Columbia Gymnastics Academy
Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics
Starting at 12 months
With pediatric obesity at an epidemic level of 13% of children and adolescents in the United States, getting children away from the television or computer games and into the gym is a terrific first step toward a healthy lifestyle. Gymnastics is perhaps one of the most comprehensive "lifestyle exercise programs" available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power and discipline. Studies show that children learn cognitive skills more effectively in an environment that includes the body as well as the mind (Barrett, 1998). Gymnastics and early childhood movement education is directly attributed to developing neurological pathways in students and promoting reading readiness. Children who have participated in movement education activities have longer attention spans, increased communication skills, general problem solving skills and improved self-esteem.
Classes are a great way to gain socialization skills, learn how to set goals, and gain awareness for leading a healthy lifestyle. These perks not only help kids stay healthy, but they can be applied to other sports and to life in general.
Children 1 year old - 5 years old are placed in our "Pre School Gymnastics Program" according to age
Teetering Tots: "Walkers"- 18 months old
Tiny Acro Tots: 19 months old - 3 years old
Junior Acro Tot: 3 - 4 years old
Acro Tot: 5 years old beginner gymnasts
Children 5 years old and older are placed in our "Recreational Gymnastics Program"according to skill level
- If your child is over the age of 8 or has had gymnastics in the past, we advise you to set up an evaluation for the correct placement. Our white belt classes are usually younger by nature: however, we may be able to direct you to a class with more students around the same age. To set up your evaluation please call the front office (803) 951-2090 or email our Sports Director at email@example.com.
- Competitive Team:
- For information on our team program email us at firstname.lastname@example.org