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3D Gym Design – We Design, Build and Equip YOUR Gym

Designing a new gym or adding to your existing gym can be an overwhelming process, so that is why we make sure each and every one of our customers are taken care of from the beginning – where ideas and dreams are discussed – all the way to the end – where owners and coaches step right in to the gym they’ve always wanted.

Check out this video as our co-owners and former gymnasts, Jay Thornton and Brad Thornton, break it down with a step-by-step process on how to build your gym or add on to your existing gym along with ways to provide additional streams of income to your business. With over 21 years of owning this business and being a former USA World Gymnastics Team Member, Jay Thornton knows the ins and outs of what is involved in making a successful gym come to life. And his brother, Co-owner Brad Thornton, who is also a former gymnast, has no problem applying his engineering degree from Georgia Tech as he tweaks and perfects each unique gym design to fit customers’ wishes and desires.


A burden will be lifted once you chat with our team and realize how much American Gymnast, along with our own 3D Gym Design technology, has to offer you as one of their valued customers. Imagine seeing your very own gym in 3D on your computer, as you work hand-in-hand with American Gymnast adding final touches and additions before it is ever built.  We will leave the guess work out and give you a clear perception of what your gym will look like before any construction takes place. But we don’t stop there. Once your design is complete,  American Gymnast then creates a detailed quote of every piece of equipment needed to outfit your new custom gym for you to review and order. We will then make sure all of your equipment is manufactured, shipped and installed per your design so that opening day is a success!  As you can see, we are a full service gym provider and we are passionate about helping others build their dreams while they build champions.

Please contact us for more information and to discuss your future plans at:

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2021 – Out with the old (Loose Foam Pit), and in with the new – BigAirBag!

One of American Gymnast’s most exciting projects to start off the new year was upgrading and completing this installation for the USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team training gym in Indianapolis! What a CLEAN, SAFE and a beautiful asset this is for these athletes.  2020 showed us that we needed to start thinking of different ways to help gym owners provide a safer and cleaner environment for their athletes while giving parents a peace of mind as programs start back up this year.  More than ever, athletes are longing to get back in the gym and do what they love – gymnastics!  We at American Gymnast are doing our best to keep up with the latest and most innovative equipment so that dreams will continue to come true, champions will continue to be made, and lives will continue to be impacted by this amazing sport.

BigAirBags can be retrofitted into your old loose foam pit or we can work with you to design the perfect size and shape airbag for new construction projects.  Additionally, we have portable above-ground airbags which are great for vaulting, tumbling and dismount training that can be easily moved around the gym and inflated in seconds.

One of the worst jobs in owning a gym has got to be cleaning out the loose foam pits!  The thought of cleaning out all of those foam cubes and then dealing with whatever you find underneath them is enough to make you feel sick to your stomach.  But by replacing your foam pit with this airbag, you will be blown away by the cleanliness and low maintenance of your new pit — the satin top sheets are anti-microbial (killing micro-organisms and stopping growth) and the sheets can be easily removed and washed.  No more dirt and grime living in your pit!

Providing the safest equipment for our customers and athletes is at the top of our list and we love the features this product has to ensure extra safety for those training.  Just a few of these features include an audible alarm that sounds any time a blower malfunctions or the power goes out.  There is also a pressure sensor located in the airbag that is able to read the pressure within the bag and that pressure is displayed so one can determine whether it is within the appropriate limits. When the air bag is deflated, there are large, brightly colored “Do Not Jump” labels that display alerting gymnasts that it is not safe to use.

We feel this product fits perfectly into how gyms can easily transform and upgrade to keep up with the dramatic changes we have had to make in the last year.  Safe, clean and effective — words that come to mind when describing this airbag.

More airbag installations are scheduled this month to provide gyms and their athletes a healthy way to train and we are truly excited about helping many other gym owners get this product set up in their facility. For information about the BigAirBag and how to get one in your gym, go to

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Ninja Equipment: Fly Higher with The M.O.T.S.1 by AG Ninja

To keep up with the evolution of Ninja training as well as the incredible skills some of these amazing ninja athletes are demonstrating, we must provide the means with our ninja equpment. The new #agNinja M.O.T.S.1 is a MUST for ninja gyms. This rig gives gym owners and their warriors the freedom to expand their obstacle in EVERY direction–including up! You can now stack our #agNinja rig vertically to create a whole new level of height adjustments and excitement throughout your course. The Devil’s Trek obstacle shown here in this video along with the M.O.T.S.1 is just one of the many obstacle attachments that allows your ninjas to take advantage of the special height features on this rig. Imagine your ninjas now being able to soar even higher through the air as they laché to varying heights using the #agNinja M.O.T.S.1. This rig opens a new door to new and improved ninja skills.  We at AG Ninja are constantly making sure we do our part to provide the means and equipment to accommodate for these fierce athletes who are ready to take ninja training to a whole new level–literally.  Soar higher with the M.O.T.S.1

For questions about getting one for your gym or information about any of our other ninja obstacles, contact  

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AG Ninja Course at Cypress Ninja Academy

AG Ninja had the pleasure of designing and building this amazing ninja course specifically for Cypress Ninja Academy to kick off their brand new 2021 Ninja Program.   We worked with owner, Aaron Basham, to develop a unique course that would cater to a wide range of athletes, fit the space of their gym, and match their color scheme.  This video shows the course being designed and built as well as the final result, which is sure to become one of the premier ninja training facilities in the country!   Check it out:

We know that ninja training is HUGE and enjoyed by all ages.  If you’re considering adding a ninja obstacle to your existing gym or if you’d like to open a brand new ninja gym in your area, we would love to chat with you, hear your ideas, and design as well as outfit your own Ninja Gym!   Contact us at to find out more information and to talk with our design team.

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AG Ninja Goes to Windy City

AG Ninja just wrapped up another successful install outside of Chicago for a customer opening their second location. With all projects, new ideas and different challenges present themselves which, in my opinion, makes it a load of fun. While it can be a little stressful at times, these situations call for creative thinking and team work to provide solutions. In the end, things always seem to work out nicely and the customer is left with a beautiful training facility.

We began the project with our usual consult with the customer to determine the type of training environment (structured or open gym) and target age groups. From there we dove in to space planning. We obtained blueprints of the building and did a 3D mockup of the space. At that point, the fun started and we began designing a Ninja course, focusing on the various age groups our customer wanted to accommodate. Some of the obstacles we worked in were the Flying Monkey (known as flying squirrel to most), flying rings, the flying bar trainer, double salmon ladder etc. The great thing about how we design for our customers is we incorporate all the little details about the actual look of everything so the customer can get a true glimpse at what their gym will look like. We always include custom color schemes, logos, flooring etc.

After we determine everything a customer wants to do will actually fit within the space, we present it to them and go over everything in detail. 9 times out of 10, projects such as this one involve a good bit of customization of matting padding and even framing sizes. So, we have hundreds of small measurements we have to determine and pay close attention to. We literally check over it a good 5 or 6 times to ensure accuracy. One mistake can be quite costly!

Once we get the green light from the customer, it’s off to production. 6 Weeks later, the install team shows up and starts piecing together everything you will see in the video below. The result is what makes our jobs amazing!


If you need a consult on your Ninja facility or obstacles or just want to chat, please contact me!

Brad Thornton

Chief Operations Officer/Designer/Co-Owner