Saturday, December 20, 2008
Also we updated our info on http://www.yelp.com/ ; local.yahoo.com . Feel free to rate and review us.
Recreational classes begin again January 5th, and we will have some big new things coming your way for our rec programs. Also if you see one of ad's that we'll be running over the next few months, let us know and tell us what you think.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We have started some awsome new programs here so's here a quick breakdown of what we've got going right now.
Gymnastics: We've got a gorgeous gym set up and we're offering classes 6 days a week for boys and girls, for kids who just learned to walk, all the way up to girls who want to qualify for the London Olympics.
Dance: The studios are nearly finished up and we're now offering a full schedule of dance on what we have heard is one of the nicest dance floors ever constructed. Once again we offer classes to students as long as they're old enough to walk.
Tumbling: Getting ready for the cheer team, wanna hone your tumbling skills, just want to learn how to flip, all are great reasons to sign up for our tumbling classes.
Cheer: This is a fantastic new program that fills a great niche for kids in the east bay. A student who joins a Gymfinity Cheer class will recieve an hour of cheer technique instruction, and an hour of tumbling instruction. This gives them a great base to build off of, whether they want to be on a competitive team or just want a more relaxed cheer experience.
Athletic Training: This is a cool one, if you're looking to get into serious shape this is for you. This class utilizes our amazing facility to take your conditioning to the next level. Two hours a week and you'll be amazed at the results.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Step 1:Find your total monthly tuition
Step 2:Take your monthly tuition and divide it by 25
Step 3:Take the number you calculated and refer that number of children to Gymfinity for any of our programs.
Step 4: Repeat the process next month.
What this is, is the revival of our referral rewards program. For every student that you refer to us, WHO SIGNS UP, you will receive a $25 credit towards tuition and they will receive a $25 discount on registration. A win, win, win situation. You get gym credit, they save money, we get a new student to join our Gymfinity family.
Let's all work together to get the gym full of new happy faces, and save a little green while we're at it.
Friday, November 7, 2008
So many people came together to make this a reality, and everyone was crucial. I shudder to think how many times a job had to get done, and I put the call out for help and got it. And I'm not just referring to parents, there were so many people that aren't even connected the gym but helped immensely. My brother Joey; Katy's husband and brother in law; friends of my father who donated trailers; all the contractors who came in on their lunches; and plenty more.
We had a landlord who was willing to work with us when no one else would, and Brett Holden, my realtor who has pulled off the impossible, twice, in finding us a facility and is one of the individuals who is most responsible for Gymfinity remaining open today.
This time around Juli and I had the pleasure of having Glenn Biggs and Rick Galviano leading the charge and helping us to bust through, or at least side step, the obstacles that arose. We are indebted to these men forever, because they are the ones who took this project from a stand still to light speed, and stuck with it to completion.
There were several members of the City Of Livermore staff that were amazing to us. Government employment is usually a field where it seems that doing anything but nothing is radical, and the folks that helped us were radicals indeed.
I know I've missed dozens of people and groups but just know that we are grateful to all who helped and we love you.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Also if you saw the girl in the yellow shirt today passing out fliers, that was Anne Philips from www.gymnastike.com , she came to cover our meet and possibly do a write up about it. I would recommend checking out the site.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I'm not a huge fan of motivation. That is to say that I don't like the idea of people finding their drive to do things from outside pressures i.e. the horse that either chases the carrot or runs from the whip. I hold to the belief that peoples drive should come from within themselves, not be a reaction to others.
In any case I have been trying to "encourage" people to pay their tuition on time by threatening to charge a $50 late fee to anyone who pays after the fifth. I am officially tossing out that policy. I don't like the idea of trying to scare you into fullfilling your obligation to pay on time.
Instead we are instituting an early bird discount. If you pay your tuition sometime during the two weeks prior to its due date you may take ten dollars off your tuition amount. If you haven't paid by your due date then your child isnt officially enrolled in a class and it will need to be resolved.
Now I know that trading a fee for a discount seems like trading a whip for a carrot. What I'm really doing though is simply saying thanks to those who have been responsible. I'm not trying to trick people into paying on time, just giving a pat on the back to those who do.
This will be effective for the oct. tuition so if there are any questions feel free to email me, or call.
P.s. If you want to email me insert my address into a new message, if you simply reply, I believe everyone will recieve it.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I get back to the gym classes ate ready to start for gym, and then the dancers show. Ahhh!
