If you are interested in private lessons, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability
Private lessons will be offered to all registered athletes who are actively enrolled in a class. WE WILL NOT BE PROVDING PRIVATE LESSONS TO ATHLETES THAT ARE NOT ENROLLED IN A CLASS (with the exception of flyer/stretch privates or different need). Private lessons will be permitted in 12 week sessions, but can be done for shorter periods of time. We want to be able to help all the athletes seeking additional assistance. Goals for the lesson will be set forth by the instructor and parent at the start of the privates and will be worked towards during the session. If goals are not met during the time allotted, the athlete’s progress with be assessed and may be extended depending on availability/wait lists, or a different instructor may be advised.
Private lessons are not meant to replace a tumbling class, but are to act as an enhancement to the athlete’s progress. Often times an athlete gets “stuck” doing improper technique at particular stations and progress becomes difficult. Fear or uncertainty can cause athletes to create shortcuts into a skill and they’ll get comfortable with incorrect technique to avoid what feels scary. Repeating shortcuts promotes incorrect muscle memory and creates bad habits. This is very common in tumbling, as progression requires the athlete to move outside their comfort zone. Spending additional one on one time with them helps us instill the proper technique to overcome the bad habit or the fear that’s holding them back from class progression. Reinforcing that correction within the class will allow the athlete to develop the correct muscle memory to move forward. Repetitive movement of proper technique is essential, which is why we require the athlete remain in their weekly class. It is difficult to move a child forward with just a private lesson alone. In most cases, the child will be given drills to do at home to help them move faster towards their goal.
Muscle memory is the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetitive movement. The brain creates a long-term muscle memory for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed with little effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems.
All private lessons must go through the gym and will be assigned to an instructor on a first come first serve basis. Please email the gym at email@example.com. If there is a particular instructor you would like to do your child’s private lesson, please let us know in the email. All gym fees must be paid current for your child to enroll in/continue private lessons. If the instructor or the time slot you would like is not available, you will have the option of being put on a waiting list for that instructor/time.
Each instructor will establish their own private lesson fee within a prescribed range established by the gym depending on level of experience. The typical fee is $25 per half hour and $45 per hour. Most private lessons are done in half hour sessions. Payment must be given to the instructor prior to the lesson. Semi-privates (2 children in the same private) may also be done with athletes working on the same skill with price determined by the instructor (typically $45 per half hour).
Cancellations must be made directly with the instructor within 8 hours of the private lesson. This gives the instructor time to arrange their lessons properly or offer another athlete the option to use that time slot for that day. This also must also be done by the instructor if they are unable to attend the private lesson. Failure to give appropriate notice will result in a $10 no show fee and must be paid prior to the next lesson.
In our experience, athletes progress faster when the instructor has the full attention of the athlete. Often times, athletes worry about pleasing the parent or performing well when they know they are being watched. Not every lesson will go well, and struggles and mistakes are all part of the process. Mental challenges play a big part in tumbling, and being watched often times creates added pressure. The athlete will look to the parent for reactions, taking concentration away from the skill/technique being taught. We advise the parent not to stay, or wait in the changing area until the lesson is over.