1. Your safety is our number 1 priority.
We know you want to try skills on your own, but we also know when you are ready and when you are not. Practicing gymnastics safely is crucial to your development from bridges all the way to back handsprings.
2. Conditioning and gymnastics are best friends.
If you truly want to be a better gymnast then you need to condition. We are not trying to punish you by making you do push ups and sit ups, we want to help you become stronger. So instead of groaning…. start working!
3. We truly care about your progression.
Your coaches spend hours thinking about how to improve your gymnastics experience. Sometimes coaches feel just as stuck as their students when learning a more advanced skill. There are 1000 ways to teach and it is our job to find the right way to teach you, and your specific needs. It could be 2am in the morning, driving to work, or grocery shopping and we will be thinking about different drills for you to try! Trust us, our brains are always buzzing.
4. Trust Us.
We want you to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes when you are stuck on a skill you will have to try different techniques that might seem uncomfortable. You cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
5. The little corrections make a BIG difference.
It does not take an Olympic athlete to be able to have straight arms when finishing a skill. Any level gymnast is able to point their toes. It might seem too easy but we notice when the little fixes are not being made. Sometimes all it takes is pointed toes to complete your back-walk over and look flawless.
6. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics.
Let’s face it…gymnastics is difficult. The more your progress the harder it will become. Skills will not always come easy, and sometimes you will need to take 1 step backwards in order to take 2 steps forwards. You must crawl before you walk, and forward roll before you cartwheel.
7. We want you to care about your nutrition.
It takes a strong and healthy body to be able to practice gymnastics. It takes muscle, strength, and flexibility. In order to improve in these areas your body needs a balanced diet. Eating McDonald’s right before a practice might taste yummy, but trust us your gymnastics will suffer. We can only give you the tips and tricks to become a better gymnast; it is up to you to follow through. Gymnastics is not always about doing a cartwheel; it is also about taking care of your body in a healthy manner.
8. You might not become a high-level gymnast and that is O.K.
Are you having fun? Are you happy? Then that is all that really matters. Not only are we here to make sure you learning how to be safe and how to do these skills; we are also here to help you have fun and be active. Of course we love when you progress and learn new skills, but we also love when you are happy!
9. We look forward to seeing you.
At the end of the day our athletes are the reason we love our job. We love to watch you grow and accomplish your goals. You make us laugh and have a very special place in our hearts. If you ever feel as if we are being hard on you, it is because we know you are capable!
10. Make every second count.
Coaches and athletes get to see each other about 1 or 2 hours a week. That is a lot of practice, corrections, and memories to make in a very short amount of time. Try to make the best of every minute you have in your gymnastics class and with your coaches. Remember we are here to help you grow and learn. Going into class with a positive attitude will only make your gymnastics experience that much better!