“There is a place here for any gymnast,” says Heather Fullmer, owner of Gymnastics Training Center in Salt Lake City. “We want all kids to know that there is a spot for them at any level, and we want everyone to feel comfortable doing gymnastics because there is a lot more to learn from the sport than the sport itself.”
Students start as young as nine months old in the “Mom and Me” class and continue up to eighteen years. Adult tumbling classes and adult open gym are also offered.
“A majority of the students are in the ‘optionals’ classes and have their sights set on college,” says Fullmer. “Training for the Olympics is a whole different ballgame, but we definitely don’t rule anything out.”
“Ski and Air Awareness is a class we offer in our two winter sessions. It’s for competitive skiers or kids who just want to do flips when they’re skiing,” says Fullmer, “It just helps them become aware of themselves in the air, how to flip and how to do those things safely.”
Fullmer’s love of gymnastics led her to start the Gymnastics Training Center seven-and-a-half years ago. She just recently moved into the new, 25,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. “We built it for a couple of reasons. Gymnastics is a specialized sport and there are lots of needs that go into a building for gymnastics,” says Fullmer. “And we had totally outgrown our other space.”