Gymnastics in Flowing Wells

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Under the leadership of Amanda Borden-Cochran, the 1996 Olympic team—dubbed the Magnificent Seven—scored their infamous gold-medal victory. But Amanda's accomplishments didn't stop there; she now adds gym owner to her résumé as the founder of the brand new 25,000 square foot Gold Medal Gymnastics gym. At two gyms in Chandler and Tempe, she works alongside a roster of accomplished athletes to teach the fine art of gymnastics to preschoolers and teens alike. In addition to traditional gymnastics classes and open gym time, the coaches teach dance lessons and sports skills at the Chandler location.

255 W Warner Rd
Chandler,
AZ
US

Youthful shrieks and the slap of feet on mats fill the air at Southwest Gymnastics Training Center, drifting past a climbing rope and floor-level trampoline. Coaches preside over the 10,500-square-foot facility, improving more than somersaults—they also help give kids the self-esteem and discipline to excel in school or run a successful ant farm. The safety-certified coaches encourage positive traits in their young charges during recreational and competitive classes for ages 18 months to 18 years. Designed to adhere to USA Gymnastics guidelines, the curriculum helps kids build skills in a logical order, ensuring that no one has to do a cartwheel before learning what a wheel is.

The coaches also teach trampoline and tumbling skills, occasionally retiring to the sidelines to supervise open gym sessions. During these unstructured play sessions, kids can safely experiment with any equipment or practice pushing a wheelbarrow full of gold medals. Recreational classes for girls aged 6–18, boys aged 6–18, little ones aged 18 months–5 years, and athletic action figures, as well as competitive classes for advanced-level acrobats. Tumbling and trampoline lessons build knowledge of the sport, with a bouncier surface than a circus seal's mattress.

4930 S Ash Ave
Tempe,
AZ
US

Scott Barclay, a former gymnastics champion and current coach of ASU men's gymnastics team, dreamed of opening a facility to help young kids discover gymnastics. In turn, Aspire Kids Sports Center began with recreational gymnastics for kids as young as 15 months. Through time, the organization—headed by Scott and his wife, Donna—grew to include classes for martial arts, swimming, dance, and cheer.

At Aspire's present 32,000-square-foot facility, instructors help fledgling gymnasts traverse an 80-foot tumble track on multiple trampolines. For tykes, there's a wealth of preschool gymnastics equipment, while more advanced gymnastics teams can compete on spring competition floors. Or take advantage of the indoor heated swimming pool with movable platforms, where you can immerse yourself in year-round swimming lessons and stage performances of The Little Mermaid.

50 S Hearthstone Way
Chandler,
AZ
US

Established: 1997

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: All Star Cheer and Tumbling

Recommended Age Group: Kids

3164 S. Country Club Drive #11
Mesa,
AZ
US

Army green hues and camouflage patterns blanket the walls inside Urban WarFit CrossFit, reinforcing the no-frills aspect of the gym, whose workouts incorporate functional movements, from lifting kettlebells to swinging sledgehammers onto giant tires. For those looking for specialized workouts, the gym offers training sessions tailored to weightlifting, gymnastics, and core conditioning. All these exercises are overseen by CrossFit-certified coaches, who ensure clients use the proper form and warrior scream with each rep.

8261 E Gelding Dr., Ste. B
Scottsdale,
AZ
US