J.J. asks from Sneads, FL on November 11, 2008
Just Getting into Gymnastics - What Should We Expect?
My 3 1/2 year old daughter has decided she wants to try gymnastics. She began talking about it while she was watching Shawn Johnson in the summer Olympics. So, thinking it might just be a temporary thing, I waited. But she has not forgotten and is beginning to get restless. So, we are now actively looking for a gym in our area and as soon as we find one, that I like, and has an opening, we'll begin. My question to you all is this; what can we expect? I was never involved in gymnastics as a girl, so we are true new comers. I'd like to know what sort of gear they need, what sort of prices I might expect, and things to look out for. Just anything those with experience in gymnastics can tell me would be appreciated.
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your posts.We found a gym we like and she will start her first class on Monday afternoon. We found her a few cute little leotards and can't wait until Monday. She is already referring to herself as a "bem-nast" (a.k.a. Gymnast). :) Thanks again.
S.K. answers from Miami on November 12, 2008
S.S. answers from Miami on November 11, 2008
I am not in your area, however, I was in gymnastics as a kid myself for more than 10 years and some things have changed. As for gear and things of that nature all you are really going to need is a leatard for her. What you need to look for is a gym class with a good child to instructor ratio and for a place where when you walk in and talk to the instructor you are comfortable and that your child will be looked after in a safe manner. For a child that age they should be working on the basics, summersalts, lower balance beams, cartwheels, things of that nature.
L.O. answers from Miami on November 12, 2008
I recommend My Gym...it eases in to Gymnastics nicely for the youngsters. There is an initial $75. lifetime membership charge (this is good for any My Gym worldwide)...if you go online you may get a coupon for a discount...I got 50% off...each additional sibling is only $10. The monthly fee is $73. if you are an active member taking a class. My daughter is an active member, she is 3 years old and she loves it.
S.B. answers from Orlando on November 11, 2008
I have no idea where Sneads FL is so this information may or may not be helpful. I just spoke with a women from an Altamonte Springs gymnastics program at Westmonte Park (near Longwood). They have 10-week sessions for $85; the classes are 50 minutes long for 3 1/2 yr olds (boys or girls) and there is a one time $35 registration fee that covers a whole year of sessions. She told me they have a balance beam, uneven bars and floor mats for forward and backward tumbling, bunny hops, etc. She told me for a class of 10 there were two instructors. The woman's name is Jackie, let me know if you'd like the number.
R.C. answers from Orlando on November 11, 2008
i am interested too! east orlando. wednesday or friday day time classes! for a 3 1/2 yr old!
A.B. answers from Fort Walton Beach on November 13, 2008
My little one is going to be 2 in December and we started her in gymnastics about 3 months ago. She loves it, and so do mom and dad. It has taught her to take turns and share better. The structure has been great for her. The one thing and I am sure you know this is wash wash wash her hands after. The bars and stuff tend to get yucky with all the kids hanging on them.