Why Do Gymnastics



Gymnastics is a sport for both genders of any age and ability. The fitness and life skills learned through gymnastics are tremendous. Gymnastics is the foundation of human movement and provides the building blocks necessary for the development in all sports.

Gymnastics teaches and enhances:

  • Speed & strength
  • Agility
  • Balance & flexibility
  • Gross motor development
  • Body & spacial awareness
  • Overall body management skills
  • Mental Focus
  • Coordination
  • Team work
  • Confidence & self-esteem



Why Gymnastics?
By Wm A. Sands, Ph.D.
Motor Behavior Research Laboratory
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
University of Utah

Gymnastics is an activity of ancient origins and modern tensions. Most large and medium size cities and towns have a private gymnastics school or offer gymnastics activities via a park district, public school, Turners, Sokol, or YMCA. Media attention toward gymnastics has continued to grow, making gymnastics one of the top television-audience draws. Gymnastics at the top levels continues to draw attention. It has developed a large and vigorous “fan” following, as well as and developed some controversy as it has undergone modern growing pains. Little information has been offered regarding the benefits of gymnastics to those who are headed for Olympic glory and those not destined to reach such levels… read entire article


Does Gymnastics Enhance Reading? Yes!
By Ralph R. Barrett

As a gymnastics professional, you probably have taken for granted the exceptional achievements your students experience in school. More than likely, as most of us have done, you realized that your gymnasts success in school is a result of their dedication, time management skills, organizational abilities, and other attributes which they have likely acquired through regular participation in your gymnastics program. No doubt, this is true. However, has it ever occurred to you that there is another factor, perhaps far greater in its influence, which predisposes your gymnasts to success in school, particularly in their ability to read effectively?… read entire article