After becoming a resiliency trainer in the army and helping veterans overcome their struggles, John Hayes or mostly known as Johnny Positive, realized that teenagers and young adults need positivity and resilience too. Today, he’s now on his way to motivate people of all ages to become resilient and positive every day.
Johnny owns a gymnastics club together with his loving wife, Kristine, at Cartwheels in Temecula, California. The club had a 33, 000 sq ft. gym and employed over 40 employees with over 2,000 gymnasts attending training and classes every week. The couple started Cartwheels way back in 2010 with a couple of loans from family members. Johnny has served for 20 years as a certified resiliency trainer for the US Army Reserves. A US Veteran, at that time, Johnny returned from Iraq and wanted to continue coaching. Although the journey in putting up the business was hard, the reason behind it makes it all worth it.
The couple had always dreamed of building a positive space for kids to do sports in a safe, fun, and motivating environment that allowed them to do what they love to do. So during that year, John and Kristine started to teach preschool gymnastics to ten preschoolers. They were so passionate about what they did that in just three months that their enrollment grew to 75 kids. Because of the unexpected growth, they needed to move into a bigger place.
After looking for the perfect place, they finally moved into a 5,000 sq ft. gym in Murrieta, California. And within a year, enrollment grew to 400 gymnasts from 16 months old up to 18 years old. They expanded their gym to 15,000 sq ft. within nine years and grew their enrollment up to over 2,000 gymnasts a week. With the growing enrollees, they then decided to find a space that can withstand more growth through the years, and that’s how Cartwheels began.
What made their gym become a space for resiliency and positivity is because of two important things, and that is positive coaching and leadership. Because of these, they built a gym that was upbeat, inspirational, and a complete joy to enter. They wanted anyone to be so excited about coming to Cartwheels. Life lessons were taught, such as perseverance, courage, endurance, judgment, decisiveness, leadership, listening, and taking directions.
They also taught their gymnasts that it was ok to make mistakes in a safe program and learn from them. As long as you’re trying, making progress, and enjoying the process, you will succeed not just in gymnastics, but in life. The culture they have grown is one of respect, love, and positivity.
More than just a space for resiliency and positivity, Johnny created a legacy. Together with Kristine, he spent his time instilling and building a generation of resilient and positive individuals who are ready to encourage others to be just like them.
Today, Johnny is a resiliency trainer, positive psychology coach, motivational speaker, and writer. He has written articles for USA Gymnastics Technique Magazine and delivers Positivity newsletters to over 1,000 recipients a week in hopes that others will lead a life of resiliency, joy, and happiness.
Learn more about Johnny Positive on his website.