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Gymnastics for Kids and Teens

By: Elizabeth Grace - Updated: 12 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Gymnastics is a lot of fun and provides kids and teenagers with great exercise. Although gymnastics is always popular, in the months following every Olympics, gymnastic studios see a big increase in interest. Kids watch the competition and get excited about trying out the sport. And who could blame them? Watching talented gymnasts do a series of floor exercises or master the various types of apparatus can be thrilling.

Getting Started

Gymnastics classes are offered for children of all ages, beginning with toddlers. For the little ones, "Tiny Tots Tumbling" is usually a fun filled experience aimed at letting kids learn a few of the basics. As they get a bit older, kids can participate in classes designed to enhance their skills. By the time that they are teenagers, kids who have been taking gymnastics classes for a number of years will likely be quite proficient. Classes for kids and teens are readily available and be easily found by doing a quick internet search. Simply go to your favourite search engine and type in "gymnastics class" along with the name of a good sized town near you. You'll be surprised at how many classes are available close to home.

Setting Goals

For most kids, the goals of gymnastics classes should be fitness and fun. If a child displays a great deal of promise, the parents can consider hiring a professional coach to help take their ability to the next level. Be careful not to let your child's enthusiasm for gymnastics become all-consuming. As with all sports, many kids participate, but very few will be blessed with both the talent and good fortune to take it to an Olympic level. Just let them have fun.

What's Involved?

Gymnastics encompasses a variety of activities, which vary for boys and girls. Typically, men and boys perform on the horizontal bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, vault, and floor exercises. Girls and women gymnasts do floor exercises and vault, as well as the balance beam and uneven bars. For both genders, gymnastics provides an overall body conditioning workout.

Benefits

In addition to enhancing physical fitness, participation in gymnastics gives kids body confidence and promotes self esteem. As children's skills progress, they become increasingly confident in their physical abilities. This confidence often spills over into other areas of the child's life, improving their performance in many areas. Kids and teens who are self confident are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, develop an eating disorder, or falter academically.

Quality Coaching

Whether your child is just beginning to enjoy gymnastics or has been working on improving their skills for a number of years, capable coaches are necessary. It is important that your child's instructors take the time to teach kids to warm up and stretch muscles properly to avoid injury and to focus on overall conditioning rather than just mastering gymnastic moves. A good coach will also find the right balance between challenging the kids to strive for improvement while keeping the focus on fun. If you are considering gymnastics classes for your child, check with friends for recommendations. There is no better referral than a satisfied customer!

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I am 10 can I still join in chubby to i can do the splits, a bridge, a backbend, a cartwheel but I'm bad at cartwheels. almost a hand stand, and a front tuck on a trampoline, and a front roll, and back roll.
Maddie - 12-Jun-17 @ 4:29 AM
where are good places in bham for girls age 14 years olds to begin gymnastics
hmmmm - 3-Feb-17 @ 9:42 PM
i always wantet to join but i have never had a chanse i want to go to gymnastices
mawhinney - 28-Aug-16 @ 3:22 PM
Hi I'm abi and I'm 16. I have done gymnastics before and did it for 6 years however I quit around 3 years ago. And I was really wanting to get back into tumbling, can I still tumble and do flips without having to do any other pieces? Thanks-please reply
Abi - 11-Aug-16 @ 10:19 PM
Hi I am a 14 year old girl. I did gymnastics for about 7 years but then quit because I didn't have time. I know this is a "guys thing" but I am interested in the pommel horse. I would like to try it even though "girls don't have upper body strength"
Julia - 11-Aug-16 @ 1:20 AM
Grace is 4 Lilly is 7 but they both won't to learn you have already had a comment of me myne name is Mia nickname Mimo
Lilbil + graceybabey - 5-Jul-16 @ 10:59 PM
Hi my name is Mia people like to call me Mimo I was just wondering if I was to young or old to join because I am nearly 13 and I love gymnastics its my life and me and my mum and dad Hannah and jay have been searching for weeks could you reply is you have any spots
Mimo - 5-Jul-16 @ 9:29 PM
Am13years old can I still join Gymnastics
alex - 25-Jun-16 @ 7:16 AM
Hi I am 9 years old and I only know how to do the splits and bridge but I would really like to learn more.please reply
Muffin - 25-May-16 @ 10:08 PM
Millie - Your Question:
Hi,I am 8 years old and I always wanted learn gymnastics. I am not very flexible and do not know how to land my front flip and don't no how to do a backbend kickover

Our Response:
You don't have to be flexible, you will become more flexible the more you learn. Your best option is to look for local clubs and attend for a few sessions to see if it suits you. It will take time to be able to do the front flip or back bend kickover, but if you persevere you will be doing them confidently in no time. Most of all, enjoy.
GrowingKids - 17-May-16 @ 12:48 PM
Hi,I am 8 years old and I always wanted learn gymnastics. I am not very flexible and do not know how to land my front flip and don't no how to do a backbend kickover
Millie - 16-May-16 @ 6:14 PM
Lily - Your Question:
Hi, I am 12 years old and I would like to start gymnastics. I was wondering if I am too old to start. Please reply

