Gymnastics is an ideal sport for children to begin their lifelong habit of healthy movement. Children thrive from the stimulation of hanging, climbing, bouncing, running and balancing. However, they need direction or they will end up going to the playground and spending most of their time working on their favorite activities. At HINRG, they are taught skills on rings, balance beams, trapeze, trampolines, bars, slacklines, cargo nets, climbing walls, and much more.
Children are taught to move in new ways that causes them to become increasingly aware of what his or her body is doing. This is super important to building confidence and success in future athletics. Most skills in gymnastics involve rotation which strengthens the core muscles as well as teach a high level of coordination. Many skills involve rotation and twisting. For example, a cartwheel is a 360 degree rotation with a 180 degree direction change! Many adults would get dizzy connecting more than 2 cartwheels.
Gymnasts also use bars, rings and trapeze to build upper body strength and develop core musculature. HINRG’s curriculum which combines these three apparati is our fast track secret to learning fast! Even our middle school and high school tumblers work on these equipment!
After learning the 5 safety rules for trampoline, athletes are taught how to fall correctly, how to bounce on their back, seat and belly. These are the landing positions for thousands of skills on trampoline. Children who learn trampoline at HINRG go on to be safer when falling in other sports, therefore, avoiding unnecessary injuries.
Gymnastics requires balance with does just that…it balances the child’s left and right hemispheres in their cerebellum (the part of the brain responsible for creating reflexive behavior and motor programs such as walking). At HINRG, we utilize many more pieces of equipment specially designed to improve balance. This will help children become more coordinated in evry running sport and build a great foundation for sports that require running and catching / kicking. You have to check out our different wiggle bridges and how we make slacklines fun and achievable for preschoolers!
Everyone knows that gymnastics builds athleticism, strength, coordination, balance, agility, etc. Most people have forgotten about the focus and composure that gymnastics elicits from participants at every level. Even today, the best gymnasts in the world are taking a deep breath to exercise composure and trying new, more difficult skills that often are scary at first. Children should participate in one form of gymnastics or another until they are fully ready to commit to one sport such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, wrestling, hockey, baseball, etc. Children who participate in a HINRG program from 2-10 years before matriculating into a highly competitive 1-sport lifestyle are vastly better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.