Your child loves to roll around, jump and climb, and you are thinking of enrolling them in a gymnastics class. After a quick search online, you find gyms offer many different classes, and there are two words that keep coming up: gymnastics and tumbling.
While you may have heard those words before, you still might be confused about the difference between the two. Read on to learn what sets them apart, and which is right for your child.
Tumbling is a form of gymnastics performed without the equipment. Common moves in tumbling include flips, somersaults, tucks, handstands and handsprings. Some sports like cheerleading and dance incorporate these tumbling moves. Tumbling classes can be a great introduction to cheerleading, so if your child is interested in cheer then signing up for a tumbling class could be a great starting point.
Once the class starts, remember that every child is different and some will learn the moves more quickly than others. Don’t push them as it is important that they learn the techniques as best they can at their own pace to prevent injury.
Finally, whether you are signing up your child for gymnastics or tumbling, these classes will prepare them for other sports in the future. It will build core strength, flexibility and strength, all which will benefit them in their future endeavours.