emPOWER kids is more than a fitness program. We are dedicated to building strong bodies, minds and hearts. Our curriculum focuses on overall physical well-being, mindfulness, and social-emotional connections with peers.
We want every child to feel loved and welcome in class, free to be themselves. Our program respects every individual and encourages all participants to support peers in their personal growth. Instructors bring positive energy to class and use language that encourages a growth mindset.
While we love to get excited when kids learn new skills, we celebrate the real wins during class - kids showing empathy, making friends, overcoming fears, sharing how they feel, taking turns, cheering on classmates, expressing gratitude and all the little moments in between.
I started emPOWER kids in 2020, after the COVID-19 crisis changed our lives. Like so many others, I felt the call to action and wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. I recognized the need for children to have a truly safe space for them to grow into happy, healthy humans, with supportive adults guiding their development. A decade of coaching gymnastics taught me the importance of physical health, but I believe we need to prioritize mental health as well. Positive self-talk & growth mindset have been staples of my teaching for years, and I'm excited to introduce mindfulness with emPOWER kids. Join me on my mission to revolutionize fitness for kids!
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Vanessa became a gymnast at age 3. After years of competition, she transitioned into weight lifting and coaching in high school, which sparked her interest in Kinesiology. For over a decade, she's explored the world of meditation, yoga and mind-body connection, and recently completed her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from George Mason University. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NSCA. When she's not coaching at the gym, you can find her personal training adults, spending as much time as possible outdoors with her pup Loki, or enjoying Mexican Food!
Coach Caitlyn is a proud Arlington native! She spent an entire decade as a competitive gymnast, and 9 years as a cheerleader, joining the Division 1 collegiate cheer team at Longwood University. She's coached both women and men's gymnastics at the competitive level for over 8 years, and loves working with children of all ages. Fun fact about Coach Caitlyn - she's never met a dog she didn't love. Her dog Moseley is one of the bravest pups on earth!