Above the Bar Gymnastics Academy
Owners Viorel and Terry Popescu have a combined experience in the world of gymnastics and teaching children of more than 45 years. We are owners, coaches, teachers, managers and parents of an athlete. We offer excellence in instruction and are committed to serving you and your family with respect and understanding. Our belief is that we are able to give your child a positive gymnastics experience in a safe and fun environment. We look forward to seeing you in the gym!
Viorel was born in Romania and began Gymnastics at age 7. He was a member of the Romanian National Men's Gymnastics Jr. and Sr. Team and competed internationally for many years. When he came to the US in 1999, he continued to compete in USAG events here, including the Visa National Championships and Winter Cup. He coached the Richmond Regional Mens' Gymnastics team beginning in 2000, coached Men's and Girl's USAG Levels 1-10, as well as recreational and team development classes. He has coached athletes in the Boys Future Stars program, including one National Champion and has athletes competing at the US Jr. and Sr. and Junior Olympic Nationals, as well as the P&G Gymnastics Championships.
Terry was born in Virginia and began gymnastics at a young age as well. Her love and knowledge of the sport led to her coaching recreational and team gymnastics in the Richmond area beginning in the 1980's at the YMCA and later at a local club. There she coached recreational and team athletes up to Level 6, including team development. She holds a Virginia teaching license in the area of Special Education in K-12. She has taught in the City of Richmond K-5, and in Hanover County, at Atlee High School, for a combined total of 13 years. She holds degrees from James Madison University, B.A., University of Richmond, J.D. and Old Dominion University, Special Education Certificate.
Gabi was born in Romania and was a gymnast from a young age at her club in Buzau. She competed for her club in Artistic and Rhythmic gymnastics. She has a degree from her college in Romania in Sports. She obtained a Special Talent Visa due to her extensive experience in Romania, and has been coaching in the US since 2009. Gabi is our Girls Head coach. Much loved by her athletes, Gabi gives each girl the attention and instruction she needs to progress. Many of her girls have returned from meets with 1st place on events and All-Around!
Where we are Located:
Where we are Located:
9701 Atlee Commons Drive
Ashland, VA 2305
Best Time to Reach Us--After 3:30 Weekdays and Saturday 9:00-12:00
M-F: 10AM - 8:30PM
Sat: 9AM - 3PM
Some Sundays: 12pm-6pm
Birthday Parties starting at 12:30PM