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Gifts for Gymnasts

Updated on September 29, 2014

Gymnastics has Taken Over My House!

If you thought signing your child up for gymnastics would reduce the number of cartwheels and flips your child does around the house, you'll probably discover that the opposite is true! Whether your child is signed up for one hour of recreational gymnastics each week, or spends 20+ hours in the gym weekly as a competitive team member, it never seems to be enough. For some boys and girls, gymnastics is just part of who they are. If you know someone who fits this category, then you're in the right place to find the perfect gift!

Gifts for Gymnasts

Drawstring backpacks with gymnastics-themed designs.  Find this and much more!
Drawstring backpacks with gymnastics-themed designs. Find this and much more! | Source

Some Inspiration for Gymnasts

Gymnastics Kip Bar

If your child can't get enough flipping and turning on the bars, then this may be for you! Practice pull-overs, back hip circles and other skills. Please be sure to use proper safety precautions including mats and proper spotting. The safest place to work on bar skills is always in the gym!

Gymnastics Equipment

Tumbl Trak Junior Purple Kip Bar
Tumbl Trak Junior Purple Kip Bar

In the gym, with proper spotting and supervision is the safest and best place for practicing gymnastics.

 

Gifts for Beam Queens

If you've got a girl who can't get enough time on the balance beam, then this might be the perfect gift for her! Your daughter or another special gymnast can practice her beam routine with this 8' balance beam! Please remember that the gym is the safest place to do gymnastics, with proper mats and spotting.

Balance Beam

The Beam Store Tan Suede Gymnastics Balance Beam (8-Feet) Made in USA
The Beam Store Tan Suede Gymnastics Balance Beam (8-Feet) Made in USA

The gym is always the safest place to practice on beam with proper equipment and spotting.

 

Flipping Time!

I have one of these tumbling mats in my home, and it is by far one of the best purchases I've ever made! It folds up to easily store under a bed and is a great thickness. We've got some pretty strict rules on what sort of tumbling is acceptable out of the gym; please stay safe!

Tumbling Mats

Tumbl Trak Tumbling Panel Mat, Royal Blue, 4 ft x 8 ft x 2 in
Tumbl Trak Tumbling Panel Mat, Royal Blue, 4 ft x 8 ft x 2 in

These tumbling mats are great for doing some simple skills at home. Please remember that the gym (with proper equipment and spotting) is the safest place to do gymnastics!

 

Quality Leotards

GK Elite offers some of my favorite leotards and shorts for gymnastics. We have washed these things countless times (in cold, hang to dry), and they have never faded. The elastic stays tight, and the quality of these leotards is worth the price. That being said, ebay is a great place to find GK Elite leos at a discount!

Gymnastics Jargon

Term
What it means
 
 
Aerial Cartwheel
Cartwheel with no hands
Dismount
Getting off an apparatus
Kip
A bar skill usually including a glide swing under the bar, finishing with straight arms above the bar
Tuck
A flip in a tuck position (knees bent and pulled to chest)
Pike
A flip in a pike position (Knees straight, legs together, bent at hips)
Layout
A flip with fully extended body (Legs together, unbent knees)
Full
A full twist in a layout
Is your child always coming home and telling you about a new skill they acquired? This list of gymnastics terms will help you talk like a gymnast!

Skills Poll

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Our Journey with Competitive Gymnastics

I can hardly remember a time when my daughter wasn't doing the splits or flipping around. We put off any formal gymnastics classes until she was six. We signed her up for a recreational gymnastics class, and after the first class, the team coach approached me about putting her on team. The time commitment scared me, and I told the coach how honored we were that he thought she was ready for team, but as a mom, I simply wasn't!


Over the next year or so, my daughter's skills increased rapidly. She was attempting things at home that I simply didn't feel safe with anymore. I had been putting off letting her try being on a competitive team because of the time commitment, but gymnastics just seems to be part of who my daughter is. When we offered her the chance to pursue her interests, she was ecstatic.

It's been two years now, and she has come so far. She loves her coaches and being part of a team. She trains with the sweetest group of girls in a gym where the kids are spotted well and kept safe. Before each meet, I let her know that I will be just as proud of her if she gets last place as I would if she gets first. I want her to know that being a gymnast doesn't define who she is and I am careful that she doesn't let it take over too much of her identity. I let her know that I am more proud of her character and the person she is growing up to be than of her performance as a gymnast.

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