Recreational Gymnastics

Recreational Gymnastics Classes

Metro’s Recreational Gymnastics Program is offered for children ages 6 – 18 years old. Through Metro’s safe, fun and progressive gymnastics classes, gymnasts develop and continually improve their strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and self-esteem. Gymnastics is a sport of dedication, athleticism and determination.  Gymnasts train hard in order to maintain their strength, balance and flexibility.

Gymnastics instruction is provided by our trained teaching staff and focuses on teaching the basic body positions and foundation skills of the beginning levels, to the more challenging and difficult skills of the more advanced levels. Metro provides an exciting non-competitive gymnastics experience for your child.

Gymnasts are taught with the use of skill progressions appropriate to each child’s ability level. Our recreational gymnasts typically take one to three classes per week.

For more information regarding Girls Recreational Gymnastics Contact Lynn McCaffrey.

For more information regarding Boys Recreational Gymnastics Contact Svetlo Stanchev.

Recreational Classes

The girls receive instruction in all of the Women’s Olympic events: Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, Vault, and Floor Exercise. Tumble-Trac and Trampolines are also used as well as our 6 foot deep Foam Pit.

The Boy’s receive instruction on all of the Men’s Olympic Events: Rings, High Bar, Floor Exercise, Vault, Parallel Bars and Pommel Horse. Tumble-trac and trampoline are also used as well as our two foam pits.


CrossFit is an approach to functional movements that incorporate the best aspects of gymnastics and other sports by utilizing circuit strength training, conditioning, speed and agility drills. The goal will be to develop, improve and optimize their physical skills and athletic prowess.

Ages 9+

This program is designed for all ability levels and for those that want to increase their strength, flexibility and skill levels on all the apparatus listed above.

The Xcel program is designed to offer a broad range of skill levels with an affordable competitive experience outside the restriction and commitment of our JO girl’s competitive team program. Metro’s Xcel program gives our Recreational girl students a chance to participate in organized gymnastics competitions from January to April of each year.

Each gymnast, with the help of their coaches, designs routines for the bars, beam, floor and vault. Gymnasts between the ages of 6 – 16 and are in a minimum of level 3-rec (or higher) can try out for this Team. The season starts September 1st and is a 9 month commitment if you make the Team.

Xcel classes are 2 to 2 1/2 -hours in length. Students have the option of coming 2 – 4 days a week.

TNT – Co-ed
Bounce and Tumble your way to better overall coordination, endurance, and body awareness through Floor Exercise and Trampolines. Metro currently has a 7’ x 14’ rectangle trampoline bed and a 30 foot long Tumble-Trac. We also have a variety of Mini-tramps and use our in-ground Pit for tumbling practice regularly. Strength and flexibility activities are included to improve basics and develop more advanced tumbling. This class can be taken on its own or in addition to another Recreational class. Gymnasts are taught at their own ability level and advance at their own rates.

Girls Invite/Teacher Placement

Upon the recommendation of the Recreational Director, a gymnast may be offered the opportunity to participate in an invitation class. Assessment is based upon the gymnast’s strength, flexibility, skill level and desire. Invitation classes usually require the gymnast to attend twice a week.

Twisters GIRLS classes are for gymnasts who want to pursue competitive gymnastics in one of Metro’s Team program, JO Compulsory or Xcel. Requirements for these classes are two (2) days per week and year-round enrollment.

First of all, thank you for letting our Metro Staff be a part of your child’s life. Our First Aid and CPR certified staff will keep your child safe, happy and healthy.

We offer classes for the very beginner (never had gymnastics) through our advanced levels. Once your child is proficient in a level, gymnasts are able to move to the next level; your teacher will notify you when he or she is ready to “move-up”. We also do testing/progress reports every spring; so you can see what your gymnast can do and what she still needs to work on.

Metro does have girls USA-Gym Xcel Teams; we currently compete Silver and Gold Teams.  This kind of team is perfect for those students that want to do gymnastics competitions, and also stay active in other sports throughout the year. Pick up a flyer in our gym today or read about XCEL under the CLASSES tab above.

