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  • Writer's pictureBrad Smeja

A Beginner's Guide to Gymnastics for Kids



Is your child ready to tumble into the world of gymnastics? This dynamic sport is an excellent way to build strength, improve flexibility, and foster a lifetime of physical fitness. However, starting a new sport can be daunting for both kids and parents. To help, we've created a beginner's guide to gymnastics for kids.


Here's what you need to know:


Understanding Gymnastics

Before starting, it's essential to understand what gymnastics involves. At its core, gymnastics is about strength, balance, and coordination. Kids will learn different movements and skills, starting with basics like forward rolls and handstands, before progressing to more complex routines.


Choosing the Right Attire

Comfort and safety should be the guiding principles when dressing for gymnastics. Girls typically wear leotards, while boys wear shorts or gymnastics pants with a close-fitting t-shirt. Avoid loose clothing and jewelry, as they can interfere with movement or get caught on equipment. Also, gymnastics is usually performed barefoot to prevent slips and provide a better grip on the equipment.


Learning the Lingo

Gymnastics has its own vocabulary. Words like "tumble", "beam", "vault", and "bars" might be unfamiliar now, but soon they'll be part of your child's everyday language. It can be helpful for parents to learn the basics, too, so you can better understand and support your child's journey.


Emphasizing Safety

Safety should always be the priority in gymnastics. That means using mats and other safety equipment, warming up and cooling down correctly, and listening to the body to avoid over-exertion. Remember, the goal of gymnastics is not just to perform impressive feats but to develop overall physical fitness and have fun!


Promoting a Positive Mindset

Gymnastics is a challenging sport that requires patience and perseverance. Not every move will be perfect the first time, and progress may seem slow. Encourage your child to maintain a positive mindset, celebrate small victories, and view mistakes as learning opportunities.


Getting Started with Perpetual Motion Gymnastics

At Perpetual Motion, we are dedicated to helping kids start their gymnastics journey in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. We offer classes for children aged 3-12, with experienced coaches who are passionate about fostering a love of gymnastics in every child.


If your child is ready to roll into the world of gymnastics, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and to sign up for a trial class. With us, your child's exciting journey into the world of gymnastics is just a flip away!


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