Welcome to our Gymnastics Community
Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.
Sign up

practice during vacation?

Status
Not open for further replies.

profmom

Well-Known Member
Proud Parent
Nov 18, 2011
9,262
Region 7
Country
USA
We're going somewhere warm for a week over the winter break. Unfortunately, the way the holidays work and the team practice schedule works, my kids are both going to miss some practices. Both will be out of the gym for two full weeks. We've duly informed the coaches and got somewhat different reactions, which was a bit amusing to me.

The girls' coach said basically, "Yay! Handstands on the beach! Have a great time!" The boys' coach scratched his head a bit and said, "Hmm, maybe I can find a gym for you." What's amusing about this to me is that my DD is a . . . not awesome . . . L6 and my DS is a pretty good L4. Both have meets coming up in early January, DS the first weekend and DD the second. Just based on where they are gymnastically, I'd have thought that my DD's coaches would have been more concerned than DS's.

I don't think I'm quite enough of a dedicated gym parent to drag my beloved offspring to a gym for a break this short, but I am curious about how other gyms handle this for team members. At what point (i.e., level, time of season, and length of time away from gym) do the coaches say, "let's see if we can get some gym time for your child while on vacation"?
 

Faith

Coach
Coach
Proud Parent
Former Gymnast
Aug 17, 2011
2,132
Country
United Kingdom
I'm inclined to think a week off is week off, and it can do a lot of good both physically and mentally to have a short break completely waway from the gym. Time to heal, recover, and they'll get back fresh and ready to train.

If you were the kind of family to be having a week away every few months, it might be different, but the I can't imagine anyone committed to gym doing that, or being able to afford it! One of dd's pre-team friends goes away every school holiday (so 3 or 4 times a year) and they weren't moved up to team.

As a parent I wouldn't want to be traipsing to gyms on my week off either! You need the break too...
 

mariposa

Proud Parent
Coach
Proud Relative
Proud Parent
Gymnast
Former Gymnast
Judge
Club Owner
Fan
Sep 25, 2007
3,527
Country
USA
Our compulsory team has 2 weeks off for Holiday break and does every year. I think the break is good for them.

Sent from my DROID X2 using Tapatalk
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

GymGirl's Mom

Active Member
Proud Parent
Jun 3, 2010
582
I would thank him for his advice/concern and then do what I want with my kids. If it were my kids we would go on vacation- vacation from everything- including gym! Have a great time!
 

gym law mom

Active Member
Proud Parent
Dec 23, 2006
2,527
Country
USA
Enjoy the time off and have a great time with your kids/family. The gym and skills will still be there when you get back.
 

dunno

Verified Coach
Verified Coach
Proud Parent
Former Gymnast
Club Owner
Apr 28, 2009
9,292
they're not level 9's or 10's or elites. it won't hurt them now. and as long as they gym is being paid.:)
 

emorymom

Active Member
Proud Parent
Oct 10, 2008
1,155
I don't think it's critical, but I do tend to lean towards sending the kids to gym while on vacation, and that's what I do myself. And my kids are pretty low levels. But I don't think it's so pleasant to come back to a full swing having deconditioned. A week, maybe, but two weeks I would either send them to gym there or do a basic conditioning and stretching regimen. My kids have in the past had a three week period in August where everything was dead and/or we were out of town, and then we get back and BOOM, everything hits at once in full swing. So I have generally had them do a week of visiting gym, a week of nothing, and a week of visiting gym.
 

Faith

Coach
Coach
Proud Parent
Former Gymnast
Aug 17, 2011
2,132
Country
United Kingdom
You can't lose that much condition in two weeks though? Maybe a bit, but it wouldn't take long to get back. I think the break is worth losing a week of condition myself.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

bogwoppit

Former Admin
Coach
Proud Relative
Proud Parent
Gymnast
Former Gymnast
Judge
Club Owner
Fan
Feb 26, 2007
16,542
Country
Canada
Our gym has always closed from about the 18th Dec to about Jan 10th. Our coaches like the break too.
 

Canadian_gym_mom

Active Member
Proud Parent
May 26, 2011
1,247
Ontario, Canada
Country
Canada
DD's gym is closed from this Saturday until Jan 2nd, when they will have a week of daytime training.

I have HEARD that for every week off beyond one week, they lose about 2 weeks of conditioning. I would probably bring a basic conditioning sheet along and encourage the kids to do it a couple of times in the 2nd week of your vacation.

Have a great vacation!
 

