Gymnastics Plus's huge staff of coaches?21 in all?keep kids tumbling, laughing, and learning throughout the year. They teach recreational gymnastics to boys and girls, starting with the basics and advancing students to more challenging sessions as they progress. They also offer specialty classes in everything from acro-yoga for teens to movement with music for 2 to 3 year olds. More ambitious kids can sign up for the competitive program, which allows them to strut their stuff in statewide competitions.
Power lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and jumping rope. These are several tools CrossFit uses to facilitate fitness, but not all of them. At CrossFit Wellington, coaches employ the system's medley of exercises to create a comprehensive workout. That workout features constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. In short order, it builds total-body fitness—enhancing strength, stamina, and agility. Instructors change workouts daily, too, to keep boredom from sneaking in and ruining motivation. Motivation, actually, is another tool of CrossFit, and CrossFit Wellington's staff of trainers knows just how use it to keep everyone on track and inspired to achieve goals. And, since workouts can be adapted to anyone's abilities, CrossFit is ideal for all fitness levels and ages. An inclusive system by nature, trainers further its accessibility by offering beginner's classes and even kids' programs.
Featuring instructors who have performed with the Ringling Bros. and Cirque du Soleil, South Florida Circus Art School's classes meld strength, beauty, and aerial grace. With each 60-mintue flying-yoga session, an aerialist expert will teach posing fundamentals and physical training to solidify core strength. Led by the well-balanced directives of professional circus performer and yoga specialist, flying-yoga classes alleviate pressure from the body, cleanse the spirit with inner balance, and relieve any stress in astronauts wistful for low-gravity environs. During each class, aspiring contortionists use hammocks to pose as circus aerialists for 30 minutes, resulting in full decompression of bodily lines. In addition to channeling their inner arachnids, participants spend the remainder of the time toning muscles through a series of floor exercises over padded surfaces.
If the instructors at IK School of Gymnastics wore all of their awards—which, for Valentina Kevliyan, includes an Olympic silver medal—they probably wouldn't be able to move, much less teach. Thankfully, the only thing they bring to their classes is years of international experience. Having competed in rhythm gymnastics championships around the world, these coaches mentor children ages 3 and up in the graceful, yet demanding, art. Their courses are separated by age group and skill level, except for a Sunday camp that accommodates all students. During classes, they focus on the poise and flexibility necessary to perform striking choreography, complete with apparatuses such as balls and hoops.
With a name like Sport Kids Miami, you'd expect to find classes focused on physical activities such as karate and rhythmic gymnastics. But you might be surprised to find that same facility hosting classes in topics like Lego-building and drawing. At Sport Kids Miami, it doesn't matter what kind of activity your kids want to do?only that they be given the opportunity to do it. Classes, which cover everything from ballet to boxing to molding, help children improve their gross motor skills and seek out a new passion, and also lead to benefits such as increased confidence, better coordination, and acceptance into a cooler group of imaginary friends.
To get tips from Olympic gymnasts or Cirque Du Soleil acrobats, you could read interviews or follow them on social media. Or skip the middlemen and learn directly from them at Gymnastics Du Sol. That's because the gymnastics studio employs a staff that includes members from both renowned institutions who work one-on-one and in small groups with fledgling gymnasts. Here, students learn gravity-defying moves including back handsprings, flips, and cartwheels atop the balance beam. But kids don't just gain physical skills. They also build self-esteem, confidence, and discipline that will serve them whether they compete internationally or challenge parents to a handstand-a-thon.