Kids Flip For New Take On Fitness Fun

There were stretches, and there will spills. But it was all in the name of exercise.

"My abs and my legs, wow! It's hard, I don't see how they do some of this stuff," 17 year old participant Andrew Taylor said.

Pushing fitness to new heights is something gym owner Susan Gates is all about.

"The USA Gymnastics slogan is 'Begin here, Go anywhere.' That is a wonderful thing for our kids to think, I may not be the most inclined to tumble down the track, but if they know they can and are capable, it is attainable," Gates said.

Though she might not find her next national champion in this room, parents have a bigger goal in mind.

"I think something like this makes a difference in their life. They stay healthy, they know it's important, and that means they live healthier, longer lives," Ocean Springs resident Lynne Angus-Barker said.

The event looks like fun and games, but it has a much more serious purpose. Donations from the challenge will go to the Children's Miracle Network, to help kids who can't run and play like many of the studio's gymnasts can.

"Healthy kids can help other kids make their lives easier as they're struggling through something that no one else can quite understand," Gates said.

But after a day full of exercise, these participants now have a new appreciation for physical fitness, and what it means to feel the burn.

Susan Gates says donations from the fitness challenge are extra special because they stay in the community to help our local kids.