gymnastics is for girls

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I was at driving school chatting with some people when, for some reasons I started comparing boys who took gymnastics vs girls who took gymnastics classes. One guy said, "boys in gymnastics?" in a tone I usually hear used for, "boys in dance?"



I had never considered gymnastics a girly sport, so I was surprised.



Am I just really open minded or was he fairly closed minded?



(also let me mention that I don't think dance is something only girls should do. I do recognize that some people view dance classes as just for girls...esp ballet)



Do you consider gymnastics a girly sport?



When he noticed I was surprised he said, "well, I guess there are male cheerleaders".



Just wanted to see what you gals think of this one:)

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At our gym there are pretty much only girls in the classes. 6 and under has the occasional boy. There are seperate classes that are just for boys though. The one class that is finishing up as my girls are starting their pre-team practice is about 5 high school boys. Boy classes have more focus on flips and things that look 'cool.' ;)



I do think of it as a mainly 'girly' sport, but I know it isn't.

LaCi - posted on 01/24/2011

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I want my son in dance and gymnastics. I'm planning on putting him in tumbling classes this year, mostly because I want him to socialize a bit. He's pretty much never around kids, only on the rare occasion that he isn't the only toddler at the park. When he's a bit older I want him to try dance, I'd love it if he took an interest in gymnastics and dance. I still want him to try the typical sports as well. I'll let him do t-ball and peewee, he can continue with whatever he enjoys. If he hates dance, so be it, I just want him to try everything :)

Gymnastics and dance provide useful skills for ALL athletics.

Cassie - posted on 01/23/2011

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I don't have boys but if I did, I would fully encourage gymnastics for them. My husband (who is a "guy's guy") fully agrees that if we had boys, from an early age, they would be put in gymnastics. It teaches such discipline, body awareness and control that anyone in any sport would benefit from it. While their can be feminine aspects to gymnastics, it is a sport for both sexes that requires a lot of strength, talent, coordination and body awareness. I began gymnastics around age 3 and stopped at age 18 when I began coaching it. I took gymnastics with both boys and girls and coached both boys and girls.

Rosie - posted on 01/23/2011

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honestly i do think of it as a girl sport, but i am not opposed to having my boys in it. does that make sense, lol??
i would have more of a problem with dance than i would with gymnastics though for some reason. i know, i know, i shouldn't feel that way, but i do. i can't help it. however if they were really good at it, and wanted it really bad i would not stand in their way, and i would be the first to cheer them on. i just wouldn't encourage it if they had no interest. :)

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Jocelyn - posted on 10/02/2012

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My son is 4 yrs old and has been in gymnastics class for a year now. Before gymnastics he was very shy and introverted. I could tell that after only a couple of months of classes, his confidence skyrocketted. At our gym, the ratio of boys to girls is pretty even. Until this week, my son's class consisted of him and 2 other boys. One of my son's coaches is pretty short, about 5'1", and he'll tell you he was the littlest guy no one picked on because he was so strong.

Charlie - posted on 01/23/2011

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I actually laughed out loud Krista ..... that lucky pommel horse , I actually remember him in the Olympics and drooling over him haha.

Krista - posted on 01/23/2011

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He IS quite the biscuit, isn't he, Loureen? I'm actually envious of that pommel horse...

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i feel the same way about boys in gymnastics as i do about boys in dance. if they want to participate in that, then awesome. no one has any right to say it's wrong or anything like that if they've got the talent and are following a dream. i'm fine with girls in football! if they want to do it, then they should be able to go for it. i don't think recreational sports should be thrown into boys and girls categories.

so no, i don't think gymnastics is a "girly" sport. it's an extremely demanding activity that requires a lot of discipline and anyone who is able to cope with that sort of dedication should be proud of themselves.

Krista - posted on 01/23/2011

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That's right. Until they come up with varsity penis ring-tossing, or synchronized tit-twirling, then NO sports are strictly masculine or feminine.

Charlie - posted on 01/23/2011

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Hate to break it to you but sport has no gender the only time it becomes feminine or masculine is when the participant performs that way .

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2011

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Actually let me ask the question this way:



What is the defining characteristic of feminine activity?

What is the defining characterstic of masculine activity?



