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Important Gymnastic Instruction Terms

Gymnastics is a very technical sport. When athletes compete at any level, they are judged against a standard of perfection. Gymnastics lessons include athletic training as well as rhythmic preparation. Girls train so hard at this sport that they often attend intensive camps to help improve their technique. One part dance, one part acrobatics, gymnastics requires a large degree of technical know how for anyone to instruct an athlete in this sport. Whether your kids plan to attend a gymnastics academy or simply test out a few lessons at a local center, it helps to speak the lingo. You can start with these five important terms used in gymnastic class.

  • Tumbling - Full body flips and rolls standard in many gymnastic routines. Teachers instruct girls to begin by practicing in a studio or on a cushioned floor. Before tumbling is mastered, a coach may help a junior gymnast by supporting some of the students body weight.
  • Cheerleader - A type of competitive acrobat who leads a crowd in support of another team at an athletic event. Cheerleading is popular in American high schools and colleges. Competitive meets are held for cheerleading just as in the type of gymnastics typical of the Olympics.
  • Training Camp - An intensive week or summer long class that trains children and teens in competitive gymnastics.
  • Rhythmic Routine - A special type of gymnastic routine performed on a hard floor. Rhythmic routines are similar to dance in that they require musical consideration. Unlike dancers, rhythmic gymnasts are also expected to perform acrobatic moves such as tumbles and flips.
  • Uneven Bars - Gymnastic tool used for performing flips. They are a popular Olympic event.
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    Hangtime TNT Gymnastics
    208 Jack St, Carencro, LA 70520
    Hangtime TNT Gymnastics near Scott, LA, offers both recreational and competitive tumbling and trampoline classes. Book your gymnastics lessons today.
    (337) 735-4307
    Taihei Tatsu Martial Arts
    3402 5th Ave, Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Hard styles of Japan and Korea with soft styles of China and ground work of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in one cohesive style.
    (337) 478-1771
    Acadiana Gymnastics Training Center
    301 Hapsburg Ln, Lafayette, LA 70506
    (337) 988-3547
    Tumbling Express
    101 Steen Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    (337) 988-5317
    Aj's Tumbling Gym
    100 Jack St, Carencro, LA 70520
    (337) 896-8584
    Gymnastics USA
    1194 Delaloire Rd, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-1616
    Fontenot Marguerite W School of Dance-Twirl-Fitnes
    309 W Bellevue St, Opelousas, LA 70570
    (337) 948-7122
    New Heights Gymnastics
    1204 Import Dr, New Iberia, LA 70560
    (337) 365-3806
    Starz Dance Studio
    633 Bayard St, New Iberia, LA 70560
    (337) 364-2243
    Gymnastics Southwest
    1311 Gulf Blvd, New Iberia, LA 70560
    (337) 380-3892
    Clydes Hair Designs
    907 Center St, New Iberia, LA 70560
    (337) 369-9440
    Dance & Gym
    323 Nita St, Ville Platte, LA 70586
    (337) 363-5052
    Artistic Twirl & Dance
    801 W Main St, Ville Platte, LA 70586
    (337) 363-9144
    Mcalvain School of Dance-Gymnastics-Martial Arts
    1101 Hospital Rd, New Roads, LA 70760
    (225) 638-9693
    Little Gym of Baton Rouge The
    5735 Essen Ln Ste 100, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    (225) 757-9930


    Gymnasts learn their craft through gymnastics instructions. These can take the form of group or private lessons geared to teaching students physical fitness through jumps, twists, and tumbling. It also teaches the basics of balance, along with discipline. Gymnastics can combine rhythmic dance, cheerleading, and acrobatics, depending on the lesson and program. Many young girls take gymnastics, although the sport is certainly popular with boys as well. Many gyms also offer men's and women's classes too. In fact, many gymnastics centers are hubs of competition, where students are constantly training for meets, learning not only the basics but also extras like rhythmic dance and cheerleading. Gymnastic instructions or classes, which help people learn how to perfect the sport of gymnastics, are led by qualified coaches. Gymnastics relies on lots of flexibility on the gym floor, involving physical exercises that develop and display agility, balance, and upper and lower body strength. Lessons can target beginners, offering simple tumbling instruction, along with forward rolls and cartwheels. As kids get older, they experiment more with jumping, balancing, vaulting, and flipping. Instructors usually place a large emphasis on safety, especially while on the balance bars and trampoline. Many private clubs, studios, schools and academy institutions offer gymnastics lessons, but many recreation department clubs and gyms offer public lessons for kids and adults of all ages. Coasts vary by program, depending on the student's age and ability. Juniors can also take gymnastics camps during the summer to further hone their skills on the gym floor. A visit to your town's recreation department can yield results as to area gymnastics camps and programs. Check online for listings of studios near you for private and group lessons. If you or your child is serious about making it to the Olympics someday, consider training-intensive private lessons.
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