Capital Gymnastics & Athletics (formerly CAGE) is in the business of growth – growing the dreams and goals of their athletes, growing awareness about the benefits of gymnastics, and growing healthy habits not just for exercising but for time management and conquering fears. Every day staff members see small steps in growth from the athletes. Some days it takes a step or two backwards to realize what you need to do to go forward again, staff members say. It can be very challenging to teach children that a setback is not a failure, and that you don’t need to compare yourself to your friends.
It was only a matter of time before CAGE itself needed to grow as well. After 20 years on SW 37th street in a building that it had long outgrown, a decision was made to take a giant step forward, by moving two miles down 37th street to the east. The actual address is 3740 SW South Park Ave. Along with physically moving, the name was also changed to Capital Gymnastics & Athletics to better encompass what the business now does.
The new location is almost double the size, and offers enough space to safely teach a wider variety of classes.
There is a large, comfortable parent viewing area and an app that you can download straight to your phone to have access to the gym cameras and be able to see more angles of the gym.
The Preschool area is right up front by the parent viewing window so that the littlest gymnasts can easily wave to mom or dad. There are even parent-assisted classes if your toddler isn’t ready to go out on their own yet.
The school age recreational gymnastics classes have their own area and a brand new “quad” bar just for them. It’s 4 bars attached to one large base. There is a single adjustable bar, parallel bars, uneven bars and even a set of rings.
The Ninja classes have a large corner of the gym with the warp wall, bars, trampoline, vaulting boxes and more. It’s been great for parents to have the ninja classes and gymnastics classes at the same location so that they can have a child in each program on the same night of the week.
The Competition Team has designated equipment also. Instead of everyone getting limited time on certain events, they are able to take more turns and get more accomplished per practice because of being able to utilize the space so much more effectively than at the previous location.
There is still a foam pit and birthday party packages – and now there is a real birthday party room for refreshments and presents.
For more information, call owner Triny Beckman at 785-266-4151, or visit www.cagegymnastics.com.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice
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