R-Athletics is located at:
2845 Thornhills Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Call us at (616) 957-4900
Email our staff at the following address:
About the Owner:
Rachel Rydbeck began her gymnastics career at the age of six as a recreational gymnast. She later competed on a local Grand Rapids team until the age of fourteen. She competed in state and national competitions, was awarded beam champion, and won the all-around championship for the state of Michigan.
She started coaching at the age of sixteen when she found that she could combine her love for the sport of gymnastics with the development and love for kids. She has been coaching girls for eighteen years. During this time, she has trained many regional and national qualifiers, along with many individual state champions including coaching a state champion team in 1997. She traveled to El Salvador in 2005 with Kaitlin Joseph who was a Region 5 All-Star qualifier and a four time Level 10 USA National Qualifier. Kaitlin later went on to Graduate High School with a 4.2 GPA and received a full ride athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland. In 2007, Rachel coached a level 9 all-around national champion, Selina Rodriguez. Selina now competes for Michigan State University.
Rachel introduced and developed the TOPs program (Talent Opportunity Program). Part of developing the TOPs program was creating data analysis software for tracking gymnast’s strength and flexibility progress. In 2007 Camron Nelson qualified to TOPs testing to compete at the national level at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Houston, Texas, under Rachel’s training.
Rachel Rydbeck established R-Athletics in 2008. In R-Athletics first year of existence, they had five first place team champions, twenty-seven individual event champions, and nine first place individual all-around champions. R-Athletics competitive team has more than doubled in size after their first successful season. During these first two seasons R-Athletics competitive team practiced in a high school gym and is so excited to be in their new state-of-the-art facility.
Rachel currently lives in SE Grand Rapids, MI with her husband, John, and two Labrador dogs, Sami and Eddy. She grew up in a large family and values the importance of family and family values. When she is not in the gym she enjoys, photography, shopping, anything outdoors when it is warm, being involved with her church, and spending time with her friends and family.