October Let's Build, Let's Play, LEGO DUPLO® Time
Beasts/Super Beasts
Friday, October 16th - 1:30pm - 2:00pm

October Practice Times
Wednesday, October 14th – 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Beasts/Super Beasts
Wednesday, October 7th – 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms
Friday, October 2nd – 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Good Friends/Flips/Hot Shots/Twisters/Aerials
Friday, October 23rd – 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Classes are free to currently enrolled students!
Space is limited, so call to register today!


The Little Gym program is all about encouraging your child's growth/development, and that includes sharing. When it comes to sharing though, Amazing Families, let's be sure only to share healthy smiles and bodies! We want to thank each family for being considerate of others, and for taking the necessary precautions to ensure your child is fit to be around other munchkins/adults when attending classes at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian. Remember, you will never lose the value of your class, so long as you are enrolled (and your account is current).

Makeups At The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian
Are As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

1. Call/E-mail to let us know you won't be able to attend class (that way your spot may be offered to another family eager for a dose of serious fun). 208-938-6185 or tlgeaglemeridianid@thelittlegym.com

2. Schedule a different class time that fits your family's busy schedule.

3. Attend your alternate age-appropriate class!

On our end, we promise to continue our rigorous cleaning schedule - mopping multiple times a week, cleaning the equipment daily, washing the walls weekly, cleaning the windows daily, etc - in an attempt to keep both your family and our team members safe!

Thanks for helping us all be one big healthy family at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian!

Science has confirmed it: nice guys don't finish last!

At least not according to a new study which suggests that kindergarten students who display pro-social behavior may be more likely to graduate college and have steady jobs. The 20 year national study tracked more than 700 children from kindergarten through age 25. The researchers found that young children that scored highest in social competence skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and listening, were four times more likely to graduate from college than those who did not. The study also found that, in some cases, these types of social skills may be better predictors of future success than academic skills.

Positive social skills are something that can be learned and improved upon throughout child development. Programs at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian help children grow and develop social skills in a fun environment that provides a different context for learning. Games are purposefully designed to enhance social development and the non-competitive environment encourages children to play with each other rather than against each other. Children learn to become more considerate of one another, more aware of the feelings of others, and more willing to work together for mutual benefit. These essential life skills help children learn how to interact in positive and socially acceptable ways which helps them become well-rounded little people so that, as research now confirms, they grow into well-rounded adults.

If you were thinking of dropping in on

Monday, September 7th

you will miss us, as we’ll be out with Professor Featherhead, searching for the very rare Red Bellied Mud Napper!


Hope each family member and friend you hold dear

has a relaxing day!


If you regularly attend classes on Mondays, be sure to reschedule your child’s weekly dose of serious fun!


A new Season has begun, but it’s not too late to join the fun! From 4 months to 12 years, The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian offers a diverse line-up of programs including Parent/Child classes, Gymnastics, Dance, Sports Skills, and so much more! It's Not Too Late

Let The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian play a role in your child’s growth and development this year. Call 208-938-6185 to enroll today! We can’t wait to have Serious Fun with you!

A new Season at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian brings new friendships, new fun, and new skills to achieve. But it’s so much more than just fun and games.

Did you know that there’s a direct relationship between physical skill development and academic success? It’s true. But according to The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) only 1 in 4 children in the US gets enough physical activity. Physical activity is proven to have countless benefits for children, including increased confidence and mental functioning to help them become well-rounded super-kids!

So, roll on over! The transferable traits your child develops with The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian will have an immediate impact in the classroom, on sports teams, and as they grow into young adults. The new Season starts Monday, August 24th! Call 208-938-6185 to speak with a team member and get your child enrolled. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces in the gym!

Amazing Parents,


The following class times for the 2015-2016 Season are either

close to full, or already full! Be sure to save your spot before the Season begins and the classes fill up!


