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Boys Recreational Gymnastics

Flying High’s Boys Gymnastics program is on the rise. Whether you know a boy interested in competing in gymnastics someday, a natural athlete, or one who simply has seemingly endless amounts of energy to burn, this is the program for you! This program is offered to boys of all ages and skill levels from those who just graduated out of our Big Dippers class to those prepping to transition to our competitive boys gymnastics team!

Classes in the recreational boys gymnastics program concentrate on building proper gymnastics basics on the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar, in an energetic & dynamic class environment. There is a strong emphasis placed on conditioning and strength building, as that is the basis for several of the USAG Men’s gymnastics skills. Boys in our program will learn the importance of combining goal setting and self-discipline with fun & enthusiasm!

Check out our class line-up.

Class Descriptions

Gym Star Boys

Gym Star Boys

4-6 years old
55 minutes

This class is for those who have mastered the skills in our Big Dippers classes within the Twinkling Tots program. This is their first gymnastics opportunity away from the girls and the balance beam, and in a class full of high-energy boys! This class is an introduction to men’s gymnastics. Students will learn about each of the 6 apparatuses and will begin to learn the basics of the men’s side of the sport!  

Students must be evaluated by a Flying High gymnastics instructor before placing into any Gym Stars class.

Ninja Stars

4-6 years old
1 Hour & 15 minutes

Students in this class have risen to new heights of achievement mastering all the Gym Stars skill benchmarks. Students learn front limbers, flip-flops, difficult bar skills and high beam. Upon entering first grade, and if ready, children will receive the option of entering into several new and exciting classes that will help them apply the basic skills learned to their Rising Stars Recreational program. 

Students need to be evaluated by a Flying High gymnastics instructor before being placed in a Ninja Stars class.

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Rock Stars 1

Rock Stars 1

1st Grade & Up
55 minutes

Similar to the Gym Star Boys class, boys will begin to learn the basics in this class. Focus is placed on the foundation of all events, strength building, and energy burning activities. Boys will proceed to Rock Stars 2 when they are comfortable on all apparatus, show sufficient strength and body awareness, and prove that they can work independently and follow direction. 

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Rock Stars 2

Rock Stars 2

1st Grade & Up
55 minutes

In our Rock Stars 2 class boys will build upon the skills they learned in Rock Stars 1. While foundation is still the focus at this level, new elements and more challenging sequences are introduced. Because many of the USAG Men’s gymnastics skills are based on muscle strength and endurance, more strengthening exercises are introduced at this level as well.

Evaluation by a Flying High gymnastics instructor is required before placement into this class can be considered.

Intermediate Boys

Intermediate Boys

1st Grade & Up
1 hour and 15 minutes

This class is for boys who have mastered all of the Rock Stars 2 skills and have proven their ability to accept challenges and work toward goals. In this class, boys build on the skills they’ve already mastered and are developing more complicated gymnastics skills. Gymnasts must show determination, discipline and a commitment to gymnastics in order to graduate from the Intermediate level. After all skills at the Intermediate level have been learned and perfected, boys may have the opportunity to continue with recreational gymnastics, and join our Advanced Boys class, or work towards becoming a member of the Boys Competitive Gymnastics Team, and join our Pre-Team Class.

As with other upper level recreational gymnastics classes, students are evaluated by a Flying High gymnastics instructor before being placed into this class.

Advanced Boys

1st Grade & Up
1 hour and 30 minutes

This class is for boys who have mastered all of the skills from the Intermediate Boys class, who are not yet committed to working towards being a member of the competitive team. Boys in Advanced Gymnastics are performing high-level gymnastics and can continue to be challenged for years to come. They do not learn routines, but continue to develop advanced gymnastics skills and sequences.

Evaluation by a Flying High gymnastics instructor is required to participate in this class.

SPECIALTY CLASSES

FLIP FLOP CLASS

30 minutes

This supplemental class is for gymnasts already enrolled in our program. This class helps those who need a little extra help learning and mastering a flip flop.

Gymnasts can sign up for 2, 4 or 6 weeks of classes depending on how much extra practice they need.

Developmental Classes

Flying High offers personal one-on-one classes designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and abilities.  A staff member wil work one-on-one with your child to instrcut him/her in gymnastics, to help build strength and coordination, or even to just have fun and burn off energy.  Please see the front desk for scheduling and pricing. Click here to email the front desk.

Private Lessons

A private lesson is the perfect opportunity to work one on one with a qualified instructor. You pick the skill(s) you want to work on and we will work with you to find a coach that best suits your needs! You may want to consider a private lesson if your child is having a difficult time mastering a certain skill. One on one instruction time may help them better understand that skill, as well as give them the opportunity for more practice time. At Flying High we offer individual private lessons (one on one) or buddy private lessons (2 students with one instructor). Private lessons typically last 30 minutes. Contact our front desk to schedule your private lesson! Click here to email the front desk.


