Paul Hunt has toured the world as the pigtailed and hairy-chested "Paulette Huntesque," delighting crowds with a comedic gymnastics routine alongside superstars such as Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci. But as a coach at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy, Paul boasts a r?sum? that's just as impressive as Paulette's. Not only was he a national champion, but he coached Utah's first Olympic-level gymnast, as well as many other championship- and scholarship-winning athletes.
Alongside other highly qualified instructors, Paul teaches gymnastics and tumbling to children of all ages at Hunt's Gymnastics Academy. Kids can start as young as 3, working on honing motor skills and self-esteem in Tots classes. The academy's most committed students can eventually work toward a spot on the competition team. But the school doesn't just focus on traditional gymnastics?instructors also lead aerial silks classes and yoga sessions, which help students develop the flexibility to out-bend even Gumby.
Academy West gives restless young Utahns a chance to expend excess energy in the form of choreographed dance, tumbling, cheer, or gymnastics classes. The adroit staff of CPR-certified safety gurus is composed of deft dancers and top-notch tumblers who teach thrilling routines to children craving more choreography in their lives. The 22,000-square-foot facility is packed with high-quality equipment and enough protective foam to swaddle a Herculean toddler attempting a triple aerial in place of his or her first steps.
Flip’s Gymnastics is committed to building kids’ self-esteem and confidence through the energetic and exciting world of gymnastics. Led by an exuberant staff of talented instructors, the gym offers programs for all ages and abilities. Youngins can start with Pre-K Learning & Movement and work their way up to Tumble Jungle Gym. Tramp & Tumbling provides high-flying fun, and cheerleading classes help students nab a spot on the squad.
Since 1988, Elite Gymnastics Academy has been turning out champion gymnasts, tumblers, and trampoline artists thanks to its professional-level equipment and competitive team members. Foam pits, uneven bars, beams, rings, and climbing walls bedeck the spacious facility, where everyone from new moms and their wee ones to elite-level gymnasts practice.
Pole Expression founder Jennifer Wilkins blazes an alternative path to fitness by formulating pole-based workouts that are as fun as they are functional. A fitness columnist for Pole2Pole magazine who's also been on its cover, Wilkins has a strong industry presence that's won her and her method awards in Pole Dance International magazine for Best Instructor and Best Training Method. She's also a sponsor and a judge at the nation's largest pole-dancing championship.
Eschewing pole-bound acrobatics in favor of muscular isolations, the studio’s signature JW Pole Fitness classes utilize the signature support beam as a prop to help create muscle stability and burn calories, all without risk of injury. Because it doesn’t involve spins or inversions, the JW method is appropriate for students of any fitness level, and can even be employed to assist those overcoming injury or a childhood fear of lampposts. For those looking for a higher-energy exercise routine, pole-dancing classes exalt feminine curves through a graduated program that guides dancers from grounded moves to gymnastics-inspired toning to the saving of flags stuck high atop the Space Needle.
More traditional fitness comes in the form of Turbo Kick and yoga, which fosters flexibility through aligned posture and held poses, as well as Pilates classes, during which instructors target the torso's core muscles to boost bodily stability without fashioning toe rings made of lead. Check the studio's class calendar for a schedule of upcoming sessions.
At Elite Tumbling, all of the introductory lessons are private, ensuring each student masters fundamentals like back tucks and back handsprings before graduating to higher-level group classes. Along the way, instructors encourage kids to challenge themselves with new moves, all while emphasizing safety. Gymnasts of all levels can don the school's spotting belts, and specialized mats and trampolines cushion falls. Snowboarders and skiiers also benefit from the high-tech safety equipment?the school's system of bungee belts allows them to practice aerial moves before they hit the slopes.