Kim’s Gym was started by Kim Laudenheimer Lindauer in March of 2002 based on the idea that all children, no matter what skill level, should have an opportunity to excel in gymnastics without having to give up their childhood. She prides herself on creating a fun, upbeat, safe environment which in turn helps the kids improve and succeed.
Kim’s Gym is an independently owned company that leases space from the Jewish Community Association of Austin.
Kim’s Gym is a welcoming program where fun and fitness combine to create an upbeat environment. Our atmosphere is safe, familial, and always filled with positivity. We use energy and teamwork to achieve goals while building self-esteem and making lasting friendships. The combination of our teaching methods and non-competitive philosophy instill confidence in a child that carries into every aspect of their life.
Kim’s Gym prides itself on finding the best coaches around. Each of our coaches is trained in teaching gymnastics and understands the importance of patience, an upbeat attitude, and constant enthusiasm. They not only teach the kids gymnastics or cheerleading, but they have fun with the kids…isn’t that what it is all about? Our coaches are CPR/AED Certified.
Owner and Director
Hi Everyone! My name is Kim Laudenheimer Lindauer and I am the owner and director of Kim’s Gym. I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 1998, and never left this city. I am married to Jared Lindauer, and together, we have two sons, Miles who was born in October of 2010, and Ari who was born in March of 2013. I began gymnastics when I was three years old. I started to compete in the 3rd grade and continued to do so through level 8 and my 9th grade year. In High School, I was involved in cheerleading and was a member of our dance team. At UT, I studied Corporate Communications with a minor in Business. My sophomore year, I began coaching gymnastics at Champions Academy at WAYA, and in 2002, after completion of college, I began Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym inside the JCC, and have never looked back. I love this sport, I love children, and I love my job. I believe that recreational gymnastics is key in shaping a child’s future. It provides self confidence, a healthy view of staying in shape, constant positive reinforcement, and is just plain fun. I continue to attend gymnastics conferences, am a member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas, and am safety certified by USA Gymnastics. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Dream Street, a sleep away camp in Utica, Mississippi for children with physical disabilities.
If I haven’t met you yet, please be sure that you introduce yourself. I love to being able to match up all of our wonderful students with their parents. Thank you again for sharing your amazing children with us. Read More
Hi Everyone! I’m Sandy Oughton and this will be my sixth year coaching at Kim’s Gym. I’m from Spanish Fork, Utah and I graduated from Utah State University in Secondary Education for Health and PE. In high school, I was a member of the school’s competitive dance team and then was on my college’s competitive cheer squad for 2 years. Also, during my college years, I managed and coached my own tumbling program for 5 years where I taught beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of tumbling for kids ages 3 to 13. I moved to Austin in the fall of 2009 with my husband who is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas. I love working with kids and helping them grow and have fun at Kim’s Gym.
Hey everyone! My name is Rachel Butler and I have been coaching at Kim’s for 5 years now. I am from Atlanta, Texas and a graduate from the University of Texas. I participated in gymnastics as a child and cheered competitively through high school. I am so happy to have a job that allows me to spend so much time with kids and their families. I love working with children and noncompetitive gymnastics gives me the opportunity to do this in a really fun environment. I truly enjoy what I do and feel very passionate about the positive influence that recreational gymnastics can have on a child’s life. At Kim’s Gym I get to help make sure that every child that comes in leaves feeling good about themselves!
Select Team Head Coach
Hi everyone! My name is Abby Bouchard. I am a senior at the University of Texas studying speech pathology. I started tumbling and competitive cheerleading when I was 7 years old, and continued these sports through high school. I also did school cheerleading during middle school and high school. My freshmen year at UT I was on the Texas Gymnastics team. These sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I absolutely love being able to teach kids of all ages a sport that I have always enjoyed! Awarded Coach of the Month-October 2015.
Hello Families! My name is Tara Fury and I am from the beautiful Florida Keys! I’m thrilled to get to know your kids and help to build not only their skills, but their confidence in this very rewarding sport. Though I’m new to Kim’s, I am not new to coaching gymnastics. For the past 2 years, I’ve coached full-time and have led my own advanced performance team as well. My background consists of participating in recreational gymnastics/ tumbling, competitive cheerleading, and nationally competitive dance from Las Vegas to New York. I truly fell in love with Dance in high school, where I studied at a classical studio and later in Miami under the passionate and unforgettable Mia Michaels. Dance led me to a full scholarship to NYC at Marymount Manhattan College. I was blessed with the very best dance professors, all former dancers from companies such as the New York City Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and Alvin Ailey. As a coach, I am all about safety, proper technique, and FUN! *USAG Certified Instructor.
