. – I enjoyed the fact that
she gave us a little bit of a taste of everything
so each day I could come in not knowing what we were going to do. And building on other skills and seeing how we’ve progressed. – Here, this is your front support, squeeze your legs, point your feet. – All the nooks and crannies of my body were being pushed to the limit and we were still learning new things. (grunts) – Back and circle. Good, and lift the hips
up and toes right up. Good. – [Jordan] Poop. – Good. – I miss my glory days. (dramatic music) – What we’re gonna work on now is our floor exercise,
or our floor routine. We’re gonna do a much shorter version, we’re gonna do just two tumbling passes, one with forward skills and
one with backward skills. Okay? And in between your skills,
I’m gonna let you guys choreograph how you get from
one corner to the other. – Once Stacie told us
that we had to choreograph our own routines I was was like (sighs). – I was really nervous.
– Go for it! Pick a pose right now,
find a space on the floor. Yeah, there you go, there’s your pose. Okay, now show me your ending pose. So, now we’ve got to get
from that first position to this last position. – I was really nervous on the final day. It was our time to really
show off our skills and what we had learned,
what we had gained. – I felt like I hadn’t grown enough to really wanna show anything off. – Growing up, I always hated having to choreograph my own routines. I didn’t feel like I was
very creative and I thought I was gonna end up with a boring routine. – I was excited because
my goal for the week was to get a round off back handspring and I had accomplished
that a couple times. But I was nervous about having to do it on command in a choreographed routine. – [Stacie] Okay, are you ready? (upbeat music) – [Kelsey] It made me
more aware that I need more movement and play in my life. – [Selorm] I wanted the last day to really symbolize all the heart
that I had put into it. If I couldn’t show off these crazy moves, I wanted to at least show
off that I really did try. – [Michelle] I am really
thankful for the opportunity that I had, that I don’t
think many adults have, and that is to do an
activity that forces you to really trust your body. – It’s a great way to
keep your body healthy and movement and active. And it’s difficult, that’s all it is, is you can’t pretend like it’s easy, it’s not, it’s not easy at all. If it was easy, everybody would flip. – [Jordan] Gymnastics is a sport that I loved so much growing up and to be able to do it again was so fun and I think a lot of the times, as adults, we forget to have fun like that. (upbeat music)

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100 thoughts on “We Trained To Be Gymnasts In 7 Days”

  1. I did tumbling for about 4 years. I quit about 1 or 2 years ago. And I want to go back. And I know I can still do a lot of what I used to be able to do. I used to be able to go up the stairs in a backbend but idk if I can still do that.

  2. I would love to be a gymnast!

    (Thinks for a moment)

    Let’s see, gymnasts need to be strong, flexible, good with following directions, be able to trust themselves…

    Scrap that idea.

  3. Thank you guys for showing that gymnastics
    Can not be forgiving. It takes years to learn
    How to do tricks. You will get hurt it’s just
    Part of the sport! I hope people don’t quite
    Like I did.😥

  4. You can tell how a gymnast starts if they are advanced or not ahem 1:40 vs 1:45
    No hate both have very different gymnastics involvement
    Also finally a video that shows how hard gymnastics is

  5. Me working on a back hand spring and still didn’t get it in 2 years

    them getting it in a week

    Hey god… am I a joke to you?!

  6. I broke my arm from gymnastics BROKE MY ARM NOT SPRAINED MY ARM
    I did a surgery and I still have this broken arm

  7. Me: does a series of backhandsprings on tumblr tramp
    Also me: cant for the life of me do one on floor
    Also me: have been working on backhandsprings for litterally 3 years
    These girls: hasn't done gymnastics in years
    Also them: casually does two backhandsprings to a backtuck
    Me: wtf😂😂

  8. I've been practicing a back handspring for months and I still can't get it And these adults know how to do one!!

  9. They did a back handspring in a week and I have been doing gymnastics for ages and I still can’t do a back handspring

  10. I AM SO SORRY I forgot you names but the girl who wants a round off what you need to do is pop out you shoulders… I would really need to show you to know how to do it because that sounds very confusing on it’s own but if you ask the girl who has done gymnastics before she might know………. again I’m sorry

  11. Do a normal people try to become competitive swimmers. Swimming is hard whether people seem to think so or not….

  12. I really want to learn gymnastics. I'm 18 now sadly 😭 and I don't think there's any place near me where I can learn.

  13. I can’t do a cartwheel when I try it turns into a roundoff
    1 like = 1 prey for me to do a cartwheel 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  14. My brother was a running enthusiast and I introduced him this marathon training courses “Zοrοtοn Axy” (Google it) a couple years ago, and since that time, he`s been following the guide. Last week, he took Fourth place in his age bracket in a Nationals-level 12k race. It is best to go for this training courses if you`re preparing for marathons along with other distance training program. .

  15. I'm not trying to be rude but I found it really annoying when Michelle was talking about the beam. Like she just wants to do everything perfectly and like she was doing this for literary A WEEK?!? Like she really needs to chill

  16. Sad, I’m in level three and I’m ten. Kids my age are like in level 5 or something because they’re parents put them in it and they loved it. My parents never forced anything into me so they didn’t put me in it. So I started at 9 years old and now 10 I’m in level 3

  17. I’ve done Gymnastics for 6 or 7 years and I seriously hate when people say Gymnastics isn’t a real sport.And my Brother he does Soccer and he’s like “Gymnastics is so easy” and I’m like you should try the strength I have to do.

  18. If that was the performance of the girls in the Olympics, I would watch it and wouldn't lose one single game!

    Haha much more fun than the real olimpics


  19. Did gymnastics but ended up leaving because of finances and injuries that I never let heal correctly, I cheered for six years after that and started playing soccer five years ago after switching around sports a little. I loved gymnastics so much and was devastated when I quit especially sense I trained at a really top notch gym, but it got to the point that it hurt to do basic beam leaps and being on the bars hurt my back, but now I have another sport I love and just watch the Olympics and cry sometimes 😂.

  20. Me: Does gymnastics for 4 months and can't do a front walk over (I'M SO CLOSE)

    Them: Does gymnastics for a WEEK and does back handsprings!

  21. Same I’m a level 6 gymnast and have to do backhand springs every day at the gym on a high beam it’s really stressful when I’m scared to do it

  22. I’m a level 7 gymnast and I’m 9 years old I can do a round of back handspring tuck gymnastics is my life 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🏆🏆🏆😍😍😍😍😍

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