ELYSIAN VALLEY — The Klub Gymnastics once operated out of a van, with coaches teaching gymnastic classes at schools and rec centers. The firm eventually moved into a permanent gym in Silver Lake but is now poised to make a big move into a far bigger space, a nearly 40,000-square-foot, former furniture factory in Elysian Valley.
The new center, which dwarfs the approximately 5,000-square-foot Silver Lake space, will allow The Klub Gymnastics to expand its program for kids and add classes for adults and families, with plans to eventually build a pool, cafe and preschool on the site by the L.A. River, said Dino Bruce of the firm. The facility, which includes equipment purchased from the recent Special Olympics World Games, will rank as one of the largest gymnastic centers in the region, Bruce said.
Bruce said the firm spent four years looking for a space that was convenient to it current customers but also big enough to allow for an ambitious expansion. The new gym on Blake Avenue in Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown, is expected to open this fall, he said.
“If we moved too far away, it would be like starting a new business from scratch,” Bruce said in an email. “The new space will allow us to offer our students additional instruction and equipment that is not possible in most gymnasiums in large cities due to size constraints.”
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