Fitting it all in – Competitive Gymnastics Option at Gym Star for the “everything” kid

The “Balance” of Interests

soccerOur kids have the opportunity to participate in some amazing programs at school, in local clubs, and with our churches. They can choose from any sport, dance, drama, music – you name it! As parents, we try to help our children balance the requirements of school with the enrichment opportunities they have available while also making sure that we are able to manage it all. Some kids know early on that their love is soccer or ballet, but others love the variety of seasonal sports and school clubs. Here is an idea for those who love seasonal sports but also love consistent training and conditioning while being able to try out for the school play – Gym Star’s Recreation Optional Team! It is the best part of competitive gymnastics with the flexibility to allow kids the chance to participate in other activities.

What is Competitive Gymnastics?

usa-gymnasticsWe are all quite familiar with the Olympic level gymnastics competitions we see on television, but what are the competitive options for our gymnasts in Whatcom County? Most of the gymnastics gyms in the area that offer a team option are members of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics (JO) program which is a national program of competition and dedication. Gym Star Sports Center is a member of USA Gymnastics and manages JO teams at all levels who follow the USA Gymnastics program. Gym Star is also the only gym is our area that offers the Recreation Optional Team (Rec Opt) program. The Rec Opt Team’s mission is to provide gymnasts the opportunity to strive to achieve their maximum potential while allowing time to balance other interests.

Competition and Commitment 

rec-opt-teamsThe coaches for the Rec Opt team are of the highest caliber with total commitment to their gymnasts. The Rec Opt teams practice 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours a day. They have 6 competition opportunities a year with other gyms in the Seattle area. The meets are well run and provide an excellent environment for the students to compete and be part of a team. The scoring provides real feedback which helps to set goals for the next meet.

Check us out!

cropped-gymstarlogo.pngGym Star will be hosting an open competition on December 3rd at Gym Star for both the JO and Rec Opt teams. The public will be able to see first hand what a competition looks like and see how great our girls are! There are two meet sessions beginning at 9am. Call the gym for more information (360) 384-3861, or email See you in the Gym!


Rainy weather blues turn to exercise fun!

As the rainy and cooler weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest, and the days get darker earlier, what is a mother to do with her still active and energetic kids? Bring them to the gym of course!

Daylight wanes, but the gym is always bright and dry 

kids-on-sofaThe changing of the seasons is one of the greatest reasons to live in this beautiful part of the country. The waning days herald the coming of the holidays and hopefully some snow, but they also mean that kids are going to be holed up inside – with Mom – a lot more. We all love our children, and we understand the need for them to run and jump and play, but the afternoons can be long in a house altogether…

The benefits of exercise for children

20160816_171049This may be obvious, but the benefits of exercise for children are numerous. Here are some top thoughts to keep in mind. Children who are active:

  1. have stronger muscles and bones.
  2. have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat.
  3. be less likely to become overweight.
  4. decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  5. lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
  6. have a better outlook on life.

It is so important to begin talking about and modeling a healthy lifestyle with your children and for your children as early as possible. Kids are always paying attention – even when you think they are not!

Gym Star Sports Center is a welcoming place to spend the afternoon

kids-at-the-gymThe coaches at Gym Star Sports Center take their cue from owner Carolyn Saletto and provide a safe and fun learning environment for the kids. Whether your child is just starting in Kinder Gym or is spending 5 days a week on the Junior Olympic team, they will be a part of a supportive and physically challenging community. So take a look at the classes offered including gymnastics, hip hop, parkour, ballet, and even Barre Above (Moms need some exercise too!) Don’t let the cooler, rainy weather get you down this year – come to the Gym and have some fun!


Come Dance With Us!

Gym Star Dance Begins A New Year!

Gym Star Dance is beginning its first full season as part of Gym Star Sports Center and looking forward to a great year!  Gym Star Dance offers ballet-gymnastics combo, beginner ballet, intermediate ballet and hip hop classes.  We will finish our first session in December with a winter performance, “Polar Express”, at the Whatcom Community College theater. So sign up today, and Come Dance With Us!

Plies, tendus, and pirouettes – oh my!

Ballet classes at Gym Star Dance range from ballet-gymnastics combo for our youngest dancers (ages 4-6) to intermediate ballet for dancers with some ballet experience or older beginners (ages 10-16).  Our ballet instructors, Lee Van Wagnor and Laura McKinney, have many years of training and performance experience and will tailor the class based on the ages and skills of the students.  Our winter and end of year performances are a great opportunity to introduce the students to performance with choreography, costumes, music and of course an audience!

Hip Hop – for fun and great exercise!

James Kim brings a new, fresh approach to Hip Hop at Gym Star. Hip hop dance is made up of contemporary dance moves and combinations choreographed to pop music.  Hip hop teams are also popular in high schools as a form of competitive dance. It is a good workout that feels good!

Music is food for the soul

One of the most beneficial aspects of dance is the incorporation of movement to music.  Feeling the beat of the music – whether classical or contemporary – leads to better coordination.  Learning to count notes and measures of the music when learning choreography is great brain exercise.  And just the exposure to classical music through the study of ballet broadens music appreciation and introduces the concept of musical complexity. So whether you have the grace of a butterfly or two left feet, the exposure to and the appreciation of music is an added bonus to the study of dance.