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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

A gymnastics studio on wheels? Is that even possible?

Shad and Amy Hales would say yes, mostly because that's exactly what their new business, Tumblebus, is. And kids all along the Wasatch Front are already benefiting from it.

It's a unique and innovative way to teach preschoolers gymnastics and basic motor skills. Each week the bus visits daycares and, on occasion, birthday parties. Kids love the mobile classroom where Shad and Amy first teach their young guests how to use the equipment safely and then guide them through the planned activities. The equipment — which includes bars, beam, vault, rings, monkey bars and more — is changeable so it's a new experience each time.

The Hales' customers have been excited by the structured physical activity the bus provides, especially since the children can progress in their skills every week. Activities like this are crucial today when experts say that more than 2.7 million children are obese which can lead to a variety of health problems.

Safety is a top priority. Children are taught the correct placement of hands and feet so they can do the exercises without injuring themselves. The equipment is also carefully cleaned and sanitized after each use.

Both Shad and Amy have been through the process to become certified in preschool level gymnastics. Prior to starting this business, Shad was in the construction industry for many years while Amy cared for their children at home. He got tired of the instability in his chosen profession, which required the family to move frequently, so when he got laid off last November, he decided it was time for a change.

He and Amy discovered Tumblebus, a license agreement from a company in Indiana, and felt it was the prefect fit. The wisdom of this choice can be seen in the steady growth it has experienced since opening last March.

They love seeing the excited looks on the kids' faces and how happy they always are to see the big yellow bus pull up. Parents like the confidence it helps their children develop.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.


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