There’s an element of fear before you take the leap.
Maybe it’s a back flip or starting a business.
At some point, though, you just have to go for it and hope you stick the landing.
Amy Glunt and Kelsey Blair, a mother-daughter duo, took the leap and recently opened Fearless Athletics. They coach gymnastics, tumbling and cheer and will add dance classes to the mix in January at 270 E. Rolling Ridge Drive in Bellefonte.
“I was maybe a little nervous about doing it, but when you enjoy something and know what you’re doing you can do it and do it well,” Glunt said. “If there’s no risk, there’s no reward.”
The two have been involved in gymnastics since Blair chose the sport over swimming. She was a competitive gymnast and began coaching other kids at age 14.
They’re learning about teamwork, building self-confidence and work ethic while having fun and getting fit.
Blair, who taught gymnastics in Altoona for five years, wanted to continue coaching closer to home.
“When I was growing up I loved gymnastics, and I also always wanted to be a teacher,” she said.
Combining the two, Blair said, was the right move.
“When I started teaching gymnastics I realized that was the subject I wanted to teach,” Blair said. “It was always my favorite subject, my favorite thing to learn, and I think what kids are learning is more than skills you can show people. They’re learning about teamwork, building self-confidence and work ethic while having fun and getting fit.”
Her mother continued.
“I’ve been involved for 20 years and there’s nothing better than seeing a young girl or boy grow into a mature, driven young adult,” Glunt said.
They’ve also set some goals for themselves, one of which is having a quick learning curve for running the business.
“It’s going well so far, and I think that because we’re a perfect team,” she said. “I’ve always been someone that likes to set a goal for myself and push myself to get better. We’re doing that.”