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Aspiring bar- and beam-dwellers find supportive instruction at Team Central Gymnastic Academy and Olympiad Gymnastic Training Centers, which mold everyday children into lithe lads and lasses. A wide selection of classes are available for sprouts of all ages. The Tumble Bee program allows wee ones from 18 months to 3 years old to bounce into fitness, and older flip fanatics may start in a beginning boys or girls class, or catapult straight into age-appropriate trampoline and tumbling.

2675 Metro Blvd
Maryland Heights,
MO
US

The Little Gym of Fenton's fun-filled classes pair fitness with learning to foster children's self-esteem and build a lifelong love of movement. Caring coaches fill age-specific lessons with smiles and encouragement, helping kids strive for success without competition or passive-aggressive jump-rope rhymes. Designed for tots aged 4 months to 3 years old, parent-and-child classes cultivate coordination, balance, and strength along with social skills such as sharing and teamwork. Kids aged 12 and younger develop agility and confidence during karate and gymnastics classes, which engage wee ones with music, obstacle courses, and chances to flex their creative muscles. In addition to hosting classes, The Little Gym of Fenton organizes camps, birthday parties, and survival nights that strengthen family bonds more effectively than cramming into group donkey costumes.

639 Gravois Bluffs Blvd
Fenton,
MO
US

The dedicated instructors at the newly reopened The Little Gym of West County employ their 15 years of educational experience to bolster kids’ minds and bodies through noncompetitive fitness classes held in a nurturing, positive environment. The programs and classes introduce kids aged 4 months to 12 years to fun physical activities that weave in intellectual stimulation and the social skills needed to tactfully part with imaginary friends. Knee-high tots work with parents to prepare for the rigors of toddlerdom in parent and child classes, as older kids amplify self-confidence in karate, gymnastics, sports classes. Rather than overloading tykes with daunting feats such as ripping out-of-date phone books in half, the instructors engage children with regular encouragement and positive feedback to ensure their active futures are fueled by self-esteem.

15825 Manchester Rd
Ellisville,
MO
US

In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old?12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.

Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.

1931 W US Highway 50
Fairview Heights,
IL
US

Becky Kern began teaching dance classes in her basement in 1961. She had just five students who paid a mere $5 a month, but before long the tapping of toes had her neighbors complaining so she opened Becky Kern's Dance Studio. Today, Becky's daughter-in-law and granddaughter keep the studio running smoothly whether teaching 3 year olds how to move creatively with their bodies or coaching teens on the competitive dance team. Six days a week, groups gather to practice tumbling, jazz, and contemporary dance moves in front of the studio's full-length mirrors, where students can follow along with instructors. BYOB ballroom-dancing classes are also available for adults, who can pop corks and learn swirling steps during fun, engaging classes.

2346 Mascoutah Avenue
Belleville,
IL
US

The crowd's roar flooded the streets of Chicago as Darcy Zenker crossed the finish line of her first marathon, clocking in at 3:35. After she had been running for years—placing among the top finishers at four half-marathons and competing on the Southern Illinois University track team—she decided she needed a break. She then immersed herself in a new athletic pursuit—group fitness instruction.

Three years later, she became the head trainer of her own boot-camp fitness program, NowFitness, where her years of athletic training and certification in fitness instruction shine through in her workouts. In parks throughout the local area, she and her staff of fellow trainers lead groups through high-intensity workouts that take advantage of their surroundings. She motivates patrons to scale stairs, do crunches on benches, and hoist planks across grassy fields. The trainers also offer a stroller-based boot camp for moms, in which participants blast through cardio and strength-training exercises that incorporate their stroller with baby or a watermelon they've dressed up to look like a baby in tow. In addition to hosting classes, NowFitness pairs patrons with certified lifestyle and weight-management coach Amanda Bickel for a comprehensive five-week nutrition program.

400 De Mun Avenue
Clayton,
MO
US