My definitions:

Feminine activity…any activity engaged in by a female (dance, football, makeup, board games, soccer, martial arts etc)

masculine activity… any activity engaged in by a male (dance, football, makeup, board games, soccer, martial arts etc)



I think that whatever activity a child engages in, THEY engage in it. If it is a sport, they benefit from it and will always have their own style within it

Krista - posted on 01/23/2011

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So professional male gymnasts aren't boys? Fred Astaire and Mikhail Baryshnikov are girly-men?

I'm confused.

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I understand that everyone has their own view points and yes we do agree that boys should have fun with gymnastics, and dance if they want. However, we wouldn't allow our son to actually go to gymnastics, dance classes anymore than we would let him dress up in girl clothes. He is a boy and though he would be allowed to have some freedom with "girly" things we wouldn't let it become a habit. He would still be a boy and need to act as such.

Shauna - posted on 01/17/2011

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There are alot of men in gymnastics! And man look at those bods!!!!
I plan on signing my son up for gymnastics as soon as hes old enough! Dance too :0

Jenn - posted on 01/17/2011

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I remember when I was younger there were a few more girls than boys in gymnastics at the school, but there were still quite a few boys and they were not seen as sissy boys nor were they teased. In fact, one of the cutest, most popular boys in school did gymnastics. Have you ever noticed the upper body strength required to do some of that stuff? It takes muscle - big hunky muscles. ;)

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I agree that in my area, gymastics tends to be a female dominated sport. But my son was enrolled when he was 4, and stuck through at least 9 months of classes. But they are the 6 & under classes like someone mentioned.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2011

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When I was in gymnastics (way back in the day), there were definitely more girls than boys. But, at the same time, I'm anxious for my son to be old enough (he's only 16 months) so I can put him in some kind of 'mom & tot' gymnastics class or gymboree type thing.

Amber-Dawn - posted on 01/17/2011

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I think it's a mostly female sport. But the men who do join, and stick with it, rock it, and look good doing it. Really good.

I've never understood why some people think it's so strange or "gay" for a male to join a mostly female sport. Honestly I think they're geniuses. They get to hang around with scantily clad women all day, lift them up above their heads etc. Honestly, that's pure genius.

Krista - posted on 01/17/2011

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As a general rule around here, gymnastics tends to be pretty female-dominant. However, were my son to express any sort of interest in gymnastics, I would encourage it. Have you seen the ARMS on those men? Yowsah!

Iris - posted on 01/17/2011

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Men that do gymnastics have beautiful bodies. Gymnastics work most o the muscles in the body and takes a lot of strength. It's no more girl sport than boy sport.
My SIL was a gymnastic teacher and both their boys were in gymnastics for years.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/17/2011

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Men can be so naive and bias when it comes to things like this.
It does indeed take stamina and strength to do what gymnast do…male or female…
If my son wanted to do this…I would support him in a heartbeat! :-0)

Charlie - posted on 01/17/2011

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At our local gym there is almost more boys than girls , I think it's great , I don't see it as a girly sport , It takes incredible strength .

Ez - posted on 01/16/2011

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I've never personally known any boys to do gymnastics, so I would say it is definitely a predominantly female sport around here. That being said, I would be happy to have a son enrolled too. Any sport is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2011

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One of my son's coaches is young, fit and there is something very hot about the way he can move on the rings.



My son was watching him one day and he looked up at him and said, "wow! Gymnastics is tricky. That's what I'll do when I'm a man."

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2011

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PFT that dumbass never watched the olympics did he? Men on the rings is HOT!!!

Both of my boys enjoyed gymnastics. They quit having classes at the community center and the private classes were friggen expensive. I might as well take on the payments of a new BMW with a really low downpayment and high interest (just to give you an idea!!)

Dance is a little girly - but boys benefit. I'd be perfectly happy to enroll my boys in any dance class if they were the least bit curious.

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I should say that's just been my observance of the classes that have been going on while my girls are there. For all I know some of the other classes have more boys. ;)

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2011

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Interesting. At the gym we go to it's mostly boys. When I taught gymnastics it was a pretty even mix.

The difference I noticed was that the girls were always more disciplined and the boys just wanted to do the tricks.

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