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Tumbling and Gymnastics – How They Differ
Tumbling and gymnastics are two of the most popular summer activities for boys and girls wanting
to learn something new. However, when enrolling a child in camp, it is important to remember the
differences between gymnastics and tumbling. The primary difference is that tumbling does not
require specialized equipment such as a balance beam or pommel horse.
Gymnastics and Tumbling Are Popular Summer Activities
Tumbling Classes Don’t Require Specialized Equipment
In some cases, a tumbling routine does not require having thick protective mats on the floor. But
to prevent injuries, experts recommend using them.
An important aspect of professional or amateur gymnastic competitions is the floor routine. They
include traditional tumbling movements such as cartwheels, somersaults and handstands.
Tumbling Is Appropriate for Toddlers or Older Children
When a child doesn’t have a high level of physical fitness, it is better to begin with a tumbling
class to learn basic movements first.
Many tumbling camps are designed for toddlers who are learning how to walk and balance. But
there are also classes for older students. Those wanting to learn basic movements so they can
try out for the cheerleading teams in middle or high school.
Advanced Tumblers Perform Acrobatic Movements
While advanced tumblers may perform acrobatic movements, beginners learn how to complete
somersaults and cartwheels in a precise way.
By the end of a camping session, a group of tumbling students may have the ability to perform a
synchronized routine to music. This works great as a performance for visiting parents and siblings.
A Gymnastic Camp Has Balance Beams and Parallel Bars
Alternatively, gymnastics require using specialized equipment placed above thick mats that will
prevent an injury. New students might practice walking on a balance beam that is only a few
inches above the floor.
Experienced gymnastic students will practice complex movements on a balance beam that is
several feet above the floor.
How to Choose Appropriate Summer Activities for Your Child
When parents are considering summer activities for their children, it is essential to think about a
child’s age, mental ability and physical strength.
Before selecting a gymnastics class, determine if the facility has high-quality equipment and
knowledgeable instructors. If your child is enrolled in a gymnastics camp, then he or she will need
a lot of endurance to withstand a day of strenuous exercise.
Progressing from Tumbling to Gymnastics
If your child has less physical agility, then a tumbling class is more appropriate because it isn’t as
strenuous. With this form of physical exercise, your child can develop their muscles.
This will improve their balancing techniques and build confidence to progress to a more
demanding gymnastics camp next summer.