Empire Gymnastics Center
is the premier gymnastics facility in Lincoln, Ca. Founded on the philosophy that student athletes can work hard to achieve their personal best while having fun on their journey. Empire has a family oriented culture where kids of all ages can feel comfortable and excited to challenge themselves to reach their personal goals while developing life skills. Providing gymnastics, tumbling and kinder programs, Empire has something for kids of all ages. Our coaches are enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable from prior gym experience and in-house training. Meet some of our coaches & check out our CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS!
Meet Our Coaches
Mike Carder is the owner of Empire Gymnastics Center with over 20 years of coaching experience and is very well known with an excellent reputation throughout the Placer County area. He has coached all level of gymnastics and tumbling including athletes at the national level. Mike holds many personal accomplishments in his coaching career including:
*Multiple team State Titles.
* Multiple Individual State and Regional champions.
* A member of the United States Jr National Team.
*3x Northern California coach of the year.
Mike is also well known for his energetic coaching Style. He shares a true passion working with kids and strives to have all athletes become the best they can be!
I started gymnastics at the age of 6, and been in love with it ever since. I was on the Jr National Team for many years and when my gymnastics career came to an end I started coaching at the age of 17. I have coached on the State, Regional, and National level and have coached kids into college gymnastics. I feel that from all my gymnastics experience, I want to build competitive gymnasts as well as great young people.
My name is Tiffany Burns and I am excited to be a part of Empire Gymnastics. I am a preschool teacher here in Lincoln, wife and mother of four (2 girls and 2 boys). My education focused on Early Childhood Education/Development and I have over 17yrs of competitive gymnastics coaching experience. I have coached athletes at all levels and I have a true love for the sport. I want children of any level or ability to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when it comes to their gymnastics experience. Success to me isn’t about how many champions I have coached, but for how many I have instilled the love of gymnastics in their heart!
I started gymnastics when I was 4 years old and then joined a competitive team when I was 7. I was actually coached by Mike Carder for the first few years of my competitive career. During my early days of competing I was the level 7 state champion and qualified to Junior Olympic nationals twice. I then moved to WA and competed for the University of Washington men’s gymnastics team for 4 years. During my time there I became an all American on the vault, high-bar, and in the all around. I have been coaching boys and girls gymnastics for the past 4 years in WA and at Woodward West summer camp. Now I’m back in Cali and get to start coaching here at Empire Gymnastics! Gymnastics has been the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m super excited to get to coach now alongside this awesome staff and share what I’ve learned over the past 17 years!
Watch video of Coach Justin in action below!
Hi! My name is Anne-Marie. I was born and raised in the greater Sacramento area and I’ve been involved in gymnastics most of my life. I was competing as an elite gymnast and finished 7th all-around in the 1990 Level 10 Nationals. In 1993, I was the State and Regional floor champion & qualified to the Nationals. I have an experience coaching gymnastics at all competitive levels including elite level gymnasts. On a personal note, I continue to love working out, camping and fishing in my free time. I’m love working with kids, believe in all the lessons gymnastics teaches and am excited to start my new journey here at Empire Gymnastics Center!!
I moved to Sacramento from Southern California in 2003 to continue my gymnastic career at California State University Sacramento. I graduated in 2007 with a BA in child development and a minor in Education and became Montessori certified. I started coaching in 2003 and never stopped. I taught Kindergarten for 3 years while coaching part-time when I realized that my passion was not only to teach but also coach. I learned so much about myself and life during my gymnastics career that my goal is to shape young minds, coach them and teach them life lessons along the way. I have been coaching for 14 years and have experience coaching all classes ranging from Kinder, basic, rec and competitive (level 2-10) as well as coaching cheerleading and tumbling. I am happily married with two girls, and when I am not in the gym I enjoy seeing life through the eyes of my kids. I love the beach and being active. My favorite place is Catalina Island and our river house in Arizona. It really is a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love.
