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Top Gymnastics Myths Busted! 

March 15, 2019

1. If my child isn’t going to make the elite squad, they shouldn’t waste time doing an hour of gymnastics each week..

If you are having thoughts like this then you are not ready to be a Gymnastics parent. Gymnastics is such a diverse activity full of health benefits, even when someone participates in one hour a week. Gymnastics not only has a vast amount of physical benefits, it also teaches valuable life skills and life lessons, that you just can’t get in the same way at school or at home. Gymnastics on a whole is so much FUN to participate in. It is not uncommon to know that learning is accelerated when we are having fun.

Gymnastics sessions are progressive and there are lots of milestones for participants to achieve. Coaches create steps to reach goals which builds confidence. Ask any Gym Club parent about the effects that gymnastics has on their child and the number one response is that their child’s confidence has improved.



1. My child isn’t very flexible so won’t be very good and should not do gymnastics...


I have also heard some parents say “Not very strong, or not very coordinated” Well this is all the more reason why your child should do gymnastics classes! Gymnastics works the fundamental physical skills that all children need to develop to become fit, healthy and active, including; Speed, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, stamina, power, core stability. Those same skills form the foundations of ALL sports. Get your body learning them as a child and you are set for life to be good at ANY and ALL sport!



2. There isn’t much my child can gain from a 1 hour class each week..


The NHS recommends that all children get at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Part of this should include vigorous activity like gymnastics, so on gymnastics day, that is taken care of for you! And the mindset that gymnastics teaches will help your child form positive habits around exercise meaning that they are way more likely to take part in other sport and keep physically fit when it’s not a gymnastics day, since the vital and very ‘under taught’ life skill of self-discipline is taught as ‘standard’ at gymnastics class. We also highly recommend that your child takes a 2nd or 3rd class of gymnastics each week to super-charge their learning and increase the amount of needed ‘vigorous’ physical activity that they get each week.



3. My child is too old to start gymnastics..

I still do gymnastics as an adult (I’m 41 now) and have met first timers in their 50’s who are just starting out on their gymnastics journey. Do we really want to be telling our children that they are too old to do something new? Society already does this to children and it needs to be stamped out, this can lead to a lifetime of negative association with sport. The fact is, it is NOT too late to start gymnastics. We have plenty of pre-teens and teens taking up the sport successfully each and every term at Flair. They benefit as much as a 4 year old benefits, gaining wonderful enjoyment each and every week at class. The beauty of recreational gymnastics is that it caters for ALL levels and ALL ability and ALL ages. Let’s not squash a child’s interest in trying something new that has so many positive benefits and is heaps of FUN!


4. My child is going to be too tall for gymnastics...

This may be true for some elite level gymnasts where they are rather short, but this is certainly not true of all elite gymnasts. I competed for the South East of England at 6 feet tall and for the level of gymnastics that most children who participate achieve, height is certainly NOT a limiting factor in their ability to progress. Our children get enough negative body type messaging from TV, peers and school. Please don’t buy into thinking that gymnastics is for shorter body types or let your child think this is so.


5. I have heard that gymnastics stunts children’s growth...


Well it’s just not true. As mentioned, most high-level gymnasts are quite short. However it is likely because smaller, lighter people with shorter levers (limbs) have an easier time doing high-level gymnastics and therefore succeed at a greater rate than their taller teammates. So it certainly is NOT gymnastics that makes them short, it’s by being short it can help you to succeed at elite level in gymnastics. One, two or three hours a week of gymnastics will have ZERO effect on your child’s growth. It will, however, have a hugely positive effect in preventing obesity, strengthening muscles and bones and encouraging a lifetime of fitness and positive mindset towards sport.


7. Gymnastics is dangerous...

Ermm, not really... Gymnastics coaches receive ongoing professional development training, way more than most other sports coaches, including learning how to safely teach all syllabus gymnastics elements, child protection, risk assessment, first aid and proficiency tests for coaching. Gymnastics coaches are considerably more knowledgeable than the average youth sports coach on topics such as injury prevention, conditioning, flexibility training and proper rehabilitation. Furthermore, many of the injuries in gymnastics are usually repetitive stress injuries due to over training. A gymnast participating in classes once or twice a week is highly unlikely to develop such an injury. Gymnastics when practiced in a club environment with trained coaching professionals who follow safe, logical and developmentally appropriate lessons is relatively safe.


1. If my child isn’t going to make the elite squad, they shouldn’t waste time doing an hour of gymnastics each week..


If you are having thoughts like this then you are not ready to be a Gymnastics parent. Gymnastics is such a diverse activity full of health benefits, even when someone participates in one hour a week. Gymnastics not only has a vast amount of physical benefits, it also teaches valuable life skills and life lessons, that you just can’t get in the same way at school or at home. Gymnastics on a whole is so much FUN to participate in. It is not uncommon to know that learning is accelerated when we are having fun.

Gymnastics sessions are progressive and there are lots of milestones for participants to achieve. Coaches create steps to reach goals which builds confidence. Ask any Gym Club parent about the effects that gymnastics has on their child and the number one response is that their child’s confidence has improved.