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Weight training isn't really appropriate for very young people because of their growing, changing bodies.

Get advice from a trained professional at the gym before your kids try out weights or machines.

However, many children are still involved in gymnastics at school or in clubs.

Whether vaulting, using the bars or doing floor exercises, gymnastics is great for improving strength, flexibility and timing.

Top tip
Former national gymnastics coach Bill Cosgrave created TumbleTots to develop children's physical skills of agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing from six-months old.

There are over 500 TumbleTots centres across the UK. Check the website to find your nearest.

Where can I find out more about the gym?
Our Sport Academy site has an In the Gym section with all sorts of exercises and workouts.

There's also advice on stretching, speed sessions and how to use equipment correctly. A gym instructor should always be consulted.

How can I find out more?
The British Amateur Gymnastics Association is the only recognised governing body for gymnastics in the UK.

It covers:

  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Sports gymnastics
  • Sports acrobatics
  • Sports aerobics
  • Trampoline and tumbling
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Disability gymnastics

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