When I was just a wee young’un with a mouthful of loose baby teeth and a pasty complexion, my parents enrolled me in gymnastics. In a small hangar (we’re a military family) full of multi-colored mats, trampolines, balance beams and an eight-foot-diameter beach ball, I learned tumbling, flexibility exercises, how to fall safely and much more.

Don’t Stop Your Son from Doing Somersaults

Now, some parents might curl their lips at the thought of their son “prancing around” on mats and performing flips on a crossbar. In that case, they may instead opt for what they think is a more “physically demanding” sport such as football. This is supposed to fill their young sons with testosterone so they can grow armpit hair at an early age, I suspect. But lost in this false theory are the physical dangers of such a sport compared to the safety – and teaching of safety – in gymnastics.

It’s unfortunate that this thought prevails in certain households, and that young boys can feel embarrassed by their involvement in such an activity. I personally stopped taking gymnastics around age 9, when I decided leotards and stirrup pants weren’t my style — a decision I have since regretted.

How Your Son Can Benefit from Gymnastics

The benefits of gymnastics are both physical and social in nature. Granted, a lot of my personal experiences are anecdotal and unscientific; but there is hard evidence that men feel the positive effects of taking gymnastics as a youngster well into adulthood.

Parents might wonder why doing a backflip or cartwheel would benefit their child, and how that could possibly help him later in life. While the literal act of doing a backflip has no sway on success in life, it’s the skills required to perform such an amazing physical fete that will.

Such a task requires a great deal of strength, flexibility and coordination. All three of these skills assist a child in every physical or extracurricular activity he will perform through his adolescence and into adulthood. This ability will breed confidence in your son, as he can physically compete in all activities.

Another aspect of gymnastics that nurtures confidence is the conquering of fear. Doing a backflip is, in and of itself, scary. Could you launch into a backflip without a slight shake in the knees? Children who overcome this at a young age grow more assertive and self-assured.

Additional benefits include the encouragement of a healthy and active lifestyle, learning how to fall and land gracefully and the development of social skills. With so many positive takeaways, there’s little reason parents should not encourage young boys to pursue gymnastics.

And, if they feel embarrassed by the leotards and stirrup pants, it’s pretty easy to convince someone that somersaults and splits are totally mind-blowing.


Kids and Parents, Congratulations for making it through the school year!

Ahead of us, is a wonderful summer vacation! This summer you will have enough time to do all your favorite hobbies, sports and activities!For everyone who loves to be active and have a good time, American Gymnastics Club continues to work as usual. We love helping kids diversify their everyday lives with fun, progress-promoting activities. Classes in the American Gymnastics Club will distract the child from computer games, virtual communication and show them other (more interesting) adventures with their new friends while studying the elements of gymnastics.

Register for the summer and give your kids a fun and interesting vacation.


Gymnastics for All is one of the eight gymnastics sport disciplines officially recognized by The International Gymnastics Federation and gymnastics organizations worldwide. This diverse sport program, while being the largest with regards to gymnastics membership worldwide, provides opportunities and activities for all ages and levels of abilities. Gymnastics for All activities contribute to the development of general sport skills, fitness, health, important movement patterns and daily life skills.

The diverse range of activities and opportunities available within Gymnastics for All, is what sets it apart from other disciplines and sports. Regardless of age the opportunity to actively participate in Gymnastics for All is available. This includes Children (5 years & under), Adults (18+ years) and Seniors (50+ years). All ability and skill levels can participate.

Gymnastics for All is a dynamic sport with new forms of movement and/or adaptations of current movement forms being seen continually across the world reflecting unique national cultures and trends.


Our young athletes are already improving their abilities, thanks to the latest equipment, as well as a professional and interesting coaching approach.


For the first time in Ukraine, A.G.C (American Gymnastics Club) – the only network of sports clubs working on General Gymnastics (if you decide to Google – “recreational gymnastics”) – is starting to work. It is used for physical rehabilitation for all different ages. This is the first club in Ukraine with the most advanced equipment for ALL (link to the menu of gymnastics programs) who want to do gymnastics. This is a new approach to improving the health of children and adults. After all, gymnastics is a sport that harmoniously and easily improves the physical fitness and provides even technical training.

Take a minute to go to the gym on a weekday, you will have to wait for a fitness machine. Sport have inevitably become trendy. As adults if we need to drive ourselves on a treadmill, it’s difficult to force a child to do to the same! Therefore, the world trend of mass sport, universal gymnastics for everyone – Gymnastics for All. It heals and does not have any age restrictions.
This program is unique due to the individual approach our staff shows to each child. Motivation, encouragement and great interest “and what’s next?” attitude, our coaches do not make, but get interested, so the classes bring joy and happiness to your child. After training, children become more active, courageous, purposeful, and even a little daring, because this is what is needed in the present world.