Like a good horror movie, a good exercise regimen shocks the body out of its lethargy, which is why so many personal trainers chase their clients on treadmills while brandishing anacondas. Get in less terrified shape with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get four one-hour classes at Monarchs National Gymnastics Training Center (a $50 value) in Newbury Park. Check the schedule for upcoming classes.
Monarchs National Gymnastics Training Center furnishes the facilities and equipment necessary for young tumblers to develop their skills. The center staffs experienced coaches to teach students during sundry group classes that encourage camaraderie. Choose any four consecutive one-hour classes for aspiring Olympians or unwittingly aspiring Olympians, including co-ed kinder classes designed for ideally low-to-the-ground toddlers or a boys-and-girls tumbling session—for ages 6–18—that teaches kids the easiest ways to catapult themselves out of a room during awkward silences or boring lectures. All-girls and all-boys classes are available for kids aged 6–18, and a girls' cheer class prepares sprightly young ones for futures as high-school pep leaders.
The sprawling Monarchs facility is well suited to accommodate and channel the restive nature of children, who are usually cooped up behind a desk and planning class presidential campaigns centered on the abolishment of all homework, tests, and black-licorice-scented markers. An energetic atmosphere encourages the body-wide workouts provided by all variations of gymnastics, and the committed, helpful staff members make ideally active role models for athletically versatile kids.