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The Beam Store AU Location Opening

For Immediate Release:  September 9, 2014

 

The Beam Store is pleased to announce the opening of their newest warehouse located in New South Wales, Australia.  The opening coincides with the launch of their latest website, www.thebeamstore.com.au.   

Mike Hembree, company president stated “This opening was made possible through the work of our dedicated employees who produce a great product and provide a great customer experience.  Their willingness to understand what our customers need and want is what allows us to continue to grow as a company. This location will allow us to offer our Australian customers affordable products delivered quickly with low shipping costs without dealing with import or customs issues.  We look forward to serving our new customers in Australia and the surrounding areas. “

This completes the final phase of the international expansion plan The Beam Store began three years ago.  They now have distribution warehouse locations in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7637 NW 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.com




The Beam Store UK Location Opening

For Immediate Release:  July 1, 2012

 

The Beam Store, Inc. is a US based manufacturer of gymnastics and dance equipment. After many years of continued growth, The Beam store has opened a warehouse and distribution center in the UK.

Mike Hembree, owner of The Beam Store stated “we are excited about the opportunity to provide the UK and surrounding countries access to affordable gymnastics and dance equipment. We feel like this market is underserved and eager for our product offering. We look forward to the opportunity to establish new relationships with customers and vendors while providing our own unique brand of service.”

The new location will allow the company to greatly reduce transportation costs, customs issues and transit time for their customers. Most orders will now be delivered within three business days.

Future warehouse locations are being planned for Canada and Australia and are expected to open in 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7637 NW 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

  The Beam Store Company Relocation

For Immediate Release:  April 1, 2012

The Beam Store, Inc. an Oklahoma City based Gymnastics and Dance Equipment manufacturer is pleased to announce their move to a larger manufacturing facility.

Mike Hembree, company President stated “this is an exciting time for our company in terms of growth and expansion. The additional space will allow us to expand production and hire additional employees.”

The move was scheduled to coincide with the opening of the companies first international location in the UK scheduled for the 2nd Quarter, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7637 NW 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

MTV:  Made TV Program

For Immediate Release:  January 1, 2012

The Beam Store, an Oklahoma City based Gymnastics and Dance Equipment manufacturer has been asked to donate a ballet barre to the MTV, MADE TV Program.

During past seasons, each episode of MADE followed one willing candidate as they embarked on a mission to transform their life. Whether it was becoming a varsity football player, the homecoming queen or a cheerleader, each teenager dreamed of breaking out of their shell and finding out what they were really made of and what they could achieve when given the tools and training. Sometimes they were successful, sometimes not ... and sometimes they realized they really liked who they were to begin with after all.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7148 Melrose Ln
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition

For Immediate Release:  December 1, 2011

The Beam Store, an Oklahoma City based Gymnastics and Dance Equipment manufacturer has been asked to donate gymnastics equipment to two shows airing during Season 9 of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. This will be The Beam Stores third time to donate equipment to be used in Gymnastics themed rooms.

Episode 2 will feature the Gomez Family

“Ty and the team travel to South Jordan, Utah to lend a hand to the Gomez family. Fun-loving Jonah Gomez is like any loveable little boy in the first grade, with hopes of becoming a pro soccer player. His love of life has not been diminished by the fact that he has blood disorders which have caused him to undergo open-heart surgery.

Mom Jessica and younger sister Ellie have made every effort to help Jonah live his life to the fullest. When Jonah is healthy enough, he plays on a soccer team and attends games of Salt Lake Real soccer team, whose players have become his protective friends and supporters. Although Jonah must take oxygen while he sleeps and is often unable to play outside due to extreme weather, you'd never know it from his joyful demeanor. He seems like every other kid-excited to play soccer and to joke with his sister, who is also his own personal nurse.”

Episode 10 will feature the Walker family who suffered the tragic loss of family member Carl Walker.

“Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris, John Littlefield and local builders N. Riley Construction, Inc., as well as community volunteers, are tasked with building a new home while the Walkers are whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood.”

“Ty brings the family home early so they wouldn't miss the annual Carl Joseph Walker - Hoover Foundation 5K Race. Ty lets the family know that the team reached their goal of getting 10,000 people to join the "Stand Together" initiative. That's a lot of people standing together for one special cause. Now it's time to see the home and MOVE THAT BUS!”

