I love the spirit of the place. The leaders radiate positive energy and joy, and they work well with the kids. It's a fun, safe, high-energy environment, and my daughter always leaves with a smile on her face.
That said, I don't get the sense that the training is particularly competitive or intense. Granted, my daughter is 6, so I don't know how much growth you can expect, but we haven't seen her skill set increase all that much. Perhaps, I'm being impatient or not paying close enough attention. When we signed up, I thought the environment would be a bit more disciplined, not in a militant way, just more focused and structured.
I remember one of the teachers mentioning--maybe, I'm mistaken--that none of them had a background in gymnastics before working for Little Gym. Let me clarify why this stands out to me. I work in the performing arts, as an actor. So, I take training pretty seriously, and as a practitioner, my ability to assess and develop the work of younger actors is much higher than someone who's never practiced the art form. I think this is pretty much universally true with any kind of skill-based training. Last year, when our daughter tried ballet, we chose Atlanta Ballet, specifically because we knew the teachers had a strong background in dance. All that to say, if I hadn't heard the teacher say that, I would have assumed that all the teachers were highly skilled gymnasts.
So, if someone wanted to send their kiddo somewhere that they can move, play, have fun, get their heart rate up, socialize and develop positive character traits under the leadership of some awesomely loving, joyful leaders, I would recommend Little Gym 100%, without hesitation.
If they were looking for an intense, competitive gymnastics program, I would likely have to suggest they look elsewhere.
Again, everyone at Little Gym is AWESOME. I think that I just misinterpreted exactly what we were signing up for and I didn't do a good enough job learning about the goals and mission of Little Gym.
You all rock, though. I deeply appreciate the space you create and the incredible way you interact with my daughter.
The staff are very friendly and inclusive. you can tell they have a passion for the kids. they are also knowledgeable and helpful when the parents are trying work with their kids themselves
However the gym floor is dirty often, if not, every time we’ve been there. i asked the staff about it once and they said they clean it once every couple of sessions. (i have never seen them clean it and i am usually there through 2 rotations, so i see three different classes; the one before ours end, ours and then the one after ours start)
Also quite a few parents show up with their snotty nose kids that are coughing and spreading their germs all over. maybe the sick kids policy needs to be a little more strictly enforced (although you’d think you wouldn’t have to say it twice). although i feel they do a great job of making sure we know of the makeup policy.
Owner Response - Thank you for your feedback! Our instructors care about each and every family and take lots of time to prepare for each lesson! We love to share our knowledge and passion with you! I assure you all the equipment in the gym is cleaned daily. Small equipment (balls, sticks, etc.) is cleaned between classes. All of our cleaning procedures are documented and team members are required to sign off on their completion. The sick policy is posted at the gym, emailed periodically and announced in classes. We absolutely ask that any child with an illness or symptoms that falls under our sick policy stay home. This is why we offer such flexible makeup options!