The explosive moves in gymnastics increase your metabolism to burn fat.
It's easy to lose interest running mile after mile to nowhere on the treadmill, but participating in gymnastics is more like fun than fat-burning. The high-energy moves and fast pace increase your metabolism, and that's when fat burning kicks in. When you find an activity that burns fat and that you also happen to enjoy, it will keep your motivation high and make it more likely that you'll stick with exercise to reach your goals.
Gymnastics is a competitive sport, but even amateurs can master some of the basic floor exercise moves. Gymnastics exercises, such as pikes, bridges and backbends become fast-paced fat-burners when you move quickly from one to the next and perform them between more explosive moves like tuck jumps, dive rolls, cartwheels, round-offs and handstands.
A person who weighs 120 pounds will burn between four and five calories per minute while doing gymnastics, according to Jeane Eddy Westin's book "The Thin Books." However, the number of calories you can burn depends on how much you weigh. Westin says to add 5 percent more calories for each additional 10 pounds you weigh over 120 to figure your individual per-minute burn.
The amount of fat you burn doing gymnastics is related to how many calories you burn. MayoClinic.com says that one pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. Additionally, in order to start burning fat, you have to burn more calories than you take in. That means paying attention to your diet as well as to the length of time that you work out. Otherwise, you'd have to spend enough time doing gymnastics to burn thousands of calories just to get rid of one pound of fat.
Improving Balance and Coordination
Gymnastics is an effective way to lose weight, but it's a high-intensity activity that requires balance, coordination and strength. It's wise to do non-gymnastic exercises once or twice a week as well to build strength and balance for your gymnastics moves. The American Council on Exercise recommends a gymnastics-inspired workout that includes standing cable rotations and wood chops with a medicine ball, lat pulldowns, supermans and a shoulder stabilization exercise done on the stability ball. Also, U.S. Gymnast Brandon Wynn tells Stack.com that he works on his core with three sets of 10 reps of a variety of hanging leg lifts such as half-lifts, full-lifts and side lifts.