Scientists agree that children are our future, which is why most children are sealed in time capsules with a flashlight and a stack of magazines. Give a child something he or she will really dig with today's Groupon: for $29, you get two days of children's fitness camp at Gymalaya (a $113 value, including HST). Choose between locations in Newmarket and Vaughan.
Gymalaya's gymnastics coaches lead children through fun, noncompetitive exercises and routines. Tiny athletes skip through structured day camp sessions honing physical and mental skills in gymnastics, such as trampoline, tumbling, handstands, the balance beam, and cookie-discus throwing. Younger focused camps coach children to sharpen basic physical development exercises through group and individual exploration, and bigger kids test out real gymnastics on multicoloured obstacle courses, climbing bars, and tumble trampolines. Athletes may also utilize a 40-foot trampoline and floor mats as they learn to handstand, cartwheel, and perform more advanced techniques. Structured programs aim to improve overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.
Gymalaya's instructors pass on their tyke-empowering teachings and hopscotch-tournament training in two clean, bright, chalk-free, and fully air-conditioned facilities during full camp days (9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Vaughan location, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Newmarket location). Gym staff changes the configuration of equipment and play structures weekly, providing new stimulation for exercisers and easily bored exercise balls. Gymalaya also composes age-appropriate gymnastics-themed birthday parties and offers encouraging body-conditioning classes for children 18 months–10 years old.
At Gymalaya, trainers introduce kids ages 18 months to 10 years to the fun and challenging elements of gymnastics. Two studios maintain kid-friendly workout zones marked by brightly coloured walls and equipment scaled down to accommodate tiny hands, huge imaginations, and average acrophobia. The gym's noncompetitive environment emphasizes fun; although more advanced classes teach difficult skills such as back handsprings and round-offs, all teachers maintain a focus on building strength and confidence.