A click of a button changed the lives of Nicole Julian and her family.
In February 2017, Nicole left her job at a gymnastics gym, leaving a void in her heart and in her life, because she was leaving the kids she had been coaching. Her husband, Chris, had a solution to fill the hole, but left Nicole out of the loop.
“He would sit there on his computer typing and because he was finishing up school at the time, I thought that’s what he was doing,” Nicole said. “I came home in tears (after my last day) and he told me, ‘Come here, I need you to press a button.’ I thought he was buying me something, so I told him not to.
“I pressed enter and he said I had pressed enter on our LLC.”
From that point on, the retired Army drone pilots and their three kids embarked on bringing a gymnastics and parkour gym to Sierra Vista.
“It may sound cliche, but it’s my dream come true,” Nicole said. “It’s a dream I didn’t know I had until my husband said, ‘You should own your own gym.’ “
Her hard work and effort hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“My mom isn’t just doing it for the gymnasts, but for us and our future,” said Nicole’s 11-year-old daughter, Leila Julian.
Nicole and Chris held the grand opening for their more than two-year-long project, Julian’s Parkour & Gymnastics, located behind Planet Fitness at 493 N. State Highway 90 in Sierra Vista, on Saturday afternoon and their first classes were held on Monday.
“We want to give back to the community,” Nicole said. “I only care that we make enough money to keep the doors open and to pay the employees. I never thought this was going to happen.”
Julian’s Parkour & Gymnastics was originally going to be in the old Horizon Moving building on post, but the owners of the building pulled the agreement after completing the electric work and seeing how much still had to be done. Nicole and Chris found their new space with help from the City of Sierra Vista.
Nicole said she sent her husband to see if the building would work and call to let her know, because she couldn’t handle any more heartbreak.
“He didn’t call,” she said. “He said he wanted to tell me in person because the space was perfect.”
They found the space last summer and the wheels began to turn in December after the city approved the plans.
The business is spread out among three spaces, all of which are connected. The first room has the tumbling track, tumbling strip, bars, vaults and beams. All the apparatuses are connected to a 20-by-20-foot pit filled with foam blocks for a soft and safe landing.
Nicole said the pit was a must-have when finding a space because it allows the athletes to learn tricks and have a soft landing area so they aren’t afraid they are going to hurt themselves. The second room houses the area for floor routines and the uneven bars. The final space is for parkour, which Nicole described as “fluidity of movement.” Blocks and trapezoids were built to be portable so they can change up the room and course.
Prior to opening their doors, Nicole said they have roughly 150 kids signed up for the classes. The classes offered are tumbling, cheer tumbling, parkour, adult classes, tiny tots for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, recreational and competitive gymnastics. All of the classes, except for the adult classes, are for kids from 6 to 18 years old.
For more information, visit https://julianspgtt.com/ or Julian’s Parkour & Gymnastics on Facebook.