Monday Funny Bugs – 11:00am

Monday Jazzy Bugs – 12:00pm

Monday Jazzy Bugs/Giggle Toes – 5:30pm

Monday Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms - 6:00pm

Monday Flips/Hot Shots – 7:00pm

Tuesday Jazzy Bugs/Giggle Toes – 11:30am

Tuesday Mini Jacks – 1:00pm

Tuesday Good Friends – 4:30pm

Wednesday Jazzy Beasts – 10:30am

Wednesday Flips – 4:30pm

Wednesday Tumblers – 5:30pm

Wednesday Giggle Worms/Good Friends – 6:30pm

Thursday Beasts – 9:30am

Thursday Twisters/Aerials* – 4:15pm

Thursday Flips/Hot Shots – 5:15pm

Friday Jazzy Bugs/Giggle Toes – 10:15am

Friday Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms - 11:15am

Friday Mini Flips/Mini Jets* – 12:15pm

Saturday Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms – 12:00pm





*skill assessment required

Goodbye sun kissed skin, mosquito bites, and letting my children stay up way past their bed time. Goodbye lazy mornings, family vacations, and warm ocean breeze… goodbye summer…

While the summer sun may be setting – there is so much to be excited about now that a new Season is just about to begin at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian! From Parent/Child programs, to Gymnastics, Dance, and Sports Skills, The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian has something for everyone.

A new Season at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian starts in 4 short weeks! Call 208-938-6185 to speak with a team member and get your child enrolled in our Serious Fun programs for kids 4 months to 12 years!


School's out. Summer's back. And so are the kids.

Loving having them home, but missing your regular routine? Have no fear. Our friends at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian have got your back.

With an awesome array of classes and camps, The Little Gym lets your family enjoy summer on your own terms. A couple of days, a few weeks, or the whole summer... you decide.

The Little Gym gives kids from 4 months to 12 years relief from the heat and a summer full of memories. From gymnastics and sports to dance and arts & crafts, there is something for everyone.

Celebrate summer with The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian and see why so many parents love this place!

For all of those who are curious, yes, we will be closed on Saturday, July 4th!
If you regularly attend classes on Saturdays, be sure to reschedule your child's weekly dose of serious fun by calling 208-938-6185!

We wish you and your families and friends a safe and sparkly Fourth!
Terrific Tumbles,
The Little Gym Team

“This summer I’m going on a Quest at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian! I’ll get to meet new friends and we’ll all work together to save the day. We’re going to have a slumber party with dragons, search for treasure in a magical mountain, learn manners from a silly gorilla, sail the seas with friendly pirates, and even fly a rocket ship into outer space!”

Help your child celebrate summer by enrolling them in Super Kids’ Quest Summer Camp at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian! Each camp day will challenge your child to complete a fun and exciting adventure or “Quest” all while providing the opportunity for your child to exercise their muscles, imaginations, and cooperation skills! Super Kids’ Quest Camp is a 3 hour per-day camp for kids 3 (and potty independent) - 8 years. We offer flexible scheduling, allowing your family to sign up for the whole summer, a week, or even just a day at a time. day, For more information or to enroll call 208-938-6185 and speak with a team member, today! 

Whether your child is working on those beginning prone position skills, is soaring to new heights, is venturing to find that perfect release time for their flyaway dismounts from the bar, or is somewhere in between, The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian has the program to meet your child's developmental milestones!

With classes designed for each age from 4 months - 12 years, including not only gymnastics, but also dance, as well as sports development classes, there is something to match every child's interests at The Little Gym this summer!

You'll feel proud as your child beams with confidence taking on the next challenge. Your child will giggle at the silliness of their instructors, and pal around with their new friends. You'll recognize that there's so much more in The Little Gym curriculum than just movement! Each class will reap benefits in turn taking, confidence boosting, and problem solving, along with all of the overall benefits of activity and exercise.

If you haven't given your child the opportunity to experience the benefits of this curriculum, developed and honed over the past 39 years, call 208-938-6185, and give them their needed dose of serious fun at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian today!

Summer classes begin TODAY!

Forget the bug spray and the week-long commitment. Day camp for kids at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian is as great as youʼd imagine! Held during vacation times when schoolʼs not in session, our Eagle/Meridian seasonal camps combine physical activity, gymnastics and games with arts and crafts activities for giggle-filled relief from summer heat.

Super Kids’ Quest Camp, for kids 3-8, challenges children to spend three adventure-filled hours a day completing a fun, exciting mission or “Quest.” Each Quest employs a creative storyline designed to incorporate Three Dimensional Learning by combining physical activity and games with arts, crafts and special events. Each week offers an interactive learning theme and each day brings a different, creative lesson plan.

Is your child more a of a thrill seeker? Grade School Skill Thrill Camp help children ages 6-12 take their gymnastics skills to the next level through a more intense three-hour program. Kids focus on learning specific beginner, intermediate or advanced level skills while reviewing and practicing all-around gymnastic skills. It’s the perfect combination of fun, skill-building, and success!

