Parents often ask “Why should I put my child in gymnastics? Is being able to do a back flip or forward roll going to help them later in life?” The answer would be NO, being able to do a flip or a roll is not going to help them get ahead in school or in work. What will help them is the multitude of skills, both physical skills for a healthy lifestyle and personal skills to succeed in school and work, learned from doing gymnastics. It is important to practice gymnastics for 3 – 5 years, if not longer, to get the full benefit of its teachings.

As an after-school activity, gymnastics has been growing dramatically in popularity each year, and with good reason. Parents are becoming increasingly more aware of the sport’s health and educational value, while children just want to keep up with an activity that helps them feel good about themselves, both physically and emotionally.

Gymnastics is more than just another sport. It is an activity that offers something different to each participant. In gymnastics, the highly active child has a positive outlet for their energy while the less-physically-motivated child is thrilled by learning a skill suited just for them.

What is the ideal age to begin practicing Gymnastics

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids between 2 and 5 years could start gymnastics, as long as classes are geared for their maturity and motor skill levels. The academy specifically mentions gymnastics as a good sport for kid’s ages 6 to 9 years old.

Many of the world’s elite gymnasts began training very young. The early start is advantageous given the work required. Young gymnasts tend to be lighter, more flexible and more easily taught than older gymnasts. Difficult gymnastics skills are more easily and better learned at a younger age. Younger gymnasts also do not usually have any fear of doing gymnastics skills and they adapt to hard training regimens more easily.

Is it too late to start Gymnastics as a teenager?

Many people believe that 15 is too old to start gymnastics. It is never too late to gain the benefits from practicing this sport. Gymnastics will improve performance in any other sport, as well as improving overall fitness and functional strength to a level that most people never attain.

Top10 reasons to enroll your child at RnR Fit.

  1. It’s fun
  2. Develops strength
  3. Develops flexibility
  4. Develops coordination
  5. Teaches listening skills and team work
  6. Gains self-esteem and confidence
  7. Provides social interaction with peers
  8. Teaches goal setting
  9. Develops cognitive abilities to help in the classroom
  10. Develops skills to excel in sports