For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Whimsical play and jaw-dropping feats of skill are both regular occurrences at The Circus Conservatory. Intended for adults of all fitness and experience levels, the conservatory strives to create a sense of community, uniting people united by their curiosity for circus arts. Classes meet throughout the week and introduce students to the fundamentals of everything from acrobatics to slacklining and aerial silks. During these acro lessons, certified, friendly instructors teach individuals how to work together as a team to create graceful, gravity-defying tableaus via standing atop shoulders, performing supported handstands, or levitating above the ground. The schedule also includes yoga-based sessions that use acrobatic techniques in conjunction with traditional asanas.
Though “The Machine” is an unlikely name for a little girl, flipping phenom and Sunburst Gymnastics Academy student Haley Vasquez certainly earned her title. The diminutive firecracker used her gymnastics training to tackle 143 cartwheels in less than four minutes. Sunburst’s owner and a gymnastics coach of 14 years, Nathan Britt, has fostered a fun and educational atmosphere for kids just like Haley "The Machine" Vasquez for more than 30 years.
Along with his team of skilled gymnasts, Nathan leads recreational gymnastics classes through the high school–level, training youngsters in professional events such as vault, bars, balance beam, pommel horse, and flipping into a zipped-up pair of pants. In the fully air-conditioned gym, the staff also designs and leads programs that teach skill and burn off steam for kids as young as 18 months.
W.E.Gymnastics isn't just a school for aspiring young acrobats, it's also a cheerleading academy, a dance studio, and a place where parents can bond with their children during family workouts. Classes covering these activities and more are held at the school six days a week. Students ready to take on competition can join the school's gymnastics team and enter in regional competitions with an eye on state and national levels. Whatever their workout of choice, W.E. Gymnastics has something for any child, grownup, or child dressed as a grownup.
For United Gymnastics' coaches, gymnastics isn't just about mastering a back handspring or having the flexibility to sink into the splits. In classes, they nurture kids to become more disciplined and confident as they strengthen their bodies and gain coordination. Parents accompany their little ones to toddler classes, which are held in a sectioned-off area with miniature, cushy equipment. Older kids advance through classes that develop tumbling and gymnastics prowess at age-appropriate levels, laying the foundations for a lifetime of physical activity.
The staff members also host birthday parties and summer camps that engage tykes with crafts and open-gym time, in which they will gain enough dexterity and flexibility to build s'mores with their feet.
Olympic gold medalist and International Gymnastics Hall-of-Famer Vladimir Artemov oversees the team of fleet-footed twisters and tumblers at Artemov Gymnastics, looking to pass the torch of health, jollity, and rubberized existence to all aspirant Olympians. Once a week for a month, benders of all skill levels can sharpen their shape-ability inside Artemov's air-conditioned, 16,000+-square-foot facility, which is filled with world-class equipment that is cushioned by body-catching trampolines and in-ground landing pits. Friendly, supportive instructors aid in collective skill progression in a variety of one-hour classes.