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  • Rick Mc 7:09 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    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
    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

    • Dana 9:02 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply



    • Jan Cerato 6:14 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Flip Factory provided excellent Staff, Amazing Space & Fitness Programs for all the kids regardless of age. As a special bonus we all got to enjoy a Reptile Awareness Show in the studio. Great stuff Thx Dar & Team Flip?!


  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Princess gymnasts love tiaras 

    Looking for a FUN prize for your girls?

    At the Princess Classic Gymnastic Invitational hosted by Horizon Gymnastics & Dance Academy in Port Charlotte, girls win Tiaras as prizes.


    After all, it is the Princess Classic.

    Three-year-old Addison Proa participates in the Princess Classic Gymnastic Invitational, her first competition

    read more – Herald Tribune

    (via Couch Gymnast)

  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boys   

    Recreational Boys Gymnastics 

    A presentation by site editor Rick McCharles given at the USA Region 2 Gymnastics Congress, 2005, in Seattle, WA.

    Tips for coaches wanting to improve & build their boys gymnastics programs.

    Click over to Gymnastics Coaching to watch that slide show.

    • KiWi 12:33 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      When I was running a club I had a lovely 80 year old coach who ran a boys only recreation program me (though some girls ended up in there as well). The class was always packed to the rafters with a waiting list of boys wanting to get in. Mike (coach) knew the magic of how to keep boys going. The class was noisy, busy, with lots of laughter. There was always plenty of games and the favorite was when the class was split into two teams and two boys of similar size/strength competed in an obstacle course. I once got noise complaints from the neighbors! Sadly, Mike retired and I was unable to find anyone with his skill to replace.


  • Rick Mc 5:03 am on January 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing ‘body tightness’ 


    … team developmental age 3-4, my co-instructor asked me to do a station for body tightness since all the kids weren’t very squeezy in their gymnasticking.

    Keeping the fun-factor in mind, I turned over one of the rainbows in the gym and pretended like we were going to do this big magic trick. …

    Body Tightness/Layout Drill

    Click the image to jump to the video on Gymnastics Crossing.

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

    • Tracy 9:17 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this idea. It’s always nice to borrow a fresh idea that will add to the drills we’re already doing.


      • coach Rick 10:01 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Tracy. And thanks for having me at your gym in January.

        Feel free to post here any time.


    • wordsmith 10:24 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Glad I’m not the only one who sees some value in this drill.


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