• Back in the swing

    'The best core workout you could get anywhere doing anything'
  • Like most gymnasts of her generation, a young Christine Idiart emulated Mary Lou Retton and dreamed of the Olympics.
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    • If you go
      What: Adult gymnastics class, open to students of all ages and skill levels; cost is $40 per month; first-time trial class is free.
      When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays.
      Where: America's Best Ki...
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      If you go
      What: Adult gymnastics class, open to students of all ages and skill levels; cost is $40 per month; first-time trial class is free.



      When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays.



      Where: America's Best Kids Sports Center, 1914 Skypark Drive, Medford.



      For more information: Call 541-245-0432 or see www.abkfun.com.
  • Like most gymnasts of her generation, a young Christine Idiart emulated Mary Lou Retton and dreamed of the Olympics.
    And like many a gymnast, Idiart quit the demanding sport in her teens to participate more fully in school and its athletic arena. But the pull toward gymnastics persisted.
    "I've always loved the sport, and I always watch it when it's on (television)," says the Central Point resident. "I've kind of always wanted to get back into it."
    At age 29, Idiart gets a second chance at gymnastics in a Medford class geared specifically to adults who spent their childhoods tumbling, vaulting, balancing and swinging through the air. The class also gives newcomers to the sport a demanding exercise regimen unlike any they've tried.
    "(It's) definitely the best core workout you could get anywhere doing anything," says 25-year-old Luke Anderson.
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