Both options offer flexible scheduling, allowing your busy family to include The Little Gym camp programs in your children’s summer activities for several full weeks, a week, or even just a day at a time. Sound like fun? Of course it is! This is The Little Gym, after all.

Space is limited! Call 208-938-6185 to reserve your child's spot!

Summer adventures begin tomorrow!

All of the children in the programs at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian have made incredible progress - from boosting brain power to strengthening new skills to expanding confidence!

Now it’s time to celebrate all of their success during Showtime! Showtime is filled with special performances that allow your child to proudly demonstrate the many skills they have learned.

So invite grandma, grandpa, and the entire family for this Serious Fun & special occasion!

Showtime performances will occur during regularly scheduled class times during the week of May 26th.

Be sure to bring along your camera to capture precious moments of your Star during their performance!

And remember to join us for the final week of the School Year, AFTER the big shows! That's right, Amazing Families, classes run until, Saturday, June 6th! So, don't miss the week where we have no pressure, and let our hair down a little bit!

With great anticipation,
Your The Little Gym Team

The Little Gym will be closed for classes and shows,

Monday, May 25th

in observance of Memorial Day!

We hope that all will have a peaceful day, giving gratitude and reflecting on the service of so many who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country, and providing us the freedoms we often take for granted!


Amazing Parents,

If you haven't already saved your child's spot for the coming School Year, today is the day!

Tomorrow marks the first day we'll be opening up enrollment for next School Year's classes to the general public, and some classes are already full or close thereto!

So, seize the day, and call 208-938-6185, or stop on by, and we'll be sure to save your child's spot on the big activity mat! Oh, and who could forget your raffle ticket to put in for all of the incredible drawings? What are you most looking forward to winning? The FREE Season of classes or perhaps the Two Rivers Day Spa Package or perhaps the Awesome Birthday Bash ... we could go on all day, but we won't! Let us just get that ticket in there for you!

With excitement,
Your The Little Gym Team

Friendships provide children with so much more than just fun playmates! In fact, friends are essential for healthy psychological development. Many experts believe that a child’s ability to make friends is the single biggest predictor of their success later in life. Some even claim that it’s more important than IQ and grades.

Programs at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian are purposefully designed to help children become “Citizen Kids!” by improving their social and emotional development. Songs, games, and activities focus on listening, sharing, and taking turns. Experiential learning activities help foster creativity, allow friends to solve problems together, and let them pass on knowledge.

So whether you’re at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian or at home, it’s important to encourage Citizen Kid behaviors to help your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted super kid!

It's time to shine for all of those students currently enrolled in Monday classes!

Yes, because we will be closed for classes in observance of
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, all of those families who bring their kiddos on Mondays, will be in for a treat one week earlier than our other classes.

We say a "treat," because it will be just that! You'll get to sit back and enjoy your child showcase the many ways he/she has grown over the course of this School Year! Physically, he/she will have the opportunity to demonstrate greater coordination, strength, and balance. Socially, he/she will have the opportunity to exhibit how to get along with others, take turns, and work as an essential member of a team! Emotionally, he/she will have the opportunity to display an enlarged sense of confidence, pride, and assuredness. Cognitively, he/she will have the opportunity to showcase memorization skills, terminology recall, and creative interpretations.

Remember to bring your cameras (and batteries as needed), friends, and all the family members (yes, even crazy Uncle Steve) ;-) to celebrate your child's progress! The more people to celebrate and spread the love, the more opportunities for your child to have a warm, positive performing experience, and expand that social confidence!

Above all, Spectacular Spectators, remember that this is an opportunity, which should be met with great pride no matter the outcome. Whether your child decides to perform, or becomes a bit apprehensive with the added spectacle of onlookers, the end of the performance should be celebrated with big hugs, prideful gazes, and loving kisses. After all, your child has grown leaps and bounds this School Year, and that is something worth celebrating!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

With great anticipation,
Your The Little Gym Team

Amazing Families,

After just ONE day of Priority Enrollment, the following classes for the 2015-2016 School Year are full, or close thereto. We want to ensure you get the most convenient class time(s) for your family, and we're willing to bend over backwards to help you! Call 208-938-6185 or stop in and talk with your The Little Gym team member today, before Priority Enrollment ends (Thursday, May 21st), and enrollment opens to the public (Friday, May 22nd)! Save your child's spot before it's gone (you wouldn't want us to get our lips stuck in the pouty face position because there's no spot left for our Amazing Family Members)!

