It's never too late to learn gymnastics

Millions of us watched the U.S. gymnastics teams compete in the Olympics.

If you've ever wished you could do some of those fancy back flips, now may be a good a time to try.

By day, 34-year-old Guinevere Brightwell is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys caring for her two daughters.

But by night, Guinevere and her husband Ty stretch, jump, pull, roll, and flip for fun.

Gymnastics is something they took up just six months ago.

"I guess we started to feel old after we had kids, and now we feel more vibrant and youthful," explains Guinevere.

"I watched gymnastics or the Olympics, and you can't help but wish you could do that," adds Ty.

They're part of a growing trend of learning gymnastics as an adult.

Instructor Colin Ligammari says if you're in good health, you can learn gymnastics at almost any age.

"This is something for everybody. Everybody could use better core strength. It's an all-around perfect workout," he explains.

Gymnastics moves require all the muscles in the body to work in unison, so that you work every part.

Damian Pichardo, 27, says it's a challenging workout.

"It's a good way to get your daily life stresses out and to keep in shape," he says.

But with adults, injuries are a concern.

Colin says you should always stretch first, and never do a move that feels uncomfortable.

Also, being in shape is the best injury prevention.

Keith Noone, 31, has been training for four years and hasn't suffered a single injury.

"When you first start out, it's a little bit scary, but you get a few things down, and it gets a little less scary," says Noone.

And they get a little better. Before starting the class, none of the participants could do the fancy moves they've since learned.

They may never win the gold, but these adults are proof anyone can be a gymnast.

Colin says there's really no age limit for gymnastics.

Each class can be tailored to different skill levels.

Fitness centers across the U.S. now offer adult gymnastics classes.

The costs vary, but Guinevere and Ty pay about $50 a month each for one class per week.

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