My mother put me in gymnastics when I was 7 years old, for 2 reasons:
1) because I was no good at ice-skating, and
2) so that when I was in high school I could do a back handspring and make the cheerleading squad.
Little did she know that gymnastics would “take” for me, and that by the time I was in high school and eligible for cheerleading, I was training with my local gymnastics team 16 hours a week and had no time for anything else. Besides, I loved the individually competitive nature of gymnastics- I always competed against myself first. Of course I never considered any fitness aspect of gymnastics… the focus of my thoughts was geared more towards…