Oscar the Gymnast

If you know anything about Oscar, you know that he’s not exactly built like a gymnast. He’s tall and solid as a rock. More like a linebacker than a tightly compact gymnast.  But, the kid is strong!  About a year ago, we decided to enroll him in gymnastics at Eagle Gymnastics. It was a parent-and-me class and really just a way for him to get some energy out.  Over the course of several months, he really grasped the concepts and was showing some pretty impressive feats for a 2.5 year old! At least one of his size (all of this in my humble mom opinion).

Just this week, we got a certificate in the mail from his gymnastics coach saying he had accomplished all skills in the parent-and-me class and was ready for an independent class.  How exciting! We never really know how Oscar is going to react to situations. He’s much more of a clinger than Walt ever was (Walt LOVES reaching the next milestone on anything and never looks back). Oscar needs a bit more assurance.  Well, in this case, he was off and running … or off and tumbling.  He never once hesitated and did the entire class with not so much of a blink in my direction.

Warming up by running in a circle

Oscar needs a lot of coaching and spotting, but tries absolutely everything. He can forward roll like nobody’s business, jump and do tricks on the trampoline, hold on to monkey bars, attempts a cartwheel, and knows what to do to execute a backwards roll (just needs a boost to get his booty over his head).

More warm ups with Coach Matt – ready to jump up!

Prepping for a backwards roll with Coach Tory
Jumping both feet on the green mat…

…followed by his favorite: a forward roll.

A forward roll on the balance beam!

On the balance beam ready for his big dismount. His favorite part is jumping a high and hard as he can. 

We have been so happy with this gymnastics program and are trying to figure out how to keep him in these classes when soccer starts in the fall. It will be a lot to juggle, but we think it’s worth it!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sara Watson says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I think gymnastics is going to be the first extracurricular we start with Avery. I'm planning to let her start preschool in the fall to get the basics down of following instruction from people not related to her, and then maybe gymnastics early next year. It's fun to see what it looks like!


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