Owners

LEWIS RODRIGUEZ:

Lewis has been coaching children ages 14 months to 18 years old for over 30 years.

Lewis was a competitive gymnast at Dewitt Clinton HS in the Bronx, NY and a dancer with the New Group Dance Studios and the Puerto Rican traveling theatre in NYC. His acting accomplishiments include off broadway productions and extra work in Stallone’s  movie “Daylight” and Denzel Washington’s “The Siege”.

From 1985-1995, Lewis founded and co-owned CATS gymnastics in Cheshire, Ct.  where he has trained many women athletes at the Elite level,  competed athletes at the USA Championships, USA classic, and the Pan American Games. He took athletes to Canada and Sweden to compete and had an athlete compete for the USA in Japan. During his career at CATS,  he helped many athletes obtain college scholarships.

In 1987, 1988, 1989; he took athletes to the Soviet Union to train and learn about the methodologies used by  the USSR to train the many Olympic champions they had over the years.

Since 2005, Lewis has developed a Men’s Competitive program with many State and Regional champions. The past four years have been dedicated to assisting one of his male athletes, Zachary Johnson, in pursuing his goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games.  Zachary has been a member of the Future Stars Regional and National team  since 2008.  In 2011, Zachary was ranked 7th in the country as an 11 year old and had the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co. with Lewis and the National Staff. Presently, he is ranked 4th in the country as a 12 year old and will be attending the training camp at the OTC in July, 2013.

He, also has developed ten USA National champions in Trampoline for the past 3 years.

He has 4 children of his own involved the sport of gymnastics.  Katarina, his oldest daughter, was on the Jump Start National team in 2011 and ranked 2nd in the country as a 7 year old.  She is a 2-time national champion. Natasha is a 2011Level  5  National champion as a 6 year old and is a 2012 Level 7 silver medalist. Nicolai is a 2012 Level 6 National champion as a 6 year old. His youngest, Czarina, is 4 years old and training level 4 trampoline.

Lewis is the head coach for the competitive team and is  dedicated to developing the champion in every athlete.

 

JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ:

BS in Psychology/Business from Albright College in Reading, PA. Graduated 1989

MA in Therapeutic Recreation from New York University, Graduated 1997

Jennifer was a level 10 competitive gymnast and has been involved in the sport since she was 6 years old.

She has been coaching for over 25 years.

She began her coaching career  at the YMCA in Reading, PA where she was the director of the girls Competitive gymnastics program while attending college at Albright.  After college, she continued her coaching career at Eastern Gymnastics Academy in Linden, NJ. as the director of the competitive girls program. As head coach at EGA she qualified 4 athletes to the T.O.P.S. national team( the USA national team for children ages 7-11 years old), traveled all over the country with her athletes and had many state and regional champions, while pursuing her masters degree at NYU.

After graduating from her masters program,  Jennifer  worked with Children with emotional disorders in many different settings.  She worked at the Residential Institution Prevention Program in Sussex, NJ, was a consultant for Rutgers Universtiy-Cook College where she taught business education to Youth-at-risk,  and worked as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Klingberg Treatment Center in New Britain, CT.

At Dynamite Academy of Gymnastics, Jennifer assisted Monica Middleton in creating the Rockets program, a specialized program for children on the Autism spectrum. Monica created this program as part of her Masters degree program at Fairfield College in Occupational therapy. Jennifer has, also, started an internship program for students pursuing their degree in Therapeutic recreation. She has worked with Southern University to become a part of their bachelor’s degree program.

Jennifer’s responsibilities include the preschool and class curriculum and assisting with the coaching of all the athletes.

Along with homeschooling and coaching her children, Jennifer is dedicated to assiting every child in finding the champion in themselves.