Established in 2008, R-Athletics is a sports and recreation facility that specializes in teaching children's gymnastics and cheerleading. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, R-Athletics moved to its current, state-of-the-art home in March, 2010.
R-Athletics offers introductory classes in gymnastics, beginning with its Parent/Tot classes for ages 18 months to three years. The class for three-year-olds offers transition for toddlers without parent participation; it helps to develop peer interaction, focus, and listening skills. Four- and five-year-olds learn new gymnastics skills together in one class. At about the age of five, children may proceed with the many recreational benefits that R-Athletics' gymnastics provide, or enter into the more serious commitment of training for competition.
As a member of USA Gymnastics, R-Athletics employs coaches who are experienced in national- and Olympic-level training. Competitive gymnasts aged five to 18 are trained in all four events: Floor, Balance Beam, Uneven Bars, and Vault. In 2012, R-Athletics' gymnast Brehanna Showers took four gold medals at the U.S. Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level Nine Eastern Championship in the spring. The 14-year old is one of about 100 who train competitively at R-Athletics.
In addition to competitive gymnastics, R-Athletics offers five levels of recreational gymnastics classes for the many physical, mental, and emotional benefits it offers outside the competitive arena. Gymnastics helps children build strength, flexibility, and balance while they're enjoying themselves and developing mental acuity.
R-Athletics' cheer classes offer girls from the ages of eight to 18 coaching in tumbling and team stunts. Cheer sessions are offered several times a year in fully equipped, safe environments using mats, trampolines, tumble tracks, pits, padded floors, and trained spotters.
When classes are over, R-Athletics is available for supervised open gym birthday parties. As well, on the first and third Saturday of each month, the facility provides scheduled fun for members' and non-members' children, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are available by phone or e-mail. R-Athletics' website at r-athletics.com offers comprehensive details.
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2845 Thornhills Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI