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Parkour, Tumbling, & Gymnastics

Whether your child loves sports or is more of a video game enthusiast, there’s one activity that most all kids will love: Parkour. You might’ve heard of the sport or seen it in the many YouTube videos showcasing people jumping and flipping off buildings and landmarks. However, there’s much more to the activity than just acrobatics — Parkour is a training methodology where participants focus on moving around and through obstacles. With Parkour, kids learn how to problem solve, push past limits, and build endurance and quickness . . . all while having fun!

Since it is a relatively new sport, few places in the area offer Parkour-only classes. However, many other facilities provide tumbling and gymnastics programs which incorporate many of the elements taught in Parkour and can help lay the foundation for Parkour training.

PARKOUR:

Urban Evolution
8442 Kao Cir., Manassas, VA 20110 (Map it)
5505 Cherokee Ave., Alexandria, VA 22312 (Map it)
6801 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (855) 646-5271

Urban Evolution provides one of the few “Parkour for Kids” programs in the DC Metro area with four levels of classes: PicoPK (ages 4-5), NanoPK (ages 6-8), Kids Parkour (ages 9-11), and Youth Parkour (ages 12-14). Younger children get a feel for Parkour in a play-based environment and older kids focus on skills, conditioning, and technique. Urban Evolution also offers summer day camps with classes for beginners through advanced — however, classes are popular and fill up quickly, so act fast! If you’re still not sure if Parkour is right for your child, Urban Evolution will let kids test out a class or two before committing to anything.


APEX Gymnastics
741 Miller Dr. SE, Leesburg, VA 20175-8994 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 777-5344

APEX Gymnastics, the largest gymnastics facility in Loudoun County, offers once weekly evening Parkour classes for kids ages 9 and older. Participants will incorporate the various physical elements of Parkour like vaulting, rolling, climbing, and jumping using the gym’s state of the art equipment and foam pit. The APEX website adds that the activity is “great for skateboarders, martial artists, or anyone looking to get in a fun workout!”


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TUMBLING & GYMNASTICS:

Dulles-Gymnastics-Logo_optDulles Gymnastics Academy
45449 Severn Way, Ste. 101, Sterling, VA 20166 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 444-4966

Dulles Gymnastics Academy has an entire team dedicated to trampoline and tumbling, a subset of gymnastics that has grown in popularity in recent years. In trampoline classes, geared toward kids 6 and older, students learn basic jumps and body control techniques. In tumbling, skills taught range from somersaults and back handsprings to strength conditioning and proper body alignment.


Loudoun Gymnastics Center
21586 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 110, Sterling, VA 20166 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 444-9298

Loudoun Gymnastics Center offers a wide range of classes that focus on tumbling, gymnastics, and conditioning. Recreational trampoline and tumbling classes start at the beginner level for ages 6 and up and progress to intermediate and advanced levels. Other classes offered include back handspring clinics and dance tumbling, as well as power conditioning — a specialized program incorporating circuit training and designed to increase power, agility, flexibility, joint preparation, and all around athletic ability . . . perfect training for Parkour!


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Chantilly Academy Gymnastics
14088 Sullyfield Cir., Ste. K, Chantilly, VA 20151 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 378-4966

With recreational and competitive gymnastics, cheer leading, preschool, and after-school programs, Chantilly Academy Gymnastics offers something for all ages. Recreational programs include Me & My Pal (ages 18-months to 3-years), Tumbling Tots (ages 3-5), Cheer Tumble (ages 7+), and leveled gymnastic classes from basic to high school. When ready for competition, Chantilly Academy Gymnastics has two competition teams — United States Association Gymnastics Junior Olympic Team and United States Association Gymnastics Xcel Team. In addition to scheduled classes, join Chantilly Academy Gymnastics for open gym and spring, summer, winter, and school’s out camps to burn off some energy.


G-Force Gymnastics Center
21580 Beaumeade Cir., Ste. 160, Ashburn, VA 20147 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (571) 933-8300

The brand new G-Force facility in Ashburn provides a highly interactive gymnastics experience with a 60-foot tumble trampoline, AirTrak tumbling inflatable, and even a viewing room for parents. Students as young as 18-months can begin classes at G-Force and most Friday night there is open gym from 7-8:30 pm. Class schedules can be viewed on the secure online parent portal.


