Whether you think you might have a budding Olympian on your hands, or simply want to introduce your child to a new sport, gymnastics for kids will be something the whole family will love. And if you’re searching online for “gymnastics near me” or “toddler gymnastics classes near me,” look no further! We’re in the neighborhood and spend our days inspiring a love of gymnastics in children.
Once you’ve checked out our class schedule and enrolled your little gymnast, you both might be feeling a mixture of excitement and jitters. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your child hits the mat in their first gymnastics class.
Every child has their own unique temperament. Even if your kid is fearless and endlessly outgoing, attending a first class of any kind can be intimidating. Help ease anxiety by stopping in to the gym a few days prior to the first class. Make sure you take a little time to get oriented with the layout, introduce yourself to your child’s instructor, and spend a few minutes chatting with them. Having advance knowledge of what their teacher is like and a feel for the gym, can go a long way in helping kids feel comfortable, when they come back for their first official class.
Understand the Setting
If you yourself have never taken gymnastics before, and if your child is new to the sport, there might be a little learning curve as far as processes and class structure are concerned. Don’t worry — this is normal! At all gyms, but particularly those that provide gymnastics for kids like we do, there is usually a lot of hustle and bustle. You’ll see lots of different equipment and coaches and students will be using it at all different times. . The biggest thing to remember is, ask when you’re unsure. Even if it seems like there’s chaos out on the floor, there’s often a flow and order that the gymnasts are following. In order to learn quickly, and stay safe, it’s best to make sure you understand how to use the equipment, and what the order is all about, before your child jumps in . Also, a key point to remember is that your child’s safety is paramount to us. If you ever have a question about how we keep our kids safe during classes, please let us know and we’d be happy to share our safety protocols with you.
Prepare for Success
Finally, your little one will undoubtedly be excited to learn new skills in gymnastics class – and look the part. We recommend a leotard for class, mostly because it allows freedom of movement and doesn’t leave any clothes hanging from the body, which could cause slips or accidents. Plus, there are tons of fun gymnastics outfits to choose from! Lastly, your child will be barefoot, and it’s important to put girls’ hair up in a bun or a braid so it’s completely out of the way.
Last but not least, make a point to give your child a healthy snack before heading to the gym. Foods that are nutritious and fairly light, like an apple and almond butter or cucumber sticks and hummus, are ideal to fuel your aspiring athlete’s body and keep hunger pangs at bay. We have water fountains, but suggest you bring a water bottle too, as well as a snack for after class. Our kids work very hard and are often eager for a snack as soon as their lesson ends.
As you keep all these tips in mind, most of all we hope you and your child will get excited! This sport is all about strength, grace and athleticism, but it’s also all about fun – for you and your little one. Contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about our gymnastics programs.