Tired of running on a treadmill or “climbing” stairs to nowhere? There are different (and, yes, fun) ways to stay in shape that are far from the same old workout routine. Viva The Gymnastic Revolution.
Take a Tumble
The Summer Olympics are happening right now, and traditionally, one of the most popular sports in the games is gymnastics. While your dreams of Olympic tumbling glory may be behind you, you don’t have to abandon the desire to do back flips. The Gymnastics Revolution offers an open class for adults on Wednesday nights from 8:30-9:30. Anyone is welcome, from the total beginner who is looking for a different way to stay in shape to collegiate and professional-level gymnasts. Owner Mariellen Wagner says the instructors like to teach the adult class because it’s such a mix of skills.
“Gymnastics is the base of all sports,” she says. “The skills learned transfer into any other sport—balance, coordination, strength.” Gymnastics is a total body workout, strengthening the core and all muscle groups. “Gymnasts are the strongest athletes,” she says.
Classes start with a lot of stretching, and then, depending on fitness level, students are taught forward and backward rolls, bridges, handstands and back flips. Some students also get on the apparatus, like the rings and trampoline. To check out a single class, it’s $20, and a block of five classes is $80. West Palm Beach (561-848-4577, thegymnasticsrevolution.com)