As the ribbon was cut during the grand opening in July, a new journey was underway for Yuri Maiorov and Andrei Roublev. Their new business, Planet Obstacle, was years of passion, persistence and planning coming together in what is billed as “one of the largest indoor obstacle parks in Central Florida.”
Located in Lake Mary, Planet Obstacle has many obstacles that focus on being active, such as a ninja warrior course, trampolines and a rock climbing wall. They also have bumper cars and a zipline for those looking for speed.
While options for attendants exist, the foundation of Planet Obstacle rests in its focus on being active. The company’s mission statement is to “help people achieve their health goals in a way that is exciting and exhilarating while also creating memories and having fun.” Maiorov and Roublev have made a career merging fitness in a manner that created memories.
Born in Moscow, Roublev was involved in gymnastics at the age of 5. When asked what drew him to the sport, he said he was hyperactive and his parents wanted a way to channel his energy. After a career that included competing professionally, Roublev joined Cirque Du Soleil in 1996 and in 2007 founded New Image Line Entertainment and Orlando Circus School.
For Maiorov, performance and art have always been a big part of his life. In addition to photography, he has enjoyed a stage performance career that has taken him to shows as a solo artist in places such as Las Vegas, New York, Canada and Europe. He has performed at the Oscars and the Vancouver Apec Summit for 31 world leaders. Maiorov has also been requested by the Prince of Monaco to perform in the Festival International Du Cirque De Monte Carlo. In 1995, he joined Cirque du Soleil.
An Idea Sparked By Passion
Maiorov came up with the idea for the facility in March 2015, stemming from his love for performance and passion for acrobatics. He wanted a place to experience those things while sharing them with his family. He called Roublev to meet with him about something unrelated, however, the idea of being business partners was brought up. That October, they started working on bringing the idea to fruition.
The business partners enlisted the help of Fidelity Bank of Florida in Longwood for the loan process. For Fidelity Bank, it was more than just lending money to a company, but rather helping a business see its dreams come to reality. It did not hurt that Planet Obstacle met some criteria with the lender.
“They came to us with this solid vision, and we happen to promote health and fitness among our employees, so there were two things we really liked about it,” said Robert Good, Fidelity Bank’s SVP and chief lending officer. “There was an active lifestyle component to it, and we knew their experience in the acrobatics and gymnastics realm would help them make the business successful.”
In addition to the owners’ experience, the bank looked at the need the business would fill in the community as well as how it differed from other businesses like it.
“We looked at what Planet Obstacle offers and it is unique,” Good said. “It’s different in the types of exercises they offer, such as parkour and the ninja warrior course. What we also liked was the division of different age groups. With some jump zones, you’ll have teenagers with 5-year-olds. Planet Obstacle does a really good job of having a smaller child section so they can be safer, and because it’s so large, they have different areas for teenagers to play in.”
Maiorov and Roublev plan on implementing various classes and programs in the near future. For them, Planet Obstacle is a dream realized. It is a business that falls in line with their life-long passions, and you cannot ask for more than that.
“We finally achieved our dream of having a place for families to perform like we used to,” said Roublev.
For more information:
log on to planetobstacle.com
or call 407-233-3750