Monday Flips/Hot Shots 7:00pm
Tuesday Good Friends 4:30pm
Wednesday Beasts 10:00am
Wednesday Tumblers 5:30pm
Thursday Twisters/Aerials* 4:15pm

(*requires a skill assessment prior to admittance)

Happy Handstands,
Your The Little Gym Team


The Little Luau! 

Friday, May 8th from 3:30pm - 6:30pm!


Put on your lei and hula your way in to register your child for next Season!  As a member of The Little Gym, you have the privilege of choosing your classes before the general public.  Priority Enrollment is Friday, May 8th through Thursday, May 21st. Check out these Priority Enrollment specials!


  • Friday, May 8th Only! 5% savings on any School Year-Season enrollment!
  • Friday, May 8th Only!  Additional 5% off sibling enrollments! (That’s a 20% - 30% savings!)
  • During The Little Luau Only! Drawing for “The Retreat” (The Ultimate Spa Day!) at Two Rivers Salon and Spa (must enroll in 2015/16 Season for eligibility!)
  • $10 off any Summer Camp enrollment when you enroll for the Season!
  • Sweepstakes Drawings!  12 tickets are awarded when you enroll for next Season on the first day, one less ticket per day you wait!  Better your chances to win when you hula your way in!  An entire Season of classes, another Two Rivers Day Spa “The Retreat” package, free half Season Enrollment, and many more spectacular prizes will be won!
  • Add an Awesome Birthday Bash to your Season enrollment for just $109! ($60 savings!)

Check out next School Year's schedule here!



Summer Class and Camp enrollment begins Monday, March 30th. During that first week when you enroll, not only will you be able to take advantage of some stellar savings (listed below), but you'll also be helping a local family! 5% of all of the proceeds for summer enrollments between Monday, March 30th and Saturday, April 4th will go to the Zach Ingersoll Education Trust!

Some of the savings are:

When you enroll for classes on Monday, March 30th you will receive a $20 savings on class tuition! Enroll Tuesday, March 31st-Saturday, April 4th and receive $10 off class tuition!

Call 938-6185 or stop in!

Amazing Parents,


The following class times for the 2014-2015 Season are either

close to full, or already full!

Be sure to save your spot before the Season begins and the classes fill up!


Monday Sporty Beasts – 9:30am

Monday Funny Bugs – 11:00am

Monday Jazzy Bugs – 11:30am

Monday Flips/Hot Shots – 7:00pm

Tuesday Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms – 10:15am

Tuesday Giggle Worms – 2:15pm

Wednesday Funny Bugs – 11:15am

Wednesday Flips – 4:30pm

Wednesday Giggle Worms/Good Friends – 6:30pm

Thursday Twisters/Aerials* - 4:15pm

Thursday Flips/Hot Shots – 5:15pm


*skill assessment required



Check out the "Schedules" tab to reserve your child's Season class time today!

Looking to have your child's next Birthday at The Little Gym? Well, we could go on and on about why we think our parties are great, but we thought it might mean a bit more coming from our customers!
"The Little Gym does an amazing job of hosting a birthday party. They were very attentive before the party to make sure I had all my questions answered plus making sure I had just what I want on my invitations that were received timely. I love that there is free time mixed in with organized play. The organized play made me feel like I got my money's worth. All of the staff are so friendly and I felt that they really wanted to make our birthday bash special. They were very helpful with accomodating my request to get addresses and anything else I asked for. Thanks Little Gym!" - Sarah B.
"The Little Gym was so friendly and easy to work with. They catered to all our needs and did all the hard work for us. On top of all that, they threw the most fun and entertaining birthday party for my little one! It was an amazing party!"
- Jessica B.
"The service was exceptional! The staff were excellent, friendly, and attentive to every detail. The activities were perfectly appropriate for our group and the kids had a great time. We loved the private use of the gym and feel that of all the birthday party venues we have used over the years, the Little Gym is our favorite!" - Amy K.
"It is a great experience. You have a private party and all the help you need. The kids have an amazing time and no one is left out. The staff is excellent!" - Jennifer S.
"I love that the Little Gym has all party goers playing together in organized games...not just running around in the same building in the name of a party. I literally just showed up with the kiddo and the cake. They all had a blast and I had zero clean up to do!" - Marji N.
Wondering what Members of The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian have to say about us? Check it out, actual feedback from our customers can be found here: http://www.systino.net/organizations/18556/reviews/public?page=3
Hooray for Hip Hop at The Little Gym! Our new Hip Hop program is a great opportunity to allow children to explore creative freestyle dance moves and expressions. Our 4-6 year old Hip Hoppers are exposed to specific moves as well as combinations of moves based off of jazz and Hip Hop styles. They are also encouraged to choreograph and interpret their own dance moves! Hip Hoppers is now offered Mondays at 1:15pm at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian! Enroll today under Schedules-Classes-Dance The Little Gym Way! Hip Hop Hooray!

