LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Some East Texas children got quite the workout on Saturday.
Tall Timbers gymnastics in Lufkin hosted an event in honor of National gymnastics day to inspire children to become more active.
Kids were flipping with excitement over National Gymnastics Day.
Gymnastics is a highly competitive sport that tests ones strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and control.
It not only teaches kids great athleticism, it also teaches them important life balance.
One thing gymnastics coach Terry Huval tries to instill in his students is discipline.
"It builds strength, gymnastics is an incredible strength sport and it also builds confidence and discipline. When we're here I really enforce discipline and my kids learn how to have fun but also doing what they're supposed to be doing." Huval said.
Office manager Odney Clarke said that being in a fun and energetic environment on a constant basis can also provide encouragement to kids.
"It really helps boost their self confidence and self esteem." Clarke said.
Gymnastics is also great for young boys who want to play other sports later in life.
"Gymnastics is such a good sport not only for girls but for guys as well it gives them, maybe not to be a gymnast, but it gives them coordination and strength that helps them when they're going to do their sports later on if they want to play football when they're older or if they want to do other sports." Huval said.
Gymnast Andrew Jones said that the sport even helped him land his first job.
"One of the questions they asked me on the interview was can you lift a hundred pounds and without gymnastics I would have said no of course not. But now that I've joined gymnastics and I've been conditioning and building my muscles and my arm strength and my leg strength I've been able to lift that 100 pounds and I can get my job done." Jones said.
Gymnastics can even take kids on a journey of self discovery.
"We've got kids that have done skills that they never thought in their dreams that they could do and they're achieving goals, and it sets those goals and makes it hard it's not an easy process. It takes work." Huval said.