The Beam Store and its employees are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to give back to the community using their skills and products.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7148 Melrose Ln
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition

For Immediate Release:  September 9, 2009

The Beam Store, an Oklahoma City based manufacturing business,  has been selected by "Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition" to be the supplier of gymnastics equipment for a themed room design in the home makeover for The Chris and Niki Hampton family of Ash Grove, Mo.  The makeover reveal took place in July and will air on ABC on Sunday, October 4th at 7:00 pm central standard time.  The Hampton Family of four doubled in size after agreeing to foster their four nieces and nephews.  Their small 800 sq. ft home was no longer comfortable for the expanding family.

A small, family owned and operated manufacturing business, Oklahoma City based, The Beam Store provided gymnastics equipment to be included in this theme room.  Mike Hembree, owner, stated "We are thrilled to help kids in need, and as our logo states, help another child's dreams become reality."  He went on to say, "We are also excited to see the show air and see how the designers completed the room with our products.  We are planning a watch party for that night."

The Beam Store provides many items to the gymnastics and ballet industries, specializing in equipment for home use.  The company was founded in Oklahoma City in 2002.  Mike Hembree, the owner, began the business out of his garage selling primarily online thru sites including eBay and Amazon.  Eventually the demand grew and the online presence grew and the website www.thebeamstore.com was launched.  Mike Hembree stated, "We are just so happy to be included in helping this family.  It is nice to be able to support my family, my employees, and be able to give back all the while enjoying what I do every day."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7148 Melrose Ln
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

Men's Health Magazines FitSchools program

For Immediate Release:  September 9, 2009

The Beam Store, an Oklahoma City based manufacturing business, was invited to participate in Men’s Health Magazines FitSchools program by donating gymnastics equipment.

The event was held in Dallas at a school called H.S. Thompson. This is a low-income school that needs a major PE overhaul, both in curriculum approach and in PE-related equipment. Ken Hamlin, starting safety for the Dallas Cowboys was the host.

FitSchools works with schools throughout the nation, including: South Carolina (the original FitSchool), New Orleans, Chicago, and LA. They also work with college educators at USC, Georgia State University, and the University of Florida to revise and recreate a modern physical education curriculum and approach that instills a love of activity, in our attempt to fight against childhood obesity.

They hold events at schools to help raise money and awareness and enlist the help of the Men's Health editors and team as well as talent like pro NFL players.

The Beam Store provides many items to the gymnastics and ballet industries, specializing in equipment for home use. The company was founded in Oklahoma City in 2002. Mike Hembree, the owner, began the business out of his garage selling primarily online thru sites including eBay and Amazon. Eventually the demand grew and the online presence grew and the website www.thebeamstore.com was launched.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
The Beam Store
7148 Melrose Ln
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
405-495-1299
customerservice@thebeamstore.net

Articles


Gymnastics Equipment: At the Center of Today's Women's Events

In 1928, women's artistic gymnastics became a team event at the Olympics, but it was not until the 1952 Helsinki Games that the full women's program of all-around and four event finals was established. This is the same format used today. Women perform in four events, the vault, the uneven bars, the floor, and the balance beam, using various pieces of gymnastics equipment. The athlete with the most Olympic medals as of the 2008 Games in Beijing is gymnast Larissa Latynina of the former Soviet Union with a total of 18 medals. Latynina participated in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 games, winning 9 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals and used various gymnastics equipment. Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan will be representing the United States in women's gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Balance Beams: A Major Part of Women's Gymnastics

Balance beams used in competition must conform to strict structural guidelines. Regulation balance beams are 5 meters long, 125 cm (about 4?5?) high, and 10 cm (4?) wide. Low Balance Beams have the same dimensions and surface as regulation beams, but they are set only a few inches off the ground. Gymnasts often work on them while they are learning new skills. They may also work on practice beams, mini beams, or lines on the mat. Balance beam, either the apparatus or the event, is sometimes referred to simply as "beam." Flexibility, strength, and, above all, balance are needed to be successful. The gymnast performs a 70 to 90 second choreographed routine consisting of leaps, acrobatic skills, turns, and dance elements on sprung beam designed to accommodate the stress of high-difficulty tumbling and dance skills.

