Why Gymnastics?

Gymnastics is Fun!

As part of recreational gymnastics classes, children of all ages and abilities have fun learning challenging skills, playing on interesting equipment, completing routines in a group, and performing in demonstrations and competitions.

Gymnastics is about how the body moves; it is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a “foundation sport” for all physical activity and sports.

Early participation in gymnastics develops:

  • fundamental movement skills,
  • physical and motor abilities,
  • social, mental and emotional abilities, and
  • performance skills.

All of the above skills and abilities carry over into all aspects of life, as a child, youth, and adult.

Being active from an early age helps develop physical literacy, and enables people to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.

Although few may go on to become the Olympians of the future, the majority of participants will still go on to lead active, healthy lives.

Why recreational gymnastics

Gymnastics’ roots and, the roots of almost every other sport, originate from several fundamental movement patterns. Every skill in gymnastics comes from one or more of these movement patterns:

  • Landings,
  • Stationary positions,
  • Locomotions,
  • Rotations,
  • Swings,
  • Springs, and
  • Object manipulation.

When a child learns these skills early in life, these movement patterns:

  • Enhance sport participation and enjoyment,
  • Contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle,
  • Provide basic physical and motor capabilities that we can draw on for a lifetime, and
  • Allow those with the interest and ability to achieve success at any step of the competitive or recreational ladder in gymnastics.

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