My daughter has just been moved to the next level, but still state, not national (thankfully!) level so there's less pressure. Having said that, it's still 5 hours a week at 7 years old and muchas money! She is adamant she wants to continue with the competitive stream and said she'd be really cross if I move her to the rec class (still with little comps)!! As long as she is happy, we are.
One of her coaches pulled her out just before selection the other week and told her she has to do extra practice in her dish position and in front support. Her dish, because her core strength is low and is affecting her handstand ability and the front support as she keeps placing slightly incorrectly - she's not aware where her body is as she said she thought she was in perfect line. After the next holidays (soon here) she is going to do the pilates with me when we have time and we'll get stronger together!
I really relate to your post Smol! She does 4 hours a week atm and has a 6 pack nearly but still the core is weaker......the physio told me to do the Beighton with her every 6 months to see if she's getting more bendy etc. I'll do it around her 7th birthday............although I can't really see much reason to do it, as surely she'll be bendier than last time purely due to the gymnastics - won't be able to tell the cause?!
Diagnosed late 2010 HMS after years of trying to find out why my body feels like a 90 year old's! Suspected Coeliac Disease - repeat biopsy due November 2011.