The Mills Gymnastics USA mission is to develop healthy, happy, confident, and responsible children.
We believe that every child must be
- Kept safe from harm
- Valued as an individual
- Must be happy to be truly healthy
- Inspired to become a responsible leader
- Encouraged to care about and help others
- Taught the value of knowledge, challenge, hard work and determination
We accomplish this through gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline instruction by well trained, enthusiastic coaches. We believe that this requires a safe, clean and fun facility that the whole family can enjoy. Our programs are designed specifically to be age and skill appropriate.
Although we are very good at teaching skills, that is secondary to the development of each child in our charge. Our goal is to help each child become healthier and more successful. Responsibility, tenacity, passion, focus and attention to detail are what we really teach the children entrusted to us each day. These are the ‘skills’ that last a lifetime.
We are humbled and we thank you for the trust you exhibit by placing your child with us. Everyday we look for more and better ways to give you and your child the greatest experience possible at Mills Gymnastics USA. Building happy confident kids is not just a clever tag line to us; it is what we live for.
On August 29, 1994, Mills Gymnastics USA opened for its first day of classes with 224 students and six instructors, including Pete and Lanny. As the old cliché goes, the rest is history. The gym grew so fast Lanny was forced to retire from teaching two years earlier than planned because his “hobby” had grown so large! After seven years, the original 9600 square foot building in Brownstown was busting at the seams with 796 kids per week performing gymnastics, and a new, larger location in Southgate opened.
Now, after 20 years in business, thousands of Downriver community children have experienced the joy and challenge of gymnastics and related activity, improving their physical and mental well-being because of the dreams, dedication, love and hard work of so many associated with this company. All of you who have been with us for any part of this journey, whether still with us or are now elsewhere should be very proud of what you have helped build.
The parent who states that they think “…gymnastics would probably be good for their child” might be surprised to know just how good it is. With pediatric obesity at an epidemic level of 13% of children and adolescents in the United States, getting children away from the television or computer games and into the gym is a terrific first step toward a healthy lifestyle. The researchers at the Centers for Disease Control report that youth who undertake lifestyle exercise programs that increase physical activity, reduce the intake of high-caloric foods and involve parents have the best chance of preventing and reducing obesity over the long-term. Gymnastics is perhaps one of the most comprehensive “lifestyle exercise programs” available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination, power and discipline. Additionally, gymnastics can help children to build a positive self image and can promote high self esteem.
Gymnastics can endow children with great physical benefits. From muscle strength and balance to healthy bones and flexibility, gymnastics provides an exciting option for parents who know the value of a full body workout. Gymnastics can also improve posture, coordination, and helps to build strong and lean muscles.
Great gymnastics clubs (like Mills Gymnastics) that provide stimulating, age-appropriate curriculum and terrific instructors who care about their students, can help children yield other important non-physical benefits from gymnastics. Cognitive, social, and psychosocial benefits might not be as obvious as a toned muscle, but there is no question that they are there. There are a number of non-physical benefits of gymnastics, including:
- Cognitive benefits
- Improved social skills
- Reduced risky behavior
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In our increasingly health-conscious culture, Mills Gymnastics USA believes our customers deserve the cleanest facility possible. We provide a hygienic environment for you, our customer, because you deserve it. We care about your family’s well-being.
We pride ourselves on offering sanitary solutions that go well beyond traditional janitorial services. We don’t just offer cleanliness! We contract with Enviromasters Services to offer the industry’s only truly comprehensive hygiene program, which includes weekly commercial sanitation, germicidal misting, and odor control of our restrooms, changing room, and viewing areas.
Our gym also has:
- Two large “chalk eater” air filters in Main Gym
- Two purifying ionizers in Main Gym
- Four 10-ton HVAC units in Main Gym
- Two 12.5 ton HVAC units in North Gym