ABOUT GYMCO

Gymco’s mission is to empower people by growing athletic skills and confidence through gymnastics, tumbling and sports skills.

In addition, kids come away with a positive attitude about physical activity that will influence their whole lives. Gymco helps kids develop their bodies, their confidence, and their character.

OUR PROVEN PROCESS

HISTORY

In 1980, Doreen Bolhuis, an educator and gymnast started Gymco, a company that would help children gain physical confidence. Gymco’s first gymnastics classes were held in a barn behind Luther Village Retirement Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Under Doreen’s management, Gymco became a leader in the gymnastics industry, using innovative, education-based techniques to share the benefits of gymnastics to kids of all ages. Gymco’s gymnastics program has taught over 80,000 students. Over the years, Gymco added programs & classes beyond gymnastics including parent & tot classes, a preschool program, aerial arts classes, homeschool classes, a Competitive Gymnastics Team and more.  After 40 years, Doreen retired as the President and Founder of Gymco.

In December 2019, Beth Briggs became the new owner, President, and CEO of Gymco. Beth continues the locally-owned, woman-owned, small business success story that is Gymco. She has a passion for the company’s mission and is delighted to continue the legacy that Doreen built. Beth and the entire team look forward to future growth as Gymco continues to offer valuable services for the Grand Rapids community.

Gymco isn’t just the place kids play and learn gymnastics, it’s the place that teaches kids sportsmanship and a love of fitness that will last them a lifetime. Our company has made a difference in the lives of so many families. We’re proud to be a part of all the happy memories enjoyed in our classes, programs, and events. And as we enter our 5th decade, we’re just getting started! A lot has changed since we opened our doors in 1980, but some things haven’t — kids of all ages still love to learn new ways to move — and families still enjoy spending time in a place where their children are welcomed, valued and encouraged –that’s Gymco!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES

Join the Gymco Team!

Gymco helps kids build character, grow self-esteem and improve their athletic skills. Our company is locally owned and operated with a talented, dedicated team that is diverse in background and life experience. What we have in common is our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of kids. We love to see applications from current or former Gymco students and parents of students. If you’ve been part of the Gymco family, be sure to let us know!

Gymco Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Gymco Inc. is a licensed childcare facility. Every employee must submit to a criminal background check and comply with the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers.

Our Core Values

  • Respect

  • Truth

  • Teamwork

  • Open Communication

  • Growth

Current Openings:

Preschool Gymnastics/Sports Development Coach.

*Gymnastics experience not required!*

If you love working with children and find joy in movement, you belong on the Gymco team! Share your enthusiasm for fitness with children as Gymco’s newest preschool/sports development coach. Gymco is looking for someone who enjoys being active, appreciates the benefits of movement-based learning, and is great with children from toddler through kindergarten age. We provide all the training for you to coach a comprehensive pre-sport curriculum through the use of gymnastics equipment. The skills we teach translate into all sports as well as many aspects of everyday life!

This position would be perfect for:

  • a stay-at-home parent looking for something fun to add to your day while your kids are in school
  • an education or exercise science student looking for field experience
  • or anyone who loves working with children!

Hours are flexible, instructors will work specific days & times based on regular availability provided. Total work hours would be approximately 10-20 hours a week, Mondays – Fridays, between 9am-8pm, should also be available to work a Saturday rotation (no Sundays).

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application at https://gymco.com/about/#job and email it with your cover letter and resume to beth@gymco.com. Gymco is located at 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application and email it with your cover letter and resumé here.

Licensed Program Director/Preschool Teacher. Gymco provides movement- and play-based preschool for children ages 3-5 years old. We are looking for a preschool teacher/program director to join our team. Our teachers are committed to supporting children’s social-emotional needs and learning through play and movement-based learning experiences that enhance all areas of development.

Applicants must have at least an associate degree in early childhood education, child development, or equivalent. Experience working in a child-led learning environment and/or emergent curriculum is a plus.

Qualifications and Responsibilities of the position include, and not limited to:

  • An understanding that personal and professional development in early childhood is ongoing and training and development is required of all employees.
  • Commitment to learning the movement- and play-based curriculum and implementing it in the classroom and gym.
  • Lesson planning for the children based on each child’s developmental stage and interests.
  • Maintaining partnerships with families through class app/email and monthly newsletters.
  • Maintaining compliance per rules of state licensing
  • Maintaining records for all programs that fall under state licensing

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and creating a diverse environment. We believe that children benefit from an environment that is culturally rich providing role models from all backgrounds.

Job Type: Part-time/Full-time opportunities available

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application and email it with your cover letter and resumé here.

Gymnastics Instructor. If you love fitness and sports, believe in the importance of physical activity or if you appreciate the value of physical education, you would be a great addition to the Gymco team! Share your enthusiasm for fitness with children as Gymco’s newest gymnastics instructor. Gymco is looking for someone who is friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic, athletic, energetic, confident, and great with children. Gymnastics, physical education, fitness training or teaching experience is a plus (but we’re willing to train the right person)

This position would be perfect for:
  • a coach or educator who wants to teach PE part-time
  • a fitness instructor with a passion for physical education
  • an education student looking for teaching experience
  • or anyone who loves working with children!
Hours are flexible, instructors can work specific days & times according to your schedule on a regular basis. Total work hours would be approximately 15 hours a week, Mondays – Fridays, between 9am-8pm, should also be available to work two Saturdays per month (no Sundays).
If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application at http://gymco.com/apply/ and email it with your cover letter and resume to beth@gymco.com. Gymco is located at 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application and email it with your cover letter and resumé here.

Aerial Arts Instructor. If you believe in the importance of physical activity and have experience in working with the aerial arts, you would be a great addition to the Gymco team! Share your enthusiasm for fitness with children and adults as Gymco’s new aerial arts instructor.

Gymco is looking for someone who is friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic, athletic, energetic, confident, and great with children and adults. Substantial experience as an aerialist and coach is preferred, ideally with a background in acrobatics/gymnastics, or dance (not required, but would allow for more flexibility in our program).

Qualities of the ideal candidate:

  • Someone who has experience in Lyra, silks, and hammock
  • Confidence and ability to safely spot and work with at least 50 pounds
  • The ability to demonstrate and perform all moves taught
  • Strong communication skills inside the classroom with students and outside the classroom with families required
  • Knowledge to develop progressions and teach correct technique, as well as the creativity to teach artistic aspects and to formulate engaging lesson plans
  • An understanding and prioritization of safety is vital and expected
  • Someone who enjoys working with both children and adults!
What to expect:
  • Manage a class of six students ranging from 4 – 40 years old
  • Mixed level classes – you will be required to adapt to students’ different levels and needs

Regular weekly hours are required. Total work hours would be approximately 8 hours a week, Monday- Fridays between 4-8 pm.

Job Type: Part-time

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application at http://gymco.com/apply/ and email it with your cover letter and resume to beth@gymco.com. Gymco is located at 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

If you would like to join the Gymco team, please complete our application and email it with your cover letter and resumé here.