With nearly a decade of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym's Polaris location provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program.
The springy floors at Capitol City Gymnastics host more than gymnastics—they're also the launching pad for cheerleading and karate lessons. Although these three disciplines differ, each is offered to help imbue students with self-confidence and a love of physical activity. The facility's host of ever-evolving gear includes a 35-foot, in-ground tumble track, a pit of foam squares, vaulting equipment, and bars.
“Once you get used to it … you just kinda feel like you’re flipping,” Gym Marika student Jessica Witkin says when describing trampolining in an interview with NBC 4. Trampolining, which has elevated from a backyard mainstay to a medal-earning event, is just one of the gymnastics techniques offered at Gym Marika to help improve the lives of children. “It really builds their self-confidence,” says Head Coach Marika Zahrndt, who oversees a team of USAG-certified coaches.
During classes, Marika and her staff guide students as they absorb techniques that range from rolls, handstands, and round-offs to combinations, aerial somersaults, and handsprings. Classes encompass multiple events, including floor routines, balance beams, vaulting, and uneven parallel bars. The programs are designed to accommodate kids with all aspirations, from those who dream of gold medals to kids who want a fun way to exercise and get through the seven-year winter.
Kristi's Tumbling and Trampoline has cultivated stage performers, 88 Junior Olympic National Champions, two national champions, and one world champion since opening its doors in 1994. The instructors, many of whom boast competitive backgrounds and multiple awards, help all levels of students build both physical skills and self-esteem. Beginning at two years old with parent and tot classes, they take little ones through courses that teach everything from basic tumbling to how to flip with the grace and beauty of a rainbow-sprinkle pancake. Kristi's Tumbling and Trampoline's facilities form a safe-haven for students to practice their skills with multiple trampolines that help them reach the sky and a nine-foot-deep foam pit that lets fledgling gymnasts show no fear. After making the journey from beginner to gymnast, students can join competitive teams and showcase their abilities to appreciative fans.
An award-winning competitive cheer program, Step One Allstars coaxes the spirit out of children and high schoolers with cheerleading lessons and competitions. Led by nationally certified instructors, group classes and individual lessons tackle the intricacies of tumbling for students of all experience levels. Beginners can try out Tumbling 1, while veteran gymnasts tackle Tumbling 5, which requires prerequisites such as the ability to do a back handspring while burping the local high school’s fight song. Instructors also lead sessions to practice cheer stunts and to improve basic flexibility. All of this practice pays off in the studio’s competition squads. Composed of cheerleaders and hip-hop dancers of all ages and experience levels, teams compete locally or travel distances to out-strut faraway opponents. When not spewing out cheers, the Step One crew lends their enthusiasm to various philanthropic causes, including the special-needs program and Adopt-A-Family-Christmas.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 60 minutes
Brands Used: AmeriCheer and AmeriDance classes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classes and clinics
Recommended Age Group: Kids and Teens
AmeriCheer’s Family of Brands has been spotlighting cheerleaders and dancers at its instructional camps and elite competitions for more than 30 years. It's helping kids develop life-long values, such as dedication, teamwork, and self-confidence. To that end, at the conclusion of every competition, each participant receives a medal to honor their commitment and team spirit. Cheer and dance classes are also offered at the AmeriCheer and AmeriDance National Training Facility—students are divided by age group and ability, and learn a progression of cheer and dance moves.