One of the common questions I get from older gentlemen, like those in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, is if it’s possible for them to learn how to do handstands and similar gymnatics feats.
To put it short, the answer is yes. Many of my elderly customers confirmed they learned how to do handstands using my instructions while practicing regularly. One of the important aspect of their success is the positive belief and the right state of mind. Of course, younger people tend to do better at gymnastics and reach their physical goals easier – especially kids and teenagers. That doesn’t mean older people can’t do them, but they need to take that extra step to achieve those feats.
For instance, you need to listen to your body. Younger folks can make a lot of mistakes, pay for them but still recover in a relatively short time. For elderly folks, this whole process may take a bit longer. To avoid possible injuries, try to slow down your progress – take little steps instead, always pay attention to your body and avoid pushing the limits all the time.
Have no doubt – an old dog can learn new tricks! Take a look at this 86 year old woman doing a gymnastic routine and parallel bars exercises in the videos below!