SMART START Gymnastics Training at Gymnastics of York

Gymnastics of York’s SMART START program has been developed to provide a skill development progression for beginner-level gymnasts.

With that in mind, the SMART START program focuses on basic gymnastics shapes, positions, and dominant movement patters of the sport.

Additionally, the SMART START conditioning program serves as an integrated companion program, focusing on beginner strength, flexibility, and anaerobic endurance in a fun and encouraging manner.

SMART START, leading to more ADVANCED TRAINING and early competitive opportunities combine into a coordinated Athlete Development Plan ‘ADP.’

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Searching out kids who will be prepared to attempt more advanced skills is our primary target in initial talent selection. Without finding such a selection of young gymnast, the road to high performance is long, hard, frustrating, and possibly impossible.

Talent selection is therefore a numbers game. Giving all gymnasts opportunity to be bold is an early and important test. Getting out into the community and finding as many kids as possible increases our odds of success dramatically.

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Benefits of Beginning Gymnastics Training at an Early Age

Gymnastics is a way of developing a lifelong interest in fitness. Children can join as toddlers or even as young as the age of 2! Anyone can get started with gymnastics no matter their age, but beginning when young allows for a greater amount of time to develop the skills needed for competition while the body is developing. Younger children focusing on body awareness enables them to develop their self-confidence as well as their physical coordination. As a result, beginning gymnastics at an early age is a great way of incorporating different skills and discipline that is applicable in other areas of life as well!

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