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Parents and Kids… If you would like to share you’re experiences and stories with Xcel 360 please feel free to email Coach Chris at coachchris@xcel360.com! We really appreciate the feed back and love for others to hear from you about what sets us apart from everyone else out there! Please be as specific as possible…

Thank you all very much!

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Testimonials March 2014

Having my kids cheer at Xcel 360 has been a fantastic experience.  It has been amazing to watch their growth during the season and I attribute that to the great coaching staff.  My kids ALWAYS look forward to going to cheer practice and that says a lot about the program. As a parent, I also appreciate the little things like organization, parents night out and access to great tumbling classes and private lessons.  I am thankful that we have found a gym that we can call home.  🙂


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We are a family of five who enjoy doing just about everything we can together. Xcel 360 has been amazing at accommodating us in this endeavor.  We are lucky enough to have each child involved in extracurricular activities and even better than that all at the same place, Xcel 360!!  Our daughter came to Xcel 360 after outgrowing her opportunities from the previous gym. She was only 9 years old and had been cheering for two years going from beginner to good level 2. In just a short period with Xcel they have cleaned up her tumbling, “xcellerated” her stunting abilities, and strengthened her desire and commitment.  She is now competitive at a Level 5!   In the midst of all the improvement our daughter has made, we have two boys who have been given the opportunity to cheer as well. We were not sure how they would take to this, but it turns out they enjoy the competition just like sis and have acquired amazing agility and body control by being participants at Xcel 360.  They too have shown amazing growth going from not ever competing to solid level 3 all-star athletes and working on Level 5 Skills as well!  This sport can be misunderstood by many- it is extremely difficult, highly critical, and can be taken very personal.  The staff at Xcel 360 are professional and encouraging in so many ways, life is not always perfect but they see when things get stressful and take the time help people as much as they help build athletes. As a parent I cannot put into words all that Xcel 360 has done for our family, we cannot get enough of this place. The kids are involved in the All-star cheer leading, open gym on Fridays, spring break camps, summer camps, parkour programs, it is just too much fun for them. Believe it or not that is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Xcel 360 has to offer for others both young and old. Xcel 360 is always trying to find new ways to meet the needs and interest of the families in its community. Just this year alone they have expanded into new areas offering crossfit, karate, private training for adults  and who knows what is next. I am proud to say that our family is always trying to xcel and not only has Xcel 360 done that for our children but as a family unit we have xcelled also. Thanks for building character in our kids, giving them a drive for perfection, developing competitive athletes, and helping us stay united as a family.


The gym, Xcel 360, that Emma and Gracie cheer for is holding a contest for the kids and families that attend the gym where you write about how Xcel 360 has helped you and how you have “xcelled”. It got me thinking about just how far our girls have come since we first moved to Florida about a year and half ago. When Emma joined her cheer team last summer we had only been in Florida for a little over 6 months. We still didn’t know many people and the girls were hesitant to get out of their comfort zone. Emma’s sweet friend, Alli, encouraged her to join the team so they could spend time together. Emma was so excited to join but was also very nervous too. She worried she wouldn’t be able to pick up the skills fast enough and she worried she wouldn’t make friends. The first month of practices, she would cry on our way to the gym. She wanted so badly to cheer but was so nervous too. This past year, Ryan and I have watched Emma’s confidence grow and have seen a determination we didn’t know she had. Em’s coaches pushed her to do her best and try new skills. Emma’s positive experience inspired Gracie to try out for cheer too. Our family has met some wonderful friends and families through cheer. Xcel 360 has helped both Emma and Gracie to feel a part of our new community and has boosted their confidence both in cheer and in new situations. Our family is thankful to have our girls involved in such a great program with wonderful coaches – Coach Jen, Coach Chris, & Coach Gianna! They have helped our girls more than they know! I’m so glad Angela that you encouraged Emma to join!


I’ve ‘Xcelled’ so much since my first encounter at Xcel 360. When I first came to Xcel, I was eight years old and I did tumbling. My tumbling coach was Marvin, and now I see how far he has come and I think that’s amazing! Over the years I have done rec. cheerleading for six years. Eventually I heard more awesome things about Xcel and I wanted to do all-star cheerleading since I felt like I could push myself harder and become a better cheerleader, also be more competitive. After I finished my 2013 rec. season myself along with a few friends decided we wanted to finally do all-star and I knew Xcel was the perfect place. After tryouts I was happy I made it on juniors! When we started practicing, the whole team and I slowly got to know each other and become friends quickly! Also, I did the LITE cheer tumbling classes with a few of my friends. Then competition rolled around and I was nervous. When they announced us in 1st place, I almost cried and it was awesome, and I couldn’t wait for what the next competition would bring!! Practices were really fun and helped me get stronger mentally and physically, especially with full outs and conditioning. I grew to love my team in such a short period of time!! I was very happy with my decision to come back to Xcel because I made a lot of new friends,learned new skills, and much more! I’d like to say Thank you coach Chris and Coach Jen because you helped me a lot and my tumbling coaches ! Xcel 360 for life!

Love, Karina

Good Afternoon Jen and Chris. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you both for all of your hard work, support, and dedication. As you know, we are new to the cheer sport and with this being Catherine’s first big competition we did not know what to expect. We our extremely proud to be a part of the Xcel 360 Cheer team. The weekend’s events were organized and professional. Catherine had a fantastic experience- she was a bit emotional at the end but thoroughly enjoyed herself and wants to continue to improve. I appreciate you both as Catherine’s coaches and I am looking forward to many great successes for Catherine. Thank you for encouraging her to stick it out through the tough spots. She now has had a chance to see some of her hard work payoff.


