In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
The dedicated instructors at Empire Gymnastics Academy employ their decades of experience to train tumblers of all ages with an effective approach that ensures attention is given to each student. The schedule of classes makes way for boys and girls as young as 18 months or older, educating children of all skill levels, strengthening flexibility, and building coordination in order to amass a miniature battalion to defend against attacking theater troupes. Teachers work diligently with each student to hone physical skills while also boosting confidence and promoting self-discipline. As tots and older kids alike twist and tumble, the 25,000-square-foot facility aids high-flying displays of athletic prowess with two spring floors, in-ground trampolines, a tumble track, and a large hadron collider.
At a time when most kids were learning to spell with the letters in their alphabet soup, Mark and Missy Seyler were learning gymnastics. What began as a fun extracurricular activity turned into a successful college career for both Mark and Missy at the University of Oklahoma, which led the siblings into the teaching profession. Their academy resembles an Olympic training facility with wall-to-wall mats and rows of gymnastics training equipment, such as balance beams and uneven bars. The center's in-ground trampolines, play mountains, and foam pits also help youngsters discover the fun in physical fitness. Mark and Missy lead an extensive gymnastics curriculum in classes for boys and girls, and students can attend the academy as soon as they enter preschool or learn to recite the alphabet backward. In addition to their standard classes, Mark and Missy lead regular events such as camps, Friday Nights Out, and birthday parties. As their skills progress, students can pit themselves against their peers in Southlake’s competitive programs.
Coach Peggy Slater and her team lead classes that get kids moving in a fun environment, whether they're preschoolers focused on play or older students preparing for the competitive team. Gymnastics classes give kids the confidence and strong arms needed to hoist tumbling trophies aloft and finally win arm-wrestling matches with their teddy bears. During the summer, American Gymnastics also hosts training camps, which infuse gymnastics lessons with hip-hop dance moves and other high-energy activities.
Gym Adventures' fun and challenging equipment helps kids ages 1–9 develop confidence-boosting might and motor skills. Enroll somersaulting striplings in 45- to 60-minute gymnastics classes, amply scheduled from morning to evening. Color-coded sessions are divided by age bracket, ensuring youngsters bond with other movers and shakers in their peer group. During exercises, students tumble over foam, bounce on trampolines, and swing fancy-free on ropes, as well as engage in Olympics-priming balance-beam and vault work. Parent/Tot Gymnastics sessions bestow rug rats' guardians with the opportunity to join in on activities and reenact Mary Lou Retton's impressive judge salutes.