At The Little Gym of Olney, we know that exercising provides serious benefits for kids of all ages. In fact, a study performed by The Journal of Pediatrics found that "promoting physical activity that involved aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development."

So how can you encourage your child to exercise? Get them involved in programs at The Little Gym of Olney! Our parent/child programs for children 4 months-3 years encourage little ones to explore, gain independence, and try new kills. In Pre-K and Kindergarten programs for 3- 6 year olds, children are learning to listen and follow directions, cooperate and work in a group. And in grade-school programs for 6-12 year olds, children are strengthening their bodies, and gaining a whole lot of confidence!

So if your child is not yet enrolled at The Little Gym of Olney, call today and speak with a team member. The benefits of being active will help improve your child’s academic performance, social skills, health, and much more. We can’t wait to see you on the big red mat!

At The Little Gym of Olney, we know that good manners go a long way.  But, good manners aren't something that naturally comes to kids. Good manners have to be taught and parents have to remind their children that good manners are important all the time. So whether your child is at home, school or on the playground, it's important to instill good manners.  Here are some of our favorite GOOD MANNERS at The Little Gym:
1.  "Thank You!"  We love hearing this!  Here at The Little Gym, there is nothing more rewarding than a child and parent coming up to you after class and thanking you for a great class! A simply Thank You goes a long way and can make someone's day!
2.  "Excuse Me."  We say this a lot at The Little Gym of Olney.  Especially in our preschool classes.  We are always reminding the kids to use their manners when they bump into a friend or are trying to get around someone.
3.  "Hello." and "Goodbye."  We instill this good manner in each class by singing a hello and goodbye song.  It is always polite to greet your friends and say goodbye when you are leaving.
4.  Kindness:  Showing KINDNESS to everyone!  Being kind is so important.  At The Little Gym of Olney, we make it a point to stress the importance of being nice to your friends, teachers and parents. 
When it comes to manners, practice makes perfect!  Let's work together to ensure that every Citizen Kid has great manners!

It may be cold outside but it’s nice and warm at The Little Gym of Olney! As the winter lingers along, so do the cold temperatures and shorter days, which offer much less time to spend outdoors. Researchers suggest that children burn half as many calories in the winter months than in the summer due to a decrease in activity.

Here at The Little Gym of Olney, it’s our main priority to encourage children to get and stay active no matter what the weather may be. How do we do it? By showing kids that getting active is FUN! Each week, we offer parents and kids, "homework", or as we call it "Personal Outside Practice" or POPS. The POPS are designed to bring The Little Gym home with your child each week to encourage healthy children to get active each day. So whether you are at home or at The Little Gym of Olney, it's important to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle every day of the week!

What can The Little Gym of Olney can do for your
child? The obvious is what we call Serious Fun!  Learning real gymnastics, dance and sport skills in a warm, clean and nurturing environment.  I could expound on all the obvious benefits. enhanced motor skills, improved balance, increased core strength, self-confidence and the belief that one
can accomplish anything.  Along with learning great social skills that will generalize to school and life.  But I won't.  Instead I would like to share a note that I recently received from a former member who brought her son to The Little Gym of Olney when we first opened.  When you read this,
you will realize that right now while your children participate they are having fun and learning all aspects of our 3-Dimensional Learning Model.
Lori's Letter:

Dear Dr. Brody,

About 10 years ago, my son, Noah, took the all boys gymnastics class at your The Little Gym.  I wanted to let you know that experience has born fruit in his life.  Noah is now 20 and is in college.  He is also working as a gymnastics teacher - teaching gymnastics to children.

He really likes his job and tells me that it is his first experience working with people who like their jobs.  He is passing on the skills he learned at The Little Gym.  I'm particularly pleased that he has a job that is helping him stay fit.  Noah was not that interested in sports as a child, but he enjoyed the classes he took at The Little Gym.  Now he is passing that joy on to another generation.  So thank you for your part in teaching Noah.


Here are a couple other stories of how The Little Gym has more lifetime benefits than just fun! 

Story #1:  Berkley, the daughter of Ms. Lynne: 
As Lynne tells it, Berkley has a neighbor who she plays with in the back yard.  "B" started in our Bugs Program at 4 months old.  By two years of age as she ran down the hill in the backyard she would wipe out and get right back up.  Her friend, who never went to The Little Gym and who stayed home with sitters and grandparents would fall down and not get up.  Lynne always felt that The Little Gym gave Berkley the perseverance to fight through  anything, in this case the hill in the backyard.