No one knows where they're working out, I don't know who's who, who's paid, who's signed waivers, who's supposed to be there, who's coaching. Ahhhhhhh!
Then everything mellows a little and things kind of work themselves out. I meet a lot of nice kids and parents, answer lots of questions, and everyone is totally excited about the new place, even though its not finished yet.
So I wrap things up after practice say goodnight only to realize I still need to go get my flooring from the acro gym. Ahhhh!
Oh well, my brother came to my rescue again and helped me grab the flooring and I don't even have to sleep on the floor tonight. Now if can just get this kink out of my back, owww!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Also did battle with something thats been living in the freezer for the last three months. It was a new species I believe, it looked like a ferret and some seaweed had a baby. Its natural defense mechanism was an intense odor that resembled ammonia mixed with skunk purée.
I don't see why everyone doesn't own a gym. ; )
Sunday, August 31, 2008
As I look out at our large dance floor area I can see piles of gym equipment, office supplies, and garbage that I wish I had taken the initiative to move out weeks ago.
Don't get me wrong, I've been working hard, and accomplished quite a bit during the last few weeks. Yet I can see in my minds eye where I fell into the trap of stopping short, cutting corners, or at the least not thinking ahead.
Stephen Covey says, "begin with the end in mind", I hope everyone keeps this in mind when undergoing projects of their own. I also hope everyone remembers that if you don't feel like doing as Mr. Covey says, remember what Mr. Biggs says, "you can't catch up on the back end."
Monday, August 25, 2008
Or at least a shining light in the bathroom and hallway of a building in south vasco. : )
Seriously though a lot got done today that I didn't get pics of. The handrails on the stairs were installed; all the lights and outlets; partitions in the bathrooms; doors were cased. Plumbers weren't there so no toilets yet but they said they would get them in tomorrow.
Work for tommorrow for any volunteers, we will be setting up some more equipment and moving a lot of stuff around tommorrow so anyone interested can come by between 4 and 7pm to lend a hand. NO CHILDREN NO CHILDREN NO CHILDREN........ it is still a construction site so appropriate footwear and mindset is a prerequisite.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Mon. Tues. Wed.: cancelled
Thurs. Fri.: Lvl 4: 4=7pm
Lvl 5: 4-7:30pm
Lvl 6 and above: 4-8pm
Sat.: Lvl 4: 9-12pm
Lvl 5 and above: 9-1pm
Dance is also going to have to change their schedules, and should get an update from Crissy or Rochelle. Just remember everyone, we have already done the impossible in getting this far this fast. I know no one wants to deal with switched schedules especially with school starting but to ease the pain I'll include some pics of the new gym I took today;
Doors installed, small dance room painted:
Gymnastics area partially assembled:
That's the view from the mezzanine
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We have managed to get to this point in just over a month of construction. To say this is crazy or impressive would be a massive understatement. If it had not been for all the help we've received from the city and contractors we would still be playing phone tag with the city with no build out, no dance studio, a big wall in the middle of all of it.
Next week the bathrooms will be finished up, the carpet installed, the dance floors installed, and if all goes according to plan the final inspection will happen by Wednesday. A few more days and we'll all be dancing and tumbling and our silly little heads off.
Keep yours eyes out for help requests that i'll send out.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Bye bye Courtney
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Just reading that it sounds like we did great so far, but I fear that all anyone in the gymnastics community will remember was Alicia Sacramone's performance this evening. This really stinks since Alicia is easily my favorite gymnast on the team. And even though the Chinese would have more than likely won the gold simply based on a superior performance, the loss of the gold will rest on Alicia's shoulders alone in the eyes of the general public. This is the USA after all and it seems at times that the only thing we like more than a winner is a someone to blame.
I certainly hope that we all can take a look at how great all of the American competitors have done and lend them our support during the rest of the Olympics, and maybe send out your thoughts or prayers to the Alicia and the rest of the girls who still get to perform later this week in individual events.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Can you see the black video wire that ran all over the gym, it's right there zip tied to the conduit. Come on there's over 300 ft of it...... of course you can't see it, I spent all day doing everything I could to make sure you never do. But now it's done and all we have to do is plug the cameras in.
When I heard that she was going to be leaving I had something of an epiphany. Just the wording that I used when I thought about it, "she would be leaving." There are a couple of ways that people that leave the gym, each one brings about its' own set of reactions.
