ROCKDALE (WKOW)-- Each day at the Arentz Farm usually starts out with feeding and milking cows, but in the afternoon things are far less predictable.
Gymnastics isn't anything unusual, especially when you raise four girls, but in 2005, the Arentz family was presented an opportunity they couldn't pass up. Susan Artentz, the founder of AMKM Gym, says, "We had the opportunity to buy the equipment and we just thought wow, this would be really great if we just set up a little something for the girls so they could work out at home."
They started with just a few pieces of equipment and it just kept expanding from there. Arentz says,"My husband originally had thought that you know maybe a tractor or two could sit in here, but that didn't really pan out for him so… !"
Today, all of their daughters are coaching the next generation of gymnasts. Amanda Langrher, Coach at AMKM Gym says, "I think a lot of the same ethics that go along with being a dairy farmer, I mean it's a lot of hard work and a lot of responsibility; that same thing plays into being a really good and a really strong confident gymnast." And their gymnasts are excelling. Student Maya Budin won her age division in the National Championship last year!
Kristi Budin, whose daughter attends the gym says, "It's definitely organized and the girls are expected to come up here and work…and they do!"And the community is benefiting from the Arentz endeavor. Arentz says, "We wanted to provide it to the local people as well. You know, a lot of people don't have the time to run into town two or three nights a week, but for some of our kids this is just a drop down the road."
So don't be surprised if you're traveling down a country road that leads to a dairy farm with a fully functioning gymnastics studio. Langrher says, "Be well aware that when you pull down the driveway and you're pulling into a farm that yes, you are in the right place and you have to just keep coming in!"
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