Character-Development-Through-Gymnastics-Kids-First-GymnasticsGymnastics is so much more than learning how to do a forward roll or a backflip. We focus on physical skills that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But we also take time to introduce and practice character-developing skills that help kids succeed in school and life.

Here are some of the character-building skills that we encourage kids to learn and develop through our gymnastics programs:


On the mats, we treat everyone with respect. Gymnastics participants respect their instructors and coaches, as well as their fellow athletes. Demonstrating respect comes in many different forms. When someone is speaking, we expect everyone to listen and pay attention. We treat others the way we wish to be treated. And this mutual respect then carries into daily life.


Kids develop honesty by learning what telling the truth means. It’s not exaggerating events or telling little white lies. Honesty helps to build confidence, reliability, and integrity. Honest children become honorable and dependable adults.


In our gymnastics programs, we focus more on personal improvement and less on competing against others. Non-competitive, personal development leads to a boost in a child’s self-confidence through a strong sense of accomplishment. We recognize success at our gym by ringing the gong and celebrating both small and large achievements.


Sometimes kids grasp skills quickly. Other times, improvement can take time. To make continuous progress, kids learn the value of patience and persistence. Hard work will pay off in the end; it won’t always be an immediate result.

At Kids First Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids, we want kids to reach their highest potential. We use positive coaching to find and focus on what kids are doing right. And then we give them direction on what to work on the next time. To learn more about how to get your child started with gymnastics, contact us today.