When gymnast Richard Ferrono was nine he decided he would one day open a gymnastics school. His boy-hood ambition, now in its third incarnation, is called The Ultimate Gymnastics Center, and its doors are now open at a spacious and scenic Gardiner location on Osprey Lane, right next to the Got Rhythm Dance Studio. Priming for his venture, Ferrono approached Gardiner resident Richard Condon about a partnership. When Condon was nine he fantasized about being a Hollywood stuntman, so a balance was struck. Ultimate Gymnastics satisfies enthusiasts ranging from three and a half years to, well, any age, even after more sedentary pursuits might seem prudent.
The fully equipped gym eschews the standard, intensely competitive model of most gyms, favoring safe gymnastics instruction with a refreshingly fun-loving orientation. While classes for competition-level athletes are available, Ultimate’s general populace seeks only the pleasure of challenging their bodies with new and thrilling physical skills.
The two Richards plan to make use of their high ceilings by installing an indoor climbing wall, and adding aerial silks classes to their schedule. Silks is a circus art in which participants perform various acrobatic man-euvers on material suspended from the ceiling. Other possibilities are under consideration as well. Ultimate offers free trial classes. Visit www.ultimategymnasticscenter.com or call the gym at
255-5600. Just ask for Richard.