Jamie Griffitts knew she wanted to be a gymnastics coach even before she completed high school. Today, she has realized her dream by opening AcroFit Gymnastics Center, a gym that welcomes young tumblers ages 18 months to 18 years. Programs range from just-for-fun classes that help little ones get fit to more serious sessions that train for competitive events?and many of those students have gone on to take championship titles and somersault victory laps.
Bayside Gymnastics' experienced instructors are safety certified by USA Gymnastics, meaning they've never twisted any of their students into soft pretzels or forgotten about them in the oven. Committed to customer satisfaction, Bayside keeps class sizes small and intimate to facilitate individualized instruction. Classes are offered for all experience levels, from beginner to elite, and Bayside's spacious and well-equipped facilities provide the resources tots need for agilified acrobatic advancement. In addition to promoting flexibility, strength, and coordination, gymnastics has more ephemeral, non-heist-related benefits for children, such as increased self-esteem, determination, and the satisfaction of participating in an internationally sanctioned sport.
Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics’ husband-and-wife instructors unlock physical flexibility and springboard children into gymnastics education with sessions designed to stimulate curiosity and promote fitness. Each 45-minute class echoes with the pounding feet and tiny laughs of students ages 5 and younger as they twist and twirl upon equipment designed to accommodate their short stature and limited grasp of quantum physics. Parents and tots under 3 toddle together during 45-minute sessions that introduce the gamut of gymnastics equipment. Acrobatic acolytes ages 6 and up incinerate calories during 60-minute sessions, performing tumbles that end in sit-ups, backwards somersaults that end in push-ups, and triple-twist front handsprings that end in hiccups.
As a former college cheerleader, Central Florida Athletics' head coach Joe Hart is an expert in tumbling and stunting. At the center, Hart and his coaching staff run the All-Star Cheer program, which teaches students team-building and self-discipline skills along with high kicks that break air molecules in half.
But cheerleading isn't the only discipline that the coaches teach. They also lead a tumbling program that instructs students in everything from basic forward rolls to advanced back tucks. In addition, they helm all-star teams and run summer camps with tumbling, games, swimming, and arts and crafts.
When you watch the Olympics, gymnastics looks like a sport of physical feats, including balance beam routines and pretzel-style bends. Gymnastics USA honors these performances with Olympics-themed birthday parties?but during their classes for youngsters, dazzling moves take up only part of their focus. The rest of the time, coaches highlight other ingredients for success: self-reliance, hard work, and positive thoughts, such as "I'm thankful this balance beam isn't on fire!" This dual emphasis matters just as much in their competitive practices as it does in their general sessions and their comprehensive programming for special needs students.