Submitted on 2012/12/17 at 6:23pm
Coach Chris is such a kind and giving man! Thank you for being a part of mine and Damion’s lives. I definitely feel that we are exceptionally special to have you in our lives! Merry Christmas Chris!

Submitted on 2011/04/06 at 3:06 am
I first came to Xcel 360 when I was 15- 16 years old, it’s been 2 1/2 years since joining, and I’ve seen myself and Xcel 360 grow into such amazing things. Before I began cheering with Xcel 360, I was heading down a bad path. I was involved with the wrong crowd… was very insecure about my body, and who I was becoming. I used to be very depressed and would take my sadness and anger out on myself and others. I was at the point where I couldn’t stand who I was, and didn’t want to deal with anymore of the crap that had always seemed to find me. I was so ready to give up for good until my mom one day told me that I HAD to join a sport to keep me out of trouble. I had always been kinda interested in cheering, but never thought that I would have the skill for it. I remember walking into that small building on 41 and everyone welcoming me with open arms. My first week of tumbling class I fell in love with my new surroundings, my coach Chris, was so positive and so nice that I didn’t feel so alone anymore. I learned things faster then most people learned in 4 years and was almost immediately on the Senior level 3 team, I relocated to their new gym in Odessa and have been a part of it ever since. Since then, I am now on my 2nd season of cheering with XCEL 360 and have been out of trouble for almost 3 years! I help coach half season teams and have gotten my family involved with XCEL 360 as well. I have become such a happier, stronger, braver person, and have learned so much from all of the Coaches and everyone else that goes there. You guys have made me see that I am capable of something and that people truly do care. You’ve taught me more then cheerleading, you taught me trust and responsibility. XCEL 360 isn’t just ANY gym, their my home, my family, my everything, they’ve made me who I am today. I owe them my life and will forever be involved. Thank you guys so much for everything that you have done for me, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! I will forever remember the things you have done for me, thank you so much <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 from the bottom of my heart!

Submitted on 2011/03/17 at 8:22 pm
We drive over 90 mi round trip 3 times a week just for the cheer team. I know there are closer gyms but my daughter thinks of this one like family and doesn’t want to be any where else. Andrea and Chris compliment her strengths instead of always focusing on the negatives and are there to help when she needs or asks for it. I have noticed that if they see someone trying to improve a skill they will take a moment from their busy schedule and give a few pointers. That is what makes a great gym.
Submitted on 2011/02/09 at 10:24 pm
I have never done a front flip, that was until i went to Xcel 360 the coaches are supportive and kind and can keep you focused on the trick at hand. I will always recommend Xcel 360 to my friends into freerunning. thank you to the great coaches
Submitted on 2011/01/31 at 6:27 pm
My experience with xcel has been such a radical difference from what my orginal experience with the cheerleading world, the other coaches and staff are all very supportive of everyone else and its a much more relaxed and friendly atmosphere then some others gyms i have cheered for / worked at.
Submitted on 2011/01/31 at 4:46 pm
I’ve only been cheering for about 2 years total and I’ve come so far since when I first came here physically and mentally. You guys taught me so much in cheerleading and have showed me what I am really capable of and how I can influence people. Xcel 360 is literally my home away from home. You all accepted me with open arms and never judge anyone who walks through those doors. I consider all of you a part of my family, and I’ve grown up so much in the atmosphere you’ve brought me into. My life changed so much the day I joined the seniors team and I am so thankful for it!! Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done for me. I love you guys so much! Xcel 360 is the greatest place, people really need to come by and check it out :) . My whole family is part of this gym and we all have learned and accomplished so much. I promise it’ll be a experience you will want your child to be a part of so please COME BYYY :) !! GO XCEL 360 MINI’S JUNIORS, SENIORS, and HALF SEASON!!
Submitted on 2011/01/18 at 6:25 pm
My daughter has been cheering at XCEL 360 for 4 years and we are very happy with everything from staff to facilities to the family atmosphere! The coaches are extremely knowledgeable in the skills needed to be a top notch all-star cheerleading squad and they bring out the best in their athletes! Also, the private lessons have definitely paid dividends. The one-on-one time with the talented instructors is priceless. If you are looking for a gym to call home, XCEL 360 is the place! Thank you Chris and staff!
Submitted on 2010/12/18 at 12:13 am
Thank you so much for everything you guys do. You have taught me so much and now i can do things I would never even think about doing. Thank you soo much Xcel 360 is the best gym EVER! Thanks for always being there for me and supporting me in everything I do. <3 <3 <3 And You guys are not always yelling at us… you let us have fun but make sure we are still focused. :) ) :) ) :) ) :) ) I <3 Xcel 360!
Submitted on 2010/12/06 at 9:10 pm
Xcel 360 is amazing i love it !:)
Submitted on 2010/12/06 at 3:56 pm
My daughters have been cheering with Xcel for 4 years now and I am a very happy parent! My daughters are very happy as well. I have complete Faith and Trust in their facility and faculty. It’s a great feeling knowing that in today’s fast paced life I can drop my daughters off and feel like not only are the coaches watching out for them but also the other parents keep an eye out and give kind words of encouragement and praise. My girls also LOVE all the extra activities that we are invited to join in on like sleep-overs and Special parties! Thank you so much Chris for giving my girls such a great place to grow and be active!