Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Ruk Adams, CEO of The Little Gym, explains how this image represents his business.
The Little Gym is the world's premier enrichment and physical development center for children ages four months through 12 years. For over 40 years, our trained instructors have nurtured happy, confident kids through a range of programs including parent/child classes, gymnastics, dance and sports skills development, plus enjoyable extras like camps, Parents' Survival Nights and Awesome Birthday Bashes.
The Little Gym was founded in 1976 by Robin Wes, a musician, former gymnast and kinesiologist. Robin's idea was simple — to create a non-competitive, nurturing environment where children could explore their physical development, while also growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. His non-competitive approach was unheard of at the time. Revolutionary, even. Since then, we've honed the teaching methods Robin set into motion, structuring them into an expanded curriculum with each class building on lessons learned in previous ones. In 1992, the concept was franchised, spreading The Little Gym's methods and results to children in more than 300 gyms across the globe.
What sets The Little Gym apart is its Three-Dimensional approach to learning. Programs are structured around three tenets: "Get Moving!" for physical development; "Brain Boost!" for learning and problem-solving development; and "Citizen Kid!" for social development. This photo represents the Citizen Kid element of The Little Gym programs. Our goal is to help children develop transferable skills and build their confidence here, so that they can do their best at home, at play, and in the classroom. Children learn life skills such as listening, taking turns, following directions, and managing emotions.
Our franchise owners pride themselves on the role they play in helping children in their communities grow and develop into wonderfully well-rounded little people. As families lives have become busier, it's become increasingly important that we work to establish The Little Gym as a familiar and comfortable environment for children to develop new skills, take part in new experiences, and explore different unique talents.
Edited for brevity and clarity by Jennifer Post.