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All-Star Rhythmic
2929 Eskridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031 (Map it)
Connect: Online | (703) 289-9418

Combining elements from classic ballet, classic, and modern dance with acrobatic skills using apparatuses such as ropes, balls, clubs, and ribbons, rhythmic gymnastics is a women-only Olympic sport. All-Star Rhythmic offers a blend of rhythmic and dance programs divided into age groups (ages 4-6, 6+, and 18+). The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs competitive program is designed as an entry step to the United States Association Gymnastics competitive program. If you’re still not sure, try a free trial class!


Cardinal Gymnastic
5581 Guinea Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 323-0088

Located in a state-of-the-art facility, Cardinal Gymnastics provides an ideal environment for training and improving flexibility, strength, and endurance, which also helps to increase self-confidence. Programs and classes include competitive gymnastics training (level 2 through elite), recreational gymnastics, open gym, camp programs, birthday parties, and field trips. Start young to prepare children for preschool with the Parent Tot classes (ages 2-3 and 3-5). Get an edge on cheer leading with the Cheerleading Tumbling class.


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Fairfax Gymnastics Academy
3729 Pickett Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 323-8050

This climate-controlled, 8,000-square-foot gymnastics facility is fully equipped with competition apparatuses and trampolines for men and women. Staffed with professionals who believe in the benefits of gymnastics training, the gym offers both recreational classes and competition level practices. Recreational classes offered are: Parent/Tot (walker to age 3), Preschool (ages 3-5), Advanced Preschool (ages 4-5), Gym Kids (ages 5-6), Boys (ages 6-8 and 8+), Girls (ages 6-8 and 8+), and Tumbling for Cheerleaders. Fairfax Gymnastics Academy gives serious gymnasts the opportunity to take it to the next level with their competitive teams. Fairfax Gymnastics Academy is also the perfect venue for an active birthday party; parties are geared for ages five through preteen.


Gym America — Gymnastics and Dance Center
2780-2782 Towerview Rd., Herndon, VA 20171 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | (540) 300-7453

Gym America — Gymnastics and Dance Center not only provides preschool, recreational, and competitive gymnastic instruction, but also dance classes, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, creative movement, and acro. Additionally, the gym hosts parent’s nights out, open gym, birthday parties, and specialized classes for students with all levels of learning disabilities. As opposed to age-based group classes, this gym has evaluations to place gymnasts and dancers in the appropriate level class. All classes are co-ed, with the exception of one boys-only class. Tumbling for Cheer (ages 6+) provides extra practice, and the Tramp and Tumble class is an introductory class teaching trampoline and tumbling skills. When looking for a fun weekly class, the Gym Kids class (ages 18-months to 6-years old) offers themed classes that are also broken down into ability levels. When ready for the next level, the gym’s pre-team classes are the first step to the competitive team.


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NVGA Gymnastics
44675 Cape Ct., Ste. 185, Ashburn, VA 20147 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (571) 291-2889

Serving Northern Virginia for more than 27-years, NVGA Gymnastics boasts award-winning programs designed to encourage strong growth — physically and mentally. In addition to the gymnastics teams for boys and girls they offer a variety of classes: Tumble Bugs (ages 3-5), Tumbling Class (ages 12+), Beginning Level Boys and Girls (ages 5+), Intermediate/Advanced Boys, Intermediate Girls, and a Home School Class. NVGA Gymnastics also has open gym hours and an after-school program. Open gym drop-ins are welcome during student holidays.


GMS Gymnastics
7226 New Market Ct., Manassas, VA 20109 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | (703) 369-7800

In addition to the standard recreational gymnastics offerings at GMS, kids can take classes specifically for Tumbling for Cheerleading and Tumbling for Dance and Martial Arts where they’ll practice skills like aerials and front tucks. Those looking to improve specific skills can participate in Supplemental Gymnastics Training — here participants practice in an open environment and choose what they work on with as much or as little assistance from coaches as they prefer.


Capital Gymnastics Training Center
10400 Premier Ct., Burke, VA 22015 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 239-0044

Dream of becoming an Olympic champion, or do you just love gymnastics? Capital Gymnastics Training Center offers a wide range of programs designed for all levels. Recognized, for the fifth-year running, as the Virginia United States Association Gymnastics Overall Club of the Year, the coaches at Capital Gymnastics are dedicated to world-class instruction. Classes are separated by age and capabilities-based on an evaluation. The competitive programs include boys and girls gymnastic teams, power tumbling, and cheer. Summer camps and birthday parties are additional services provided by the gym. Capital Gymnastics isn’t just open to kids, it offers an adult-only open gym class!


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