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How to Teach Gymnastics to Children

By Ivy Morris, LiveStrong, 05/17/19, 12:00PM CDT

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The key is to make stretching something they want to do, not just something they have to do.

Every gymnastics coach has his own training methods, but all top children's coaches share the same priorities: They make safety No. 1 and fun a close second. Through gymnastics classes, children learn to follow instructions, build their self-confidence, and improve their strength, coordination and flexibility. To teach gymnastics, you must be trained either by your employer, or you can earn your Level 1 certification from USA Gymnastics University. While the specific gym for which you teach will have class- and age- level guidelines, structuring your class around child-friendly teaching techniques helps ensure your gymnasts' success.

Step 1

Start class with an engaging warm-up session that lasts approximately 10 minutes. Play music to encourage children to get their hearts pumping with laps or jumping jacks. Make stretches come alive by telling children to flap their wings in the butterfly sit.