MSGA was founded to offer a positive, safe and fun environment for children of varying abilities to not just grow athletically, but also to develop character and emotional strength. While our students love to learn gymnastics, parkour, gym ninja, tumbling and the like (and we love to teach them in those areas!), we equally value and cherish the opportunity to develop well-rounded kids who will become positive, contributing members of society, doing so through our programs.
It excites us to see kids imagine the possibilities (doing a cartwheel, clearing the obstacle, conquer the slackline, etc.), believe they can do it, and achieve their goals, while all the along they're learning how to work with their peers, listen to feedback, follow directions, take the lead, persevere, and so much more.
If all we had was a napkin, pen and ten seconds to write down why we exist, here's what we'd write...
Clean Just as you desire to have your home clean at the end of the day, we strive to keep our gym clean so that you'd always feel at home. We have our facility professionally cleaned twice a week and also our staff cleans throughout each week, vacuuming up the chalk by the bars, wiping down the mats, refreshing the bathrooms and lobby.
Safe Safety is paramount. Every square inch of our facility was designed with safety in mind. From the in-ground trampoline and 3 inch thick bonded foam carpet that covers the gymnastic areas, to the mats and safety net at the bottom of our foam pit, every measure has been taken to prevent injury. Our equipment and facility is inspected regularly to maintain safety standards and regulations.
Together with our facility safety, each of our staff members is USAG safety certified, with many also being AHA CPR and first aid certified.
Lastly, we also teach our students how to be safe in the gym, from how to complete exercises and events safely to even how to fall safely. Please read more about our "Safety Falls" below.
Falling is part of gymnastics. Typically, athletes fall several times while learning skills and therefore, learning the correct way to fall is important. One of the ways we teach our athletes is by performing "safety falls" into the pit. The children start by holding a foam block. At first, they start by falling backward from the ground-level. The goal of a "safety fall" is to hold onto the block throughout the entire fall. This teaches the athlete not to reach back and try and catch themselves, which can lead to severe injuries in the wrist, arm, or shoulder.
As the athletes become more comfortable with falling from ground-level, we add some height and they fall from a mat or a beam (as pictured to the left). This puts the athlete at a little more of an uncomfortable fall as if to replicate a fall off a piece of equipment. Our instructors do many different fun exercises to make the "scary" things fun to learn. Safety falls are an example of one of them.
Fun We love to have fun and as much of it as we can! While we want each child to develop in their character, strength, coordination, and skill, no matter the class or level, we also want them to have fun. Between the classes, birthday parties, Parents' Night Out and Open Gyms, fun is sewn into the fabric of everything we offer and do at MSGA and we hope to have some fun with your family.
"Inspiring Minds While Building Muscles
With Smiles And Sweat!"
The only difference is that it would be hardly legible because we only had ten seconds!