X-Treme Athletics opens in ‘grand’ style

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The viewing area at X-Treme Athletics was packed Monday night and the “spectators” were treated to tumbling and cheering exhibitions and responded with “ooohs” and “aaahs” and a few oh-no’s.

X-Treme Athletics is owned and operated by Jody Singleton of Brundidge and Josh Filiault of Troy. The business opened in April in the former SWR building on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy and expanded to the new facility, which opened to the public on Monday.

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Opening night at X-Treme Athletics was a preview of things to come.

Singleton said she and Filiault are excited to bring a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility to Troy and Pike County.

“My daughter was taking gym classes and on a competitive cheer squad in Montgomery,” Singleton said. “Josh was her coach. I wanted Tanna and other young people who are interested in gymnastics and cheering to have an opportunity to learn and grow in the sports here at home.”

The X-Treme Athletics dance classes will continue to meet in the former SWR building. The dance classes include ballet, tap, jazz and Zumba with Pilates soon to be offered.

The gymnastics, cheer and tumbling classes meet in the new facility and are offered for ages walking and older.

Seven instructors will coach gymnastics including the balance beam, bars, floor exercises and vault and competitive cheer and tumbling.

The X-Treme Athletics facility features a full size spring floor, a full size dead floor, three foam pits, showers, restroom facilities, a party room, a viewing area, offices and a gift shop.

“We have a kids’ area where we conduct the kinder program,” Singleton said. “It’s a kid- sized gymnastics area where the kids will work on the same skills as the other gymnasts, just on their level.”

For all classes, Singleton said the ratio will be eight to one.

“The classes will be small so that each one will receive individual attention at X-Treme Athletics,” she said. “We will have competitive cheer and gymnastics teams. We will also have gymnastics meets here. Our ultimate goal will be to provide a facility for a university gymnastics team.”

But for now, X-Treme Athletics in concentrating on providing learning opportunities and fun activities for young people who are interested in dance, cheer and gymnastics.

On Friday night, X-Treme Athletics will host Kids Night Out to introduce young people to the facility.

“The kids can be dropped off for a night of free play at X-Treme Athletics for a discounted rate of $15,” Singleton said. “We’ll have coaches on the floor who will direct free play and games.”

The kids may be dropped off at 6:30 p.m. and picked up as late as 10:30 p.m.

“We’ll have pizza and drinks so it will be a night of fun at the gym,” Singleton said. “Kids Night Out will be offered once or twice a month as part of the programming at X-Treme Athletics.”

The facility is open Monday through Thursday. Birthday parties may be scheduled on weekends and special events will be planned.