Gymnastics is very demanding, difficult and very often scary to try but once you put all those things aside, its just an exciting, fun and extremely impressive sport and in my opinion is the best sport in the world
When starting your gymnastics career at Wonderkids Gymnastics Centre, you normally start out with the more relaxed and more of the beginner side to gymnastics in the recreational program. Recreational gymnastics at Wonderkids Gym gives anyone interested in the sport or just interested in trying something new with minimal commitment the chance to try it out and decide if it’s something they would like to do. At Wonderkids gym you get the chance to develop physically and develop better discipline, focus and just have fun. And along the way, make new friends and learn a bunch of cool tricks that you can later show off to your friends and family.
At Wonderkids Gymnastics Centre, if eventually you start to show a talent and more of a passion for the sporti, you can then proceed to the competitive stage. In the competitive program you begin to learn more and more advanced gymnastics. You incorporate the base skills that you learned in recreational classes and you develop and improve them. Of course the competitive program at Wonderkid Gym includes attending competitions multiple times a year and can be a little nerve racking at times, but with every competition you attend you develop mental strength and the ability to deal with those nerves. The more competitions you go to, the more experience you develop which makes you more comfortable and makes it easier to show off to the judges everything you’ve been practicing. And of course it makes it more fun which is ultimately the goal of gymnastics in general.
Gymnastics can be beneficial to anyone of any age, shape or size. It helps improve not only physical strength and ability but also mental strength, discipline and focus. Whether you start practicing the sport at the age of 3 or 30, you very quickly begin to notice differences in your physical ability and mental strength and discipline that can easily be applied to any aspect of your daily life.
Believe it or not, gymnastics can also be very beneficial socially. It wouldn’t seem so with gymnastics being a mainly individual sport, but during training and different events such as competitions, you get the possibility to create very strong friendships. The people that you encounter during your training at Wonderkids Gymnastics Centre and during the competitions that you attend will almost instantly connect with you and will likely become some of your closest friends. Those people have probably already gone through or are going through the things you have experienced and done because of the sport, which ultimately makes it easier to relate to each other and bond. These things include knowing how it feels to deal with certain physical issues, such as injuries that could prevent you from training or just achievements that help you grow and improve as a gymnast. Things that the average non-gymnast would not fully understand.
To be able to accomplish any gymnastics skill known to man, it requires endless practice but also the will to succeed. Learning how to do practically anything is difficult, but with gymnastics especially, a lot of falling, failure and discouragement is involved before mastering any skill. Those specific failures and falls are what builds character and the focus and mental strength that you need to succeed as a gymnast and in life in general.
Definitely not everyone is suited for professional or even any kind of competitive gymnastics, but this sport is a great way to keep healthy, active and is an easy way to have fun and meet new people. No matter what age, gymnastics is an amazing way to develop every aspect of your life and body and can benefit you in almost every way physically, mentally and surprisingly enough even socially. Learn cool new things and have the time of your life doing it!!!
by Krystelle Cornacchia
Gymnastics Coach at Wonderkids Gymnastics Centre