Most parents are aware that there are all kinds of physical and health benefits associated with gymnastics for kids, even for toddlers. What they may not always realize right away – until their child is an active participant anyway – that there are other, less obvious benefits that any child can gain from participating in…

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  Getting involved in sports is something that everyone agrees is a great idea for kids – especially for teenagers whose idea of the ideal after school activity is often playing Madden on the Xbox or spending hours on Facebook rather than actually getting out and being active on a regular basis. Any sport comes…

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Getting involved in sports is something that everyone agrees is a great idea for kids – especially for teenagers whose idea of the ideal after school activity is often playing Call Of Duty on the Xbox or spending hours on social media rather than actually getting out and being active on a regular basis. Any…

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Gymnastics is many things, but one of the things that it most certainly is not is just for girls. The myth is sometimes perpetrated by the fact that the media tends to concentrate on the more glamorous girl gymnasts when they report on the sport combined with the fact that little girls do tend to…

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Did you know that according to a 2014 research study conducted by George Washington University, the number 1 reason young athletes quit their sport is because it is no longer fun? Did you know that 75% of young athletes will quit by the time they are 13? As parents, what can you do to prevent…

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At what age can – or should – a child begin gymnastics? It’s a question that gymnastics schools, coaches and instructors hear all the time. And the most basic answer any of them can offer is that there are no hard and fast rules. There are no legal or even generalized ‘rules’. There are gyms…

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According to the American Heart Association, ongoing research shows that the cardiovascular endurance of America’s kids is getting worse. Their research shows a drop of 6% per decade between 1970 and 2010. In fact, the cardiovascular health of children in nations around the world has declined by 5 percent each decade. We just lead the…

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Gymnastics really is a sport suitable for both boys and girls, for both toddlers and teens and for young bodies of all shapes and sizes. There are, however, some ongoing myths and misconceptions about gymnastics that prevent parents from encouraging, or even considering, allowing their child to enroll in a gymnastics class. And that’s a…

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Were you the best possible gymnastic parent in 2018? We hope so, but there’s always room for improvement. Sometimes it’s far too easy to get lost in hustle and bustle of your child’s schedule and class and contest commitments that the real joy of being a sports parent gets a bit lost. With the New…

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“How was gym today?” is a question every gym parent wants to ask their kid on the car ride home. Unfortunately, this age-old, open-ended question loses it’s importance when the word “fine” become the oh-so-common answer. Here is a list of 25 questions to ask your young athlete (not all in the same day of…

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