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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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    Elite Martial Arts Academy
    16018 Gale Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
    Why join our Karate and martial arts program? Because we teach our students to be better human beings and to establish both short-term and long-term goals. Our lesson plans teach both self defense and self confidence.
    (626) 961-9289
    Flips Gymnastics
    8333 Rochester, Suite 101, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
    Classes are offered for children ages 3-18. We have recreation levels and competitive teams for both boys and girls, as well as kindergym (ages 4-5) , Tumble Tots (age 3), tumbling, and birthday parties. Whatever type of gymnastics you're looking to sign your child up for, we've got it.
    (951) 966-6054
    Los Angeles School of Gymnastics
    8450 Higuera St, Culver City, CA 90232
    LA School of Gymnastics is the first Olympic caliber dedicated gymnastics facility that opened its doors in 1975.
    (310) 204-1980
    Club Champion Gymnastics
    905 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
    (626) 358-2581
    West Coast Elite Gymnastics
    900 S Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006
    (626) 446-9707
    Gymnastikids
    2237 E Colorado Blvd Ste 106, Pasadena, CA 91107
    (626) 796-5437
    Champion Gymnastics Academy Inc
    145 Vista Ave Ste 108, Pasadena, CA 91107
    (626) 577-4496
    Cartwheel Factory
    236 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740
    (626) 914-2036
    Charter Oak Gymnastics Center
    841 N Dodsworth Ave, Covina, CA 91724
    (626) 966-8775
    Vernon Lee Amateur Gymnastics Academy
    464 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 796-6011
    Crescenta Valley Gymnastics of San Dimas
    224 E Arrow Hwy, San Dimas, CA 91773
    (909) 592-1323
    Payke Gymnastics Academy
    1122 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
    (626) 799-5050
    Payke Gymnastics Academy
    107 S Garfield Ave, Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 289-5151
    Will Eric Gymnastics Cetner
    341 W Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631
    (714) 525-5909
    Tiny Tot Fitness & Gymnastics Center
    3527 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208
    (818) 249-3433


    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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