When Qi Han and Yiwen Chen established Everest Gymnastics in 2004, the pair had no idea that just a decade later, their passion project would become a US National Team Training Center. But that is exactly what they have grown into, and today the North Carolina gymnastics facility is known for launching the careers of some of the most prolific professional athletes of our time.
We at Everest Gymnastics teaches more than how to move on the mat. Coach Han and Coach Chen believe in developing the whole athlete. Together, they have designed both recreational and competitive programs that prepare students not only for the rigorous physical demands of the sport, but also the mental, emotional, and social burdens as well. Each lesson was crafted to help children stay mentally focused, which is necessary to remain safe when moving quickly and at high speed. Emotional preparedness begins early as students learn to navigate their feelings of excitement and fear. As these skills are mastered, students are also taught the value of cooperation and how to show respect for themselves and others in a class setting.
Recently, Everest has expanded and now offers two extensive USAG Certified gymnastics training facilities. The Huntersville and Cornelius locations, at 20,000 square feet and 32,000 square feet respectively, are filled with regulation-size equipment, including a 40-foot in-ground tumble track, Olympic-sized spring floors, climbing ropes, foam pits, and trampolines. Both recreational and competitive students will find activities that engage the mind and challenge the body in a growth-promoting atmosphere. Under the guidance of skilled coaches, students may begin training in the preschool years on equipment sized just right for little bodies.
Coach Han and Coach Chen have dedicated their careers to developing the finest athletes in the US. The duo is proud of the young ladies and gentlemen who have grown up with Everest throughout the years. In 2018, long-time student Haleigh Bryant won 3rd Place All-Around at the Junior Olympic National Championships. Bryant joins Emily Schild and many other notable gym associates, including Han, who was added to the Mecklenburg’s Sports Wall of Fame in 2016. Everest Gymnastics is listed on the Region 8 Hall of Fame and was named the USAG Club of The Year in 2015.
They offer recreational classes and skills clinics throughout the year. Further, to make gymnastics assessable to those curious about the sport, both facilities hosts events throughout the year, including birthday parties, a National Gymnastics Day Celebration for the public, and fully staffed Parent Night Outs.
Everest is proud to adhere to a set of core values that prioritize the safety and well-being of each student while encouraging teamwork and determination. In addition to Han and Chen, the gym is operated by a team of fitness and child development enthusiasts including program directors and coaches. These men and women are skilled at what they do and can guide children from curious toddler to level 10 gymnast.
As one of the nation’s premier gymnastics training centers, they are committed to helping each student overcome personal obstacles and continually challenge themselves to achieve their dreams.
For more information or to register for a class at either location visit Everest-Gym.com.