Mission Statement

Sweet Pea Fitness, LLC is a portable preschool fitness program that offers dance, gymnastics and yoga enrichment classes to children ages 2-6 in a preschool or day care setting.

We bring fun preschool-sized equipment and props to children while they are at preschool!  What a wonderful way to include extra curricular activities without eating up your precious time in the evenings!  Our classes are  fun and our equipment is designed to promote success and safety! 

Mandy Elrod is the owner and head instructor of Sweet Pea Fitness, LLC.  She lives in Stow, OH with her husband Jason, daughter Laramie and dog, River.  The students call her “Miss Mandy”.

Mandy  began teaching gymnastics in 1990.  She has directed and instructed with programs at Fltyz Gymnastics in Cuyahoga Falls, Buckeye Gymnastics in Columbus, Universal Gymnasts in Hilliard and the Dublin Dance Centre in Dublin.  She became a preschool dance instructor in 2000.

She graduated from Stow High School in 1992.  She received a Bachelors Degree in Education from Ohio State University in 1997.  Her major is Fitness and Leisure Management.

She is USA Gymnastics Safety Certified, KAT Certified and MELPED Certified.  She holds a children’s yoga certification with Yoga Education Institute.  She is current with CPR and First Aid training as well as Child Abuse & Neglect and Communicable Disease Recognition, which are all required by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  

She has had an FBI & State of Ohio background check.


  • Sweet Pea Fitness, LLC was established to help promote health and wellness to preschool-age children through dance, gymnastics and yoga.  Each class is designed to gently introduce children to movement that will improve overall health and fitness. 
  • Basic motor skill development is essential for children to develop the confidence to participate in physical activities and sports.  Early exposure to these concepts will allow your child to grow to love fitness!
  • We will teach them to learn to love and accept movement challenges.  We will teach with loving discipline while serving and enriching the lives of the students we teach.


  1. Children who exercise and engage in sporting activities regularly are more likely to continue exercising even as an adult.
  2. Exercise helps children achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
  3. Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints.
  4. Exercise helps improves the quantity and quality of sleep.
  5. Exercise promotes improved school attendance and also enhances academic performance.
  6. Children who exercise regularly tends to have greater self-esteem, confidence and better self-images.
  7. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression better mental control.
  8. Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills.