The Gymnastic Coach
If you want to do well in Gymnastic then you must train, and train hard. It is no different than any other sport. The more hard work and effort you put in, the more you will get back in return. That is not to say that if you work as hard as possible that you will become the best gymnast in the world. Athletic ability and genetics do come into play. What you can ensure if putting all that time and effort in is that you can maximize your own potential, which should always be your goal in anything you do.
In order to be successful in gymnastics you need strength, power and flexibility. When combined with practice and a lot of repetition, having strength, power and flexibility is the only way you will have an opportunity to master technique. It will also make whatever technique you’re working on seem easier.
In gymnastics, strength is more important than endurance. While both are important, strength is more important because there is a lot of explosive power necessary. It’s not a sport like cross country, where you need to work on endurance because you will be doing a lot of the same thing.
All this said, don’t take strength and power the wrong way. While the weight room can definitely be of assistance, it can’t be solely relied upon. Bodybuilders are looking to build muscle groups; gymnasts are looking to train movements. This makes things tricky for gymnasts because the movements they’re training for require synchronized muscle movements. The best approach is to go for strength gains and muscle endurance in the gym while also training your muscles in a manner that resemble the techniques you will be attempting to master.