Did you know My Gym at Top Ryde City offers free trial classes? We, Jac and Jess (admins of RDM), recently took advantage of this free trial offer to check out what My Gym is all about.
There really is something for everybody at My Gym, with programs for children starting from just 6 weeks old, all the way through to 10 years of age! We were surprised to find out that the Top Ryde centre is the first in Australia and they have hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries around the world!
They offer structured, age-appropriate classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. The kids have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Now for the classes. Between us, we took a 2.5 year old and a 5.5 year old. Here’s how the low down on each class!
2.5 Year Old – Gymsters Class
Parents participate in this class, so it’s a really lovely bonding activity to undertake with your little one. It started with ‘mat time’ where we all sat in a circle and did some streching, warm ups and singing. Following this there was some free time to play at all the stations – ball pit, trampoline, balancing beam, slides, climbing wall. There was also a period of participating in structured activites – swings were set up and we all took turns pushing, there was a puppet show, and the 2 most memorable of all, flipping on the gymnastics bar and zooming in the flying fox car!
The focus of the class in on improving kids’ gross motor skills and building confidence in their own physical abilities. Miss 2 LOVED the class and her big sister was very happy playing in the waiting area.
5.5 Year Old – Whiz Kidz Class
For this age group, the parents get to sit back and relax (Say what?!?!). Yes, kids go it alone and might we add, have a fabulous time!
Initially, the kids do some stretching and warming up. Then the kids got separated into two groups so no kid had to wait a long time to do any particular activity. So what were the activities? It was a mix of gymnastics, dance, flexibility skills, strengthening exercises, balancing and some plain old fun. They did rolly pollys, bouncing on balls, jumping squats, catching and passing, free play, arm strength and lots more.
Kudos to the instructors who were so energetic and enthusiastic – it made for a great vibe on the gym floor and all the kids had a fabulous time.
Miss 5 had a fanatsic time in her class – she wants to go back and asked if she can do it during school term because she had so much fun. She even refers to it as “her” gym and loves the idea that not just adults go to the gym, kids can too!
Some features we absolutely loved
- There were at least 3 instructors in both class, all of whom were very enthusiastic, friendly and managed to keep all the children really engaged. The instructors were also helpful in terms of the activities we undertook – showing the kids how to do the activities, holding their hand and guiding them each step of the way. Because of the excellent student to teacher ratio, children and parents had a lot of support overall.
- The waiting area (for older siblings or carers) – it has nook for children which is set up beautifully with toys, books and puzzles for keeping busy while waiting. There is also a long table with seats that overlooks the gym floor and another long bench behind that – plenty of space for everyone!
- The facilities are excellent – there is a toilet for both little kids and adults, a kitchen area for warming bottles and food, and a leave a nappy take a nappy system (can be a lifesaver!)
- Kids are given a ‘passport’ which gets stamped at the end of every class – something they really look forward to and are motiavted by.
They also offer Karate classes, ballet, taekwondo, music classes and they even do Birthday parties! For pricing and timetable information, please visit their website here.
Overall, the modern facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs and excellent student/teacher ratio are all fantastic reasons to give My Gym a try!
Where: Ground Level, Top Ryde Shopping Centre
Phone: 9807 7518