Gymnastics World of Twinsburg was founded with the principle mission of training excellent gymnastics, encouraging through positive motivation and building the confidence of each individual athlete. All staff members strive to meet the expectations of parents, children and Gymnastics World of Twinsburg.
Co-Owner/Director of Operations/Director of Athletic Dev.
Greg Ganim started in gymnastics when he was born and has been involved in his families gymnastics business since 1999. While earning his bachelor degree at Kent State University, he ran Track and worked at Sea World in Aurora Ohio as a performer. Soon after he toured with the BudLight Daredevils, an acrobatic slam dunk basketball team and then landed in Vienna Austria for a year performing trampoline acts and high dives.
Currently, Greg helps run and manage both Gymnastics World and Cheer World and coaches the Cleveland Cavaliers' C-Town Throwdown, which is their Acro-dunk entertainment team.
Greg's gymnastics coaching accomplishments include multiple regional and national champions, many college bound level athletes and qualifying 2 gymnast to Championships of the USA.
"My greatest accomplishment so far is bringing my boy, Charlie Ronald Ganim, into this world, with my amazing wife Carla"
Co-Owner/Director of Rainbow Programs
Mike Helus began his gymnastics career in the late 60’s as a member of the Brecksville Gymnastics Team. Before joining Ron and Joan Ganim in the creation of Gymnastics World, Mike and the Gamins’ spent most of their summers teaching week long gymnastics clinics with the Kent State coaches. In 1975 he helped build and start the Gymnastics World program. He has trained many gymnasts to the state, regional and national levels.
During his team coaching time he coached some gymnasts you may know Greg, Missy, Kelly and Maggie that coach at Gymnastics World of Twinsburg. Mike has also spent many years teaching recreational and educational gymnastics. He developed the Rainbow Program in the 90s’. The Rainbow Program safely teaches proper progressions and tracks the progress of basic and advanced gymnastics skills.
Mike has been with Gymnastics World for 40 years and is a proud member of Gymnastics World of Twinsburg .
Allyson Ballard has been coaching gymnastics for the past 10 years. She has a wide variety of coaching experience, from preschool aged children all the way up to compulsory and optional level gymnasts. Ally grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and competed as a level 10 gymnast. During her competitive career, Ally qualified for Regional and National competitions. She continued her gymnastics career as a collegiate gymnast at Ball State University. She graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. Ally’s passion for the sport is what motivates her everyday. The thought of being able to teach and share her knowledge with young gymnasts is what keeps her coming into the gym with excitement day after day. To see a gymnast reach her fullest potential and to watch her succeed, and knowing that she have had a part in a young girl’s success, is the sole reason Ally has chosen this career path.
Ally has been married to husband Craig, a Kent State gymnastics coach, for 2 years. They have a young son named Reed.
We’re proud to have Ally’s high-level coaching experience and enthusiasm at Gym World!
Team and Rainbow Instructor
Maggie was a competitive gymnast at Gym World for 5 years then started competitive cheerleading with Cheer World for 10 years. Maggie also competed high school gymnastics and cheerleading. Maggie has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds 4 times and at The Dance Worlds once! She is now a professional cheerleader for The Cleveland Cavaliers & The Cleveland Gladiators! Her love for cheerleading and gymnastics has inspired her to coach and help young athletes achieve their goals and dreams. Maggie has been in the Gym/Cheer World family for over 15 years and has been coaching with us for four. She also has a Cosmetology & Dental Assistant license, but loves being in the gym and working with kids to gain new skills and become the best gymnast they can be! She especially loves her Xcel & Rainbow programs she has been growing the past few years and will continue to bring them much success!
Preschool Director/Event Coordinator
Around the time that Laura learned to walk, she started dancing. Laura studied various forms of dance as a child, but focused mainly on ballet and jazz. She began competing with her studio at the age of 10 and was a part of many first place, overall, platinum, and special awards for her group pieces. At Padua Franciscan High School, Laura was the captain of the dance team, as well as a member of the National Honor Society.
Laura attended the University of Akron and majored in dance, where she continued her training with many former Pennsylvania Ballet, Martha Graham, and Jennifer Muller dancers. She also got a first hand look into a professional ballet company, as the Ohio Ballet was in residence at the university. Her love for dance and choreography blossomed and she became the captain for the University of Akron Zips Dance Team. Laura was recognized as Outstanding Dancer of the Year every year of her college career, and graduated cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After graduation, Laura went on to coach the Zips Dance Team, as well as the KFO Flyers, an all star cheerleading squad, and the Solon Saturns Cheerleaders. She also worked at a children’s fitness center and focused her time on preschool gymnastics and high school tumbling. Laura was also teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and Zumba at Aurora Rose Dance Academy during this time.
