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betrayedfriend posted 2/18/2014 14:11 PM

I'm getting my middle girl age 8 started in gymnastics, she's been begging to do it for 2 years and taught herself how to a cartwheel, round off and one handed cartwheel, as well as the splits. Plus she's a petite powerhouse, so I think she 'll be pretty good, any of you parents of gymnasts, what do I need to know?

strongerdaybyday posted 2/18/2014 14:18 PM

What a coincidence! I just got my 9 year old in gymnastics (she's a natural!)

I'm hoping someone responds cause I'm curious too. She's only had 2 lessons so all I know is: no jewellery, hair tied back and leotards are not necessary at this stage of the game.

tushnurse posted 2/18/2014 15:49 PM

Be ware of competition!!! We started with gymnastics, and she wanted to compete, and then the Y we were at started a competitive cheer team, which was the best of both worlds for her.....We did it for 5 years. It is painful.....

Make sure that they have trained spotters, and do not let them just run wild. Saw this at another place, kids go injured a lot. When she has her adolescent growth spurt, she may have to stop. There is reason that there aren't 5'10" gymnasts, a larger body is not made for that level of impact on wrists and hands, and necks, and backs.

betrayedfriend posted 2/18/2014 16:12 PM

The gym I'm taking her to is a member of the USA gymnastics club, they don't do competition until level 4. The gym has strict rules for student and parent behavior, during classes, when I watched some yesterday the kids were standing respectfully in line or listening to coaches, the parents were in an observation area where they couldn't disrupt class.They have trained spotters and excellent coaches, she wants to compete and be a collegiate or Olympian gymnast someday Shes already decided she's going to go to the University of Alabama and be on their gymnastics team. she's coming from a family where the tallest female is 5'6. The average is 5'1. She's 20% for height now. The gym trains many nationally recognized gymnasts so I'm hoping it will work for her. I bought her 2 leotards last night since the gym requires them for all ages. I want to let her do a session or two of gymnastics then start her in tumbling too. Is there any strength or flexibility training I should be looking for? I plan on letting her do some running on my treadmill.

As a side note, my oldest is super excited for her sister, she got the idea of putting together a gym bag for her for her birthday in a couple of weeks. She picked out a silver sequined tote bag, a hairbrush, a hot pink hand towel, some super bright ponytail holders and 2 pairs of yoga pants...

[This message edited by betrayedfriend at 4:14 PM, February 18th (Tuesday)]

strongerdaybyday posted 2/19/2014 12:45 PM

As a side note, my oldest is super excited for her sister, she got the idea of putting together a gym bag for her for her birthday in a couple of weeks. She picked out a silver sequined tote bag, a hairbrush, a hot pink hand towel, some super bright ponytail holders and 2 pairs of yoga pants...

Love this idea and going to do the same when DD has her bday in a couple of months.

tushnurse posted 2/19/2014 15:03 PM

There is definitely an advantage to stretching, and strength training.

The more she stretches the more flexible she will be, the easier it is to do some of the things they require. Have her focus on legs, and get her to where she can do splits, they will show other stretching exercises in class, if she does that daily she will be super stretchy. FYI, I kept this up even as a fat mom, and can still do a heel stretch. My mom was a dancer, and it was just part of my daily routine, and my mom who is almost 71 can do a heel stretch on both legs, without holding onto anything. Pretty impressive really...... but I digress.

Small weights for arms are good too, as she will need to be able to support her own body weight. Endurance helps too, as she progresses.

Sounds like some lofty goals. Hope she succeeds.

betrayedfriend posted 2/19/2014 23:31 PM

I will definitely help her with stretching stuff, I'm a former dancer ( ballet tap and jazz). So I've already taught her to do a pancake, she taught herself the splits, forwards and sideways. What size hand weights do you think would be good to start with and is there a particular style that's better than others? Should I have her do chin ups, push ups, planks? She can already put her legs behind her head...

Edited to add, I bought her a third leotard today... This could easily be addictive, everything in her size is too damn cute and omg... The sparkles!

[This message edited by betrayedfriend at 11:32 PM, February 19th (Wednesday)]

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