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“The best part of the whole thing was giving away our pink sting pack to the folks from Gym Elite West out of El Paso. Their whole staff came through the booth! They were super jazzed about all the products. They loved the pink! Kappy and I were really excited when I pulled Ricardo’s name in the drawing.”
And, there they are y’all in all their glory. Ricardo Villa Lobos and the crew from Gym Elite West smiling for the camera in their ByGMR GAT tee shirts for our pink sting pack promotion.
What’s a pink sting pack, you ask? Well, it’s a 3 pack punch of our latest in high tech, high visibility hot pink mats each a tailor made solution for different elements of gymnastics training.
The Pink Floppy
Flop it over the beam or the bar when your gymnast needs a boost of confidence for the bar or the beam. The foam and the texture of its covering is designed to quickly conform to the shape of the equipment your using to give your gymnast a bit more grip and take the sting out of a imperfect landing.
The Pink Sting
Another anti-sting favorite, use this mat on the bars – uneven or parallel – floor, vault or other apparatus’ where dismounts and landings might end in a bent ankle bash. The shock absorbing properties of this mat helps take the sting out ’til your athletes can get it right.
Cotton Candy Cush
Sweet landings, soft like cotton candy come from our newest skill cushion. Use it to add a little cushion on top of a firmer mat when you want to soften a landing for a new or, not as yet, perfected advanced skill. The sides and bottom are made from a highly durable, coated and woven nylon material.
All of these mats bright fuchsia coloring makes it easy for you to find them when you need them in the sea of blue that is typical in most gymnastics gyms. Just tell one of the kids to go grab that pink mat over there and it’s on.
Together, this was a prize pack worth over a $1,000 including shipping! If you didn’t win the Pink Sting Pack at GAT, you got a free tee shirt out of the deal! We were proud to see that sea of pink and really enjoyed the engagement with folks about our new product innovations.
Another first was that Mike and Kappy brought collections of Christmas ornaments past to show, as Halloween looms many people are gearing up to Christmas shop.
GAT is always a fun show for us. It’s smaller and more intimate than the USA Gymnastics National Congress. It’s held the same weekend at the same hotel every year. The same folks come time and time again, so it’s a chance to reconnect with old friends and talk about how their gymnastics businesses are growing. Chances are we’ve put some equipment in a lot of them, so it’s kind of like a family reunion. The folks from the GAT staff are dream to work with. The hotel is an easy in and out and after 40 years in the gymnastics business, Mike and Kappy aren’t getting any younger.
They also really enjoy Austin. Austin offers an eclectic selection of eats which Kappy always enjoys. This year’s highlight were a fancy, Italian dinner courtesy of our matting partners at Dollamur and some down and dirty oysters (Kappy love oysters!) at Lucy’s fusion Mexican spot.
And, of course, who could resist Bacon! Yes! Bacon was back and dispensing kisses to Kappy! Bacon is the not so small pig that comes with the folks who regale we gymnastics nerds with their vintage gymnastics equipment!
Mike and Kappy attended the Region 8 Mini-Congress that was held in Atlanta this past June 28 – 30. If you’re not familiar with Congress or a Mini-Congress (where have you been?!), it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the gymnastics industry plus meet a lot of important industry vendors (GMR *hint hint*).
If we’re talking the National Congress or Congress, as it’s called, then you might just run into some gymnastics Olympic luminaries or see a major US Gymnastics competition. This year National Congress will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, August 9 – 11. Alongside, the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show (it’s super official, formal title) will be the 2019 United States National Championships. Attendees to Congress, are able to purchase these tickets at a reduced rate. Pretty sweet!
But we digress…
What happens at a regional mini-congress? A regional mini-congress is a great opportunity for folks of a particular geographic region to get together to teach and learn how to coach gymnastics, run a gym, run a meet and meet gymnastics industry vendors. The best part is that it’s within a modest driving distance because it’s always held within your gymnastics region or localized clumping of states. And, the entry fees are a bit cheaper.
For struggling gym clubs, that’s a big deal because its a lot easier for gym owners to bring more people to a location that’s closer to them for less money.
Mike and Kappy got lucky this year as the 2019 was held in Atlanta at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia which is only a little over 25 miles from GMR’s Lithonia HQ. That’s about 45 minutes, if the Atlanta Traffic Gods are being really nice.
This year Mike and Kappy saddled up the new GMR Trailer for its maiden voyage! Check out the fancy new wrap! Mike and Kappy hope to fire it up frequently and make it to more of your region 8 gymnastics meets. Besides price and proximity, mini-congress is a great opportunity for gymnastics coaches, gym club owners and devoted parents to connect.
Good GAT! That’s the Gymnastics Association of Texas conference we attended this past August 31 to September 2, 2018. It’s also where we kicked off our celebration of GMR Gymnastics Sales 40th Anniversary!
Folks joined us at our 40th Anniversary fancy decorated table where they got the best candy schwag at the convention, Ferrero Rocher chocolates with limited edition GMR 40th Anniversary stickers! This picture is super special because we’re standing with our good friend, Gary Heartsfield, who actually got Mike started in the gymnastics equipment business way, waaaaay back in the day.
Aside from dominating the candy game — who doesn’t love a fine chocolate in a cookie shell, rolled in chocolate and sprinkled with little nuts? We brought a number of gymnastics themed goodies to play with.
We’re gonna do it. Mike and Kappy are gonna mess with Texas!
They’ll pack up our display of Every. Single. Grip. We. Sell. and head west! They’re bringin’ Rocky the Raccoon, wearing his little grips, to give away in raffle style drawings. They’re bringing some to sell for those not lucky enough to win. Rocky the Raccoon (a plushie wearing gymnastics grips of all things!) makes a wildly unique gift for your gymnast. Where else are you going to find a raccoon wearing grips? We ask you! (Well, our website, of course! and nowhere else!)
Or! For added action pop by to enter our Clue Game and get your entry into our drawing for a $300.00 Gift Certificate!
USA Gymnastics Congress 2018: a resounding success!
Unlike most years, there were no national championships attached to the convention this go’ round. That made for a little less traffic by the booth. What it missed in quantity, it made up for in quality, as people were more leisurely in their time to chat.
Talking to coaches and customers, gymnasts, judges and parents is where the heart of congress lies, for us. It’s our chance to connect. It gives us an opportunity to take the pulse of the gymnastics community writ large. We answer questions about equipment, grips, gym club, pit design… You name it! We listen to your concerns and take them back to HQ where we spend the year tailoring our offerings to meet your needs.
This year, we even got to meet a service pig! Next to the crop of Olympic gymnasts, Bacon was the second brightest star! Isn’t he adorable?!