While Everest Gymnastics is known for training some of the nation’s top athletes, head coaches Qi Han and Yiwen Chen explain that gymnastics is not only for the elite. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and many people blindly accept that gymnastics will never be a part of their lives because they don’t fit the mold or lack the talent to head toward the Olympics. Here are a few of the most common myths surrounding gymnastics to help clear up these unfortunate misconceptions.
Myth: Only the most talented and fit people can participate.
People of all ages, abilities, and sizes participate in gymnastics every day. Aside from physical strength and flexibility, there are very few prerequisites that determine whether or not an individual can train. The coaches at Everest Gymnastics explain that while competitive gymnastics does require a certain level of talent, recreational programs are well within reach for everyone. In fact, gymnastics is a great way to teach children about exercise.
Myth: If you take gymnastics, you’ll stop growing.
Gymnastics causes stunted growth in the same way that basketball causes gigantism — it doesn’t. While it’s true that many gymnasts are small in stature, there are also many who are tall, muscular, and powerful.
Myth: Gymnastics is one of the most dangerous activities for children.
This myth can easily be busted by a visit to Everest Gymnastics or any other properly equipped training center. Although all sports carry some inherent risks, children who are taught gymnastics have an advantage in that they are trained on how to best control their movements to avoid injury. Early learners are almost always within arms’ reach of the coach and there are many safety features built into the training floor to ensure safety.
Myth: Only girls can do gymnastics.
It’s true that gymnastics is a predominantly female recreational activity. However, the boys who participate receive many outstanding benefits. For example, kids with ADHD who can’t sit still have an opportunity to burn off excess energy during gymnastics class. They also develop exceptional hand-eye coordination and build upper body strength. For these reasons, gymnastics is an exceptional early introduction to physical activity for young boys who wish to pursue other sports, such as football, baseball, or wrestling, when they get older.