Defying gravity one gymnast at a time
By JENNIFER MORRIS
North Kitsap Herald Reporter
December 16, 2008 · Updated 3:49 PM
Zero Gravity finds a new home on George Lane.
POULSBO — Financial times may be tough and the cold winter weather has certainly arrived, but Zero Gravity Athletics owner Kenda Moreno says that’s all the more reason to give affordable fitness activities a try.
And at Zero Gravity, she’s offering just that.
A community-based gym with all sorts of programs, Moreno said now is a great opportunity to indulge in healthy, fit pastimes.
“We’re open, we train all year round,” she said. “People still want to have their kids happy and get them in something. People are really seeing this as something that’s important for their kids.”
At Zero Gravity Athletics, there are no membership or registration fees. Instead, Moreno explained, members can come and go on a monthly basis — a system perfect for kids who’d like to be involved in more than one sport. From mommy-and-me style classes and those for KinderKats and Spiderman to junior high and high school gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading for all ages, Zero Gravity has an arsenal full of learning for the active.
“We’re definitely about kids and the community,” said Moreno. “That’s our goal. We want to promote fitness.”
Zero Gravity, founded in 1997 as nonprofit Trek Gymnastics and later helmed by Moreno in 2004, recently moved into new digs along State Route 305, a location Moreno said has helped to boost enrollment.
She lauded Port Madison Enterprises for their support and generosity as well.
Now Zero Gravity boasts contracts with both North Kitsap and Kingston high school gymnastic teams, and offers programs for tribal students and the homeschooled. The gym also hosts a competitive gymnastics team that competes statewide, offers cheer squad training camps and will start a competitive All-Star squad this coming January. Moreno said Zero Gravity also works to promote fitness and fight obesity by offering assemblies to area elementary schools, where the gym’s trainees can put the results of their hard work on display and show others just what is possible.
“Even if you don’t choose gym or cheer, it’s important to see that with hard work, this is what you get to do,” she said. And with gymnastics comes a skill set applicable to just about anything.
“You learn the grace and the dance aspect as well as the strength and the tumbling and the flexibility,” Moreno described, adding full body and muscle control, awareness, discipline and focus to the list. And beyond that, the activity goes far in keeping kids safe, healthy and with something other than the after-school isolation of iPods and texting to fill their time.
“Just getting them in something after school,” said Moreno, “I think it’s so important.”Contact North Kitsap Herald Reporter Jennifer Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-779-4464.