Unlike most traditional gyms, Denali Gymnastics & Fitness is not only a place where adults can workout, but also a place where young children can exercise their brain muscles. The gym houses an early learning center and preschool where kids ages 3–4 can learn the days of the week, listen to stories, and practice gymnastics under the watchful eyes of the trained staff. In their own designated area, infants rest or participate in interactive play. The learning center also provides childcare for before and after school, helping kids with homework and organizing fun activities. Meanwhile, adults can earn a good sweat during CrossFit classes, which transform bodies with high-intensity, short-duration routines that blend boxing, powerlifting, and other exercise techniques.
Denali's gymnastics programs for kids are designed for all skill levels and fall under two categories: recreational and competitive. During preschool gymnastics sessions, parents can help their tots navigate an obstacle course that helps improve physical awareness. Older kids with a competitive spirit can join the gymnastics team to further improve their physical skills. For home-schooled children, the gym also offers a PE program that ensures a good amount of daily exercise.
The Ice Cream Social is so much more than the name implies. Though the adjoining restaurant fuels kids and adults with Dole soft-serve ice cream, Pizza Man pies, and healthy snacks, the family fun center draped in colorful wall murals encourages children to let their imaginations run wild. Kids play with toys in the main playroom or partake in weekly activities, such as kids' karaoke and movie nights, in the events room. The Eagle River space also plays host to birthday parties and summer camps, and tots and grownups alike can learn a variety of dance style during its classes.
Whether kids have recreational or competitive cheerleading aspirations, the instructors at Alaska Athletics help budding cheerleaders and gymnasts hone their skills in all-levels classes. Tumbling classes for preschoolers help tykes grasp the basics of balance and body awareness. They build skills in these sessions that will eventually serve them to improve jumps, tumbling, and stunting abilities.