Something I wasn't expecting when my wife tricked me into buying the gym, that I would develop the kinds of relationships that we have with the students and their families. You end up spending hours every week with these people in a positive environment and you can't help but to end up as some kind of crazy dysfunctional family.
Inevitably though people leave, for one reason or another all of our students leave us eventually. And it seems to be in one of two ways. The circumstances are always different but it seems to come down to two things; they either quit, or they leave.
There are times when a student or a client is not satisfied with what Juli and I offer at Gymfinity, and that's fine. We don't cater to everyone, we offer a place that fits us and our beliefs and if you don't hold those same beliefs to certain extent eventually you or your child will quit. These tend to be cold, sometimes very unpleasant events. But we understand and if a person isn't happy we'd rather they go where they're happy. The other situation is where a student leaves. These are simply the opposite, where a student and their family say goodbye. These are actually harder in a way because these people you wish wouldn't leave.
Regardless we are glad to have everyone that we still have and look forward to a future with you and we will just have to learn to deal with it when it comes time for you to leave.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
And the winner is.................................
Where the possibilities are infinite!
Oh, I also found it interesting that the saying that I put up as a joke ended up in second. I don't think putting out fliers that read "Bring your kids here and pay us tuition!" would bring in the customers.
Seriously though, we did have to move a ton of the equipment again and I would like to thank my brother, Glenn, Doug, Dave, Sean, John, and everyone else who has shown up to help over the past few weeks. Sorry if you weren't mentioned but I write these things at 1am.
Regardless here is a quick pic of the fruits of our labor.
I know it's awe inspiring, isn't it.
Friday, August 1, 2008
the sweet cooling set up by the worlds greatest heating and air company Signal. The things I'm most pleased with would have to be the big heating system that went up today, as well as the A/C over the mezzanine. The heater is the big unit that we all sat and stared at this last winter, it now resides over 20ft in the air ready to blow warm goodness all over the gym. The A/C over the mezzanine is a trick setup with ducting that runs over the top of it and will, at our command, dump cool air over the sweating masses. I can feel the year round 73 degree temps already.
Oh and let's not forget the 10 wall mounted fans that will be mounted next week. No more of Jerod having to lug around a 100lbs fan from event to event.
Other gyms will tremble before our mighty climate control system! Bwa Ha Ha Ha
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Completely Sano: Very clean; sanitary
Totally dialed in: Perfectly set up; correctly done
Freakin' Trick: interesting; ingenuitive; above average; top of the line
Did you come here to eat your lunch?: please continue to work
On the money: correct; on time; as it should be
So when discussing with your job Foreman, his opinion of a certain project it may go some thing like this:
Jerod-"Well Rick how are things going with the framing?"
Rick-"Were on the money with the framer, he's got the the stairs totally dialed in, and the mezzanine is gonna be freakin trick."
Jerod-"Gee whiz, that sounds swell, but why are they playing soccer in the back of the facility!"
Rick-"Hey, did you guys come here to eat your lunch! We've gotta get this place completely sano before the HVAC crew rolls in."
You see Juli, Glenn, and I came in to measure, mark, and strategize the layout a bit to see if the layout I had posted earlier in the blog would actually work. The good news is that it actually seems to work, the bad news is that were now twice as anxious to get the equipment set up.
No worries though, with the work crew we've got in there things are gonna be finished in no time.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Also if you guys use the subscribe link on the side of the page you can get updated when I update this site. I'd like this to be a place where you guys check back on a regular basis for gym updates. Even after the construction is done. Forward the site to anyone you think might be interested to see it also.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Trenches filled and signed off by the inspector. The crazy thing is, this all happened in less than 48hrs!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Yeah, I know it sounds like loads of fun and you probably would love to trade places with me if you could, but sorry this is my life and you only get to watch.
Luckily we have had some amazing support over the past couple of years, support that has been so instrumental in fact, that if you had removed even one of those people from our lives we wouldn't be here today.
So that all being said,, today is a new day and today was pretty good. We've got contractors coming in to start construction of the new gym and by the sounds of it they are going to try to bang it out quick. If all goes well by the time we go before the city planning commission next month the gym will be ready to go and ready for business.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
That is until the first meet in september. HAHAHA
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
To all those that read, thank you for your time.