GymTastic! has carved out a safe space where kids can tumble, soar, and vault in a structured and encouraging environment. The goal here is to foster development through physical agility and emotional strength, and to that end the staff of nearly 15 coaches leads classes for kids of all ages in the fields of gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling. There are specialized preschool classes to foster a love of gymnastics in toddlers. There are gymnastic fundamentals for girls and boys that impart the skills of their respective sport?girls work on the vault, beam, bars, and floor while honing their skills. Boys classes focus on the six Men's Olympic gymnastic events, including parallel bars and the pommel horse. All are welcome in the cheer classes, where students study motions, chants, and cheers that can one day be screamed from the sidelines or at the theater during the climax of the latest blockbuster.
The owner of Gymtex, Christina Zhou, attained China?s highest honor for sports?Sports Master?before moving to the United States 29 years ago. At Gymtex for the past 12 years now, she helps young Texans boost both their confidence and fitness levels with gymnastics classes divided by age or skill level. The hour-long group or private classes teach fundamental skills, which kids are welcome to show off at open-play sessions or birthday parties. Coach Christina also heads up competitive gymnastic teams, which consistently perform well at State competitions.
Small student-to-teacher ratios and individual attention—these are just two elements that make Gulf Gymnastics a sought-after destination for the graceful sport. Here, students as young as 3 begin building skills that boost their self-confidence, strength, and coordination, helping them whether they're turning cartwheels on the balance beam or vaulting to the front of the school cafeteria line. Students can also join competitive teams at Gulf Gymnastics, and work toward another win to match the boys team's first place at the 2011 Bryan Invitational and 2011 Juergens Invitational.
Venue: 9,000-square-foot air-conditioned gymnastics facility
Mission: Teaching children gymnastics through supportive and positive encouragement to help them establish and fulfill their goals
Staff Credentials: Mazeika?s Elite Gymnastics is owned and operated by Kevin Mazeika?the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Men's US summer games coach?and Laura Mazeika?a veteran gymnast, coach, and judge with a master?s degree in kinesiology and dance. Together, they have more than 65 years of experience in gymnastics.
Groupon Asks: What inspired you to run this business?
"After all my years in gymnastics, what I have come to realize is that this sport is an incredible medium for teaching and learning life skills. It can help children learn responsibility, teamwork, self-discipline, tenacity, goal setting, and success principles. Regardless of the level of gymnastics the child is working, he or she has many opportunities to set goals, work hard, and achieve them, and the intrinsic rewards from this process is invaluable. At MEG we want to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to say, ?I did it!? And to me, that is the greatest gift."
-Mazeika?s Elite Gymnastics Manager
Serving the area for almost 30 years, Bannon's Gymnastix has continued to be an award winning gym for gymnastics students in the Houston area. Each staff member is certified for CPR, safety and other first aid. They offer boys recreational classes, kindergym classes, cheerleading classes, girl's recreational classes and tumbling classes. Owners Luis and Stephanie Brasesco have owned the gym for over 25 years. In his home country, Argentina, Luis was in the 1988 World Championship Double Mini-Tramp team. With over 11 experienced coaches, some who began gymnastics as early as four years of age, the combined experience of the Bannon's Gymnastix staff can provided students with the quality training needed to excel.
The instructors of Lobo Gymnastics build a positive foundation for little ones to grow athletically, socially, and emotionally during dance classes, gymnastics, and afterschool activities. Across the enormous, bi-level gym, little leapers clamber through obstacle courses, spring across trampolines and into pits full of foam blocks, dangle from a rope swing, and whoosh down a two-level slide that resembles a giant yellow curly fry. As children and their burning desire for trophies grow, they can enter more structured tumbling and dance classes or join a gymnastics team led by former Chinese Olympic team coach Jian Hua Xiao.