Nice set-up. :-)
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Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics is a new club in Canada.
Business is great. The club booming. I stopped by to interview Kyle and Krystal as to “best practice” in non-competitive Gymnastics.
Though Kyle is an Olympic Gold medalist, their mission is to “become Calgary and Canada’s leader in non-competitive gymnastics programming“.
The facility is clean and bright. The vision clear to anyone who walks in the door.
more facility photos
They have a lot of happy, healthy participants.
more in-gym photos
Soft. Safe. Round.
The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. And ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.
Everyone’s least favourite job. Who knows what we’re going to find at the bottom.
Best for non-competitive gyms are solid Resi Pits. We don’t need to train multiple somersaults with multiple twists.
Equipment companies can give you quotes on every type of landing pit.
Foam pits are FUN. A good draw for kids checking out your facility. But ultimately I’d rather have something cleaner.
related – covered foam UCS Rounders pits
Former Chinese team member Liang Cheng now coaches at Capital City Gymnastics in Edmonton, Canada.
He and Jeff Thomson, former Men’s Programme Director for Gymnastics Canada, now CEO of Inspire Sports, want to bring Recreational Gymnastics to China.
In China, kindergarten-age children who show potential and the right physical characteristics are normally selected to begin training at a state-run gymnastics school, but there is little recourse for those who aren’t selected for the intense training regimen but still want to do gymnastics. Cheng’s idea, based on what he learned in Canada, was to build a recreational gymnastics facility where children and adults alike could learn gymnastics skills for fun and fitness. …
In 2011, Cheng and Thomson opened Inspire Sports, a non-competitive 15,000.00 square foot gymnastics facility in the Jiangsu Province, outside of Shanghai. It was the first Gymnastics for All facility in China …
… gymnastics classes are combined with something else that would be beneficial to China’s youth: English language immersion. Inspire Sports instructors include Canadians, Americans and Australians …
The Inspire gymnastics project has been so successful that Cheng and Thomson plan to open another to another 25 to 30 similar gyms in China within the next five years. …
Here’s a video from the first Gym opening in 2011. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Kids should exercise at least one hour a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in the U.S., less than half of six- to 11-year-olds and only 8 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds meet that target. …
Over in Denmark, a longitudinal study of how schoolchildren move through urban environments provided an opportunity to find out by outfitting hundreds of students with accelerometers and GPS trackers during their waking hours. …
The researchers found that children were significantly more active when playing on grassy areas and at sites featuring playground equipment. …
… in all five areas studied, girls spent more time being sedentary than boys. …
Our Gyms are padded playgrounds, the perfect environment for children’s fitness. :-)