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Livelovegymnastics

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Mar 20, 2022
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Just out of pure curiosity, in your opinion what do you think is the best age to start gymnastics? Personally, I started gymnastics at 8 years old, I did catch up quite well considering my late start but it took a lot of work. Sometimes I wonder where I would be if I started just a couple of years sooner. I think a good age to start gymnastics is 6 years old, not too young nor old. What do you think?
 

Dahlia

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Sep 27, 2013
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I started mine in mommy and me classes as toddlers because my kids climbed everything and I wanted them to learn how to climb and fall safely. Plus it was a fantastic gross motor outlet which they needed a lot of. That being said, actual gymnastics instruction (skill wise) didn't really begin in earnest until they were 3-4 years old. Even then it was still very playful feeling. My boys did gym for fun for a few years. My daughter got serious about it and started preteam a few months before she turned 5. She was ready for the longer practices and focus then. Some kids aren't. It really depends on the child.
 
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rlm's mom

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I think 6 is an optimal age to get your kid into any sport. They’re old enough to listen to coaches, begin to understand body shapes and they have soooo much energy! For gymnastics I would say by 8 the latest if you want to make it to level 10 and have a chance of a college scholarship.
 

ldw4mlo

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When my daughter walked across the back of the free standing couch in our living room at 18 months. It start with mommy and me.

Now competing is entirely different. 6-8 depending on the kid. And hours should be limited.
 
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