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 deal: for $25, you get a month of kids' gymnastics classes (a $99 value) at Gymco, located on Camelot Ridge Court. A month's worth of gym classes consists of four 55-minute sessions held over the course of four consecutive weeks; the $36 annual membership fee is also waived for this deal.
Since 1980, Gymco co-founder Doreen Bolhuis has been building up kids' bodies and self-confidence through courses oriented around twisting, leaping, movement, and teamwork. Children from as young as 18 months to as old as 18 years are eligible for enrollment in courses held at Gymco's spacious 16,000-square-foot facility. Pre-sport gymnastics courses help develop hand-eye coordination, locomotor skills, fine-motor skills, and motorboat-repair skills for toddling tumblers age 3–6. As life goes on, older students are welcome to enroll in age-appropriate gymnastics classes (view schedule), which emphasize the teamwork tendencies and agility skills required to overcome any obstacles, including nature's most oppressive bully, gravity.
While there aren't many online reviews, Gymco customers give the following testimonials:
- Gymco's staff provides a wonderful environment where every child is treated as an individual. The coaches are motivating, enthusiastic, and fun! They are also incredible role models, always extremely positive and give every child the encouragement needed to learn a new task. – Robbyn B.
- I really value your mission and values, that you do not have a competitive focus, everyone is very friendly, and interested in each customer. Children are treated respectfully, given positive encouragement. – Joanne S.
"When we teach—from babyhood—people to move well, they'll enjoy doing it, and they'll continue doing it." Such is the philosophy of Gymco president and co-founder Doreen Bolhuis, which she relayed to the New York Times in a 2010 video report. The importance of starting young kids on the road toward athleticism is something Bolhuis is passionate about, especially as a former elite-level gymnastics coach who's been teaching for more than 35 years. It's a concept she calls "physical literacy," and she's appeared on news outlets such as Today, CNN, and ABC News to discuss how young children's physical training and development is just as important as their mental growth. Along those lines, Bolhuis created the GymTrix line of DVDs to help parents develop babies' fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
And Bolhuis's enthusiasm for childhood fitness is apparent at Gymco, where her staff undergoes a four-step technical and philosophical certification protocol on sports development. She has transformed what began in 1980 as a few classes held in a barn behind a local retirement home into a 5-acre, 16,000-square-foot first location and a second, state-of-the-art facility on the north side of town.
When you walk into either site, you'll see kids scaling rock walls, doing back flips, and defying imaginary pirates as they walk the plank-like high beam, improving their physical skills in sports, gymnastics, and cheerleading classes. What aren't as obvious are the internal changes that begin to manifest, from improved self-confidence and perseverance to the gradual building of character. Fulfilling her start-them-early mission, Bolhuis also offers classes designed specifically for preschoolers and kindergartners.
2306 Camelot Ridge Ct. SE
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