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“Once you get used to it … you just kinda feel like you’re flipping,” Gym Marika student Jessica Witkin says when describing trampolining in an interview with NBC 4. Trampolining, which has elevated from a backyard mainstay to a medal-earning event, is just one of the gymnastics techniques offered at Gym Marika to help improve the lives of children. “It really builds their self-confidence,” says Head Coach Marika Zahrndt, who oversees a team of USAG-certified coaches.
During classes, Marika and her staff guide students as they absorb techniques that range from rolls, handstands, and round-offs to combinations, aerial somersaults, and handsprings. Classes encompass multiple events, including floor routines, balance beams, vaulting, and uneven parallel bars. The programs are designed to accommodate kids with all aspirations, from those who dream of gold medals to kids who want a fun way to exercise and get through the seven-year winter.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
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.
Around the 10,000-square-foot TX Training Center facility, instructors lead a host of tumbling and cheerleading classes for beginners and advanced students that take advantage of trampolines and a competition-size spring floor. Alternatively, fitness courses include energetic Zumba dance classes, the cardio-kickboxing workouts of TurboKick, and spinning sessions led by a certified instructor.
A black-and-red color scheme isn't the only thing Buckeye Bounce Club borrows from the Ohio State University. OSU cheerleaders and the university's mascot, Brutus, attended the trampoline club's grand opening to test the springiness of surfaces throughout the studio. The cavernous trampoline room features two distinct areas to practice tumbling techniques or just jump around. Kids can literally bounce off the walls that surround a court made up of 20 trampolines, and gymnasts can practice flips while leaping into the club's pit of soft foam cubes. Patrons bound to their heart's content during open-jump sessions and face off in organized games of dodge ball that add a nostalgic touch to elementary school reunions. Instructors help jumpers burn calories and increase coordination during classes, such as the boot-camp-style Fit Jump class for adults and Jump & Tumble classes for kids six and under. Between jumps, guests catch their breath in the lounge, where they can exercise their fingers with arcade games.