With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season is fast approaching. Here are some great gift ideas for your budding gymnast!
I always looked forward to getting a new leotard for Christmas! GK-Elite Sportswear is the leading name in gymnastics practice-wear. Their leotards come in several different designs and are long-lasting and durable (my GK leos lasted FOREVER). Their leotards come in child and adult sizes, and they also have a toddler line. Olympians Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, and Aly Raisman have their own line of leotards through GK and GK also has a line inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games. The leos on the left are just a few of my favorite designs!
Don't know what size your child is? Have no fear! GK offers a sizing chart. We also have some GK leos of various sizes in our pro-shop in the gym for you to compare.
Does your child insist on practicing all over the living room floor? Deary's Gym Supply is a fabulous company that I have always gone through to order my grips and braces from and they also sell equipment specifically designed for home use. Get your gymnast a mat to practice on safely, or their very own balance beam!
American Girl has come out with a gymnast doll! Why couldn't they have created her when I was a kid and loved American Girl dolls? McKenna is the Girl of the Year, and has several gymnastics accessories you can buy to go with her. She's only here for a year, so get her fast! What a great gift for your Spectrum gymnast, especially given that we offer an American Girl Camp during the summers!
Every budding gymnast needs a little inspiration. Posters of their favorite gymnasts are a great and inexpensive way to inspire your child and their love for gymnastics. Given that 2012 was an Olympic year and the USA team won gold and was catapulted into popularity, there are lots of posters out there featuring your child's favorite member of the "Fierce Five!"
The American Girl Doll, McKenna, has a movie you can purchase! We screened this at the gym one night this summer and it was a huge success.
"Stick It" came out in 2006 and is the quintessential gymnastics movie. Use parental discretion when ordering this one, as it is rated PG-13 for some language and themes.
Remember, the gym will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving break Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We have one of the most flexible make-up policies in the business and you can make up your class at any time. Can't make another day? No problem. We offer School-Aged Open Gym on Friday nights from 7:30-9:00. Open gym costs $5, but is free when used as a make up. Open gym is open to school-aged children currently enrolled in classes only, sorry!
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at SGA!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!