At Intensity All Stars, experienced coaches impart knowledge on young athletes. In a training facility that's equally as professional, these trainers help Intensity athletes hone techniques. To explore a new passion without the competition, students enroll in more casual classes, like tumbling, dance, and parkour. Intensity boasts US All Star Federation credentials, a first-aid-certified staff, and its own pro shop, but many simply appreciate the way it stokes students' interests, fitness, and self-confidence.
“We believe that every child is a champion.” This mission statement informs the approach that Cal Elite Kids takes with the participants of its programs. Youngsters may learn self-reliance in gymnastics lessons, which take place on an in-ground tumble-track trampoline, on an array of beams and bars, or in the air above an in-ground foam pit. They also develop discipline in dance class; at the Rancho Santa Margarita facility, the five dance studios inspire with views of the surrounding mountains.
Cal Elite Kids’ charges can even learn how to express themselves through athletic theatrical performances or simply improve their 2 a.m. Friday-night karaoke warblings during Glee Elite sessions.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged 4 months to 3 years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers and kindergarteners to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes divided by ability, not age, and dance classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia F.I.T. founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia F.I.T. sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
At Kaia F.I.T., a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their F.I.T. sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular F.I.T. program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.
Visitors to Dynamis CrossFit's gym won't find treadmills or weight machines, but rows of kettlebells for hoisting, barbells for lifting, and open space for lunges, cardio, and resistance training. CrossFit coaches bypass the boring grind of elliptical work or sustained thumb twiddling, but instead challenge pupils with varying workouts based on natural, functional movement and scalable difficulty. At Dynamis, visitors can find a community of like-minded sweaters and strivers, who inspire each other in the battle against sloth with positive vibes, crunch contests, and honorary nicknames.
Linxian Guo stands before a roaring audience at the 1988 Olympic Games, barely dropping a sweat as he prepares to take on the parallel bars. The brawny athlete pulls himself up and launches his body into the air, flipping upside-down, somersaulting elegantly, and transforming into a swan and back as the audience erupts into gasps and applause.
Linxian isn't the only champion gymnast at World Elite Gymnastics, where the staff is made up of former Olympians, Olympic coaches, and members of the Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The seasoned coaches conduct classes, host camps, and captain teams, teaching students of all ages and experience levels gymnastic form and technique while emphasizing the importance of discipline and confidence. In addition to traditional gymnastic, tumbling, and trampolining courses, they offer an innovative Urban Acrobatics class that combines acrobatics with parkour-style obstacle course training. They hold all of these classes in a sprawling gym, complete with professional balancing beams, trampolines, and mats.