John-Paul Syngh (JP) began gymnastics at the age of 6, competing for Twin City Twisters, North Shore, Gleason’s, and Mini-Hops. He also received instruction from TAGS and Flyaways, attended summer camp at the University of Minnesota Men’s Gymnastics Program, practiced yoga at yogamn, and took private lessons in dance and mixed martial arts to supplement his training. As an athlete in the Junior Olympic program, he won multiple team and individual titles, including state and regional champion.
Teaching for the past decade and a half, JP has done a little bit of everything, working with students from 1 year old to well over 60. He was the director of a recreational gymnastics program with more than 1000 students, and assisted coaching the largest Special Olympics gymnastics program in the state. Additionally, he was head coach of a competitive girls team in the XCEL program, and co-coached a competitive boys team in the JO program. JP has had the opportunity to work alongside Olympians at Lake Owen Camp, and attended many lectures and teaching seminars at a state, regional, and national level through USA Gymnastics.
In the fall of 2014, JP opened a facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, specializing in gymnastics-based small group supplemental training for a wide variety of sports. Through this, he has successfully assisted athletes reach their goals in gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, synchronized swimming, wrestling, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and more. One of his former students recently qualified to represent the United States in the upcoming 2021 Olympic Games.
When he isn’t working, JP enjoys any adventure that leads to a great story. This includes biking 170 miles from Minneapolis to Duluth in one day, cutting a hole in the ice to lake bathe for 20 minutes in the middle of winter, and getting completely lost in Glacier National Park. He also appreciates running, rock climbing, road trips, writing, finding brunch spots and cafes, and the new people he meets along the way.