Tropical Twisters Gymnastics owner and head coach Lisa Johnson knows how to compete. During her 15-year career as a gymnast, she became an Elite-level gymnast, was ranked in the top five in Florida, and was honored as an All-American and All-SEC teammate. From 1975 to 1982, she qualified for every regional and national championship, and in 1983, she received Auburn University’s Athlete of the Year award. Today, as head coach, she uses all that expertise to help gymnasts in levels 1–10 to sharpen their skills inside her 7,000-square-foot facility. She, along with fellow coach Mike Johnson, also introduces new students to the art of gymnastics through introductory classes, which keep them from executing uneven-bar routines in their parents' bedroom closets.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Whether it's a casual birthday party or a rigorous training program, aspiring athletes find supportive instructors willing to challenge them. Gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, and even Zumba are among Power Tumble's repertoire, and the gym maintains a wealth of program types each suited to different schedules and students. The only thing pupils won't find here is an overly competitive atmosphere. Instead of launching kids off the trampolines and into national competitions, or having kids do back handsprings in the middle of spelling bees,the coaches strive to help trainees achieve their own goals while building self-confidence.
Universal All-Stars helps children grow physically, socially, and intellectually by embracing a simple but profound principle?gymnastics is the root of all sports. Gymnastics help students develop foundational skills of all-around physical fitness, including strength, flexibility, and web-swinging between skyscrapers. With instruction tailored to the strengths and needs of each child, Universal All-Stars helps kids build their self-confidence and love of learning while improving their social skills during team exercises.
In programs led by head coach Andreina Angulo and coach Jose Teran, young gymnasts absorb tumbling and trampoline skills or learn how to work together as a team in competition. The 14,400-square-foot training facility also hosts Mommy and Me recreational sessions, in which families can hone gymnastics skills together.
Young gymnasts flock to Twins Gymnastics for training that encourages them to be competitive?but primarily with themselves. In gymnastics sessions, as well as tumbling, cheer, and martial-arts classes, coaches encourage kids to try to top their personal bests. This approach helps build confidence along with skills, unlike the giving-every-kid-a-solid-gold-crown approach, which just builds confidence.