Recreational Class Director and Elite Silver Head Coach
Tiger Team Head Coach
Hey everyone! My name is Nicole and I am from Brownsville, Texas. I began coaching at Kim’s Gym during summer camp. It was during camp that I realized how much fun working with kids can be! I am currently a member of the University of Texas Gymnastics, and I am so happy to be able to share my love of gymnastics with all of your kids! Awarded Coach of the Month-November 2015.
Birthday Party Director
Hi everyone! My name is Courtney McKeever and I am an early childhood education major at the University of Texas. I started gymnastics at a young age and switched to competitive cheerleading in 4th grade. I then cheered competitively through the end of high school. I was named cheer captain in 8th grade and senior year. I have two years of coaching experience at Sugar Land Gymnastics. I have been with Kims Gym since I moved to Austin in January of 2014 and it has been so rewarding! I love working with children and I am so excited for the opportunity to work with your kids!
Hello! My name is Mallory Morris. I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Texas studying Speech Pathology. After graduation I hope to pursue my masters and eventually work in a children’s hospital. I have been tumbling since the age of 4. I began competitive cheerleading when I was in 3rd grade and continued on for 9 years. I also cheered for my middle and high school cheer teams for 6 years. Tumbling was always my favorite part of cheerleading so I am so excited to begin teaching at Kim’s Gym!
Hi everybody, my name is Joanna Neu! I am from San Antonio, and am currently living in Austin as I attend St. Edwards University. I grew up taking dance and tumbling/gymnastics most of my life. In high school I gave up tumbling for dance, pole-vaulting, and volleyball. All throughout high school, I worked with kids and taught a lot of dance along with the other sports I was involved in. This is my first semester at Kim’s Gym and I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with all your incredible kids! Awarded Coach of the Month- March 2016.
Boys Team Head Coach
Hi! My name is Jacob and this is my second semester coaching at Kim’s Gym. I began gymnastics as a teenager and I am currently a member of the University of Texas gymnastics team. I am looking forward to spending time with all of your kids in the gym and leading the Boys Team through a fun and rewarding year! Awarded Coach of the Month- February 2016.
What does my child wear?
Your registration fee covers a leotard for the girls and a t-shirt and shorts for the boys. We strongly encourage you to have your child wear their uniform to class. If they do not wish to, they can wear a t-shirt with gym shorts. We do not wear shoes and hair needs to be pulled back in a ponytail.
What time do we need to arrive?
You are welcome to arrive at any point, but your children will not be allowed on the equipment until his/her coach calls their class to the floor.
Is there a registration fee?
No! We do not charge a registration or enrollment fee. The price of class tuition includes a leotard and t-shirt.
The $130 team fee covers the uniform, a t-shirt, insurance, hand-outs, professional photos, an end of the year scrapbook, a trophy, and all performance costs.
What if my child grows out of his/her uniform?
We try very hard to fit the kids at the beginning of the year so that there is space to grow. If your child grows out of the uniform that we fit him/her in, you will need to purchase a new one. You can do this in the gym.
How do I schedule a make-up class?
If your child misses a class and would like to do a make-up, you can either speak with Kim, Sandy, or Rachel in the gym during your child’s class, or you can email Info@KimsGym.com to schedule. We will let you know what days/times are available and try our hardest to find something that fits with your schedule. We ask that you only do one make up per month.
How can I help my child at home?
We strongly encourage our students to practice at home, so please remind them. They can practice handstands and cartwheels in the grass where it is soft. When your child starts learning more difficult skills, feel free to ask one of the coaches to show you how to help your child. We can give you pointers on how to spot and what to look for.
Do the coaches babysit?
Yes! Just ask them or be on the lookout for our babysitting list. We email them out each semester.
Can my child’s friend/relative come for just one class?
Unfortunately, if you have a friend in town, they cannot come to just one class. This interrupts our flow, and is very disruptive to the group. If however, you have a friend who may want to join our program, feel free to give them our information and they can come and try a class.
Do you pro-rate?
YES! If you become interested in one of our classes after the semester begins, we will just pro-rate the cost and you will only owe for the classes that you are going to take.
Can I stay and watch my child’s class?
Absolutely! We love it when parents are there. We do ask that you encourage your child to stay with his/her coach and just wave to you if they need a little love. We will take them to the bathroom and to get water during the class, so that you can just sit and watch.
When is Parent Watch Day?
We typically hold Parent Watch Day on the second to last week of class. However, be on the lookout for emails and hand-outs from us for the exact dates.
What if I am not a member of the JCC?
No big deal. You can still join our class and pay the non-member rate. You will need to get a temporary pass from us to show to the security guard at the gate and to the staff person at the Welcome Desk. You will need a new one of these each semester, and they only work on days that your child is registered for class.
Do you have merchandise for sale?
Yes! Stop by our merchandise rack when entering the gym to see all the latest styles and leotard designs.