Flip Factory, Calgary

I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.

Darlene Traviss

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.

Typical rotations:

• 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:

Down’s Syndrome
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Cerebral Palsy
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Amputees
ADD and ADHD
Autism and Asperger’s
Brain injuries

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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