The Balance Beam: The Height of Grace and Skill

The 12 foot balance beam is an apparatus used in artistic gymnastic competitions by female gymnasts. In the early days of women's gymnastics, the balance beam was used mostly for dance moves even at the elite level. Routines consisted of dance poses mixed with handstands, leaps, rolls, and walkovers. The back handspring was the most difficult move the average female Olympic gymnast performed as late as the 1960s. Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci changed all that in the 1970s. These pioneering athletes successfully performed complex tumbling routines on the balance beam that incorporated daring aerial moves. Other gymnasts quickly followed suit. Advances in beam design facilitated this change. Suede-covered beams replaced slippery wooden beams, allowing much more difficult maneuvers than could be performed before. Balance beam routines today combine amazing leaps with beautiful dance elements and truly astounding aerial acrobatic skills.

Gymnastics Equipment is Used in a Variety of Gymnastics Events

Gymnasts are incredibly talented individuals in that they do not focus on only one aspect of the sport; rather they have several short routines they must perform on a variety of different types of gymnastic equipment - like Parallettes for example. Although many gymnasts excel in one particular aspect of their sport, they must still participate in the other areas such as the uneven bars, balance beam, and the floor exercise for women. Men have their own area of gymnastics that they participate in and utilize different types of gymnastic equipment in events such as the pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and the mini high bar. Many of these events are introduced to children at an early age and, particularly the balance beam. Gymnastics equipment, such as the balance beam, can be purchased for school use as well as home practice use.

Gymnasts Love the Balance Beam

Gymnasts who perform on the balance beam are performing on one of the most popular pieces of equipment used in gymnastics. Routines on the beam are performed by women and in some cases men, but not on the professional level. The beam must satisfy certain regulations in order for it to be used. Today's beams are made out of suede or leather. To compete on a balance beam the gymnast can wear special beam shoes or she can go barefoot. The coach is not allowed to bother a gymnast once she has started her routine. If a gymnast falls she has ten seconds to jump back on the beam and continue with her routine. The beam routine should be no more than 1:30 under FIG guidelines.

Balance Beams are Popular in Gymnastics

Balance beams are pieces of equipment used in the sport of gymnastics. It is rare to see a male gymnast perform on the equipment. This part of gymnastics is normally reserved for females, especially in competitive events such as the Olympics. However, on lesser levels, such as high school, there have been male gymnasts who have competed on balance beams. What is amazing about the beams is that they are only 4 inches wide. Early beams were made out of wood. Then the material used on beams was changed to something similar to what you find on a basketball. Today, beams are made with leather or suede. They are designed to reduce slipping. For International competition, the beams must meet certain restrictions and guidelines in order to be used

Buy Your Gymnastics Equipment Online

Gymnastics is a highly physical sport. The people who perform gymnastics must have a lot of strength, agility and coordination. A gymnast is thin in stature and is often short. It is harder for a tall person to perform gymnastics. Today's gymnastics include uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bar and more. Excellent exposure for the sport can be found at the Olympics, which is the goal of every gymnast. Gymnastics equipment can be found online. Some of the equipment you will find includes beams, mats, leotards, high bars, panel mats an more. Some gymnastics equipment must meet certain guidelines in order for it to be sold .It is bought by individuals, schools and gyms. When this equipment is bought online it offers convenience and selection, often at a low price.

The Gymnastics Balance Beam has Evolved into a Popular Event

Gymnastics are one of the most popular forms of summer Olympic competition. In gymnastics, the balance beam is an artistic apparatus loved by both spectators and gymnasts alike. The beam, which is just over sixteen feet long, four inches wide, and just over four feet from the floor, is a popular part of women's competition. Since the 1980s, the gymnastics balance beam has been covered by leather or suede to prevent slipping. Beginning gymnasts often work on mini-beams or low beams, or even directly on the mat, which allows them to train in complete safety. In competition, after mounting the beam, the performance lasts between one and one and a half minutes. While on the beam, the gymnast performs acrobatic moves, flips, and poses before dismounting. Scoring is different depending on the level of competition.

