If you think you’ve got a mini gymnast on your hands, why not look into gymnastics as an extra-curricular activity? Not just great for activity and fitness, gymnastics can also help improve posture, balance, enhance their social skills and concentration, and even improve confidence!
Finding a gymnastic class
Check out the Kidspot Directory to find good gymnastic classes and gyms in your area.
So your child is dead set on gymnastics classes, but you have no idea how to pick the right class? Ask around at the school! Parents are always the best to get honest feedback, and they’ll be thinking from a mum-angle. Also try some easy research on gymnastic classes and gyms online to help you (and your child) choose.
Finding the right gym
Is your child serious about being a gymnast? Do they just want to try a weekly class, or invest in multiple trainings and gymnastic meets? Take this all into account when choosing a class, as it may mean considering a location that is further away.
When you’ve decided on a gym, make sure you pay a visit to the venue – without your little gymnast-to-be – and watch a class in progress. Gymnastics is such a fast-paced (and occasionally risky) sport, so well-kept safety equipment is essential. Look for lots of mats and padding around equipment, and ask about active safety precautions and if the instructors have certified first aid certificates. If you don’t feel 100% confident that everything’s super-safe, nix that venue and look for another.
Is the class very big? Smaller gymnastic classes will ensure your child gets closer attention and guidance. Does the rest of the class you see seem bored when it’s not their turn?. A structured, motivating program is key. Does the gymnastics coach seem confident and friendly and are the class enjoying the gym’s atmosphere? A fun vibe is essential for young children to enjoy gymnastics.
If you like the venue, inquire about a trial gymnastics session (you can usually organise one for little or no charge). If you child still loves the idea after a class, go ahead and inquire about the full term.
Adding up costs
Let’s not beat around the bush – gymnastics classes can be expensive. Between paying for the classes (which can be more than you think), you often pay for competitions,as well as costumes, equipment – and then there is the travel back and forth from far away meets. It can really add up! However, if your child really wants to start gymnastics classes, it is money well spent.
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