Let’s Get Physical: Bringing the “SWAG” to Children of All Ages


SWAG Kids Gym, Metro Detroit’s premier fitness facility for children, is delighted to announce its wide range of exercises and activities designed to improve physical and mental health for kids ages 4 months-12 years old. By offering an array of engaging programs, classes, and events, SWAG Kids Gym is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle while bringing immense benefits to families and the community. The gym has been featured in several local and national publications and was recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Physical fitness plays a crucial role in a child’s overall development, and SWAG Kids Gym recognizes the significance of fostering an active lifestyle from an early age. Through its carefully crafted programs, the gym aims to create a supportive and exciting environment where kids can enhance their physical abilities while having a blast.


At SWAG Kids Gym, children are encouraged to explore various exercises that promote strength, coordination, flexibility, and endurance. From high-energy cardio workouts to strength-building activities, the gym provides a comprehensive range of options tailored to different age groups and fitness levels. Through these exercises, children not only improve their physical well-being but also develop essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and self-confidence. From Gymnastics, Sports, Ninja Warrior and Mommy and Me classes; SWAG Kids Gym has a ton of variety for all of the children and parents to enjoy.


Moreover, SWAG Kids Gym goes beyond traditional fitness offerings by incorporating Yoga Classes into their curriculum. These classes provide a holistic approach to health and wellness, teaching children mindfulness techniques, stress reduction, and improved focus. By introducing yoga at an early age, SWAG Kids Gym aims to equip children with valuable tools that can benefit them throughout their lives.

SWAG Kids Gym is also proud to be an active contributor to several Metro Detroit communities. The facility serves as a hub for various events and parties, providing families with a fun and safe space to celebrate special occasions. Whether it’s a birthday party or a themed event, SWAG Kids Gym ensures that children and parents alike have an unforgettable experience. By fostering community engagement, SWAG Kids Gym strengthens the bonds between families and promotes a sense of togetherness.


“We are thrilled to offer Metro Detroit’s young residents a place where they can have fun, stay active, and grow both physically and mentally,” said Ralph Thompkins, owner of SWAG Kids Gym, who was recently recognized in Oakland County as a Top 40 under 40 Business owners. “We believe that investing in our children’s well-being today will pave the way for a healthier and happier future. We invite families to join us on this incredible journey and experience the positive impact of a fitness-oriented lifestyle.”

Meet Ralph Thompkins, Owner
S.W.A.G Kids Gym


Ralph Thompkins has a passion for developing children through exercise and interaction to become the best versions of themselves. Developing and teaching children from as young as 4 months old, he brings energy to every child he comes across and allows them grow and develop with confidence.

Thompkins has been actively coaching and teaching children for over 15 years, beginning as a coach at the YMCA in Farmington Hills when he was 16 years old.

As a student athlete at Grand Valley State University, Thompkins would often volunteer at sports camps, schools and hospitals around the city of Grand Rapids. He graduated from GVSU with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations in 2008. Thompkins is Certified Strength and Conditioning coach as well as a Certified Youth Fitness and Exercise Development coach.

After college, he worked in retail and sales before landing at a gym for kids in 2013. After 5 years of directing and teaching at a gym for kids in West Bloomfield, Thompkins opened his own Kids gym - S.W.A.G. Kids Gym – in September of 2019.

Thompkins is the Youngest Black Male Owner of a Kids Gym in the Midwest and was recently a winner of Oakland County’s Business Executives 40 under 40, where he was the first ever Black Male Owner in the fitness and childhood development concentration in Oakland County to selected for the award.

Thompkins also opened is his own Event Entertainment business, S.W.A.G Entertainment in July 2021 where he has played at venues such as Ford Field, Pine Knob, Exodus Rooftop, Detroit Institute of Arts and several other places for Kids Events, Weddings, Mitzvahs, Communions and more.

He resides in Farmington Hills. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching all sports, listening to music, going to concerts and spending time with his family.