Meaningful learning is about the journey, not the destination. This year, that journey will be even clearer with The Little Gym’s new Victory Skill Growth Tracker!

The Victory Skill Growth Tracker allows instructors to document your child’s progress throughout the Season. As your child conquers new challenges and gains new levels of confidence, we’ll keep you informed so we can celebrate all of their victories together! At the end of each Learning Unit, you will receive an email detailing what your child has learned. We’re excited to share:

     The areas of focus for the most recent Learning Unit

     The skills your child worked on and their personal victories

From “Continental Cartwheels” to “Cooperation Station,” each themed, multi-week Learning Unit will lead to a natural progression of skills, helping your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted super kid! Whether it’s your preschooler’s first unassisted forward roll or the first time your grade-schooler demonstrates teamwork, each one is a victory worth celebrating. And we can’t wait to celebrate with you every step of the way!

The new Season has begun! Call today to enroll!

Myth Debunking 1. My child is too young We hear it all the time. “My child’s too young for The Little Gym.” In general, we work with children from 4 months – 12 years. Often, people think that gymnastics for a one year old or younger is hocus pocus, and I understand that myth. The fact of the matter is – the younger the better. From a physical, cognitive, and social perspective, there is so much that we can do at a young age. We can act as a catalyst and position the children to be exposed to more, at a younger age. 2. My child’s too old! I am not going to lie; we do not have many 12 year olds enrolled, but we have a ton of 7, 8, 9, and 10 year olds! Last Season our grade school class on Wednesday and Thursday was completely full. Our approach is much different than a competitive gym. Our goal is to grow physical skills, but make it fun for the kids. We have had children do back tucks off the beam, round offs, back handsprings, and fly-aways on the bars. If gymnastics is not your child’s high school and college future, join us, it’ll be more fun! 3. It’s fun, but not REAL gymnastics … This one really gets us! If it’s not real gymnastics then what is it, fake gymnastics? I once had a parent leave the gym for a competitive gym because she thought the kids learned more. She told me her daughter learned a cartwheel much faster at the new place. I asked the mom how many times a week she attended at the new gym and she told me four times a week. She attended with us only one day a week. So there you have it. She learned a cartwheel faster because she attended more. The mom said, “Huh! You’re right! Plus attending four times a week is costing a fortune!” 4. Gymnastics is for girls … Well, this might have been true in the 1920’s, but it is 2013! We utilize gymnastics as a vehicle to enhance balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, agility, fine motor, gross motor, and much more. I’d say that can be beneficial in just about any sport! Plus, we offer additional programs such as sports skills and karate. In sports skills we work on a different sport each week, get their feet wet in rules, and expose them to different sports. 5. My child’s starting preschool/kindergarten in the fall, we don’t want to overwhelm them Let me first say, I get that 100%. It is rational, makes sense, very logical, but there is more to it than just that. When children move, start school, have a baby brother or sister, it’s important that they have something in their life that is consistent, it aids in the transition. Parent’s biggest complaint when their children start something new like school is that their world has turned upside down and there are struggles. Most of those struggles stem from being uprooted and planted in something they have no familiarity with. In one extreme case, we had a family move to Texas. They said it was a crazy transition, but their son did not miss even one week of class. There was a The Little Gym close to where they lived and they said it was a life saver. Look to The Little Gym as a security blanket. It will be a comfort in transition, and always put a smile on their face.
My children were fortunate enough to "grow up" at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian. I always knew the program allowed my kids to flourish and build skills and confidence that would last a lifetime. My children are now 11 and almost 9 and know in their heart they can do anything. They are finishing up a week of ski race camp at Mt. Hood. In addition to all of the challenges skiing brings such as managing your gear (and there is a lot), taking risks, managing fear, and having the confidence to travel down a steep, snow covered mountain at speeds in excess of 50mph, they have been pushed in areas off the snow. My 9 year old hopped off of a 20 foot cliff into a river and stepped into a softball game with kids twice his age without missing a beat. My 11 year old went bungee jumping, jumped off of that same cliff, sent rock climbing and skied with kids from Japan, Korea, Canada, and the US (all without her regular ski friends she traveled to OR with). I know that without the confidence instilled from classes at The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian, my kids would not have the confidence they do to thrive when faced with challenges like those this week.

 At The Little Gym, our kids gymnastics classes Meridian ID for preschoolers and kindergarteners have been specially designed to help your child channel all that energy and reach developmental milestones. Independent enough to attend classes without parents, children in this age group still learn best in a structured environment where gymnastics activities are combined with a healthy dose of fun.

Check out some live footage of a preschool gymnastics class Meridian! 

A Day of Serious Fun

Gymnastics is one of the world's oldest sports that tests strength, balance, flexibility and coordination.  It is one of the world's oldest sports and can be traced back thousands of years. In 2000 BC, the men and women of ancient Greece developed the sport of bull jumping, which is similar to the vaulting exercises you see today in modern gymnastics. In bull jumping, the athlete would run towards a charging bull, grab its horns and either vault onto the bull's back or vault over the bull in a somersault and land on his or her feet on the other side of the bull! This early event required both courage and strength, as well as grace and style. At The Little Gym we use vaults for risk taking and strength/balance building (don't worry - it doesn't have horns!)
The Ancient Romans used gymnastics as part of their military training to improve the strength, balance and flexibility of soldiers. In the 1800s, gymnastics exercises using rings, bars and mats were developed by gymnasts in Germany and Sweden.
Gymnastics have been a part of the modern Olympic games, since they were first held in 1896. Rhythmic gymnastics, which combines gymnastics and dance, and makes use of balls, ropes, hoops and ribbons was introduced as an Olympic Sport in 1984.
There are eight different events in Olympic gymnastics.  Here is a list of all eight with a brief description: ·
Floor Exercise - A rountine of dance-like movements featuring acrobat skills such as somersaults, backflips and cartwheels. The event is performed on a mat by both men and women. ·
Vault - Athletes vault off a slightly inclinded table. After running towards the vault table, athletes bounce off the spring board, push the vault table with their hands and, after performing multiple turns and pirouettes, try to finish with a controlled and steady landing on a mat behind the vault table. The event is performed by both men and women. ·
Pommel Horse - The pommel horse is a table with two handles or pommels in the center. Athletes perform a routine of circular exercises with legs apart and legs together in a routine with a continuous flow, while using only their hands for support. This event is performed by men only. ·
Rings - Athletes perform a series of exercises with swings and holds while grasping onto two wooden rings that are suspended above a floor mat. This event tests strength and precision and is performed by men only (except at The Little Gym - we encourage the use of rings to build upper body strength in all the children. Besides, they are FUN!) ·
Parallel Bars - A routine performed on two flexible parallel wooden rails. Routines include a series of swinging moves, balances and changes in grip. In the Olympic games, this event is also performed by men only. At The Little Gym, our Grade School Boys do different skills on this apparatus than the girls but we use this equipment it for all ages and sexes to promote coordination and strength. ·
Horizontal Bar - Athletes perform a routine on a single steel bar suspended above a floor mat. The routine requires continuous swinging and vaulting motions around the bar with frequent changes in direction and in grip. Once again, this is an even that is only performed by men. ·
Uneven Bars - Athletes perform a routine on a set of two highly flexible oval wooden bars. Gymnasts swing in both directions, above and below the bars, ending the routine with a controlled dismount and landing. This event is performed by women only. The uneven bars are the tallest piece of equipment we have at The Little Gym. It is used to build upper body strength, controlled body movements, risk taking, spacial awareness and FUN! ·
Balance Beam - Gymnasts perform a routine on a single wooden beam that is just four inches (10 cm) wide. The routine consists of continuous tumbling moves, half turns and full turns, jumps and leaps. This event is performed by women only. At The Little Gym we use the beam to promote risk taking and balancing skills of all ages and sexes. Have you seen the forward rolls on the beam by our toddlers? How about the cartwheel dismounts of our grade school kids?
Did U Know? · The word "gymnastics" comes from the Greek word "gymnos", meaning naked. In Ancient Greece, most athletic competitions took place in the nude. Ew...TMI! · Gymnastics is a great sport that helps build strength, flexibility, coordination and balance - but you already knew that!