Her love of preschoolers brought her to The Goddard School where she taught children from age one through pre-kindergarten. Laura implemented the Rock-n-Tot program there, teaching youngsters beginning dance and tumbling techniques. Laura is thrilled to be back in the gym and bring her love of gymnastics, tumbling and dance to her students.
When Laura isn’t taking Pure Barre classes or training for half marathons, she loves spending time with her amazing husband Alex, who she married in 2009. They have a silly little boy Mason who they love to the moon and back, and two playful chocolate labs, Harry and Frank.
High School Coach
M’Caul Layman is from a small town in Michigan. She has been involved in gymnastics over 19 years. She was a very strong Competitor in Club gymnastics where she was a level 9 and 10 state and Regional qualifier from 2006-2010, Nationally ranked on bars in 2009. Layman was a Level 10 Michigan State Champion on both bars and the vault in 2009. Layman competed for the Kent State Gymnastics team from 2011-2013, was a great asset to the team her freshman and sophomore year. M’Caul has coached various levels through her collegiate career for over 4 years. M’Caul has coached at her hometown gymnastics training center in Flint, MI, as well as Elite Gymnastics, and two consecutive years at Woodward Gymnastics Camp in Woodward, PA. M’Caul is a Junior at Kent State University finishing up on her Degree in Construction Management. She hopes to further her degree and one day become a business owner and start a construction company of her own. Layman loves coaching gymnastics. It is her passion. She loves helping children overcome obstacles and watching them grow through each day ahead. She is a wonderful asset to Gymnastics World and it’s students.
Patrick is a proud parent of 2 gymnasts training on the competitive team program. Athletics and gymnastics has always been a part of his life. He started taking gymnastics classes when he was 4 years old. While his passion for gymnastics was eventually replaced with hockey and water skiing, he recognized the successes he had in those sports could not have happened without the strength, balance and coordination developed at an early age with the help of gymnastics. Patrick became a national level competitor in water skiing as a teenager. He played organized hockey from age 5 through his senior year in high school. While attending The Ohio State University, he spent 4 years as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at a health club. Patrick graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Communication in 1992 and spent the next 20 years in Columbus as a Project Manager producing television and commercial advertising. He is trained and certified in First Aid and CPR for adults and children, gymnastics safety & risk management and is a USAG certified instructor.
Doug has been a friend of the Ganim Family for well over 35 years now. He started coaching when he was 14 at Buckeye High School in Medina, until he graduated from there. Following graduation, he took a short break while attending his first few years of college. When Doug came back to coaching he jumped into the “club” gymnastics on the boy’s side for 8+ years. A wise business owner told Doug he needed to go and learn from other programs around the country, he did just that. Doug spent 3 years in Cincinnati, a year in Texas, and 7 in California. While in Cali he owned his own gym for 7 years producing 5 college scholarships and 2 junior international elites. California relatives moved out and so Doug moved to IGI Gymnastics in Chicago. In 2004 Doug was on the floor at Olympic Trials and then had one athlete make it to the Olympic selection camp. Doug then spent another 8+ years at IGI producing many State, Regional, and National Champions from Level 6-10. Over the course of Doug’s career, he has helped to produce over 50 college scholarships to more than 30 different schools. Beside wanting to help make GWT a state and regionally recognized competition gym, Doug hopes to positively push each athlete, mentally and physically, farther than they think they can go. To get the most out of each athlete for the betterment of themselves.
Kerry has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years. She competed as a Level 9 gymnast in PA, as well as state and regional competitions. Due to a knee injury, Kerry ended her gymnastics career to pursue other activities.
Kerry attended Edinboro University of PA, where she continued her love of gymnastics by coaching at a nearby Gymnastics Center. She has continued coaching throughout the years.
Kerry has experience coaching many levels, from preschool children to team level. She is currently coaching Rainbow classes and teaches physical education to children in area preschools. She loves working with children in many capacities. Her favorite thing about children is watching them glow when they reach a new goal or accomplishment.
Kerry lives in Hudson with her husband and two children, Anna and Evan. Her daughter is currently a member of the GWT Xcel Team. When outside of the gym, Kerry is a substitute teacher with Hudson City Schools, active in her children's activities and she enjoys traveling when given the chance.