MaryA

Proud Parent
Proud Parent
Jul 22, 2010
4,443
Country
USA
DD was out of the gym for 10 days over Thanksgiving. She came back and had a VERY rough practice and HC told her it might take her till AFTER CHRISTMAS before she felt "normal" in the gym again! Thankfully, she had much better practices the next two days and then went to a meet and did better than she had at the meet immediately before she left on vacation. That said, if it was up to me, I would have had her in a gym once or twice while she was away, but when ever I bring up anything like that, my husband starts to look at me as if I am insane. In the name of marital harmony, I don't suggest it anymore. :rolleyes:
 

Iwannabemargo

Numpty Watcher
Proud Parent
Former Gymnast
Aug 28, 2011
6,963
UK
Country
United Kingdom
Really ? Our girls have regular gym Term Time only - so thats no scheduled gym for 3 weeks at christmas, 3 week long half terms 3 weeks at Easter and 6 weeks off in Summer. There are additional practice days during Summer and Easter but they are entirely optional, team only. No-one drastically looses condition or skills and they come back refreshed and raring to go.:)
 

bookworm

Well-Known Member
Proud Parent
Oct 3, 2009
3,084
On my couch either reading or doing nothing...
Country
USA
What's amusing about this to me is that my DD is a . . . not awesome . . . L6 and my DS is a pretty good L4.
Ok for starters , I would look at the levels of your kids (both compulsory) and I would go on vacation and don't look back...and I wouldn't even entertain the idea of bringing them to a gym during their time off.

My daughter has been a Level 10 for 6 years and we have gone on vacation EVERY year, and I can tell you we have never set foot in a gym in a vacation spot that we have been at, nor have I ever even given it a thought. They train so much and its year round that when you take a vacation, that's what their bodies need too..a vacation. And if they have a rough practice (or two) after coming back, so be it...I wouldn't change a thing.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 6 people

Quadqueen

Well-Known Member
Proud Parent
May 14, 2011
4,326
Country
USA
Really ? Our girls have regular gym Term Time only - so thats no scheduled gym for 3 weeks at christmas, 3 week long half terms 3 weeks at Easter and 6 weeks off in Summer. There are additional practice days during Summer and Easter but they are entirely optional, team only. No-one drastically looses condition or skills and they come back refreshed and raring to go.:)
Our team gets one week off in June and one week off the first week of school in September :) And just one-day holidays for major things like Christmas and New Year's the rest of the year.
 

gymgurl

Coach
Coach
Gymnast
Oct 4, 2009
1,417
Country
Australia
What our coaches do is get us to do strength while we are away so we don't come back completely 'wrecked'
 

Kiwi

Coach
Coach
Proud Parent
Gymnast
Judge
Jul 14, 2010
1,381
New Zealand
Country
New Zealand
DD's step 4 group has three weeks off. The coach gave out a sheet of basic conditioning exercises for them to do over the break. The coach said 'every day' but I think that's overkill, I'm aiming for about three times per week, the same as they usually train. I'm hoping that way it won't be a shock to the system when she starts back at gym again.
 

bogwoppit

Former Admin
Coach
Proud Relative
Proud Parent
Gymnast
Former Gymnast
Judge
Club Owner
Fan
Feb 26, 2007
16,542
Country
Canada
Really ? Our girls have regular gym Term Time only - so thats no scheduled gym for 3 weeks at christmas, 3 week long half terms 3 weeks at Easter and 6 weeks off in Summer. There are additional practice days during Summer and Easter but they are entirely optional, team only. No-one drastically looses condition or skills and they come back refreshed and raring to go.:)

Our gym is the same. They usually end mid June and go back in early September, so about 12 weeks off gym. Kips are not lost, tumbling is still there etc. These girls tend to be the active types anyway, so a summer of swimming and outdoor sports keeps them fit, gym specific conditioning is caught up on quickly. The first weeks back are hard physically, but considering how much they train they do very well. Year round gym is not the norm everywhere, especially in smaller communiities.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

profmom

Well-Known Member
Proud Parent
Nov 18, 2011
9,262
Region 7
Country
USA
Thanks very much for all the insights! My two are at a year 'round gym that has a one-week break and another roughly half-week break, but the coaches usually aren't too fussed about kids coming and going during the summer as long as it's not excessive. And like most gym kids, mine are pretty active, so I am guessing that at least in terms of aerobic conditioning, the swimming and running around will keep them in relatively good shape. They love to fool around with their skills, which is fine, but I've already warned them that DD will not be doing any tucks on the beach and DS will not be attempting any back handsprings/doing any back headsprings.

My eight-year-old has grand designs to disassemble his parallettes and pack them. I draw the line at the mushroom!
 
C

cher062

Guest
Our gym has a conditioning sheet for when the kids are off for a week or more. so on the school vacation weeks if they aren't at the gym then they have a sheet takes about 45 min to complete they do it once a day. It has things like pull ups, push ups, V ups, splits, etc to keep them stretched out. Usually I have my DD do it when she wakes up in the AM before we start the day.
 

gymgal

Well-Known Member
Proud Parent
Aug 22, 2008
3,876
Country
USA
Our gym closed for 2 weeks this holiday break and offered full day training camps for team members (for a fee). You could choose when you attended. Because of our vacation plans, dd only got to go to one camp day so will be our of the gym for 2 full weeks. When we are on vacation, she knows she needs to stretch and do a little conditioning during this time. I strive for every other day because we are usually so busy.

DD rarely has a problem coming back after a 2 week break as long as she has been conditioning and stretching out of the gym. The exception is illness. When the body is run down and dd isn't conditioning in addition (because she doesn't feel well enough) then she has a tough time coming back. Thankfully that has only happened 2x in about 4 years.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Similar threads