Let’s talk gymnastics.
I have been on the hunt for a gymnastics class for the boys. I have been over the bridge, through the woods and wound up back in the city after checking out three very different gyms: TNT, Fusion Tumbling and Fitness and Philly InMovement. Here are the three gyms I checked out and where we eventually ended up! We even have a special deal for you on classes if you read all the way to the bottom. Been to one of these gyms and have a comment…please leave one at the bottom!
TNT/ Maple Shade, NJ
I checked out a competitive gym over the bridge in NJ called TNT (right behind Elite Climbing) thinking that a big gym in the urban-burbs would give the boys a better experience. The gym is great but they were doing the same things as the gyms in the city for the toddler age group and it cost more. I also noticed that while the girls were doing splits and crazy moves on the rings and balance beams the boys in the same age group were climbing ropes and doing push-ups. Now I am not planning for the boys to advance to the Olympics but I was looking for a gym that provided a track for them to advance if they ended up liking it. The waiting room was also jam-packed and overflowing with parents and younger siblings. It was clear that experienced parents got there early and staked their claim on the limited spots to sit. Did the boys like it ? YES- very much. Am I willing to drive over the bridge and pay the higher class fee…no. TNT does let you try a class for free so if you would like to check it out click here. If you have a girl and you really want them in gymnastics you should check it out. Worth noting they are really nice there and signing up the boys for a free class was easy. Ollie decided last-minute that he wanted to do it and started to meltdown in the waiting area. They had the room so they added him to the class on the spot…sparing us all.
Fusion Tumbling and Fitness / Fishtown
Next I scooted over to Fishtown to check out Fusion Tumbling and Fitness. Fusion Tumbling and Fitness on a Friday night was honestly what the boys needed. It is a big open space with tumbling mats but very little equipment. The parking was easy and it let them get their energy out. But after a few weeks I realized that my boys needed more structure to keep their attention. After talking to a bunch of parents in the class we were all kind of undecided. As parents it was an easy and fun way to end the week but we wanted more equipment …if you asked the kids you would have a hard time getting them to stop and give you an answer because they were more than content to run around and get their sillies out. Philly Fusion is one you have to decide on for yourself. I will tell you that the community is behind this gym and wants them to succeed as do I. Will we check it out again next winter when they have been around a bit longer and it is too cold to run around outside….chances are YES.
Philly InMovement / Queen Village
It was a birthday party of Henry’s classmate that brought us back to Philly InMovement. The boys loved it and loved working with the instructors. Right now they are taking a class that has six kids with two instructors. Two instructors are key. It allows the kids to keep moving – giving my boys little time to get distracted…seeing that seems to be our current issue. Boys will be boys but I still expect the to pay attention in class…which leaves little room for less structured options.
What Philly InMovement lacks in space compared to the other gyms it makes up for in equipment and structure. The program is well planned out and the kids were doing more at Philly InMovement in their age group then the other gyms. The boys did tumbling, moves on the balance beam and the rings and the bars. The boys had fun and at Philly InMovement they do challenge the kids and it is way more than going through the motions. It ended up being the right mix of what I was looking for.
Another point to make….Hello, Helicopter Mom Support Group my name is Sibyl. I think my helicopter mom speed is on low but I will admit I hang out at their classes. With the Philly InMovment classes being a drop off class that is right off South Street I can actually go out and grab coffee or sit in the waiting area, where they can’t see me, and use the WiFi to catch up on work and by work I mean catch up on Facebook.