Gyms in Lubbock have been experiencing a surge in enrollment over the past week and experts say the Olympics are to thank.
"Our phone has been ringing off the hook, our online registration has increased dramatically and we are super excited about lots of kids getting the opportunity to participate in this great sport," said Michelle Dow, the owner of TEGA Kids' Superplex.
She is expecting about a 50 percent increase in enrollment for the fall and she believes the popularity of the "Fab Five" is driving the growth.
"Well, everybody's talking about it, of course. You know it was a great gold medal performance by our girls and we hope to see another great performance tonight."
She is talking about Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman competing in the individual all around competition, which can be seen tonight during NBC's prime time coverage. And although they are loved, according to Michelle her gymnast hero didn't even compete.
"I just went and asked a bunch of our team kids and I was surprised to, I thought they might say Gabby, but they actually said Jordan."
Rock Solid Athletics, another local gym, has also experienced a boost in enrollment and Marca Thomas says although an Olympic year bump is normal, this year is extreme.
"We always have an increase in enrollment because the kids are excited about gymnastics, but since this year the girls won gold, recently, I mean, we've just had a lot of calls."
She said Rock Solid is expecting around 100 more kids this fall than they had at the same time last year.
Kendra Barker, one of the kids already at Rock Solid Athletics said she was going crazy when team USA won.
"I was on the couch jumping up and down," she said.
Gymnastics is something she has done since age three, and although the Olympics aren't possible anymore, she dreams of getting a gymnastic scholarship for college.
"I would love to go to Texas Women's University in Denton on a scholarship for gymnastics."
Kendra and other gymnasts in the are also excited about the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions which comes to Lubbock on Sunday October 7th. People interested in purchasing tickets can contact either Rock Solid Athletics, selectaseatlubbock.com, or TEGA Kids' Superplex whose kids are able to participate more with the Olympic athletes the more tickets they sell.
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