SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2014) - There is a growing body of evidence to show that physical activity can help improve cognitive skills in children. And yet The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance states in their 2014 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth that only one in four children meets the daily one hour physical activity goal. The physical development specialists at The Little Gym know that children are like anyone else when it comes to exercise. If they find a physical activity that is fun and satisfying, they are more likely to stick with it. And that's the idea behind their new "Big Discoveries at The Little Gym" program.

"The Big Discoveries Introductory Experience gives children a chance to experience our programs before parents enroll," said The Little Gym President & CEO, Ruk Adams. "This benefits children who are tentative or undecided about which skills they want to tackle while it helps parents identify the programs that their children will enjoy most."

No matter which program a family selects, the child-focused physical development specialists at The Little Gym deliver "Serious Fun" through Learning Units that use a sequential approach to skill development. Children naturally build self-confidence and self-esteem as they develop physical, emotional and life skills in a positive, non-competitive environment -- where each success strengthens their foundation for future learning.

"Our classes are always fun, but they are also always designed to help children develop very specific skills," says Adams. "We think it's important to keep parents and caregivers updated on their children's activities and personal progress, so the Victory Skill Growth Tracker is a part of all Pre-K and Grade School age programs." The Little Gym's exclusive Victory Skill Growth Tracker provides parents with monthly updates of their child's improvement toward achieving specific physical development skills (Get Moving!), and instructors are able to offer parents valuable insight into each child's emotional development (Brain Boost!) and social development (Citizen Kid!).

"Our ultimate goal is to help children grow into adults who are motivated to achieve their personal best in whatever they attempt and who are confident in their ability to succeed," said Adams. "We deliver a fun, non-competitive, high-energy experience that fosters physical, social and emotional confidence, empowering a child to set and achieve ongoing personal goals in the classroom, on sports teams, and as they grow into young adults."

The Little Gym is now enrolling students for the 2014-2015 Season. To learn more, please visit

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About The Little Gym
The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has nearly 300 locations in 28 countries. For more information, visit The Little Gym at

Contact Information:

Heather Anderson
The Little Gym International
(480) 948-2878