- Aug 22, 2008
Because you are setting yourself up for problems in the future both with having to shut down more dangerous skills and with overwork fatigue. Most of us here long enough have been-there-done-that. Trust me, most of us had older moms telling us the same thing we are telling you. We are not trying to be harsh about it. We just know it rarely ends well in the long term. If she wants to show her father, take occasional videos in the gym, with permission of course or have him pick her up occasionally. This will help with the rule of keeping gym in the gym. Almost all of our gymmies were here at one point, bouncing off the walls wanting to release that energy and do gym "all the time" but the key to long term retention in this sport is keeping them in a state of always wanting more. By keeping gym at the gym, you are reducing the long term fatigue factor that happens when gymnasts are doing the work both at home and gym (even if it is self motivated). If she has a hard time understanding this, talk to her about other sports where you leave it at practice: hockey/figure skating, horseback riding, swimming, etc.Most often after practice she'll be on an endorphin high and want to show her dad what she learned that night. Why shut this down?