Parkour and Action Sports.
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I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.
Darlene’s that rarity. An entrepreneur in socialist Canada. (Most gyms are parent governed in Canada.)
Her club is staying away from competitive Artistic gymnastics. But they offer just about everything else.
Preschool makes up about 60% of the membership.
Trampoline, Circus, Demo Team (Gymnaestrada), …
When construction is complete, here’s the goal:
5,600 square feet of gym space which houses: 4 full size trampolines, a 40′ tumble track, a 40′ x 40′ sprung floor exercise space, a large foam pit, indoor toboggan hill for preschoolers, 40′ bouldering wall, beams, low tight ropes, slack lines, bars (including a pit bar), lots of climbing ropes, rings and vaulting apparatus.
• Mission Impossible obstacle course
• Reverse Bungee: a giant jolly jumper
• Gladiators: semi-combative challenges
• Parkour on a dedicated circuit, complete with tramp wall
Special Needs kids are welcomed:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
ADD and ADHD
Autism and Asperger’s
An additional 2000 square foot mezzanine space houses our Tot Drop-In during the daytime. This area is filled with equipment specially designed for 1 – 5 year olds: Mats of all shapes and sizes, slides, climbing apparatus, ball pits and more. Equipment configuration and pieces change weekly. This gym is well padded and encourages movement and exploration. A seating area for parents built into the space makes it a perfect spot to hang out with friends while letting preschoolers burn off energy! The mezzanine space is cleared and available to other groups in the evenings.
A 750 square foot hardwood dance studio is used for our fitness classes and is also available to other groups.
Two spacious birthday party rooms are available for eats and treats after activities in the gym are finished up.
CONGRATULATIONS Darlene. I’m completely impressed.
Learn more about the gym at flip-factory.com
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I visited Lieven Vercruyssen, founder and chief evangelist of Eurogym Belgium and EuroTumble.com.
… supplier of inflatable gymnastics equipment in Europe. …
Our equipment is quickly inflated and deflated and because it is also airtight a constant blower is not needed. It is very compact and takes a small space in the storage room. …
I tagged along with Lieven to Gymclub Apollo in Antwerp where he set up an Air Floor for the coaches and gymnasts to test.
Lieven is expert in setting up and deflating as quickly as possible.
The kids got in on the fun.
Apollo is a set-up, take-down gym in a school. With limited storage. An Air Floor is ideal in their situation.
Click PLAY or watch different kinds of athletes using Air Floors on YouTube.
I strongly recommend Eurotumble.com.
Eurotumble is dedicated to inflatable gymnastics equipment of all kinds. Air is the future, I’m certain, replacing foam which is made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Air is free. :)
Here’s a sample of what different kinds of kids can do on an Air Floor.
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Eurotumble is a division of Eurogym Belgium, though they distribute throughout Europe. And the world.
Founder and chief evangelist Lieven Vercruyssen was kind enough to host me recently, show me a number of clubs in Belgium … and even bring me along on a club visit where kids at Apollo in Antwerp got to test an Air Floor for themselves.
Is trampoline a good activity for participants with special needs?
Find out on a new site out of the U.K. dedicated to the topic. It already has a surprisingly number of links.
Rebound Therapy® is the phrase used to describe the practice of using a trampoline to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation for people with a wide range of Special Needs. …
• Special Needs Trampolining classes (£4.50 drop-in)
… a resource for people across the world involved in trampolining and specifically encourage those involved with special needs participants. You might be a special needs teacher, a physiotherapist, a mainstream trampolining coach …
visit the home page – Special Needs Trampolining
JumpSport® Trampoline BounceBoard Extreme™
soft, flexible foam …
Great for advanced Rec trampoline. … But how durable is it?
Mismo runs a class called Snow Style:
… a ski and snowboard air awareness class. During class students will learn how to flip and twist in the air in a structured, safe environment. Strength and flexibility are also incorporated into these great classes.
Ages 8 on up