If you have been searching for ways to get your children interested in gymnastics, you have certainly come to the right place. There are many positive benefits of gymnastics for your children and it is a great way for them to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. These three aspects are all related to the sport and as a parent you want to be there for your kids to reap these benefits. So, what can you do to get them started? Where can you find a good program?
Many gym programs offer kids gymnastics classes, but they can sometimes be hard to find. Because every child grows at his or her own pace, age groups within agility classes overlap slightly. Most gyms offer various levels of classes based on age. Students are often placed into appropriate classes based on their age, not skill level.
For younger children (ages five to seven), there are a few different options. At most gyms, you will likely find a weight room and a plyometrics/powerhouse section. At some facilities, you will find a rowing machine, a trampoline, an elliptical, or a balance beam. The balance beam offers one-on-one instruction and a greater challenge than the other two exercises. If your child needs help with any of the classes, be sure to let him or her know this.
Age doesn’t matter much when it comes to first-time gymnasts. It’s just important to make sure that the age-appropriate classes are offered. Gyms usually have a wide variety of age-appropriate programs for all skill levels. If your child is too young to participate in some of the more sophisticated classes, many facilities have many classes available at all skill levels.
Before you decide on a gymnastics class for your little athlete, take him or her to see if he or she will enjoy it. Sometimes, taking a prospective gymnast for a trial class can be a wise investment. This allows parents to make sure that their kid will get the type of stimulation they’d like to see. This can also help them decide on the best age for their child to begin gymnastics. Many clubs and gyms have a minimum age requirement for entry, although most have no minimum age. If your son or daughter is too young for most clubs and programs, look into something that is for older children.
One advantage to age-specific gymnastic classes is that most of them include some form of balance beam. Balance beams help develop muscle strength, balance, and coordination throughout all of the different elements of the sport. Balance beams are especially important for younger children because they are one of the few skills that can be developed at all ages. Most gyms have balance beam classes for various ages and skill levels. As your son or daughter gets older, you may consider adding additional classes specific to balance beam. There are even cross-country track and field divisions for younger children.