So, I once had a mother rush me at the grocery store asking questions like: Can you teach my daugther how to do a back handspring before tryouts? Will it take more than one lesson? Why book a private lesson? Is it expensive? She said she heard I was just the man she needed to ask. I remember reading an article not too long ago titiled "Getting The Most Out Of Tumbling Private Lessons". So with a little help from Coach, I have a pretty good response for you.
Private lessons are the best for focused learning and accomplishing tumbling skills. If you really want to set your child up for success, you book one on one training with a knowledgeable coach with fewer distractions. This better prepares them, giving them the confidence needed to succeed in getting that back handspring. Private lessons allow them to do about a week's worth of tumbling, in a one hour session. This is why we stand by them.
#1: One private lesson should do the trick?
This one makes no sense to me... Why would a parent believe their child can walk in the studio with very little to no recreational gymnastics experience and walk out with advance skills that takes sometimes years to build? If that was at all possible we would all workout once for an hour and walk out looking like Arnold.
#2: An Early Start Will Win Our Heart
Our private lessons usually last 30 to 60 minutes. So if you’re booked for a 30 minute private lesson, the student shouldn’t be spending the first 10 on warm up. Show up early! We won't charge you for instruction that don't need supervision. Anyone can start their plyometrics, mobility and stretching work, while the coach is with someone else. Just make sure it's a safe spot away from the lesson in session, we wouldn't want them to be a distraction.
We all know my philosophy about homework. I really believe in order to get the most out of your private lesson, you have to do your homework. Students are always told three to five things that they could work on at home. We also note what really work for them in class that day, what challenged them, and what they felt really good about. They are reminded to bring their corrections back the next visit, so we can take off from where we were to get to where we want to be faster.