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Twisters' new location provides more room, opportunities
by Cynthia Petersen Correspondent · February 27th, 2017

Twisters Gymnastics has a new location, and they're bigger and better than ever before!

For years, Twisters has taught kids how to tumble, flip, balance and climb. And now that Twisters has doubled its space and added more staff, it can now offer more classes and competitive gymnastics.

John Mangold was once a Twisters student and then became a coach in 2001. "I enjoyed competing in gymnastics, but when I started coaching, I knew it was what I wanted to do."

When the owners decided it was time to sell the business, Mangold saw it as the opportunity of a lifetime. Although there have been a few challenges, Twisters has seen a steady growth the past few years. When the facility became too small, Mangold started looking for a bigger building.

When the property on Tower Terrace became available, Mangold decided to make the move. "It was just what we needed."

The building, located on the corner of Miller Road and Tower Terrace, is twice as big as Twisters' previous location. With its staff of 38, Twisters can now offer its 1,300 students a better variety of classes for all ages.

An open gym is available for kids five and older on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 for each child, and a waiver must be completed before the session.

The parent/tot open gym is designed for children who can walk to age 5 and their parent or guardian every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per child.

Birthday parties are held Saturday afternoons and consist of 1 hour and 45 minutes of trampolines, ropes, balance beams and other fun tumbling activities.

Twisters' gymnastics, dance and tumbling programs focus on developing coordination and balance; teach listening skills; and raise self-esteem and confidence. It's also a great way for kids to socialize and have fun.

Lori Angsouvan of Cedar Rapids said she had a difficult time trying to figure out what to do for a birthday party for her nine-year-old daughter, Lily.

"A friend of mine suggested Twisters, and although I wasn't sure if the kids would like it, everyone had a blast!"

She said the staff members were fun and helpful, and made Lily's day extra-special.

"They really treated her like she was the most important person in the room," said Angsouvan. "And the kids had so much fun. It's a great alternative to skating or bowling."

For more information about programs or parties, visit

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