Age to Start Gymnastics
- If you're interested in becoming a serious gymnast, start young, probably around 5-6 years old, but go at your own pace so you don't burn out. However, I'm 15 and starting to take classes which could be kind of embarrassing because I'm going to be in a class with younger kids! But I'm really interested in recreational gymnastics and ready to work hard and have fun, so I think that's all that matters! I know that gymnastics is a fabulous way to get exercise, even if you're not serious about competing or being the best.
- —Guest Lila
- It depends don't get all caught up in age and body type and who is tall vs who's not it matters on your skill form and detecation to the sport you have to let your coach and parents know around at least level four or so that this is something you are passionate about and you want to take seriously I'm pretty sure your coach will understand and help you alot I started when I was just 10 and I'm now 13 almost 14 and a type 1 level 4 I took a long break and now I'm going back and my goal is to focus on moving up levels alot to be able to make it to a good university ........
- —Guest Haley
- I think the earlier the better. i wanted to start when I was 7, but my parents didn't allow me. Now I am 11 and I started my class last Monday and they already want to move me up. I did yoga when I was younger, very serious yoga. I don't know if any of you know by some moves are like balancing on your elbows. I was able to do it all and they all thought I was amazing and sometimes the teacher even let me lead through all the moves! After that i was able to convince my parents to let me in gymnastics. The only problem is that since i am so old there are no classes that are at my high level. :(
- —Guest Gymnast dreamer
Any age to start gymnastics
- To me, any age is fine for starting gymnastics. Of course it is better to start when you're younger because you're more flexible, but I am 11 and just starting.
- —Guest elizabeth
- when i was a toddler i did baby gymnastics (basically just playing about on soft mats) and stopped after about half a year. i started gymnastics again at the age of 7 and took a year out at the age of 9. Im 12 and still going, i started competing when i was 10 and now in a UK level 5 and can do a bit of 6.
- —Guest ISayHi
Age to start?
- As a gymnast I believe 3 is perfect! And always set new goals every 4 months.
- —Guest Sheri
- it really depends on her attitude , drive , passion , energy , and patience. If you have a 4 or 5 year old that truly loves the sport and is in recreational , as long as she is good , any competitive program will be glad to take her. start off with a semi competitive group like precomp or interclub , and if she still enjoys it as much then slowly move her up training hours and levels. You dont want to push a child into doing gym because it is hard to literally commit your life to something you dont like. Keep open to your daughter's opinion, always ask her how her training session was, be excited for her when she gets those new skills, and dont pressure her at competitions. let your child have fun with gymnastics, and if she tells you she wants to quit, then either let her, or cut down on training hours. hope this helps!
- —Guest Kim
The right age
- Personly, I think that the right age to start your child in gymnastics is at about 6 or 7 years old. I started when I was almost 7 years old and I loved it ! I still do. I am now at age 12 almost 13 as an assistant coach because I an do passionate and dedicated about it. I also love competions, your kid maybe will to. Who knows everybodys different.
- —Guest Gymgirl3
Kind of agree
- Well, I started when I was almost 2 years old, and i'm still committed to gymnastics. I am ranked in the nation for floor, and i'm 12 years old. I love gymnastics, and it's so much fun.
- —Guest Taylor
What age to start at?
- Okay, so I started gymnastics when I was about 6 or 7 years old and when we moved from where I was being taught I never went back. I did new things swimming, dace, music ect. But as I went back in time to think about all the things I did as a child I miss doing gymnastics, and I'm 15 now. Do you think it's to late for me to go back? The more I see what all of you have to say I'm on that urge to try it out. Parents, when you can see your child having fun at gym but then your having trouble because of a move or just the people there. At least try and find a new ways to get them back at new places, because as they get older they will want to go back when it's already to late.
- —Guest Jacqueline
- I think the age depends on when they want to start. I am ten now and started gymnastics when i was six but quit i now want to start again but i dont even care if im behind! I luv gymnastics either way!!!
- —Guest Alexandra
- I think it's fine to start gymnastics at any age! I'm 11 and just started and I've already moved up two levels!
- —Guest Gymgirl
- I know that when I started gymnastics I was 11 and a half. I was 5'3 and had huge feet. But, I was flexible, graceful, balanced and willing to learn. My first day of practice was awkward, because all of the girls were skinnier and shorter than me. I wasn't self concious about it though. On my first day I learned how to do a back handspring layout on beam, which now is my best event in competition. So, in conclusion, age doesn't matter- what counts is your will to succeed.
- —Guest serenagymnast
when i started gymnastics
- im 12 now but i started gymnastics when i was 10 i am a level 2 gymnast i think the time i started was ok because even though i started early the girls in my class were about my age so it was ok but i really think that the earlier the better.
- —Guest ana
When to start Gymnastics
- My 6 year old started with parent/child classes when she was 2. She's been invited to compete and is certainly strong enough, but is still young and we continue to approach it as fun, not a sport. The key has been to allow gradual development and not push her to do anything that she is hesitant to do. The early childhood programs are important in learning basic skills like balance, climbing, falling, jumping, hanging or holding herself up on the bar. All helped develop muscle strength at an earlier age. She also had a few fears that she gradually conquered. Had she started later, I am not sure she would have the same confidence today.
- —Guest Guest Dr. S