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Big Gym, Little Gym

Finding the right gym for your child!

So, your child decides he/she wants to do gymnastics. Yay! Now what? How does one start gymnastics? Where is the best place to go? How much is it going to cost? It can be so overwhelming. But, it doesn’t have to be scary! Chances are, your child has a friend that does gymnastics. You could start by talking to their parents. You might be shocked by how many gymnastics centers are in your area. Who knew so many people were into gymnastics?! Gymnastics is an amazing sport. It is arguably the most difficult sport there is, but it is also the most fun, challenging and confidence building sport a child can participate in.

With so many gym options, no two gyms are the same and every gymnastics center offers something different. Some gyms are large and fancy while others are small and modest. Some gyms are lined with trophies on the wall and some are brand new. So, which gym is right for your child?

Start by making a phone call. A lot of places allow a trial class. Some even offer a free trial class (like Gym Stars!) This is a great way for your child to get a feel for gymnastics and what the gym is like before committing to a class. While you are there, ask questions. Talk to other parents and see how they feel. Watch the other classes going on. If the competitive team is there practicing, pay attention to how the team coach coaches. Does he/she yell. Is he supportive? Is she putting down the kids? Are the team kids happy? While your child may not be ready for team yet, they might be on team someday. Is that how you want your child to be coached? The head coach is typically the owner/manager and sets the example for how the gym is operated. Keeping an eye on how that person treats children is a great insight to how the gym operates.

Some gyms are brand new and do not have the trophy hardware to show off yet. That does not mean they don’t have the potential, and it also does not mean your child won’t get exceptional training.

Some gyms have big class sizes. Perhaps you caught them on a bad day and a teacher called in sick and classes had to be combined. That’s not ideal, but can be understandable. However, if having eight or more children per instructor is the norm, how much attention can your child possibly be getting?

Then there is that big gym in the center of town with a big flashy sign that is so beautiful and you drive by it every day and it just seems like it must be the best gym in town. It very well could be. But, just because it looks amazing does not mean it is. Ask questions! What is the standard class size? What training do the teachers do?

The gym that charges the most for tuition must be the best! You get what you pay for, after all. Contrary to belief, this is not always the case. One great example is our gym, Gym Stars Gymnastics Center. Tuition is shockingly low, and one might assume that it must not be very good because it is so cheap. However, tuition is low so more children can get to experience the wonderful sport of gymnastics! Gym Stars still has small class sizes, exceptional instructors, and a clean gym!

Ultimately, there is not a wrong place for your child to learn gymnastics but there might be a better place that suits their needs. Do a little research. Try a few places. But, most importantly, get your child in a class and watch them thrive!

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