Up in the Air Introduction to Gymnastics

Written by Recreation Magazine on November 3rd, 2018. Posted in Events, Gymnastics for boys, Gymnastics for kids peoria

In 2004, 16-year-old Carly Patterson won Olympic gold in the women’s All-Around gymnastics event, followed by Nastia Lukin in 2008, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas in 2012, and Simone Biles in 2016. The resulting boom in gymnastics participation has lead to gyms offering everything from Tiny Tot Tumbling to gymnastic classes for adults.

Something to Cheer About

Competitive cheer leading has no doubt also contributed to increased enrollment in gymnastics classes across the U.S. Most cheerleaders will perform one of more tumbling passes in the course of a competitive routine, featuring such moves as back layouts, handsprings, back tucks, and elements done in combination.

Gymnasts who decide to leave gymnastics behind have another outlet for their skills and energy: cheer leading. Up to 98% of female cheerleaders are former gymnasts. Whether competing for a gym-based team or for their high school team