My boys have been inside the walls of a gymnastics facility since they were toddlers. I was the laugh of a local gym because I was on the trampoline jumping until the week I had the c-section with my twins. <That wasn’t a pretty sight BTW, but it was lots of fun!> It was a place that my boys (who didn’t follow instruction well as toddlers) could go nuts, jumping into foam, running with wild abandon without anyone getting mad, swinging on ropes like Tarzan, and jumping away the day on trampolines. A real gymnastics facility is the way to go because everything is padded and safe for children. Even the trampolines were ground level…taking away the stress even for a little person to jump. It really helped save my sanity on those long rainy days when the energy level for kids is so high!
The Kerrigans are a couple that have recently renovated and transformed a local gym into a magical place of fitness and fun for children. It is filled with enthusiastic, energetic, and knowledgeable coaches and you can see all of the children having a great time. Three of my kids take lessons and Sara, the co-owner, was nice enough to outline the benefits of gymnastics for children. Source: Sara Kerrigan of Kerrigan Gymnastics Academy.
Extended participation in gymnastics classes provides children with many physical, cognitive and psychological benefits. Skills children gain from participation in gymnastics will continue benefiting them throughout their lives.
An increase in muscular strength, flexibility and endurance.
The ability to relax.
Correct body alignment while walking, standing, jumping etc.
The knowledge of how to fall and roll safely.
Increased agility and coordination.
Awareness of the body.
Awareness of space and where the body is in it.
Awareness of relationships: body parts to each other and the apparatus.
Awareness of relationships with others.
The joy of movement mastery.
Discipline and self control.
The exercise habit as a pleasurable daily occurrence.
A confident self image and a positive attitude towards their bodies.
Trust in one’s own abilities: move from a world of “I can’t” to “I can”.