Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How gymnastics classes can make you a star

Gymnastics classes offer a wide range of both social and physical benefits for children—but they can also make your child a star! Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas is the perfect example. Whether your child is in one of our Torrance gymnastics programs or dabbling in a class at school, the discipline they learn will help them excel at any sport or physical activity they try.

Gabby began training in gymnastic classes at the age of six in her hometown of Virginia Beach. By age eight, she was participating in gymnastic competitions and won her first title at the 2004 Virginia State Championships.

From there, Gabby’s participation in gymnastic competitions increased and she soon realized that she needed to get better coaching, prompting a move to Iowa to work with Liang Chow, the former coach or Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. Her dedication to the sport was unrivalled among her peers, and in 2011 she participated on the U.S. team at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, where they won the gold medal. She also was a part of the U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, where they also won the gold. Gabby won the gold at the 2012 U.S. National Championships in uneven bars, a silver medal in the all-around, and bronze in floor. This was a strong foreshadowing of her future at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

At the Summer Olympics this year, Gabby was a part of the U.S. team that won the gold medal, but went on to win the gold medal in the individual all-around. She is the first African-American woman to win the event and the first American to win the Gold for the team and individual all-around at the same Olympics.

As Gabby’s career demonstrates, gymnastics classes provide more than just strength and flexibility training, it teaches them focus, dedication and discipline, as well as belief in striving to achieve your dreams. When you sign your child up for one of our Torrance gymnastics classes, you’re really signing them up to develop tools that will help them reach all their goals in life.

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