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Strong Start provides gymnastics training

Bailey Kalvelage poses with her son and students after class.

By Gabby Christensen
For long-time gymnast, Bailey Kalvelage, physical activity has always been a substantial part of her life—so it was no surprise when she and her husband Mathew decided to establish Strong Start, LLC a business dedicated to offering preschool gymnastics.
Kalvelage, who rents space at the Boone County Fitness Center for her classes, opened the business in January 2018.
Since then, she said she’s enjoyed working with kids and watching them learn, grow and have fun.
“I’ve always found joy in physical activity,” Kalvelage said. “To be able to teach kids, knowing how much gymnastics has equipped me in life, is really fun.”
Kalvelage has 15 years of combined experience in cheer and gymnastics.
Kalvelage said her parents, John and Judy Wills—who were at every gymnastics meet, game or competition—were her biggest inspiration.
“My parents are wonderful people who committed themselves to giving my sisters and me opportunities to grow and have fun,” Kalvelage said. “From a young age, I loved competing and the sport of gymnastics, which grew into an enjoyment of cheerleading.”
Kalvelage’s classes are offered every Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., with each session being 45 minutes total.
Kalvelage teaches children 18 months to five years of age.
Some of the equipment in the classroom includes two beams, a bar for preschoolers, and rings hanging from the ceiling.
“We have everything that a normal preschool gym program has,” Kalvelage said. “They learn how to do rolls, cartwheels, hand stands, all of that stuff.”

Read the complete story in the Feb. 28 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.