Are you in 6th grade or older? Click here to learn all about our Teen Classes designed specifically for you!

Have additional questions we didn’t answer? Read our Gymnastics FAQs below!

FAQs

Can I enroll right now, or do I have to wait until the next month starts?

We offer open enrollment year-round, which means you may enroll your child into classes whenever you would like!  You do not have to wait until the start of a new month to enroll.  We do pro-rate tuition if starting mid-month.

If my son/daughter joins class now, will he/she be behind all the other students?

Not at all! Each of our classes is designed for a specific age group and skill level.  When a new student joins a class, they will begin right away working on the skills for the specified level with the other students.  Each other student in his/her class is working on those exact same skills!  Any student who has mastered the skills of a specific level has already moved up to the next level.

What programs do you offer for a 3 year old? 4 year old? Etc…

You may find detailed class information on our current schedule, which indicates the appropriate age range for each of our classes at Flying High.

How long are your sessions?

Flying High has a year round program with no long term commitments. You may enroll at any time and tuition is paid monthly. We do not charge more for 'long' months nor less for 'short' months. Over the year, all 12 months average 4 weeks.

Can we watch a class?

Yes! We have viewing rooms available and you are more than welcome to come and watch a class in action!

Can I come in to take a tour or look at the gym?

Yes! You are welcome to come and take a look at our facilities during our office business hours.  Our office staff will be able to show you around the gym or give you a tour if you would like.

Does my child have to wear a leotard?

FH highly recommends that our female athletes wear a leotard to class. Leotards with skirts can get caught on the equipment; spandex shorts are a better option. In the colder months, girls are more than welcome to wear tight fitting leggings over their leotard. For boys, a t-shirt and shorts are fine, just not too loose fitting. In the colder months, boys may choose to wear sweatpants, or a long sleeved tee.

What if my child doesn’t like it at first?

Give it time! Remember that for most of our younger athletes, this is their first experience with a structured, school-like environment. If after 2-3 classes, your child still doesn’t take to gymnastics, Flying High offers cheer, ninja zone, and martial arts classes.

What is the evaluation process?

At FH, being evaluated for the next level is a HUGE deal! We want to make every child feel like the star they are, so evaluations are done by an instructor who does not teach the child’s class. The evaluator will take the child through the list of required skills on each event, and assess the level of mastery that has been achieved. If a child is ready to move up, they will get to ring the move up bell at the end of class, while ALL athletes in the gym cheer and clap for them!

Why are children placed by age but move up by skill?

FH bases their class age groups on the developmental stages that occur naturally in child development. Each class has a skill sheet that lists each skill necessary to progress to the next level. All children learn/attain skills at different rates. Once a child is able to complete all skills successfully on the list, they are ready to proceed to the next level, regardless of age.

How often should my gymnast come to class? Once or twice a week?

How often your child attends class when they begin gymnastics is up to you. FH highly recommends attending two classes per week in order to help your child learn and progress more quickly. Coming to class twice a week also helps your child increase their strength and flexibility, as well as their knowledge of gymnastics terminology!

What if my child needs extra practice?

If your child needs extra practice, adding a second class per week is a great option. Specialty classes are good for bars work, backbends, and flip flops. If your instructor has availability, private lessons focus on one or two skills are also a useful tool. Flying High also offers clinics during the holidays which focus on specific skills.

What are specialty classes?

Specialty classes are short, finely tuned classes that only focus on certain skills during the allotted class time; i.e. Backbend Class, Flip Flop Class, Bars Class, etc. FH offers these classes are an alternative to private lessons. Your child’s instructor may recommend a specialty class if your athlete only needs one or two skills to move up.  

What is a private lesson?

A private lesson typically consists of 30 minutes of one on one instruction. At Flying High we offer individual private lessons (one on one) or buddy privates (two students with one instructor).

When should you do a private lesson?

Sometimes your child’s instructor will recommend a private lesson if they only need one or two skills to move up to the next level. Your child may only need one or two privates in order to achieve their skills. Another example of when you may want to consider private lessons is if your child is having a difficult time with a certain skill.  One on one instruction may help them better understand that skill, as well as give them more practice.

How many private lessons will my child need?

Every child is different! The number of privates necessary to successfully learn a skill varies from child to child. The difficulty of the skill is also a factor. After the first private lesson, the instructor should be able to give you a better idea of how many private lessons may be necessary.

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