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WIBU to say 16 year old can't join gymnastics??

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dreamball · 07/07/2017 19:52

There is an adult class starting at our local club, she'd like to go along. It clearly says a lot of the time it's ex gymnasts who attend with some beginners. However, I don't think she's going to get to the point she wants to in her head. She very much dreams of training all week and being able to flip, etc.

I have suggested yoga.


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Wolfiefan · 07/07/2017 19:53

If she wants to try it then why not let her? Confused

Wait4nothing · 07/07/2017 19:55

If there are other beginnings/there is a beginners class then I don't see the problem. Iffy isn't what she expected she can always try something else.

Wait4nothing · 07/07/2017 19:55

*if it

SaucyJack · 07/07/2017 19:55

Er, yeah. YABU.

Is there a backstory or exhorbitant joining fee that might make you sound even slightly reasonable?

TheNewSchmoo · 07/07/2017 19:56

Yes, very unreasonable. It's not right for you to stifle her, let her do it if she wants. She'll soon see if it's for her and whether her expectations are unreasonable or not.

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser · 07/07/2017 19:56

Are you the poster who comes along every few months and says that your late teens/adult daughter wants to take up xyz activity and would you be BU to tell her no because she'll be shite? If yes, Biscuit. If no, then yes YABU, let the girl have a go.

ijustwannadance · 07/07/2017 19:56

If there are other beginners there then what's the issue? Let her try it.

lastqueenofscotland · 07/07/2017 19:58

Are you the poster who's daughter wanted to take up diving?!

Either way yes hugely unreasonable

Leeds2 · 07/07/2017 20:01

Can't see the problem with it.

Deux · 07/07/2017 20:05

Goodness, of course she'll be able to flip if she starts a class and a whole lot more. Assuming she's reasonably healthy, no medical conditions and doesn't weigh 20 stone.

Define please ex-gymnasts? Do you mean ex competitive gymnasts or people who did a few years of gymnastics classes when they were 8? Big difference.

Sheesh. What's wrong with you?

fanfrickintastic · 07/07/2017 20:06

YABU. I didn't learn to flip until an adult as I was too scared as a child.

dreamball · 07/07/2017 20:08

No, I'm not that poster Confused don't even know who that is/haven't seen their posts!

It's a known fact that you need to start gymnastics young. I'm just worried that she has an unrealistic expectation. I'm not being mean Confused no, she's healthy, etc.

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Mammylamb · 07/07/2017 20:09

Yabu. She might enjoy it no matter what age she starts it at

mikeyssister · 07/07/2017 20:13

DD is a gymnastics coach and said in her experience younger kids tend to be more flexible, especially at first but she strongly recommends your DD gives it a go as it's great fun, and her flexibility, strength and fitness will definitely improve.

In their gym there also have a trampoline, would this be a possibility?

LRDtheFeministDragon · 07/07/2017 20:15

Why not? Confused

TaraCarter · 07/07/2017 20:17

it's a known fact that you need to start gymnastics young.

If you want to be Olympic level and get the gold medal for the UK, yes.

If you want to learn to do cool stuff and just look a bit amazing then 16 is probably a great age. Young enough that she's still flexible, old enough that she can plan how to achieve goals for herself.

Deux · 07/07/2017 20:17

OP, the age thing, I think you're getting muddled between competitive and recreational gymnastics.

This class is recreational.

BoomBoomsCousin · 07/07/2017 20:17

I don't really understand why you even think you should have a say? Are you paying for it?

Deux · 07/07/2017 20:18


MikeUniformMike · 07/07/2017 20:18

Let her try gymnastics.

dreamball · 07/07/2017 20:19

@BoomBoomsCousin of course... She's 16! Just finished school. Why wouldn't I have a say if I'm paying?

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Deux · 07/07/2017 20:19

Article about adult gymnastics.

SabineUndine · 07/07/2017 20:20

Let her do it. Everyone should have a chance to follow their dream.

bruffin · 07/07/2017 20:20

My dd took up diving at 19 last september, never done it before and loves it, despite giving herself 2 black eyes by kneeing herself in the face.
She is never going to be Tom Daley but is improving all the time

BeepBeepMOVE · 07/07/2017 20:21

I do a class that has a gymnastic base. Theres plenty of adults who've joined never having done anything dynastic or dance related and many can flip and do the splits etc. At 16 she could learn in a couple of months easy.


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