Students at Infinite Bounds Gymnastics eye competition, college

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Starting out in the early ’90s, Infinite Bounds Gymnastics was one of less than a handful of gymnastics training centers in Plano where competitive students could hone their craft.

“Plano’s pretty large and full of young families,” owner Brian Simmons said. “I believe once we began Infinite Bounds, we pretty much busted at the seams.”

Today, Plano gymnastics centers number more than a dozen. Brian and his wife, Shona Simmons, have seen that growth firsthand.

The competition may be greater today in the business community, but the services offered by Infinite Bounds are directed to students with a broad range of competitive or purely recreational interests.

“We really cater towards young athletes that want to dip their toes in the sports, and then if they want to get aggressive and go all-out, we have that program as well,” Brian said. “Some athletes we have right now are training 30 hours a week to 32 hours a week, so it’s almost a full-time job for these kids.”

Classes offered cover a spectrum of activities, from gymnastics, cheerleading and martial arts to noncompetitive lessons and summer camps. The programs cater primarily to students from ages 3-18.

There are even activities for younger children. During the school year, the gym offers a Mom and Me program, in which mothers can play with their infants and toddlers for a few hours in a safe and engaging environment.

But for Infinite Bounds’ core clientele of competitive students, the goal is often to help them earn scholarships with collegiate gymnastics programs. The teams compete in a number of competitions during the school year.

Brian was one such student once. As a young gymnast, he said, he was discovered by a gymnastics coach and earned a scholarship to college.

“I experienced a great experience in life [because of gymnastics],” Brian said. “My coach was my mentor, basically.”

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Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Dallas Morning News and The Associated Press in Oklahoma City.
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