How to Choose a Gymnastics Program

ad-bars-shapes-smallDoes your child want to do gymnastics? Be sure to visit three gyms and ask for a trial class at each BEFORE you hand over your credit card. Google the gym, the owners name, and the coaches names and see what comes up. Also google “gym name reviews”.

Speak to the parents of the preschoolers and the team parents so you have an idea of the philosophy, the temperament of the coaches, injuries, and the owner’s availability.If three or more gymnasts on the team have pain/injury in the same area of the body there may be something wrong with the training. All ankle or knee pain? Maybe too many hard landings or too much of a specific movement such as deep squat conditioning. Elbow pain, maybe too many rope climbs, hard surfaces, poor use of uneven use of bar straps, too many high impact skills regularly. Back pain, maybe poor technique with specific skills, incorrect landings, or too many fast-moving  back-bending skills.

Be sure to match the personality of your child with the gym you choose. If your child is only interested in a little fun each week, many gyms will satisfy that need. If your child wants to be a competitive gymnast then choose a gym that already has a good track record of high level competition.

And be sure the owner is at the gym often. Why do you need to know if it’s an absentee owner? Because when things go wrong, become unsafe, or you are not getting what you are paying for you will want a conversation with the owner.

Go with your gut instinct when you walk in the door, but also do your homework. Let me know if you need help choosing a gym.

I offer private training for competitive gymnasts ages 10 and up, www.BestGymnasticsTraining.com.

And check out the book, Gymnastics Lessons Learned:Life Lessons through Gymnastics. It is a great gift for 6-10 year old girls. The Gymnastics Journal is also very popular. It is for competitive gymnasts.

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