Spectrum Gymnastics Academy

A fixture in the sporting community for the last 29 years, Spectrum Gymnastics Academy began in 1984 by former Londonderry High School Gymnastics coach, Tony DeFrancesco. Now owned and operated by Sean Delisle, Spectrum continues to provide professional gymnastics instruction to all ages.

Delisle had been a member of the Londonderry High School gymnastics team and a member of Spectrum until he graduated in the mid-1980’s. From there, he went to Southern Illinois University on a scholarship before returning to Londonderry in 1993. He worked with DeFrancesco until 1997 before purchasing the gym.

Spectrum averages more than four hundred students per year in a varying ages. Children start at walking age and typically leave when they go to college. And the coaches at Spectrum are USA Certified Gymnastics instructors, said Delisle. “They all teach here full time and most have an education degree, as well,” he stated.

At Spectrum, the emphasis is placed on the gymnasts’ individual successes, not the gyms’. The gym produces great gymnasts and Delisle believes that students’ goals are most important. Spectrum offers a 100% money back guarantee to all students if, after three classes, they are not completely satisfied.

Delisle, having been a former gymnast, understands the dedication that a student must bring in order to become a scholarship gymnast. “Now that I’m a parent, I have a strong understanding the dedication the child will need to make and to determine if that’s right for that child,” he said. He realizes what he gave up by not playing other sports and brings that life experience to all students at the gym. “It’s also very important not to over-train and burnout.”

Spectrum offers both recreational and team gymnastics opportunities. The recreational program is often used for improving balance, agility, and strength training. Delisle explained that a lot of gymnasts in this program use it for other sports. The recreational program is more relaxed than the team program and holds a fun meet at the end of each session.

The team program provides an opportunity for a competitive atmosphere for gymnasts. It is a traveling team with a leveling system that participates a series of meets, including regional and state championships. Students are judged and move through the levels depending on skills.

Delisle explained that gymnasts work out at Spectrum between 45 minutes and an hour and a half each week. Classes are based on age groups and there are a variety of classes each week. Unlike other gyms, Delisle explained that Spectrum allows unlimited makeup opportunities to their students.

Spectrum offers birthday parties to both members and nonmembers. The parties include one hour in the play area, 40 minutes in the party room, access to three inflatables and the rock climbing wall, and more for up to eighteen children ages 4 through 12.

Also, summer camps are held at Spectrum beginning July 1, 2013. The camps feature both gymnastics and swimming opportunities for ages 5 to 11. They also offer a gym and swim program for children as young as walking age.

Spectrum Gymnastics Academy is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM until 8 PM and Mondays from 3 until 8 PM. For more information, visit Spectrum at their location at 26 Buttrick Road or online here.