Lynn McCaffery
Girls Recreational Gymnastics Director


Svetlo Stanchev
Boys Recreational Gymnastics Director


Not sure what level your child would fit into? Please call or email me so we can schedule an evaluation for proper placement.  The evaluation only takes 5-10 minutes. For girls evaluation, contact or 503-620-8939. For boys, evaluation, contact

  • We have a dressing room and a cubby area to put your belongings into; shoes, socks, coat, backpack etc.
  • Have your gymnast ready in their leotard (shorts and T-shirt for boys) and hair pulled up and away from the face and all jewelry removed.
  • All students sit at the edge of our floor and cubby area for the teachers to begin the classes.
  • All Recreational GIRLS warm-up together on the Main Floor. Recreational BOYS warm up with their individual teachers. (The Mini-movers, age’s 2-5 warm-up on the Rec. Floor nearest cubbies). It typically lasts for 10-15 minutes.
  • Warm-ups begin with cardio movements such as jogging, jumping, and galloping. When finished with the cardio all students spread out and stretch out their major muscle groups with their Teacher.
  • The gymnasts will receive 15 minutes on 3 different events. The students will be introduced to the various apparatus. The GIRLS use uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, vault, single tramp, tumble tramp and our pits. The BOYS use floor, vault, high bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, single tramp, and tumble tramp. Basics gymnastics skills are taught first including 2 major components of it, strength and flexibility. Learning body control and body awareness is essential in being able to move through our levels and into our more advanced classes or teams.
  • When class is over the Teacher will lead the group over to the cubby area for release. We do not allow parents onto the gym floor; we have a large viewing area upstairs for you to watch from with TV’s that show different apparatus.
  • As with all sports the more often one practices and attends the quicker for advancement. You are always welcome to enroll into more than 1-time a week.

Lynn McCaffery
Girls Recreational Gymnastics Director


Svetlo Stanchev
Boys Recreational Gymnastics Director


Not sure what level your child would fit into? Please call or email me so we can schedule an evaluation for proper placement.  The evaluation only takes 5-10 minutes. or 503-620-8939.

Does Metro offer a free trial class?

In order to protect the current students’ class experience, we do not allow any free trial class. Instead we have you register and pay for just 1 class, and if the first class isn’t what you expected, we will drop you from the class.

You are also more than welcome to come in and observe classes from our upstairs viewing area anytime. This gives you an opportunity to see the facility and watch a class in action to determine if it looks like a good fit for your child.

What if I miss a class?

Notify the office when you are unable to attend your regular class. Two this should say- ONE make-ups are allowed per session. Call the office to schedule your make-up. No refunds are given for missed classes.

What to wear?

Girls can wear a leotard, and/or shorts and a t-shirt tucked in. Footless tights are permitted. Boys can wear shorts/sweats with a t-shirt tucked in. Hair must be secured away from the face with binders and clips. Students are not allowed to wear jewelry, jeans, and dresses or chew gum. Leave all jewelry home along with other valuables.

Do I have to stay?

Parents should always wait until the teacher begins class. As long as we have a phone number to get a hold of you, you are welcome to run errands and return before you child’s class is over.  All parents and family members observe our classes from our upstairs viewing area.

What should we do when we arrive?

  • Have your child put their things into a cubby, shoes and socks off, and sit on the edge of the floor mat next to the cubbies and wait for the teacher to begin class.
  • Children are not allowed onto the equipment or gym floor until the teacher begins class.  No tumbling or horseplay while waiting.
  • Students for all ages must wait inside the building until their ride arrives. Students should be picked up promptly following class.

What if my child is sick or injured? 

Please keep sick children and siblings home. Students should report any accident or injury during class to the instructor. If an injury occurs outside of class, please call the office schedule a makeup.

Do you work with Special Needs Families?

We would love to set-up group instruction for your special needs child. This could include field trips or weekly classes.  Please email us with your questions.

What about Field Trips?

Plan your field trip to Metro Gymnastics Center: Birthday Parties, going away parties, Girl and Boy Scout Groups, play day trips, preschool outings. Groups of 7 or more please.

Am I allowed out on the gym floor?

Due to safety and liability reasons, only enrolled students are permitted out on the gym floor except for our Toddler classes (see Mini-mover section). All parents and spectators can view the gym from our upstairs viewing area that also has TV monitors.

Lynn McCaffery
Girls Recreational Gymnastics Director


Svetlo Stanchev
Boys Recreational Gymnastics Director


Not sure what level your child would fit into? Please call or email me so we can schedule an evaluation for proper placement.  The evaluation only takes 5-10 minutes. or 503-620-8939.

Call Metro Gymnastics today at 503-620-8939 to register
your child for the upcoming sessions!