We aim to spread joy and wellness through gymnastics, welcoming all ages and skill levels. KiPS is more than a gym - we're a tight-knit community through which families enjoy a recreational level of a sport that youth are drawn to naturally, and is so good for all! Our focus reaches beyond the gym, emphasizing strength, flexibility, and balance in life.
Our outstanding coaching team is at the core of our dynamic gymnastics program. Beyond their professional expertise, our coaches embody a culture of positivity, care, and the growth mindset. They foster an inclusive environment, adapting their guidance to all ages and skill levels, ensuring everyone can partake in an enriching gymnastics experience.
Vladi has been coaching gymnastics and working in early childhood education for 25 years. He is a formally trained ballroom dancer and grew up practicing artistic gymnastics and swimming. Fun fact: Both of his parents were high-level gymnasts! Vladi brings the perfect balance of fun and skill development to KiPS.
Lizz has been coaching since she was 16 years old. She is a full time student at George Mason University studying public health. She is currently on GMU's college dance team.
Helena has been involved in sports her whole life, including volleyball, cheerleading, and basketball. Helena has a passion for all things kids and exercise!
Leah has been a competitive gymnast for 10 years and has been doing gymnastics for 16 years in total. Leah loves the sport and coaching young gymnasts! Watching their growth in the sport is so special and rewarding to her!
Rachel is a junior at Meridian High School. She plays for the school’s varsity soccer team and is the manager of the school’s gymnastics team. She is excited to meet all your kiddos at KiPS!
Hugo is the games master! He's the one we call when we want to get the kids really wrapped up in imaginative and active play. He is a Junior at Meridian HS and loves theater, tumbling and Capoeira.
Piper is in her 16th year of gymnastics - she started at 2 y.o. w/ Coach Vladi! She is now a Senior at Meridian High School and a Level 9 Gymnast for the YMCA Angels in Arlington. She loves travel, adventure, and reading.
Ashley brings to KiPS her experience with tumbling and physical therapy. She is a native of Hampton Roads, and is glad to call NoVA home now.
Rick is originally from Mobile, AL. He has been spending the last 7 years coaching in NoVA. He is very passionate about the sport. Rick has recently became a Certified Competition Judge.
Amara is freshman in high school. She is a competitive gymnast for club and Yorktown. She loves gymnastics so much and cannot wait to teach your kids the sport she loves.
Ella has been on a competitive gymnastics team for the past 5+ years. She loves sharing her passion for the sport by coaching little kids.
Debra is our yogi. She leads the yoga stretch classes on Saturday mornings. She creates a warm and peaceful space for all.
Owners Carey Pollack and Erin Kampschroer are native Northern Virginians with combined experience in the gymnastics world of over 40 years. It is a dream come true to open their own gym, and they are well-prepared to enter the youth sports market with the range of perspective that comes from years of experience in training, coaching, and as family managers (aka ‘Gym Moms’). They are excited about sharing their love of gymnastics and expertise, while building community and promoting wellness.
Carey is a firm believer in the positive influence of fitness and strength in the lives of all of us. She is a mother of five, two of which are competitive gymnasts - one JO Level 9 and one JO Level 3, with 16 years of experience supporting them through the sport, and many years serving in the parents association for their gymnastics team.
Carey is an educator and coach at heart, having taught science in secondary schools for 20+ years and coaching along the way. Through years of experience training and coaching in track & field she has developed an astute understanding of the psychology and physiology that leads to positive experiences in sports. She is a Langley High School alum, earned a BS in Geology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MA in Education from VA Tech, and an MS in Geographic & Cartographic Science from George Mason.
Erin is a long-standing gymnast and gymnastics coach, as well as an everyday athlete who maintains an active lifestyle with a focus on health and wellness. Erin has coached competitive gymnastics for the last 10 years, and served as head coach for the Arlington Angels Xcel Program for 7 years. She values the physical and mental aspects of gymnastics and loves mentoring her gymnasts in many aspects of life; cultivating lifelong skills beyond the sport of gymnastics.
Erin has a 2 y.o. daughter and and she is a graduate of Georgetown Day High School and the University of Southern California with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical, Electrical and Nuclear Engineering. She also is an engineer with a patent in a combustion based manufacturing process.