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Meet Robyn and Victor Robledo of Island Tumble & Nomads With A Purpose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robyn and Victor Robledo.

Robyn and Victor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We opened Island Tumble back in 1997, three months before we got married & while we were still in college at San Diego State University.

Island Tumble started out as a tumbling studio, and over the 20 years, it evolved to teach gymnastics to kids and personal training for teens and adults. We raised our five kids in the gym while also homeschooling them. When our oldest was 15 and youngest was four, we were worried that if we kept working the number of hours we were, we would miss out on the best years of their childhood and so, we decided to sell almost everything we own and move into our RV so that we could afford to travel with our kids as much as possible.

Over the past four years, we’ve spent summers road tripping through the western US and Canada. We spent six months in Europe, a month in Bali, a month in Costa Rica, a month in New Zealand. We downsized our business tremendously in order to find balance between doing a job that fulfills us and setting aside time to explore the outdoors with our children. For half the year we live in our RV in Mission Bay and the other half we travel in our RV or abroad as Nomads With A Purpose.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Rising rents have been the biggest struggle. When we decided to downsize, we were paying $7000 a month just in rent for our business and our house. That’s a lot of money for a small gym to make before you even start feeding your family.

We are grateful in many ways though because it forced us to question what was important and helped nudge us in the direction that took us to this point in our lives where we are very happy.

If it had been more affordable, we might have settled for the easy path and missed out on so many life experiences.

Island Tumble & Nomads With A Purpose – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We can’t walk down the street in Coronado without running into someone we’ve taught gymnastics to or a client we’ve helped, and over and over they tell us what an important role we’ve played in their lives. We run programs, both in gymnastics and training, that are about nurturing the individual.

We aren’t a competitive gymnastics facility, and we aren’t running intense boot camp classes. Instead, we use movement as a means of helping build confidence, create connection, and give people a stronger sense of self. With our travel blog, we really try to do the same.

While Robyn writes a lot about destinations and itineraries, her true passion lies in motivating others to key in on what their desires are and manifest a life of their dreams.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being missed. We walked away from the tumbling and personal training for a year to give ourselves a chance to see if there were other things we wanted to do. When we returned a few months ago, so many people showered us with gratitude for being back in town. It felt really good to be appreciated and wanted.

Pricing:

  • Tumbling Classes ages 3+ $200 for 10 weeks
  • One on One Personal Training starting at $50 a session
  • Group Strength Training Classes $100 for 10 classes
  • Online Personal Training + Lifestyle Coaching starting at $250 a month

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Image Credit:
Lisa Gisczinski

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