Story #2:  Not to be the doting parent but, my daughter Julia started at The Little Gym as a Bird at 10 months when we opened in 2003.  She just recently aged out at 12 years.  I noticed one day when she was playing softball on her competitive travel team that half of the girls on her team had come to The Little Gym for at least 3-5 years.  And although I would tell you one of the benefits of gymnastics is core strength, I realized that day that the only reason these girls could hit Line drives, make the big throws (2nd to
home for example) and steal bases like they were doing was because they all had built a tremendous amount of core strength at The Little Gym.  This was all due to manipulating their own body weight in tumbling, around bars, over
beams and vaults.  Core strength they built through gymnastics at The Little Gym.  I realized then that gymnastics is the only full body exercise training program for kids. 
This holiday season, invest in your child's development by enrolling in The Little Gym!  Call today to schedule your Big Discovery Introductory Experience!
Want to give you kid a new perspective? Help her turn her world – and her body – upside down. Mastering a handstand does more than just instill pride and elicit giggles – it also has big physical benefits. “Being upside down is huge for coordination and body control, and it’s also great for developing upper body strength, which is the weakest area in kids” says Randy McCoy, Director of Curriculum for The Little Gym International, Inc. Have your kids follow Randy’s incremental plan, and they’ll be topsy-turvy in no time! 3 Steps to a Handstand • Start by building arm strength. In a clear space with a rug or mat, have your child stand with her back to a wall, bend down, reach out, and plant her hands on the ground two to three feet in front. Have her keep her arms straight and carefully walk her feet up the wall. 1. Donkey Kicks: Next, have her squat away from the wall with her feet slightly apart and hands on the floor. Keeping her gaze on her hands, she should kick up both feet at the same time. 2. Long Leg Kicks: With hands on the floor and one foot 12 inches in front of the other, have her kick up with her back leg, then quickly follow with the other into a mini handstand. 3. Do a Handstand! Have her stand with her feet as shown and reach her hands to the ground. When they touch, have her push off her front leg and kick up her back into a handstand. Spot her as she goes up to prevent her from toppling over. Support her legs and/or hips so that she’s stable once she’s up. "Hands-Down Fun." FamilyFun Magazine. August 2014: 38. Print.
The Little Gym has done it again! We are excited to announce that The Little Gym has been awarded Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine! We are honored to be awarded yet again by Parents Magazine following the 2010 ranking as the #1 place to host children’s birthday parties. Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for making our Awesome Birthday Bash Parties such a success. If it wasn’t for you this award would not be possible! If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience The Little Gym’s Awesome Birthday Bash Parties, what are you waiting for? Our fabulous instructors will lead all the fun and our team handles everything from set up to cleanup which means more fun for you! From our Awesome Birthday Bash Parties, to our exclusive Dora the Explorer; Go, Diego, Go; and NOW new Sponge Bob Square Pants themed parties (coming this fall), birthdays at The Little Gym really “take the cake”! We’ve got the awards to prove how great our parties are, and now all we need is a great family like yours to make it extra fun! Be sure to check out The Little Gym’s Best Gym Party award in the August issue of Parents Magazine, now on newsstands! And online here: http://www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/ideas/top-10-birthday-chains-for-kid-birthday-parties/?page=2
Are you looking for a unique birthday adventure for your child?  Well, load up your backpack and head on over to The Little Gym!  Nickelodeon and The Little Gym have partnered to create "Dora the Explorer" themed birthday parties with a special storyline and music from the Emmy award-winning animated preschool series.
A Dora the Explorer Birthday Adventure at The Little Gym is the perfect way to make the big day extra special.  Your birthday child and their friends will have the entire facility to themselves to take part in a fun imaginative adventure with Dora and the whole explorer gang.  The birthday guests will help Dora overcome obstacles to find the Birthday Wands which they will use to fly to the top of Birthday Mountain!  During the adventure, they'll cross Crocodile Lake, jump and bounce through Isa's Flowery Garden, and more.  Along the way, the kids will encounter Tico the Squirrel, Swiper the Fox, and other friends from Dora's world.
In addition to leading the fun, The Little Gym team will handle everything from invitations to clean-up so you can rest easy and enjoy the fiesta!  Many dates and times are booked weeks in advance, so call today to reserve your celebration.  Let us help make this the most memorable milestone yet!
Each new year is a new opportunity to focus on making positive changes in your life.  While this is a great habit for everyone, it's especially important for parents.  Why?  Because the choices that you make not only benefit you, they have a direct effect on your child's health too!
Here are 3 parenting resolutions to consider in 2012:
1.  Instill a love for physical activity.  Physical activity provides coutless benefits.  So, it's important to help your child develop healthy habits at an early age.  In addition to gymnastics, The Little Gym has several physical activities for kids such as Sports Skills and Dance, which can help your child develop a love for an acitive lifestyle.
2.  Establish healthy eating habits.  Keep healthy, yummy snacks on hand and set an example for your child with your own food choices.  Plan low fat meals that follow the government's MyPlate guidelines and involve your children in meal planning and shopping.  This allows you to reinforce your child's healthy meal options and helps children discover new foods and flavors.
3.  Focus on your child's positive behaviors.  Like adults, children respond to favorable comments and adopt behaviors that gain them attention.  Try to get in the habit of catching yoru childre "at their best."  Providing encouragement for good behavior or for achievements in sports or other physical activities is a great way to motivate children to maintain good habits. 
While you help your children develop healthy habits, don't forget to make resolutions for your own health as well.  In fact, consider resolving to get some well-deserved "me" time this year.  Planning some time away from the kids should be considered a necessity rather than a luxury.  Plus, brief separations are beneficial for kids as well.  Time away helps foster a feeling of independence and builds bonds with other adults such as a grandma, favorite neighbor, or The Little Gym instructors.  And if you need a parents night out, our Parents' Survival Nights have got you covered!
As we start the New year, we're thrilled to have helped so many children in the Olney area develop an appreciation for fitness and fun with our kids gym classes.  We're still taking enrollments for students that want to join the second half of the 2011-2012 Season.  For more information, or to schedule a free introductory class, please contact Lynne or Keisha at 301-570-9310 today!
As I sit here at the front desk, I am listening to 3 veteran TLG parents talk to another parent who is visiting our facility for the 1st time...It's wonderful to actually here what they love about the program
It's a Funny Bugs class (3-4 yr olds)...
1.  They love that the instructors don't get stressed when the kids don't listen
2.  They love that it's ok if the kids wander, as long as they are safe
3.  They love that the instructors know how to handle different kids and different personalities
4.  They love that the instructors keep the kids engaged 100% of the time, there isn't any down time or waiting around!
5. They love that they are learning AND having fun!!