Hi my name is Jennifer Christenson, I have been coaching Gymnastics longer than I would like to admit. I began my coaching in 1998 in a small competitive program in the Bay Area. Since that time, I have coached Recreational Gymnastics through level 10 in California producing State, Regional and National medal winners. I have worked under and along with some the finest coaches in NorCal and am a constant student of the sport of gymnastics. I am also a NAWGJ registered judge and judge at competitions in NorCal. I really Love this sport. I spend hours searching for the newest techniques and make sure to always keep myself up to date to give my athletes the best quality coaching I can deliver. My greatest desire, as a coach, is that when an athlete is read to walk away they will carry with them the love of the sport to whatever the next phase is for them being college or a Level 3 moving on to other sports. I whole heartedly believe in Positive Coaching. I am also a credentialed Special Education teacher who has taught for 25 years. I am a wife and a mother of yep, a gymnastics coach. I am truly excited for this new adventure for myself and look forward to learning from all the wonderful staff at Empire Gymnastics.
Hello everyone, my name is Jared Danek and I am excited to be a coach here at Empire Gymnastics. I started doing gymnastics when I was 6 years old and have been pursuing my love for the sport ever since. I graduated highschool at Antelope High, and then continued my studies as well as gymnastics at the University of Washington. 2 years later I decided that I wanted to move back to California and give back to the community that taught me so much about myself. Growing up I also did 6 other sports; Water Polo, Track and Field, Cross Country, Wrestling, Swimming, and even Taekwondo (where I once went to the junior olympics for sparing!) For fun I enjoy going to the great outdoors and making memories with friends.
My name is Ashley and I am so excited to be a part of the Empire family! I began martial arts at 5 years old, and after building up flexibility and strength for 10 years, I switched to cheering and tumbling. I cheered and stunted on my high school cheer team while simultaneously taking tumbling classes at Just Tumble. I have been coaching gymnastics for 2 years and love working with kids of all ages. I am passionate about coaching gymnastics and am absolutely in love with the sport. I’m currently attending Sierra College as an Elementary Education major and my dream is to become a kindergarten teacher. Some of my favorite things to do include drawing and writing, watching movies, and going to the beach!
If you have children interested in gymnastics or kids that have been in it for a while you NEED to look into Empire Gymnastics. Coach Michael is amazing. Every kid that works with him walks away with a new energy! The confidence and motivation he gives is something you rarely find. A cut above the rest, an awesome family facility! Watch big things happen and your children will never be happier!
Lincoln is incredibly lucky to have Empire Gymnastics Center! The team of Coaches and Staff put everything they’ve got into building up, cheering and challenging kids in our community. We have been with Empire since the doors opened and couldn’t be happier!
I absolutely love all the coaches here. My daughter has gained balance, upper body strength, tumbling skills and confidence with Empire. It’s helped her learn how to fall in soccer, improved endurance in basketball and boost her tumbling for cheer. We are so grateful for Coach Mike and everyone at Empire
The best all around staff and vibe of any gym we’ve been to. All 3 of my kids beg me to go. My 2 year old loves the mommy and me class and takes great naps afterwards! My 5 year old son has gained a ton of confidence and his improved balance and coordination shows in every physical activity he does. And my 8 year old has improved and gained so much confidence and new skills since coming here. Coach Mike is amazing, but we haven’t had an instructor yet who we haven’t loved. The whole staff is happy to be there and they are all great at motivating, encouraging and pushing these kids to work hard. My kids are learning skills safely with correct form and having so much fun each week!
For the past 4 months my 3 year old daughter has been in Kinder Classes with Coach Mike. I’m so thankful we found Empire. Not only is she building strength and flexibility, her confidence is at it’s all time high and she’s having so much fun. Our family truly Thanks Coach Mike for providing a fun physical outlet for my once shy timid girl, she’s a new girl.
Empire Gymnastics Center is hands down the best gym in the area. My daughter has trained at a couple of other gyms in the area but when we found out Mike was opening a new gym we knew we had to follow him. We love the owner Mike. You can tell he truly cares about every kid that comes to Empire. Both of the team coaches are the best out there. They push the kids in a loving way that makes the kids want to work hard. I highly recommend Empire Gymnastics Center.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. Every single person here truly cares about each of these kids. My 6 year olds coach, Ann Marie is hands down one of my daughters favorite human beings on this planet. You can tell how much all of her girls respect her. She gives each one of her girls one on one attention, and their progress really shows because of it. My daughter has gained so much confidence in just the few months she’s been coming here. I highly recommend Empire to anyone.
We are so happy with this gym. Everyone is so encouraging and truly cares about the kids. They actually spend one on one time with each child helping them. We can’t say enough good things about this place.