National Athletic Training Month on March, 2018: Am I too old to train for the Olympics?
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If you were a girl, I would've said "No", but if you're a boy, then you still have time to do this. It'll take around 10 years for you to reach that level, so you'll be 23-ish, which is a perfect age. You'll probably be aiming for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.
Here are the steps you need to take:
1. First, understand how hard it's going to be. You'll have to push through injuries and give up a lot of your free time, hobbies and social life. Ask yourself if it's something you truly truly want to do. Those guys you see in the Olympics are like the NBA superstars of the sport -- you don't need to be an NBA superstar to be a really good basketball player, you know? Talk this out with your parents -- you can't do it without their full support.
2. Also, realise that not everyone in the world has the physical ability to be an Olympic gymnast. Hard work is important, but hard work can only take you so far in this sport. Sooo much of it depends on an athlete's natural talent. Many gymnasts train hard for years and never manage to master more advanced skills. Many gymnasts plateau at a certain level and never progress any further no matter how hard they try. The guys who manage to progress all the way to the Olympic level are men who've been blessed with superhuman athletic gifts. Realise that this isn't a realistic goal for everyone.
3. Yes, go to a better gym. There are relatively few coaches in the country who even know how to coach a gymnast at the Olympic level and you may possibly have to end up moving away from home to train, but don't do it yet. For now, just find a good local gym where you can get decent coaching and start competing. Pay attention to gymnastics results in your state (most states have an annual state championship -- see if you can find out the results for your state) and see which clubs are producing the most successful gymnasts. Those are the clubs you want to go to. Visit these clubs, and talk to the coaches about your goals.
4. Once you've begun training at a decent gym, do everything your coach asks of you, show that you're a hard worker, that you learn quickly, and that you have a lot of aptitude for gymnastics. If you've never competed before, then you'll need to be chosen to train for the competitive team. Usually you need to be selected or invited to start training for competition, so you want to work hard as you can to impress the coaches.
5. Start competing, and working up through the levels. This takes a number of years. Work hard, be dedicated and patient. Depending on talent, some gymnasts work very hard for years and never progress to a very high level. Others skip up quickly.
Now, I'm a girl, so I know the procedure for girls to get to the Olympics. It is slightly different for men, but similar enough.
6. Once you've reached Level 9 or 10, you can try to qualify for the Elite level (you must be an Elite to qualify for international competitions like the Olympics) You need to go to a special competition and perform well enough to earn a certain minimum qualifying score. Be prepared for the fact that Elite gymnastics is a full-time, 40-hour-a-week job. Very few gymnasts ever reach this point.
7. You must qualify to the US National Championships, and you must perform well there. Only the top 30 or so guys in the country get to compete in this competition every year.
8. Place high enough to make the USA National team -- these are the gymnasts who represent the USA in major international competitions.
9. Compete in and win loads of national and international competitions. Gymnastics is a subjective sport, so you need to build your reputation and pay your dues and prove yourself. You're likelier to make an Olympic team if you have a reputation as a proven winner who can handle the pressure of a major international competition.
10. Be one of the top 10 gymnasts in the country and win as many big international competitions as possible in the Olympic year.
11. Men actually still have an Olympic Trials competition for the top dozen or so men in the country. You'll have to compete well and score well in Olympic trials, but the team is actually chosen at the training camp after the Trials. Whether you'll make the team or not depends more on how well you fit into the team puzzle than how well you placed overall at Trials. Like, if the USA is weak in the vault and you can bring in a huge vault score, you'll have an easier time making it than a mediocre all-arounder.
12. Don't get injured! This is something you really can't control. Great gymnasts have had their Olympic dreams ruined by untimely injuries. It's important to keep your body in good working order if you want to make the Olympics.
How much would I earn in the national guard?
A couple hundred bucks a month not including annual training...
Brand new E-1 makes 203 a month before taxes....
Where can I find a list of appreciation and awareness months?
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