Without tumbling, the human body would have no way of expressing exuberance over exciting football passes or be able to intimidate ruffians during rug-cutting turf wars. Acrobatically safeguard the cul de sac with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one month of tumbling classes (a $50 value) and open gym (a $35 value) at Infinity Athletics in Avon Lake (an $85 total value).
Infinity Athletics' national-title-holding coaches help springboard all levels of tumblers to new heights in the recently renovated 5,000-square-foot facility, replete with spring and nonspring tumbling floors, mirrors, and a tumble track ending at a foam resin pit. One month of tumbling classes grants mini acrobats one 50-minute session a week, access to the gym during open-gym hours, and includes the required insurance fee. Tumblers first undergo an evaluation to determine their skill levels before being placed into the color-coded groups—Green, Blue, or Silver. Green tumblers practice beginner skills, such as forward, backward, and parallel-parking rolls, and Blue tumblers refine intermediate-level multiple back handsprings before sending bodies soaring with the tuck technique. The more advanced Silver tumblers defy gravity with twist-filled tumbling passes and by staying afloat way past their bedtimes. Open-gym sessions, held Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, are open to all levels on a first-come, first-served basis. Tumblers can sign up for open gym beginning 15 minutes before the start of each session.
At 30-feet tall, the ceilings at Infinity Athletics can safely contain the towering formations and soaring handsprings that leap from the center's cheer and spring floors and 7'x14' trampoline. More than 350 athletes stream into the 12,000-square-foot gym to pick up tips from the certified instructors, who draw from their own experiences as former cheerleaders, coaches, and figure skaters to choreograph high-energy routines for nationally ranked competitors, as well as those who are just there for fun. To help budding stars improve, the center is equipped with a video-playback system that provides coaches and gymnasts with a visual tool to help them fine-tune each tumble, and it also helps them imagine what their routine will look like once the attacking alien warships have been green-screened in.