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Why do gymnastics?
Benefits of Participating in Gymnastics
ALL children benefit from classes and participation at Inland Empire Gymnastics Academy, but gymnastics lessons are not just about becoming a great gymnast, and many of the benefits gained from gymnastics are actually NOT related to gymnastics skills. Benefits include coordination and flexibility, improved concentration, social skills development, discipline, confidence, self-esteem, courage, good manners, listening skills, and so much more. We have detailed below some of the benefits that flow directly from participating in our programs.
At IEGA the gymnastics skills are broken down into small steps. As your child takes these steps and learns the skills, they develop confidence in their abilities. They learn how to learn and achieve, and this self-confidence carries over into their schoolwork and other sports.
Gymnastics instruction helps develop coordination and body movement. Young children in particular gain a great deal of self-confidence through how coordinated they are because their “world” is so physical. Gymnastics definitely provides them with a leg up.
The Non-Star Athlete
Some children do not have the physical skills to be a star “athlete”. But an active and healthy life does not require great sports skills. It requires that children learn to enjoy physical activity and have confidence in their ability to learn physical skills. Children that learn these lessons tend to become participants rather than observers. Gymnastics instruction helps children develop their physical skills for all sports and for a lifetime of active enjoyment of movement.
Hard Work Ethic
Gymnastics is a tough sport. It may be toughest sport in the world, and one of the great things about gymnastics is that no one, not even our terrific coaches, can give your child anything. Your child has to earn these skills they learning all by themselves. They will also learn that the harder they try, and the more effort they give, the more they will learn. What a great lesson for all children to learn!
Participation in gymnastics helps our students become more flexible. Success in every sport whether it is gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, football, skiing, tennis, golf, or football requires flexible athletes. Gymnastics develops flexibility better than any other activity and this increased flexibility has the added benefit of limiting injuries.
Especially for our Tumble Kids, gymnastics provides a once a week opportunity to learn about social skills such as listening, taking turns, following directions, working independently, being quiet, respecting others, and so much more. Our coaches work hard to build these social skills because they are so important for our preschool and kindergarten age students, and will make school-life that much easier.
Sadly, we live in a world that is becoming more and more obese. Fast food, combined with excess amounts of time in front of the computer, playing video games and watching TV, put our children at risk being overweight. What better gift can you give to your child than one that teaches and encourages an active life? Teach them that movement and activity are fun and they will get up off the couch. Teach them that they can be successful in learning new physical skills and they will stay away from the TV and computer screens. Gymnastics is FUN fitness, and we can help you give your child this wonderful gift.
There are some aspects of gymnastics that are challenging. We believe that it is good to teach children that life is full of challenges and that they can overcome them. Children need to be challenged! The key is that at IEGA we present them with “attainable challenges”. As they approach and succeed, maybe even with a little fear, they will learn trust their ability to be successful in the things they try. What a wonderful lesson! It is a lesson we see children learn every day and it is an essential part of what we teach.
Ever wonder why our gyms are full of mats and padded wall to wall? We expect our students to fall down. We want them to fall down. This is the only way we can teach them to get back up and to try again. Can there be a more important lesson?
Learning to Perform In Front of Others
This is perhaps the most overlooked lesson that children learn in gymnastics. Our students “perform” in front of others all the time. They are taught that performance is simply part of life, and work to build up their confidence in their ability to do their best when others are watching. Our students are often the first to volunteer to go first and to demonstrate in front of the class. Public speaking? How hard can it be after performing time and time again all by yourself on a balance beam or on a bar?
Strength and Power
Do you want a strong child? You have them in the right place. Gymnastics is all about lifting and moving the body and all that lifting and moving on bars, and rings, and on the floor develops strength. Combine the lessons and benefits of gymnastics in terms of strength, flexibility, courage, coordination, and determination, and you have the makings of a complete athlete who is ready for any sport or activity.