Children are ideal gymnasts, with light body weight, a low center of gravity, and an innate desire to dangle upside down. Discover your child's inner aerialist with today's Groupon to Illinois Gymnastics Institute in Westmont. Choose between the following options:
• For $20, you get four preschool- to kindergarten-level gymnastics classes, valid for boys and girls age 18 months–5 years old (up to a $72 value).
• For $30, you get four recreational gymnastics classes, valid for boys and girls age 6–14 years old (a $75.50 value).
Under the direction of head coach Todd Gardiner, Illinois Gymnastics Institute and its experienced staff have coached budding and advanced gymnasts since 1979 and have a history of participating in international and national competitions. Within the walls of the 35,000-square-foot facility, preschool- and kindergarten-level sessions refine the fine motor skills of young students during 45-minute parent-tot classes (for children 18 months–3 years old), in which Mom and Dad help Junior improve his balance and hand-eye coordination. Classes for two levels of small stars (for children 3 years old and 4–5 years old) work on flexibility, balance, and introductory gymnastics skills using pint-size equipment, including trampolines and foam pits. Kindergartners partake in 60-minute classes designed to reinforce listening skills and introduce more challenging Olympic events, including the vault, the bars, the beam, and the elastic piñata.
Recreational gymnastics classes (for children ages 6–14) pair instructors with older chickadees for a 65-minute class that draws on flexibility and strength-building activities, such as dead-lifting balance beams. Skills introduced include handstands and cartwheels on floor, and pullovers and casting on bars. Check the current schedule for class times. Future times will be extended.
Illinois Gymnastics Institute
Head coach Todd Gardiner and the team of talented instructors at Illinois Gymnastics Institute, which boasts a lengthy list of championship-placing gymnasts, have taught and trained athletes of all ages, levels, and sport aspirations for more than 30 years. The 35,000-square-foot athlete factory was established in 1979 when Gardiner began teaching gymnastics using his personal sport experience and detailed origami diagrams. Since that time, the Illinois Gymnastics Institute has trained hundreds of athletes, including Junior and Senior U.S. National Vault Champions and U.S. Olympic Trials–qualifier Liz Tricase. The gym's experienced instructors host programs for students ages 18 months–18 years, and their leadership has helped more than 98% of IGI graduates to obtain NCAA full-tuition scholarships and numerous awards for Most Convincing Impersonation of a Sailor's Knot.