Gymnastics is an extraordinary sport for children, because it builds strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility, muscle-tone and provides a general boost to overall fitness. Moreover, gymnastics teaches self-confidence, body awareness and discipline, while it also encourages athletes to set and achieve personal goals. It is why gymnastics is one of the best cross-training sports in the world and is considered the perfect staging platform for many other sports. To top it all off, the sport is exhilarating to watch and a lot of fun to take part in!
At KIN Gymnastics, we like to supplement all the of the above by injecting a sense of family and a sense of belonging, as an integral part of our athletes’ personal accomplishments. The KIN training program offers a full range of Recreational and Competitive Programs. Our Recreational Program starts with parented and non-parented KINder Gymnastics classes, moving aspiring young gymnasts from WeeKIN (45 mins p/wk), to MiniKIN and MunchKIN (60 mins p/wk). These preschool classes allow for the development of patterning, spatial awareness and problem solving as athletes are encouraged to explore space and equipment in a safe manner.
Next, the worKINg foundations recreational program levels are based on the CANGYM recreational programs, worKINg foundations Level 1-2 and worKINg foundations Level 3-4 for ages 6-8 and 9+ (both 90 mins p/wk), allow participants of varying ages to learn and develop gymnastics skills without the need to specialize in the sport. As athletes advance through the worKINg foundations levels, they are introduced to sport ethics and gym rules as well as movement patterns and skills that instil self-confidence.
After mastering worKINg foundations Level 3-4, the KIN Recreational Program takes a slightly different turn from most gyms by leading its gymnasts to the developmental levels 1-3 of the Junior Olympics (JO) program, which are tailored to transition recreational athletes to Canada’s Developmental and High Performance Competitive Programs in a series of classes that increase from 90 minutes to three hours per week.
At this point athletes can opt to move across to the high-calibre, progressive developmental levels 4-6 of the Junior Olympics (JO) program as part of KIN’s Competitive Program, designed to help young gymnasts develop the strong skills they need to prepare for invitational, provincial or national competition. The next levels of KIN’s Competitive Gymnastics Program embrace Canada’s primary Women’s Artistic Gymnastics programs, the pre-competitive Aspire program and the competitive High Performance program. As part of these programs, athletes learn how to challenge themselves within the supportive, positive coaching environment of a program that can go from six to nine hours of training per week, all the way to the competitive 12 and 18 hour programs that are part of Canada’s Provincial Stream, and beyond, to the 22.5 and 26 hour National Stream that take athletes to national and international competitive levels.