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Finding a Gymnastics Gym/Club

Gymnastics is fun!  It’s great exercise for kids.  It gives them confidence and teaches them discipline.  Finding a gymnastics club is easy it just takes a bit of research first.  You don’t want to put your child into an environment that’s not right for them or you.  It should be an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Here are few things you should take into consideration when choosing a gymnastics gym/club:

Is it a USAGymnastics Member Club?     

USA Gymnastics (USAG) is the national governing body for the sport in the United States.  USAG sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics.  Some of the requirements for a club to maintain membership are:

  1. Not hire or be associated with anyone who is permanently ineligible for membership
  2. Maintain current commercial general liability insurance
  3. Employ at least one member 18 yrs of age or older that is a Safety-Certified Instructor with the USAG

Location! Location! Location!

The location of the gym is very important depending on the level of the gymnast.  Gymnastics requires a time commitment and the time increases the further along your gymnast advances.  During the school year you have to be mindful of how much homework your child has and other school activities that they may be involved in.  In this case, you might want to consider a gym that is near your home or near the school your child attends.  Here you can find a list of USAG gyms/clubs and their locations.

What programs does the gym offer?

Does the gym have a Tiny Tots or Mommy and Me program for very young kids?  Do they have a competitive team program?  Does the competitive team program include programs for Junior Olympics (J.O.), Xcel or Elite?  Do they also offer Cheerleading, Trampoline and Tumbling? Do they offer Birthday Parties?  Gyms may offer some or all of these programs.

Go on a Field Trip!

Once you have researched a few locations, go check out each facility.  You should call the gym first to find out their hours.  Tell them you would like to come and get some additional information.  You should not have to make an appointment.  You should be able to walk in during normal hours of operation.  Once you get there you should pay attention to the following:

  • Cleanliness – Is the facility kept clean?  Is the training area clean?
  • Equipment – Is the equipment old and needs replacing?  Do the mats have rips and tears?
  • Lighting – Is there adequate lighting in the training area?
  • Viewing room – Do they have an area where the parents can sit and watch the training sessions?  How large or small?  Do they have WIFI?
  • Wash rooms – Do they have separate boys & girls washrooms?
  • Friendliness of the staff

Once you’ve made a decision – A few more things to consider

After you’ve gone on a field trip and looked at a few facilities, by now you have made a decision on the gym/club you want to join.  There are still a few more things you need to inquire about:

  • Costs:  You should have received a price list on your initial visit.  The list should break down how much it costs for classes and how many days per week.  A gym can charge what they want for their services, so prices will vary.  Decide what costs works for your budget.
  • Training times:  How long the classes are time wise (45 minutes, 1 hour).  Most gyms have training sessions.  A session can range from 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Coaches:  What is the coach to gymnast ratio?  You do not want 1 coach per 20 gymnasts
  • Evaluation:  Your should be given an evaluation after each session.  A coach will tell you what skills your child is mastering and what skills they need to work on.
  • Attire:  What should the gymnast wear to class?  More than likely gyms want everyone to wear a practice/workout leotard.  Some gyms may have leotards for sale at their facility.

You’ve found a gymnastics gym/club and now all the fun begins!  Maybe one day your gymnast will become one of the greatest in the world.  Good Luck!!

11 Responses to Finding a Gymnastics Gym/Club

  1. Hey, what a great helpful post. I guess is you are going to pay out money for a membership you should do your research.
    We do it with other purchases.
    Thank you for this very helpful.

    Mark

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  • Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the comment. I do hope it helps people make an informed decision when it comes to picking a gymnastics club.

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  • Just what I was looking for! Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this.

    So excited to get my kids into gymnastics.

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    • Hi Sam,

      Gymnastics is a great sport. I had no idea what all was involved when my daughter started. I hope it’s a good starting point for people.

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  • I’m not a gymnast but I am a powerlifting and choosing the right gym is SO important! Not only is cost important, but the equipment and gym community are really important aspects of being happy at a gym. Although your post doesn’t necessarily pertain to me for gymnastics, it still helps out any one looking for the right gym for them!

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    • Hi Bailey,

      Thanks for the comments. Finding the right gym is very important. I hope people will do their research first.

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  • Hello Phyllis,
    This article is very helpful and I am very sure that all who read it will really benefit a lot. I especially like your thought on what parents need to do and know before taking their children to any Gym Club. And I personally think finding the right location will indeed be of much help, since children go to school and may have other school activities to do, such as; home work and even project work.

    It is therefore a good thing as you said to find a location that is either nearer you or near the school of the child that is to be sent to the Gym Club. Also I like your p0oint on going to the Gym location to see how their facility looks like, and that indeed is a very great idea.

    I was researching on this for a friend when I came across your website. I think I know have valuable information to share with him.
    Thank you so much.

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    • Thanks Stephen for your comments.  That makes me feel good that I’m putting out there useful information!  Check back again for more updates.

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  • Hey there! My little sister is interested on trying gymnasts. She is inspired by Simone Biles and she wanted to be like her. I’m a supportive brother and I want the best for my little sister. I’m looking for some gymnastics gym club but I don’t know anything to this kind of stuffs. Luckily I found your article that talks about finding the best gymnastics gym club. Your guide is very well explained and helpful especially to a beginner like me. Thank you for sharing this information and I hope my sister will be the one of the best gymnastics soon.

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    • Hi John,

      I’m glad that you found my post interesting and informative.  Make sure that you follow the link in the “Location” section of the article to find a USAG gym club near you.  Good luck to your little sister, I hope she loves it!

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  • Thank you for your very informative website. I had no idea how much cost it could be for my twin daughters to exercise this sport. Because of your detailed post, I will be now prepared ahead of time. And also thank you for the search tool to find the closest USA GYMNASTICS MEMBER CLUB here in Spokane Valley.

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