Our Response:
How good you will be starting off at 12 differs from child to child. Many serious gymnasts will start as infants around the age of 2 or 3 and while beginning gymnastics at 12 years old is considered getting a late start if you wish to compete, there is nothing to say you wont be as pliable as someone who began as a young child. However, if you want to take up the sport for personal enjoyment, then there is nothing to stop you at all having fun with it, which is what every sport should first and foremost be about.
GrowingKids - 16-May-16 @ 10:46 AM
Hi, I am 12 years old and I would like to start gymnastics. I was wondering if I am too old to start. Please reply
Lily - 15-May-16 @ 10:51 AM
Kaykay - Your Question:
I have a question,if 11 but I'm not that good with flipping and stuff but I still want to do it.but do you only take skinny girls cause I'm kinda thick and dont like to show my body.is that okay

Our Response:
You would have to apply directly to the club you wish to join (this is an advice site only). There should be no discrimination regarding body type (or any other type of discrimination) in any club you choose to join. Good luck and enjoy.
GrowingKids - 12-May-16 @ 1:43 PM
I have a question,if 11 but I'm not that good with flipping and stuff but I still want to do it...but do you only take skinny girls cause I'm kinda thick and dont like to show my body....is that okay
Kaykay - 11-May-16 @ 10:10 PM
Ellie?? - Your Question:
I'm 13 really want to start gymnastics could to help me find one ? Great Sutton

Our Response:
I'm afraid we cannot name individual clubs and associations, but if you carry out a Google search you should be able to find gymnastics clubs in Ellesmere Port and Chester that should be able to help. Likewise your school PE teacher may also be able to point you in the right direction. Enjoy.
GrowingKids - 13-Apr-16 @ 10:17 AM
I'm 13 really want to startgymnasticscould to help me find one ?Great Sutton
Ellie?? - 12-Apr-16 @ 12:44 AM
Hi I'm a 12 year old girl. Im quite flexable I can do a cartweel,bridge,box splits nearly and can do a side backend. Am I to old to join a begginers club for my level I live in Exeter.
Ellie - 6-Apr-16 @ 12:00 PM
Chelsea - Your Question:
I'm 16 years old and I used to do cheerleading when I was younger I wouldn't say I'm very flexible but I can do front splits, bridges, cartwheels, put my chest to the floor in straddle position just the basics. Am I too old to start gymnastics? If not I live in Halesowen in Birmingham, are there any places near me I could join?

Our Response:
Please see link here which should help you further.
GrowingKids - 21-Mar-16 @ 2:04 PM
I'm 16 years old and I used to do cheerleading when I was younger I wouldn't say I'm very flexible but I can do front splits, bridges, cartwheels, put my chest to the floor in straddle position just the basics. Am I too old to start gymnastics? If not I live in Halesowen in Birmingham, are there any places near me I could join?
Chelsea - 18-Mar-16 @ 11:12 PM
Hi my daughter is 7 and would like to start gymnastics I need to find a good one in ealing , greenford , Northolt Area ? Thanks
Tam - 22-Jan-16 @ 8:00 PM
my daughter is 11 and I would like to know how much this costs and if there is a place in Thanet England for her to do gymnastics. thankyou
stefan - 14-Jan-16 @ 7:02 PM
Im 13 years old and i have never done gymnastics before but Im looking to find any classes or clubs located in EAST london that offer classes for teenage (absolute) beginners. please help me??
Lily_lxo - 30-Dec-15 @ 11:25 AM
hi i am wondering were it is and how much and i am 11
Aj - 15-Dec-15 @ 6:17 PM
Kate - Your Question:
I'm 13 years old and me and my twin sister really want to do Gymnastics for beginners. We really want to be able to handstand, cartwheel, do the splits etc. Is it too old to start doing it as a hobby? If we are not too old, we live in Stockport, are there gymnastics classes suitable for us? Would it help gain our flexibility?

Our Response:
I'm afraid we cannot recommend specific clubs. However, if you do an online search, you'll find that there are a few in the area that you can join. Good luck in finding one.
GrowingKids - 23-Nov-15 @ 12:53 PM
I'm 13 years old and me and my twin sister really want to do Gymnastics for beginners. We really want to be able to handstand, cartwheel, do the splits etc. Is it too old to start doing it as a hobby? If we are not too old, we live in Stockport, are there gymnastics classes suitable for us? Would it help gain our flexibility?
Kate - 22-Nov-15 @ 7:14 PM
Charlie - Your Question:
I'm 13 and I'm looking for a gymnastics area in Haringey. I wouldn't say I'm flexible, but I can do splits, handstand -can't hold them-, bridges, cartwheels. Just the basics, I want to take it it the next level

Our Response:
Try Kingfisher Gymnastics Club, link here . If you have been already practising, then hopefully your instructors will also be able to tell you where you can go to advance your levels.
GrowingKids - 30-Oct-15 @ 12:56 PM
I'm 13 and I'm looking for a gymnastics area in Haringey. I wouldn't say I'm flexible, but I can do splits, handstand -can't hold them-, bridges, cartwheels. Just the basics, I want to take it it the next level
Charlie - 29-Oct-15 @ 1:35 PM
Hi I'm 13years old and I love gymnastics but cant aford it i was flexable but i got got a little fat do you think i can still do gymnastics
Liyah - 3-Oct-15 @ 6:21 PM
I'm 14 years old and I really want to start gymnastics. I've never done it before but I'm a little bit flexible. Is there somewhere in west Sussex to do gymnastics and am I too old to start. I can't do the splits which is something I really want to be able to do as well as handstands, the simple stuff.
lucy - 3-Aug-15 @ 11:37 AM
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