Within Dudziak's School of Gymnastics’ two-story, 12,000-square-foot facility, athletes back spring across three tumble tracks into foam and resi pits or flip atop four in-ground trampolines. With the help of this equipment, certified instructors lead students, primarily aged K–12, through lessons in gymnastic and tumbling. Their routines cover skills from tumbling basics to high-flying maneuvers as advanced as opening an airplane’s sunroof. Summer camps and afterschool programs help keep kids active when they’re not in school.
Owners Brian and Teena Veth call on their skills as former gymnasts and cheerleaders as well as current parents to safely introduce kids to the world of gymnastics and circus arts. Their energetic instructors help children to learn social and listening skills while teaching them coordination, strength, and flexibility. Instructors encourage students to move at their own pace while bouncing atop trampolines, deftly crossing balance beams, and somersaulting across cushy floor mats. Parents look on from an open seating area, offering words of encouragement or quotes on spiritual balance from Confucius.
Fall, winter, and spring classes are organized by age group and often feature seasonally themed lesson plans. In addition to summer camps, where kids stay busy with creative games and activities, the center also hosts birthday parties and special events.
Mark York and Whitney Sullivan trim and tone physiques at their company PNF, which stands for Personalized Nutrition and Fitness. They don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to creating any fitness regimen or meal plan. Instead, they combine the focused exercise of personal training with the crowd motivation of group-fitness classes. Their classes range from familiar standbys like yoga and kickboxing to cheekily titled circuit-training classes such as “buns and guns.” They supplement these sweat sessions with custom nutritional counseling, which, depending on your fitness aspirations, could include guidance on how to make vegetarian recipes, design more energy-packed meals, or stop compulsively eating staples at your desk.