Oh Lordy! GMR’s 40!
And, we couldn’t be prouder of our company’s entrance into middle age! It’s hard fought and well-earned through an industry that has changed a great deal since we started that fateful 1st of September, 1978. Mike, The Old Gymnastics Guy, got the bald spot and creaky joints to prove it.
Our version of buying an expensive, red convertible this past year was we up and designed a sleek, innovative new mat, our Dawn Mat!
We streamlined our website to keep up with the trend of mobile devices, so that when you look at Ten-o on the go, everything is tailored for clarity and convenience. We trimmed our paper catalogue to just the highlights on our most popular products. We expanded our product lines to include re-selling equipment and parts offerings from all of the other major manufacturers in the business.
One of the benefits of Mike’s 40 years in the biz is that if you got a piece of equipment or a part you can’t identify: Mike can.
Mike made the first Mushroom™ that went on to become an integral part of boy’s gymnastics training and a boy’s competition event in its own right.
He took the single bar trainer and made it the super space saver that makes it the single best piece of training equipment in your gym or club.
He took that tight, old pit tramp bed that wasn’t providing the deceleration of forces that protects athletes and loosened it up and made the Sag Bed Pit System that ensures your gymnasts are safer when training the risky skills that make gymnastics magic.
The industry has changed a lot over the years since Mike and Kappy put out the first catalogue, since they gave boys practical training apparel, since they brought grips to the US and put lycra in athletic wear… when they put stars in the eyes of young gymnasts who got gymnastics themed gifts under their Christmas trees.
GMR Gymnastics Sales is the only company that did or does Everything for Gymnastics — since 1978! From equipment to mats to apparel to pits to gifts to grips to designing your entire gym, we bring 40 years of experience to bear on your investments big and small.
Mike started out as a gymnast in the ’60’s. He went on to coach for 15 years. GMR stands for George Mike Raines. It grew out of his tiny apartment into a 32,000 square foot warehouse and corporate office space in Lithonia, Georgia. Every minute of these 40 years has been a labor of love.
We have YOU to thank for it.
We are grateful for your enduring trust and support as you rely on us to equip your gyms, clothe your gymnasts, sag your pit beds and design your gymnastics club facilities.
The gymnastics club market started in 1976, so 1978 was a great time to get in on the action and help grow the sport that means so much to Mike and Kappy and the rest of the ByGMR staff.
It’s been a privilege to cheer on so many young gymnasts as they compete against their fears, then grow up to coach and keep the sport alive through growing gym club businesses of their own.
We love answering your questions about how to install those rings, how to best utilize the space you’ve got and how to route the flow of your gym around the column in the middle of the building. Our customers and this sport are everything.
Thank you for our 40 years together. Thank you for Everything Gymnastics Since 1978.