Gymnastics Balance Beam Standards

The gymnastics balance beam is an apparatus that is used by female gymnasts during competitions. Any gymnastics balance beam that is used in a recognized gymnastics competition must conform to the regulations set forth by the International Gymnastics Federations. To conform to these regulations, the gymnastics balance beam must be exactly 125 cm in height, five meters long and ten centimeters wide. Most gymnastics schools will only purchase practice balance beams that meet the International Gymnastics Federations standards to ensure that the gymnasts learn how to perform on the apparatus before the go to a competition. Some schools will also use a balance beam that is set lower to the ground when the gymnasts are learning new maneuvers to prevent injuries.

The level of competition will usually determine the difficulty of a gymnastics balance beam routine. The most difficult types of gymnastics balance beam routines are usually performed at national and international levels with gymnast saving their most difficult routines for events like the Olympics. While each gymnast will have a different performance, there are some aspects of the balance beam routine that will be the same for everyone. The first portion of the balance beam routine is to mount the apparatus. This can be a very simple procedure or very complicated depending on the gymnasts skill level. The gymnast will then perform a routine lasting from one to one and a half minutes. Each gymnast will then have to dismount from the apparatus.When the balance beam was first recognized as an event, the routines that were performed were not very difficult. The original gymnastics balance beam routines were composed of more dancing than tumbling. At the elite level of competition, the most difficult maneuvers that were performed were handstands and the occasional back handspring. It was not until the 1970s that gymnasts began to increase the difficulty level of the event. The two gymnasts the pioneered the more complicated balance beam routines were Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut. Once these two competitors began performing high-level aerial skills and tumbling routines, others followed. Another factor that contributed to the higher-level balance beam routines was the transition from a wooden gymnastics balance beam to the current suede covered beams.

The Folding Balance Beam is perfect for Practice

Balance beams come in many lengths and heights. There are stationary balance beams that can be used while at the gym. One of the best types of equipment for the gymnast is the folding balance beam. The folding balance beam gives you access to your balance beam any time and any place you need it.

A folding balance beam is the perfect alternative when a standard balance beam is not available. The folding balance beam is lightweight enough to carry but sturdy enough to be durable. It usually has a low profile.

The quality folding balance beam comes in different lengths. It folds making it easy to carry or store comfortably. The folding balance beam may open to a length of 8 feet. The width is often 4 inches with sloping sides and is about 3 inches off the ground. The folding balance beam makes it easy to practice almost anywhere. Whether at home or at a gym you can take your folding balance beam along to practice your routine.
A folding balance beam usually weighs in at less than 15 or 20 pounds making it easy to carry. It usually has handles that fold underneath when not in use.

The folding balance beam is easy to store because it is thin. The slim profile allows it to fit under a bed or in a closet and fits easily in a car when transporting it.

A new folding balance beam is perfect for any level of gymnast. The top is usually made of a padded suede covering that stands up well to lots of use. The folding balance beam makes it easy to practice a routine almost anywhere. To find out more about a folding balance beam and to place an order visit TheBeamStore.com.

A Practice Balance Beam Helps Gymnasts

If you are a gymnast you know that you need to practice quite a bit. It isn't always practical to go to the gym to practice. Getting a practice balance beam that you can use anywhere is the perfect solution. No matter where you need it a practice balance beam will allow you to practice more often.

There are several things to look for when choosing a practice balance beam. If you have the space available to keep the practice balance beam out all the time you can choose one that is stationary. You can choose a practice balance beam that comes complete with a floor mat. The beam comes in different lengths as well as different heights. The typical practice balance beam is not very high off the ground making it very safe.

If you don't have much space to work with but still would like the convenience of a traditional practice balance beam you can consider a folding balance beam. This type of practice balance beam folds for easy storage under the bed or in a closet. This type also works well for traveling as it fits easily into the trunk of a car.

A practice balance beam is the perfect piece of equipment to help the budding gymnast. This allows the gymnast to practice almost anywhere and anytime. It is easy to get more practice time in when you have a good practice balance beam at your home. You can take it with when you travel or bring it along to practice at a location that doesn't have a balance beam. The practice balance beam is also perfect for use when you aren't ready to try the routine on the higher beam. You can find a large selection of balance beams at TheBeamStore.com.

to practice almost anywhere and anytime. It is easy to get more practice time in when you have a good practice balance beam at your home. You can take it with when you travel or bring it along to practice at a location that doesn't have a balance beam. The practice balance beam is also perfect for use when you aren't ready to try the routine on the higher beam. You can find a large selection of balance beams at TheBeamStore.com.